Vidsys and Motorola Solutions launch communications platform for federal properties

Below is an excerpt from AsMag about Vidsys and Motorola Solutions’ recent announcement about its new PROTECT Series.

Vidsys, the global provider in physical security information management (PSIM) and converged security and information management (CSIM) software, announced that Motorola Solutions is implementing Vidsys CSIM through its Protect Series communications platform.

Motorola Solutions’ Protect Series is a unified platform that meets security and network compliance for military installations and other secure federal properties. It aggregates and analyzes information from multiple inputs, including video sources, computer aided dispatch, records management systems, SCADA, sensors and alerts, resource location, sirens and more. The result is meaningful and actionable data and increased situational awareness through one common operating picture.

The program is designed for key decision makers such as security directors, federal installation management commands, IT directors, military police, emergency operators and threat analysts to take advantage of real-time intelligence when responding to emergencies and to help increase the safety of an installation and those within its walls.

By allowing decision makers to instantly send out mass notifications in real-time, pull up any standard operating procedure (SOP) at the click of a button, the Protect Series provides real-time integration of disparate data sources that allows responders to stay one step ahead of any incident that could turn into an installation emergency.

See the full announcement here.

How Airports Can Increase Situational Awareness for Security

Below is an excerpt from Vidsys Founder and CEO James Chong’s recent article for Aviation Pros Online and Airport Business Magazine.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported that U.S. airlines and foreign airlines serving the United States carried an all-time high of 932 million passengers in 2016, 3.8 percent more than the previous record high of 897.9 million reached in 2015. This leaves airports with an ongoing and very specific security challenge.

To operate smoothly and keep safety as the utmost priority, airport security teams must manage localized, detailed processes in addition to a diverse environment of technologies like access control, identity management, mass notification, video surveillance, internal communications and business intelligence. As air travel continues to increase along with the ongoing concerns of terrorist attacks and overall safety, airports must have a security platform that is flexible, mobile and intelligent to create a strong base for airport security and efficiency.

Airport security is complicated. It is rapidly evolving and requires officials to plan for a diverse set of scenarios, from terrorism and hijacking to active shooters, theft and fraud. In the face of such daunting security challenges, airport officials require best-in-class technology that can integrate seamlessly with the facility’s other systems to create true situational awareness.

Here are four considerations for airlines and airport operation centers to consider when building on their security system to boost situational awareness…

See the full article here.

Washington, D.C. Wins Smart Cities Dive Award for City of the Year

Washington, D.C. is our nation’s capital, but beyond the Federal Government, the District is a continually growing center for innovation, technology and connectivity.

The 2017 Smart Cities Dive Awards, which recognizes the industry’s top disruptors and innovators, recently announced that Washington, D.C. won the City of the Year Award.

Smart Cities Dive noted that D.C. earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s first LEED for Cities Platinum certification, in addition to other outstanding performance factors including the city’s resilience, sustainability, equitability, transparency and collaboration.

In 2017, Washington installed North America’s first “intelligent” wastewater pumping system, updated city trash cans with sensors, added five dock-less bikeshare pilot programs and installed free Wi-Fi across nearly 20 percent of the city. These investments and more are overseen by Smarter DC, an interagency group made up of city departments like the Office of the CTO (OCTO), District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) and DC Water.

As Vidsys has seen firsthand, working with cities around the globe from Houston, Texas to Abu Dhabi, UAE, collaboration between various agencies within a city is the key to a successful smart city platform.

In 2018, the city will focus on mobility, public safety and the environment, looking to become more strategic in leveraging data and driving resiliency efforts through the NIST public safety innovation program and will work with the DOEE on planning based off the LEED Platinum certification.

Vidsys is proud to be headquartered in a city leading the smart cities charge in the U.S., and looks forward to the smart and resilient developments to come.

To read about a recent Vidsys smart city project, click here.

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Integrations & Connectors Update: Latest Versions of Milestone XProtect, Pelco VideoXpert, Avigilon ACC and More…

The Vidsys team is excited to announce a new blog series – Integrations and Connectors – where we will highlight new connectors and integrations that are available with our technology platform. Our Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software has the ability to integrate any type of software or physical hardware technology with our system.

Vidsys is pleased to announce the addition of the following Video Connectors to its existing library of connectors:

  1. Digifort v7.2
  2. Milestone XProtect Corporate v2017
  3. Avigilon ACC v 6.2
  4. Pelco VideoXpert
  5. Flir Latitude 8.0

Using Vidsys’ CSIM Platform, security organizations can integrate and analyze information from traditional physical security devices and systems, and resolve situations in real time.

