Vidsys and Current, powered by GE, Collaborate to Enhance Smart Cities

Vidsys’ Converged Security and Information Management Platform to be enhanced with actionable data from Current’s CityIQ IoT Platform

VIENNA, Va. – February 28, 2017 – Vidsys, the leading global software technology manufacturer of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, today announced its partnership with Current, powered by GE, which offers a smart city IoT sensor network that provides actionable intelligence for urban environments.

Powered by Predix™, GE’s platform for the Industrial Internet, Current’s CityIQ intelligent nodes are placed on street light poles where they will collect and analyze vast amounts of real-time data that is made actionable via APIs to the Vidsys platform. Sensor data from CityIQ will be integrated into the Vidsys platform and displayed through a unified dashboard with an easy-to-use interface. Through a custom API-enabled platform, Vidsys software provides integration with security sensors, IoT devices and supports the actionable intelligence and data correlation that powers the solution.  It also supports third party systems such as building management, traffic management systems and other sensors and applications.

An important benefit of Smart City solutions is increased safety. The pedestrian, traffic, and parking planning metadata exposed by Current’s smart city sensor networks enables improved situational awareness for Vidsys’ CSIM solutions. This means that creating a risk management and public safety platform is essential to building a smart infrastructure from the ground up.

“Current’s vision aligns with Vidsys’ goal to create smarter, safer cities around the globe,” said James I. Chong, CEO and Founder of Vidsys. “We’re excited to launch this program together with Current and drive innovation utilizing our joint solution in the IoT and Smart City market.”

“We’re excited to be partnering with Vidsys to drive smart cities forward,” said Jim Benson, Director of Marketing and Alliances at Current. “This alliance supports our goal to provide unparalleled, high value solutions to our customers, and grows our capabilities as a leader in the space.”

About Vidsys

Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, USA, Vidsys provides transformational Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform that has been adopted by some of the world’s leading brands and technology partners within key verticals, including Transportation, Energy, Utility, Healthcare, and Government. Vidsys software has obtained highest levels of information security and assurance from both top-tier global corporations and the US federal government.

Vidsys is hardware, protocol, and device agnostic, and offers bi-directional, browser-based platform with industry-specific features and functions that allows sensors, devices, systems, subsystems, and services to be interconnected via open architecture APIs and SDKs.  The platform collects, correlates and converts vast amounts of data into meaningful and actionable information, based on the organization’s risk policy, standards and compliance requirements.  By leveraging mobile and web-based technology, the software can be rapidly deployed and provides real-time situational awareness and information management capabilities. For more info, please visit www.vidsys.com.

About Current, powered by GE:

Current is the digital engine for intelligent environments. A first-of-its-kind startup within the walls of GE (NYSE: GE), Current blends advanced energy technologies like LED and solar with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings and industrial facilities more energy efficient & productive. Backed by the power of Predix™, GE’s platform for the Industrial Internet, and a broad ecosystem of technology partners, Current is helping businesses and cities unlock hidden value and realize the potential of their environments. www.currentbyge.com

About GE:

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com

Vidsys CSIM Secured Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit In Lima, Peru

An event that gathers dignitaries from all over the world, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Peru was a major undertaking for the City of Lima last year. Vidsys played an integral role as our software managed situational awareness and public safety during the Summit.

Following a successful deployment in Lima for the 2015 World Bank-IMF Summit, Vidsys returned to Lima to support our partner Cosapi Data with the deployment of our Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) platform for increased video security management and situational awareness around the city. The annual APEC CEO Summit hosted dignitaries from all over the world, including former U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Vidsys CSIM platform was integrated throughout the City of Lima, with hundreds of cameras monitoring the downtown area during the event. Through a centralized data center, the software combined data from disparate Video Management Systems and correlated the data to create actionable intelligence for decision makers.

CSIM is unique in that it collects, analyzes, verifies, resolves and tracks information from multiple disparate subsystems using open architecture standards. This enables authorized users to view and manage situations in real-time.

