ITP.net: neXgen Group presents Vidsys’ CSIM for smart cities

Below is an excerpt of  ITP.net’s feature of Vidsys and neXgen Group’s partnership announcement.

neXgen Group has announced it will be offering Vidsys’ cloud-based Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software for smart cities.

Through this solution offering, neXgen customers will have access to Smart Safety & Security as a managed service with customisation based on individual business needs.

James I. Chong, CEO and founder of Vidsys, said: “We are excited to work with neXgen an established leader in the region’s Smart Cities market. Through this managed services offering, we expect to see significant growth and accelerated adoption of smart city initiatives in the region including safety, security, and infrastructure management capabilities.”

Ghazi Atallah, CEO of neXgen, added: “Vidsys is a proven global leader in PSIM and CSIM software technology here in the Middle East, and around the world. We are proud to join forces with Vidsys in offering the first Smart Safety & Security managed services offering for Smart Cities in the region.”

This program will roll out across neXgen’s product offerings starting in April 2017.

See the full article on ITP.net here.

Smart Cities World: neXgen and Vidsys enhance smart city security and safety

Below is an excerpt from an article in Smart Cities World about Vidsys and neXgen’s partnership.

neXgen customers have access to Smart Safety & Security as a managed service
neXgen Group, a smart city advisory and managed services provider, is to offer Vidsys Smart Safety and Security as a service leveraging a converged security and information management (CSIM) platform multi-tenant cloud-based solution. The UAE-based group specialises in extending smart city technology solutions as a service to governments, real estate and enterprise customers across the region and has been actively involved in flagship projects such as Smart Dubai and Smart Riyadh.

Through the new platform offering from Vidsys, neXgen customers will have access to Smart Safety and Security as a managed service with customisation based on individual business needs. Vidsys is a global software technology manufacturer of physical security information management (PSIM).

“We are excited to work with neXgen, an established leader in the region’s Smart Cities market,” said James Chong, CEO and founder of Vidsys. “Through this managed service offering, we expect to see significant growth and accelerated adoption of smart city initiatives in the region including safety, security, and infrastructure management capabilities.”

The platform forms part of a broader smart city initiative across neXgen’s Middle East network. The Middle East North Africa (MENA) digital transformation market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 15.1 per cent from 2014 to 2020. Countries, including the UAE, are increasingly introducing e-Government and smart city initiatives, with the objective to transform themselves into digitally-enabled countries.

Click here to read the full article on Smart Cities World.

Vidsys and neXgen Partnership Featured on Channel e2e

Below is an excerpt from Channel e2e about Vidsys and neXgen’s partnership.

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Actually, there are 17 timely updates for VARs, managed services providers (MSPs), cloud services providers (CSPs), independent software vendors (ISVs), telco master agents and telco agents to sip on…

Managed Smart Cities: neXgen Group, an MSP and smart city consulting firm in the UAE, has launched a Smart Safety and Security as a service. It leverages Vidsys’s Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software.

See the full article here.

Vidsys working with leading smart city platform to launch new Dubai program

Below is an excerpt from Security Systems News about neXgen partnering with Vidsys to expand their smart city offerings.

 

Vidsys, a manufacturer of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, has announced that neXgen Group will be offering Smart Safety & Security as a service leveraging Vidsys’ CSIM multi-tenant cloud-based solution.

neXgen Group specializes in extending smart city technology solutions as a service to governments, real estate and enterprise customers across the region and has been actively involved in flagship projects such as Smart Dubai and Smart Riyadh, contributing its regional consulting expertise and in-country Smart City managed services.

Through the new solution offering, neXgen customers will have access to Smart Safety & Security as a managed service with customization based on individual business needs.

The platform is part of a broader Smart City initiative across neXgen’s Middle East network. The Middle East North Africa (MENA) digital transformation market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 15.1% from 2014 to 2020. Countries, including the UAE, are increasingly introducing e-Government and smart city initiatives, with the objective to transform themselves into digitally-enabled countries.

Vidsys forging key partnerships

“We are excited to work with neXgen, an established leader in the region’s Smart Cities market,” said James I. Chong, CEO and Founder of Vidsys. “Through this managed services offering, we expect to see significant growth and accelerated adoption of smart city initiatives in the region including safety, security, and infrastructure management capabilities.”

