Vidsys In Computer Weekly: Abu Dhabi uses surveillance tech to protect Grand Prix

Vidsys was featured in Computer Weekly. Read an excerpt from the article below.

Abu Dhabi uses surveillance tech to protect Grand Prix

In March 2016, the Abu Dhabi government decided to deploy real-time situation management software from US firm Vidsys for security operations during the Grand Prix. Vidsys software collects, analyses, verifies, resolves and tracks information from multiple disparate subsystems using open architecture standards that enable numerous organisations to manage situations in real time.

Philip Stockham, vice-president of operations at Vidsys EMEA, said that although Abu Dhabi is regarded as one of the safest cities on the planet, “surveillance is a key tenet of the state’s security approach”.

Vidsys supports the UAE’s security across key locations, such malls and hotels, as well as other government security authorities. Stockham said the security programme was continuing as the partners worked towards the goal of improving overall public safety.

Stockham said there is heightened security for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix because it is the final race of the Formula One championship and the largest public gathering on the UAE calendar. “The race draws a large crowd that creates logistical challenges for public safety and transportation initiatives,” he said. “Special events require the mobilisation of multiple departments and organisations within a city, as well as a system that can manage and oversee all aspects of the operations.”

Stockham said Vidsys’s software works directly with special response groups and connects command-and-control centre communications and video footage, enabling authorised users at any location to view and manage situations in real time.

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Vidsys CEO Featured in Security Technology Executive Magazine

Below is an excerpt from a guest article in Security Technology Executive by Vidsys CEO James Chong.

How to Build A Customized GSOC For Your Organization

A key theme coming out of ISC West this year was clear – the GSOC. That’s short for Global Security Operations Center. But what does a GSOC really look like, and how can it truly help your organization?

A GSOC (pronounced “gee-sock”) is designed to empower security personnel with a platform that delivers ongoing prevention, detection, protection, and mitigation of threats to an organization’s virtual and physical assets. Through this process, the system can uncover vulnerable areas, respond to potential threats and address any virtual or physical incidents occurring within your environment.

While many proclaim the GSOC to be the future of security, companies often perceive an advanced operations center to be much too expensive to build and implement. However, through the proper planning and technology, companies can lower risk and increase operational efficiency and situational awareness without an exponential cost increase.

Here are four steps to creating a customized GSOC for your organization:

Define The Goals: In order to outline what you want the GSOC to achieve for your organization, you should interview its stakeholders about what they expect from the GSOC. The importance of involving everyone, from your executives to your IT department, depends on your organization’s size and the GSOC’s purpose. This is where your CSO can lead the charge in coordinating the integration of physical and IT assets in order to create a holistic picture of your organization’s infrastructure.

Next, assess what the goals of your operations center will be. For instance, one objective could be to improve loss prevention techniques through monitoring supply chain management and efficiency. Another goal might be to lower overall company risk through creating better identity management processes, or helping tie together video surveillance from multiple company locations so they can be accessed at anytime from anywhere. Create a list of all needs from your operations center first, and then prioritize these goals among your key stakeholders. The ultimate goal, of course, is to increase collaboration and preempt risk in order to respond more proactively and effectively to growing security threats in the enterprise landscape.

Take Inventory of Current Technology Assets: Instead of immediately instigating a “rip and replace” methodology, take your current technology assets into account. This includes everything from monitors to cameras and employee access to areas within the building. Map out your current security technology to see if anything can be leveraged and integrated better than it is currently. By surveying the current landscape, you will be able to identify the holes within your security strategy and directly address those first.

A converged security approach means combining and leveraging data from all sources within your company, including cameras, sensors, access control, building management, alarms, identity management and even social media. From there you will be able to extract actionable information that can positively impact your organization from a security and financial perspective…

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Vidsys’ Impact on Smart Cities In Security Middle East Magazine

Vidsys was featured in the May/ June 2017 Issue of Security Middle East. Below is an excerpt from the article.

James Chong, the founder and ceo of Vidsys, reckons that for cities CSIM (Converged Security and Information Management) – which was introduced two years go – is a natural evolution of the PSIM concept. Chong explains that, with converged security and information management, the information management aspect is becoming all about big data and the IoT (Internet of Things), the smart city, the safe city, and smart transportation: “What we are now seeing is that the data can come from any source and everything is, basically, becoming connected. The definition of IoT is advanced connectivity to sensors, devices, systems, and sub-systems and services, which are then connected to the cloud.”

Chong believes that the Middle East is certainly one region where CSIM is gaining legs. A case-in-point being the announcement that neXgen Group, a leading smart city advisory and managed services provider based in the UAE, will be offering smart safety and security as a service leveraging Vidsys’ CSIM multi-tenant cloud-based solution.

Read the full article in the May/June issue here.

Vidsys Expands To Support Rapid Growth

Below is an excerpt of AsMag’s feature of Vidsys’ expansion announcement.

With a rapidly growing customer base and global partnerships, Vidsys has recently undergone major renovations and upgrades to support key strategic partnership programs and business development activities. Over the past year, Vidsys’ software was leveraged by major international events such as the Republican National Convention, the Boston Marathon, the NCAA Final Four, the Formula One Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, and the 2017 Super Bowl, among many other new projects.

To support this growth, Vidsys has expanded its facilities to include more meeting spaces, training centers, and technology collaboration labs. The new training center will host the company’s key partners, integrators and customers to provide Administrator Training and hands-on training of the Vidsys platform. A new facility also includes a Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) with a full video wall and other partner technologies integrated with the Vidsys software to demonstrate dozens of specific vertical market solutions, including Smart and Safe City applications.

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Streamlining Smart Transportation Systems

Transportation executives face enormous challenges today as increased traffic and an increased number of people moving to cities has led to further congestion in urban environments. The reality is, there is a limit to how much you can build. There can only be a certain number of highways or a certain number of lanes in highways, so transportation officials and engineers are faced with the task of efficiently moving people and goods in and out of municipalities, cities and jurisdictions with little ability to increase physical capacity.

After considering a number of factors that could lead to improving transportation, officials are beginning to favor the development of intelligent transportation as a solution to the task at hand. The move towards an “Internet of Things” era, as a result of the sheer amount of data that we produce on a daily basis, is inevitable. Data is being generated by the public in massive quantities. Transportation officials are beginning to take advantage of filtering through this data to collect information and draw conclusions about how they can restructure or improve current systems and infrastructures.

In order to do this, transportation systems such as metro, trains, roads and highways must integrate sensors that capture traffic data and analyze this data effectively in operation centers throughout cities. Social media data must be analyzed as well to understand what is really happening on certain roadways, exits or side streets.

Transportation officials now have the ability to mitigate the risks involved with transportation through the effective management of data. This could include identifying areas where traffic lights are not performing as well as they should, areas where STOP signs should be installed, and monitoring crosswalk safety, among many other use cases. Intelligent transportation systems can flag risks such as vehicle accidents, subway fires or street flooding, and provide solutions to these risks. All of this leads to a more streamlined and effective urban transportation ecosystem.

Gathering all available data together in a meaningful fashion is a huge advantage for transportation centers and many of them are using our software to gain this advantage. Vidsys can actually convert data to allow first responders, operation centers and supervisors to immediately know what is happening near them so that they can make quick decisions on the spot.  Developing smart transportation in cities is a huge challenge, but it is undoubtedly the direction that we see transportation departments going.

Vidsys believes that we can be a serious asset to cities during this urban transition process by providing an affordable solution that integrates with legacy systems through a browser-based platform.

Read more about our CSIM technology solutions for city transportation here.