“Vidsys was excited to work with the City of Lima once again for this important, and highly visible event,” said Vidsys CEO, James I. Chong. “Our software is able to overcome the logistical challenges that often arise for cities while hosting major events, streamlining the process of integrating data from disparate systems and managing public safety. The benefits of our software extend beyond events to become an essential part of many cities’ long-term public safety, transportation and situational awareness strategies.”

Continuing to develop new Internet of Things and Smart City technologies, Vidsys helps cities make sense of big data to create smarter, safer communities. Many large-scale events and organizations around the world have utilized Vidsys’ browser-based platform, including marathons, international sporting events, global conferences and summits, key dignitary protection events and safe city initiatives.

Social Media’s Important Role in the Internet of Things

When discussing the Internet of Things (IoT), it is important to consider the massive amount of data that is being generated in today’s technological landscape. Experts are now saying that 35 to 50 billion objects will be connected to the cloud by the year 2020, just a few years from now.

It’s also important to consider that 90% of the data present within IoT has only been generated in the past few years. That’s an impressive statistic, but not surprising considering modern technological advancements and norms.

All of us carry cell phones equipped with multiple applications, and many of us have laptops and tablets creating data as well. Furthermore, even our vehicles and the cameras onboard are generating data. This abundance of data is transformational not only for security, but also as a means to help manage and build real-time intelligence for organizations, schools, smart buildings and smart cities.

An overwhelming majority of the data present in the IoT is being created by social media activity. Since almost everybody carries a cell phone, it has become common for the first person to actually witness an event to capture video and still images through texting, tweeting or Snapchatting the incident. For instance, if a car accident occurs, witnesses will take a picture or videos of what happened. The images that are captured carry metadata, telling the cloud where you are located and what time it is.

Law enforcement understands this trend and, as a result, is now beginning to use social media data as an important tool across multiple agencies. In the past, it was understood that a 911 operator would be the first to be notified of something happening—whether it be a health emergency, a robbery, or a natural disaster. Today, social media data actually is out-running those 911 calls because there are already groups of people that are seeing a situation unfold in real-time and creating their own metadata on the incident. That information is the data that people are now able to leverage and use — if they have the ability to make sense of that data.

The Vidsys platform allows individuals to pull in big data from social media and other IoT devices and correlates the data – essentially making sense of the noise – in order to create a clear and efficient response plan. Our technology helps organizations and smart cities by providing actionable information to help them make critical decisions when it matters the most.

Having the ability and proper knowledge to leverage and use social media data in the right way is transformational for how our society operates. While it’s important to consider the current state of IoT and data, it’s even more important to consider the future potential of IoT and how it can be managed and utilized in the most beneficial manner for society.

Vidsys Work with City of Houston for Super Bowl Featured in AsMag

AsMag Online featured Vidsys’ work with the City of Houston during Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas.

Vidsys, a leading global software technology manufacturer of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, announced, as part of an ongoing effort with the City of Houston’s Public Safety Video Initiative, it will support security efforts through situation management and data correlation capabilities during Super Bowl LI, 2017.

The annual Super Bowl attracts massive crowds that create logistical, safety and traffic challenges on an enormous scale. Last year’s event in San Francisco attracted over a million visitors.

Special events require the mobilization of multiple departments and organizations within a city or region as well as a system that can manage and oversee all aspects of the operations. The Vidsys platform is a key component in managing events of this magnitude. It collects, analyzes, verifies, resolves and tracks information from multiple, disparate subsystems using open architecture standards to help mitigate and manage threats and risks. The software works directly with special response groups and connects command and control center communications and video footage, enabling authorized users from any location to view and manage situations in real-time.

Vidsys’ technology allows the City of Houston to share video and other important data with security teams around the city, including the Houston Police Department (HPD), Houston Fire Department (HFD), Houston Emergency Center’s Office of Emergency Management and Real-time Crime Center, other public safety agencies, as well as major venues (stadiums, the convention center, medical centers, and others).

The City utilizes Vidsys on a daily basis to provide situational awareness, collaborate and share video footage, and support incident management and response with other area public safety stakeholders. Vidsys is unique in that it supports a variety of government agencies charged with protecting Houston’s citizens, ranging from law enforcement and emergency responders to traffic management, by enabling their collaboration through a common user-friendly interface.