“Vidsys is a proven global leader in PSIM and CSIM software technology here in the Middle East, and around the world,” said Ghazi Atallah, CEO of neXgen. “We are proud to join forces with Vidsys in offering the first Smart Safety & Security managed services offering for Smart Cities in the region.”

This program will roll out across neXgen’s product offerings starting from April.

See the full announcement here.

Vidsys CEO featured on NextGov: 4 Security Trends for the New Administration to Consider

Below is an excerpt from Vidsys CEO and Founder, James Chong’s guest article on NextGov.

There is much discussion around what our nation’s cybersecurity defenses need to look like in this age of state-sponsored hacking and cyber espionage that has become so pervasive. The new administration has to balance what’s practical with what’s effective, all in the face of global threats evolving every day. With that in mind, here are four security trends for the new administration to consider.

1. Importance of Converged Security

When one thinks of a national security threat, we often envision incidents that would cause physical harm: to individuals or to our critical infrastructure. However, it’s more important today than ever to quickly identify cyber threats and mitigate the risk, especially because hackers have the possibility of shutting down citywide access to resources such as electricity, water and many communication devices and networks, if not properly protected.

IT security, therefore, can become a physical security risk as it is heavily integrated into our day-to-day lives more than we may realize. That’s why it is essential for the new administration to invest in the best and brightest minds to support converged security initiatives, including both cyber and physical, and stay on the forefront of technological innovation. Employing theright technology, along with the right people and process will create a much stronger security posture, which will also positively impact the success of a country’s infrastructure and national security…

To read the full article on NextGov, click here.

AsMag: Vidsys launches Intelligent Global Security Operations Center

Below is an excerpt from AsMag’s feature of Vidsys and HPE’s Intelligent Global Security Operations Center announcement for ISC West 2017.

…The real-world applications for the joint solution are far-reaching, including public safety, campus security, critical infrastructure protection, transportation management, NERC-CIP compliance, and many other security and mission-critical operations where it is essential for organizations to make decisions, quickly, consistently and effectively.

“HPE is a highly valued, global partner that shares our mutual goal of empowering organizations by delivering meaningful and actionable information in real-time,” said James I. Chong, CEO and Founder of Vidsys. “We are excited to present tangible use cases to our partners and customers using Internet of Things (IoT) technology for Smart City, Smart Building, Smart Campus, and Smart Transportation networks.”

“Organizations that leverage Big Data are at a significant advantage due to the speed at which they can identify and respond to issues,” said David Humphrey, Chief Technology Officer of Video and Imaging, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “A wide variety of threats contribute to an increasingly challenging security environment and by accelerating physical security innovations with our Vidsys collaboration, we look forward to empowering organizations with the analytical insights needed to help address present and future challenges.”

Read the full announcement on AsMag Online here.

Digital Journal: Vidsys Launches Intelligent Global Security Operations Center at ISC West 2017

Below is an excerpt from Digital Journal’s feature of Vidsys’ Global Security Operations Center announcement with HPE at ISC West.

Vidsys, the leading global software technology manufacturer of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, today announced the launch of a simulated Intelligent Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) at ISC West in Las Vegas, NV. Through combining HPE IDOL and HPE Vertica Analytics Platform from Hewlett Packard Enterprise with Vidsys’ CSIM and event injection API interface, the Intelligent GSOC will showcase the latest converged security and safe city solutions.

The goal of the showcase will be to collaborate and interact with key industry stakeholders and organizations on how to preempt risk, while responding faster and more proactively to ever growing and more sophisticated security threats facing enterprises today. The live demonstrations will exhibit the ability to integrate, correlate and extract actionable intelligence from diverse sources of data such as cameras, sensors, access control, and social media that can deliver a game-changing advantage for businesses and government agencies.

The real-world applications for the joint solution are far-reaching, including public safety, campus security, critical infrastructure protection, transportation management, NERC-CIP compliance, and many other security and mission-critical operations where it is essential for organizations to make decisions, quickly, consistently and effectively.

“HPE is a highly valued, global partner that shares our mutual goal of empowering organizations by delivering meaningful and actionable information in real-time,” said James I. Chong, CEO and Founder of Vidsys. “We are excited to present tangible use cases to our partners and customers using Internet of Things (IoT) technology for Smart City, Smart Building, Smart Campus, and Smart Transportation networks.”
Read the full announcement here

American City & County: System helps Houston manage security during Super Bowl LI

Below is an excerpt from American City & County’s featured case study on Vidsys’ work at Super Bowl LI.