Vidsys NVR connectors integrate 3rd party NVR/DVR’s with Vidsys CSIM software, allowing operators to view real-time and recorded video from their desktops.  Video can be displayed in response to manual user selection, and can be automatically displayed when an event detected by CSIM-integrated access control, intrusion detection or other system(s) is reported.

CSIM operators can control PTZ cameras and playback stored video using standard controls (forward, pause, reverse, etc.) that are consistent across different video recorder products.  Operators may define and store video clips and snapshots in CSIM situation records to facilitate post-event analysis.

Vidsys offers a growing list of connectors that enable integration between the Vidsys CSIM platform and other industry-leading converged and physical security products.

If you would like to find out more about this integration or other integrations, contact us here for more information or a demo.

 

This entry is part of a blog series on Integrations and Connectors. You can revisit previous entries here

Vidsys and Motorola Solutions Launch PROTECT Series Communications Platform for Military Bases and Other Secure Federal Properties

Vidsys’ Converged Security and Information Management software to power the Protect Series, Motorola Solutions’ platform for federal crisis communications

Vidsys, the global leader in Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, today announced that Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is implementing Vidsys CSIM through its Protect Series communications platform.
Motorola Solutions’ Protect Series is a unified platform that meets security and network compliance for military installations and other secure federal properties. It aggregates and analyzes information from multiple inputs, including video sources, computer aided dispatch, records management systems, SCADA, sensors and alerts, resource location, sirens and more. The result is meaningful and actionable data and increased situational awareness through one common operating picture.

The program is designed for key decision makers such as security directors, federal installation management commands, IT directors, military police, emergency operators and threat analysts to take advantage of real-time intelligence when responding to emergencies and to help increase the safety of an installation and those within its walls.

By allowing decision makers to instantly send out mass notifications in real-time, pull up any standard operating procedure (SOP) at the click of a button, the Protect Series provides real-time integration of disparate data sources that allows responders to stay one step ahead of any incident that could turn into an installation emergency.

Other features include threat detection and alerting, standard operating procedures (SOPS), unified voice and data collaboration, perimeter detection, video synopsis, geospatial mapping and mass notification.

“The Protect Series is a comprehensive, end-to-end solution that leverages data from disparate physical and cyber security systems for heightened situational awareness and risk management,” said James I. Chong, chief executive officer and founder, Vidsys. “We’re excited to be working with Motorola Solutions, a global leader in mission-critical communications, to bring an effective solution to key decision makers and operators across all federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Defense and beyond.”

“Military installations and other secure federal facilities depend on access to reliable and real-time information to maintain security and operational efficiency,” said Mark McNulty, vice president, Federal Sales, Motorola Solutions. “Working together with Vidsys to provide military bases and other federal facilities with the power of the Protect Series, we are helping give their operational teams the upper hand with the most reliable, integrated data gathered from public, federal and other information sources. From interoperable mission-critical radios to other handheld technologies and the software powering them, Motorola Solutions is helping give federal security personnel the ability to react quicker, safer and smarter when it matters most.”

Baltimore County Public Elementary Schools Being Upgraded With New Security Equipment

Below see an excerpt from Baltimore CBS local news  about Vidsys’ work with Baltimore County.

The public school system is equipping all county elementary schools with security cameras and card reader door locks. The technology allows officers to see what the schools’ security cameras see in real time.

The feeling that it can’t happen here vanished in 2012 when a 15-year-old Perry Hall High School student brought a gun to school, fired it into the crowded cafeteria and wounded one student before a counselor wrestled the shooter to the floor.

“That really pushed me to say we really need to make sure we are keeping our schools safe,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

The effort was highlighted Friday with a video dashboard system that gives police officers a real time look at school security cameras video. It gives officers eyes inside of the county’s schools, libraries, and other public facilities county wide.

“Depending on what type of call it is where we can deploy all our resources, how to respond, emergency status or routine status,” said officer Melvin Callaman of the Baltimore Police Department. “Officers on the midnight shift, they can get a simple burglar alarm – they can log on, see if there’s somebody inside.”

Click here to read the full article on Baltimore CBS local news.

Quick access to school cameras help police in potential crises

Below see an excerpt from WBALTV 11 about Vidsys’ work with Baltimore County.