“The City of Houston is a long-valued customer, and our team looks forward to supporting their city-wide security and smart city efforts during the Super Bowl this year,” said James Chong, CEO and Founder of Vidsys. “While large events are a logistical challenge, having the right technology, people, and process, along with a strong partnership reinforces a well-executed program.” Vidsys has begun preparations with Houston for Super Bowl LI which takes place on February 5th, 2017.

See the feature on AsMag here.

Siklu Radios Deployed In Houston For Video Surveillance At Super Bowl LIVE

Below is an excerpt from Source Security Online, covering Vidsys’ work at the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston, Texas.

Siklu Inc., a provider of millimeter-wave solutions, announced recently that it has been selected by the city of Houston to provide wireless connectivity for the video surveillance system to be used at Super Bowl LIVE, a 10-day outdoor event in Houston that is expected to draw more than one million visitors as part of the pre-game festivities.

Video Surveillance At Super Bowl

Siklu’s EH-600TX radios will be used to transmit video surveillance from the east side of downtown Houston, which will host the Super Bowl LIVE festivities from January 28 to February 5. The outdoor event will include entertainment, music and games and will be held over several city blocks near a 12-acre urban park.

The high level of wireless activity that will take place is expected to create network congestion that Siklu’s radios will bypass by operating on the unoccupied, wide 60GHz spectrum, which is separate from traditional wireless consumer networks. Siklu’s millimeter wave radios use narrow beam technology, eliminating interference from outside networks.

Interference-Free Video Surveillance

Siklu’s radios are part of a 36-megapixel camera deployment provided by Axis Communications, a PSIM system from Vidsys, and a video management system from Genetec, all of which are being deployed by the Houston Police Department to monitor Super Bowl LIVE. Using a mix of fiber and millimeter wave wireless from Siklu, the city is taking a hybrid approach to its network infrastructure for the event to ensure continuous interference-free video surveillance; enabling the police department to monitor the area for issues. The system offers fiber-like quality with the flexibility, speed of deployment and affordable cost associated with a wireless network.

See the full article here.

Vidsys Featured in Houston Chronicle

Below is an excerpt from The Houston Chronicle’s coverage of Vidsys’ work at the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston, Texas.

Houston police and private partners swiftly set up a cutting-edge surveillance system in and around the area of Super Bowl Live, with software that can automatically detect signs of terrorism or trouble.

Thirty-six new cameras now cover Discovery Green, from atop surrounding buildings or posted within, and feed footage live to three main command centers. At a smaller station inside Super Bowl Live on Friday, sixteen wide screens showed videos, statistics and web activity from the area. Green boxes honed in on every face that passed through one feed, and another showed thermal footage of an entry area.

Administrators of the system said it could send a notification if a backpack is left behind, screams erupt, or if someone stands in one place too long. Motion sensing thermal cameras and analytics can zero in on and track a nighttime intruder, or identify the source point of gunshots.

“The upside is we have all this capability,” said Jack Hanagriff, an officer with the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, who estimated that the job was the most advanced temporary surveillance effort ever organized in Houston. “The downside is we had four days to build it.”

The mayor’s office, Houston police and five private companies jointly designed the system as the structures at Super Bowl Live went up to achieve wide views and identify areas where threats could most likely arise.

Read the full article here.

Chron.com: Dozens of surveillance cameras keep an eye on Super Bowl Live

Below is an excerpt from Chron.com’s coverage of Vidsys’ work at the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston, Texas.

Houston police and private partners swiftly set up a cutting-edge surveillance system in and around the area of Super Bowl Live, with software that can automatically detect signs of terrorism or trouble.

Thirty-six new cameras now cover Discovery Green, from atop surrounding buildings or posted within, and feed footage live to three main command centers. At a smaller station inside Super Bowl Live on Friday, sixteen wide screens showed videos, statistics and web activity from the area. Green boxes honed in on every face that passed through one feed, and another showed thermal footage of an entry area.

Administrators of the system said it could send a notification if a backpack is left behind, screams erupt, or if someone stands in one place too long. Motion sensing thermal cameras and analytics can zero in on and track a nighttime intruder, or identify the source point of gunshots.

