IFSEC 2018 Recap: Vidsys CEO Keynote, the Converged Security Center, and Top Security Trends

Vidsys recently had the privilege of hosting the Converged Security Operations Center (SOC) at IFSEC 2018 in London. IFSEC International is Europe’s leading security event, bringing together 27,000 security professionals from around the globe with a commitment to co-creating the future of integrated security.

The Converged Security Center demonstrated how the latest networked technologies can provide security professionals with actionable business intelligence. With groups of over 40 people at a time, the Vidsys team gave hourly presentations to those interested in learning more about what converged security can do for their organization. Visitors received advice on how to secure increasing volumes of information through the synergy of physical and cybersecurity technologies.

Two of Vidsys’ partners, Micro Focus and Unisys, were part of the Converged SOC as well. Micro Focus demonstrated Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine-to-machine (M2M) learning integrated with the Vidsys platform, while Unisys demonstrated how cybersecurity solutions can integrate with the Vidsys platform to provide holistic security for organizations.

Vidsys Founder and CEO, James Chong, took to the main stage as a keynote speaker, presenting how the newest cyber-physical security technologies can achieve converged security resilience in front of a massive audience of security professionals.

Watch the keynote presentation here.

Additionally, Vidsys announced its latest version of its Converged Security Information Management (CSIM) platform – Vidsys Enterprise 2018 – at the conference, which includes new features such as User Customization, User Interface Modernization, and Significant Performance Accelerators (read the full announcement here.)

IFSEC 2018 proved to be a successful week for the Vidsys team! We enjoyed meeting security professionals from around the world, making connections, and sharing knowledge of converged security through hands-on demonstrations, and we look forward to attending again next year.

Vidsys Named Milestone Systems’ Solution Partner of the Year For 2017

Vidsys is excited to announce that we were given a ‘Solution Partner of the Year 2017’ award from Milestone Systems at its recent MPOP Middle East 2018 event on May 11th in Dubai. Phil Stockham, VP of Operations EMEA at Vidsys, received the award on behalf of our regional team.

This award recognizes the volume of mutual successful reference projects and customers Vidsys has in the safe city, critical infrastructure and enterprise sectors alongside Milestone. It also highlights the complementary nature of Vidsys and Milestone technologies to power large-scale deployments through a best of breed approach to security with VMS, combined with Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) situation management software.

Vidsys and Milestone have been able to achieve monumental success on various projects throughout the region by working closely and coordinating efforts across teams.

The Vidsys team sends a big thanks to Milestone for recognizing the value of our partnership, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate and innovate together!

Safer and smarter transportation system by Intelligent GSOC

Cities are growing at the rate of 10,000 people per hour1! Rapid rate of urbanization and escalating security threats are stressing transportation systems in an unprecedented manner. Sliding traffic efficiency and rising public safety risk continue to pose headaches to transportation agencies.  Any incident has the potential of causing significant disruptions and casualties.  Operators responsible for monitoring, detecting, analyzing and reacting to incidents are bombarded with an avalanche of operational data from CCTVs, sensors, transactions, social media, which far exceed human’s capability to process in real-time.   From getting the necessary information for effective decisions to executing such decisions to either preempt or react in time to minimize negative impact, every second counts.  How can the operator take full advantage of an abundance of data quick enough to get the right insight for action so they don’t miss a beat?

Intelligent GSOC (Global Security Operation Center), a joint solution developed by Vidsys, a leader in Converged Security + Information Management (CSIM), and Micro Focus (formerly Hewlett Packard Enterprise), a leader in  AI (Artificial Intelligence) powered analytics (Micro Focus IDOL) for text, video, image and audio, automates the end-to-end process of data ingestion, analysis, and workflow management.  Its intuitive visualization enables operators to quickly access vital information and trigger actions in a consistent fashion based upon established protocols and policies.