Annual events like the Super Bowl attract massive crowds that create logistical, safety and traffic challenges on an enormous scale. As part of an ongoing partnership with Houston, Vidsys provided Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and converged security software to Houston’s Office of Public Safety.

The IT platform and system pulled in data from sensors, ID management, video, access control, alarms, IT systems, social media and other Internet of Things devices to help manage risk during Super Bowl LI.

The company’s technology allowed Houston officials to share video and other important data with security teams around the city. The teams included police, fire, the 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). In the photo to the right: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Super Bowl LI was played at this venue.

The platform collects, analyzes, verifies, resolves and tracks data from multiple, disparate subsystems using open architecture standards to help manage situational risk. Vidsys’ software works directly with special response groups to connect them with command center communications and video footage. This enables increased collaboration and allows authorized users to view and manage situations in real-time…

Read the full article on American City & County here.

Product Lifecycle Report How the IoT Helped Keep Super Bowl LI Safe

Below is an excerpt from Product Lifecycle Report’s interview with Vidsys CEO & Founder James Chong about Vidsys’ work at the 2017 Super Bowl.

Last month’s Super Bowl went far beyond the championship football game to include a series of events, including a nine-day fan festival anchored in Discovery Green, a 12-acre park in the heart of downtown Houston. With a high profile and more than a million spectators, the event created an obvious target for attack. Authorities responsible for protecting the Super Bowl festivities knew the importance of coordinating the vast public safety presence at the event to provide the fastest and most informed response to any terrorist or criminal threat or activity.

The authorities had the benefit of being able to draw from a wide range of data feeds, including surveillance video, audio sensors, traffic sensors, alarms, and phoned-in reports. In the period leading up to the game, Houston’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security selected dome network cameras, thermal network cameras, and audio sensors to monitor key areas of the Discovery Green, such as entrances, stages and entertainment areas. The dome network cameras provided long-range, high definition recording capabilities with autofocus. The motion-sensing thermal cameras provided the ability to track nighttime intruders. The audio sensors detected aggressive sounds.

But manpower limitations made it impossible for public safety personnel to adequately monitor the huge amounts of data generated by these sensors. The people responsible for viewing the feeds and making decisions would have been overwhelmed by the huge volumes of data to the point that they could have easily missed danger signs until long after they first appeared. Even after they were notified of an event is occurring, it would have taken considerable time to identify the most relevant information sources and formulate a response.

The City of Houston used the Vidsys software platform to integrate the wide range of sensors and devices together with analytics onto an integrated command center display. The IoT-based technology collected information from the data feeds and used rules to present decision-makers with the most relevant data. Workflow and collaboration tools helped ensure that the data was used as effectively as possible to neutralize any threat….

Read the full article on Product Lifecycle Report here.

ISC West 2017 Preview: Step Inside Our Intelligent Global Operations Center With HPE

ISC West is the largest security conference in the United States that brings together over 29,000 security professionals from around the world. The 2017 Conference will focus on the collision of the digital and physical worlds, and the increasing need for industry professionals to protect their organizations from both physical and cyber threats.

Read more about this theme and the Connected Security Expo (CSE) in our last blog post.

This year, Vidsys will be partnering with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a leader in big data analytics, to create a simulated Intelligent Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) to showcase the latest in big data analytics powered physical security technologies.

We have seen the increasing pressure that many companies face to respond more quickly to threats and even mitigate risks within organizations before they happen.

Through our partnership with HPE, we are able to help companies understand how they can integrate their technology, correlate important data, and extract actionable intelligence from diverse sources –  video cameras, video analytics, sensors, biometrics and even social media – to create a stronger, and more effective security platform. An effective security platform must take into account both the digital and physical threats of today’s organizational landscape. Alone with HPE, Vidsys will give companies a chance to see how smart security and data analytics platform can make a direct and positive impact on their industry. Use cases will include public safety, campus security, critical infrastructure protection, transportation management, and many other pertinent organizational needs.

The Intelligent GSOC will be held directly off the ISC West show floor in a private suite at the Sands Expo Center, giving companies the opportunity to experience Vidsys’ Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software and HPE’s IDOL platform firsthand.

Join us and explore how the Intelligent GSOC can make a difference in your security operations. Learn more about the Intelligent GSOC and sign up for a briefing here.