“The upside is we have all this capability,” said Jack Hanagriff, an officer with the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, who estimated that the job was the most advanced temporary surveillance effort ever organized in Houston. “The downside is we had four days to build it.”

The mayor’s office, Houston police and five private companies jointly designed the system as the structures at Super Bowl Live went up to achieve wide views and identify areas where threats could most likely arise.

Read the full article here.

Security Solutions Work Toward a Safe and Secure Super Bowl LI

Below is an excerpt from Security Director Magazine about Vidsys’ work during the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston, Texas.

This year’s Super Bowl in Houston will depend on several security solutions and companies to ensure safety, including situation management and data correlation capabilities by Vidsys and high-resolution network cameras by Axis.

The Super Bowl is one of the nation’s most-watched annual events and draws large crowds wherever it is held. Last year’s Super Bowl in San Francisco attracted more than a million visitors.

The Vidsys platform is a key component in managing events of this magnitude. It collects, analyzes, verifies, resolves and tracks information from multiple, disparate subsystems using open architecture standards to help mitigate and manage threats and risks. The software works directly with special response groups and connects command and control center communications and video footage, enabling authorized users from any location to view and manage situations in real-time.

“The City of Houston is a long-valued customer, and our team looks forward to supporting their city-wide security and smart city efforts during the Super Bowl this year,” said James I. Chong, CEO and founder of Vidsys. “While large events are a logistical challenge, having the right technology, people, and process, along with a strong partnership reinforces a well-executed program.”

Read the full article here.

Technical.ly DC: This local security company is headed to the Super Bowl

See an excerpt from an article on Technical.ly DC about Vidsys’ work at the Super Bowl in Houston.

An event like the Super Bowl (the 2017 edition of which takes place this Sunday) is a serious security challenge for the host city. Last year, around 1 million people visited the Super Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif. And a whole host of agencies, from transportation to venue security, were charged with collecting data (video surveillance, etc.) and keeping people safe.

Vidsys makes it easier for all these agencies to work together — and this weekend the local company will be helping Houston (the host of Super Bowl LI) with just that.

See, Tysons Corner-based Vidsys has developed a software platform they describe as “Converged Security Information Management.” The platform gathers information from all kinds of security systems (cameras, sensors, etc) and shows all that data in one centralized place. It’s a god view of everything happening in a given space in real time, if you will.

During the Super Bowl, the city of Houston will be using the Vidsys platform to easily share information with the various agencies involved in the event, like the police department, fire department and more. It’ll be an “interactive collaborative dashboard between the agencies,” as CEO James Chong put it, and will encourage closer collaboration between security stakeholders.

Read the full article here.

Silicon Republic: 15 ways American football is tackling the high-tech field

Below is an excerpt from an article on Silicon Republic highlighted the top sensors, science, connected devices and wearables that are changing the (tech) game at the Super Bowl.

The US National Football League (NFL) has the highest attendance of any professional sports league in the world by some distance. This Sunday, the Super Bowl will likely smash national TV ratings, while also drawing in an international audience of millions.

In short, American football is kind of a big deal. And, as with any high-profile sport, this means a lot of investment into improving the game in every way imaginable. From equipment to injury prevention, coaching to spectatorship, American football has seen plenty of changes over the years.

It’s standard now to have Wi-Fi-enabled stadiums, fan apps, rugged tablets and digital playbooks for coaches and players. But there’s a lot more to come from the marriage of American football and technology.

Now, entering the internet of things (IoT) age, the amount of information coming out of a game has dramatically increased. Everything is getting sensored and ‘smarter’ and Super Bowl sci-fi is becoming a reality.

Vidsys

The Super Bowl attracts massive crowds that create logistical, safety and traffic challenges. Last year’s event in San Francisco brought in more than 1m visitors.

Vidsys is working with the City of Houston’s Public Safety Video Initiative on a daily basis to provide situational awareness, collaborate and share video footage, and support incident management during Super Bowl 51.

Vidsys’ technology allows the City of Houston to share video and other important data with security teams around the city, including the police and fire departments, emergency services and other public safety agencies, as well as major venues.

Read the full article here.