Baltimore County just rolled out its latest piece of school safety technology. The equipment is designed to give police officers a head start in dealing with a crisis already in progress. The school system beefed up security after a shooting at Perry Hall High School that happened five years ago. Now, $13 million later, it may one of the most high-tech security districts in the state.

“We’re able to pull up school cameras — elementary, middle school and high school cameras,” said Baltimore County police Officer Melvin Callaman. A police vehicle was parked outside of Southwest Academy in Baltimore County on Friday to show off the new mobile school security system.

“The police officer who’s patrolling the neighborhood can instantly access these feeds without having to be physically present at the school,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. It’s the next step in Baltimore County’s effort to keep schools safe, and they plan to do so from a laptop computer on the dashboard of a police cruiser. Officers can now pull up a half-dozen screens at one time. It includes live video of the main office, lobby, playgrounds and traffic cameras.

“They can change very quickly and easily … to that situation they want to view and have that full situational awareness coming up on a screen,” said Rob Strading, the director of Baltimore County Technology.

“Depending on what type of call it is, we can deploy other resources and decide how to respond in an emergency status,” Callaman said.

Read the full article here.

 

Officer demonstrates Vidsys technology used to ensure school safety

Under the leadership of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Official Baltimore County Police & Fire Police Officers have upgraded the technology used to ensure public and school safety. With access to LIVE footage for all Baltimore County Public Schools and branches of the Baltimore County Public Librarysystem, Officers are able to monitor and protect all Baltimore County students, faculty and staff! #AEW2017 #BaltCoSafe#BaltCoProud.

See the full post here.

Baltimore County investing $13.6M in school security

Below see an excerpt from abc2news.com about Vidsys’ work with Baltimore County.

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WMAR) – School violence is a concern for every parent, and now Baltimore County officials are working to keep students safe.

The district is investing millions of dollars in technology for cameras and door locks among other things.

Kevin Kamenetz, the Baltimore County Executive, is pouring $13.6 million into public schools. On Friday Kamenetz will highlight new security cameras and card reader door locks that will be installed in all elementary schools, as well as enhancements to safety measures in middle and high schools.

A video dashboard will allow authorities instant access to video feeds from the schools in case of emergency, and GPS units were installed in school buses.

Kamenetz will make the announcement at 11:00 Friday morning at Southwest Academy as part of American Education Week.

Read more about how Vidsys’ technology is being used by Baltimore County to create a safer community here.

Kamenetz Highlights $13.6 Million Investment in Safer, More Secure Schools

Below see an excerpt from Baltimore County News.

Integrated Video and Electronic Door Locks Facilitate Cohesive Public Safety Response

Technology and public safety took center stage today on the final day of American Education Week as Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz highlighted the $13.6 million in school security upgrades his administration has invested since 2011.

Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Chief Administrative and Operating Officer Kevin Smith joined the County Executive at Southwest Academy in Gwynn Oak to assert the value of their school safety partnership; including collaborative training and operations; and unprecedented investments in integrated security video technology, secure door access and school bus GPS technology.

“Thanks to our $1.3 billion Schools for Our Future program, we are creating modern, healthy learning environments for students all around Baltimore County, and a critical element in our investment is in ensuring that all of our schoolhouses are safe places for students and staff,” said Kamenetz.

“Safe, secure schools are of the utmost importance and these technology investments make sense in today’s world,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Tom Quirk.

Security Cameras and Card Reader Door Locks Now Installed in all County Schools

Since 2011, the Kamenetz administration has invested $13.6 million to safeguard schools by installing security cameras and card reader door locks in all Baltimore County elementary schools and enhancing these security measures in middle and high schools. This funding initiative increased the number of school cameras by 400%, from 1,150 to 4,600; newly installing them in all elementary schools, and enhancing existing cameras and adding them as needed in middle and high schools. In the same time frame, the number of card reader door locks in schools more than doubled from 261 to 583, providing an important measure of security for routine schooldays as well as in emergencies.

Integrated Video Dashboard Offers Police Real-Time Situational Awareness

The County is now completing the installation of video dashboard technology that provides public safety officials with instant access to video feeds from security cameras at schools, libraries and other public facilities; as well giving them direct access to live traffic cameras on state highways. GPS systems are now installed in County school buses through a partnership between County government and Baltimore County Public Schools.

Today’s event included a demonstration by a Baltimore County police officer of the video dashboard technology that provides responding officers with immediate, unfiltered situational awareness information when responding to an incident at a school.

Read more about how Vidsys’ technology is being used by Baltimore County to create a safer community here.