This highly customizable and proven solution has been deployed globally including Auckland, New Zealand, in support of its Future Cities initiative.  To learn more about how the Intelligent GSOC can take your transportation system to the next level, please register here for a demo briefing at the ISC West conference, taking place April 11-13 in Las Vegas.

– Cisco Unveils ‘Cisco Smart City’ As Model for Digital India; Marks Next Phase of Expansion In India

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joe Leung
Joe has over 13 years of experience in technology marketing and is currently focused on the analytics solution portfolio. Prior to this role, he was responsible for product marketing of the enterprise application data management solution.

Posts originally appeared on the Micro Focus blog.

Vidsys Integrations & Connectors

Integrations & Connectors Update: Latest Versions of Salient, Bosch, NUOO, Avigilon ACC and More…

The Vidsys team is excited to announce our second entry in our new blog series – Integrations & Connectors Update – where we 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. Salient CompleteView v4.7
  2. Bosch Video SDK v6.11
  3. NUOO v4.6
  4. Avigilon ACC v6.4

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 another system 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

Three Security Trends Poised to Take off in 2018

The past year has been a difficult one for those handling security in global enterprises – in fact, there was at least one major hack, breach or security flaw each month of 2017. With the surge of cyber attacks, ongoing weather catastrophes, global tensions, mass violence and terrorism, security plans have been put to the test to ensure business continuity and employee safety. As organizations adapt to handle a wider assortment of challenges and risks in 2018, we are sharing three trends that will impact organization security plans this year.

Move beyond “real-time monitoring” – Almost all companies spend time monitoring for risks in real-time for physical and cyber security. It is time for companies to invest resources in an effort to assess this gathered information and switch from a reactive approach to a proactive approach to better understand and manage operational risk.

Simplified security solutions – With each security breach, companies have a chance to learn valuable information and create greater awareness about the importance of comprehensive security programs. Learning from events like the Equifax breach that could have been prevented – if Equifax had fixed the security flaws that they previously acknowledged – organizations must learn to explain technical security concepts more simply so that employees and the general public will be more likely to follow safe security practices.

Companies will Lean on Smart Security Technology – A lack of skilled security specialists will prove the increasing need for smart technology that can help pull together data from various disparate security platforms and facilitate data analysis. As organizations find that security roles are more difficult to fill, technology will play a crucial role in filling the gaps. A centralized dashboard can allow a single security decision maker to increase their effectiveness through automating certain tasks and data analysis through rules and regulations set by each individual business.

Moving forward into 2018, organizations should be fully prepared for any security issues that arise. Although discussing security plans can be a difficult task, conversations must take place to transition into a proactive year, rather than another reactive one.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive, browser-based and easy-to-install security platform that leverages your existing resources to make your security solution smarter, contact Vidsys here for a free consultation.

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.

integration & connectors blog series

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

3 Things We Expect to See from D.C.’s First “Greenfield” Smart City

As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow, more and more U.S. cities will work with private companies and organizations to improve the quality of life for residents through the use of technology. While San Jose, New York City and Dallas are some of the larger cities to create these initiatives and begin integrating various technologies across each infrastructure, the Washington, D.C. area will soon be home to a $700 million Smart City development, right in our own backyard.

Gramercy District is a fully integrated, hyper-connected campus with luxury residential, coworking, education, high-rise office, hotel and retail space on a 24-acre site located in Ashburn, Virginia, integrating a mixed-use development with artificial intelligence and machine learning.

As the first greenfield smart city in the D.C. area, and one of the first in the country, we are excited to see how this development will make an impact and be received by the community. Here are three things we expect to see from this new smart city.

Adaptability

One major challenge for urban communities is ensuring that citizens’ fundamental needs are being met. Systems such as water, food, transportation, power and even healthcare are all interdependent and require thoughtful integration and optimization when building a smart community from the ground up. Add in unexpected events such as a power outage, construction carriers or severe weather and a beautifully constructed city can become ill-functioning quite quickly.

That’s why IoT data is so important, to provide real-time data, integrate relevant data sets and models to identify normal operating metrics, various asset conditions and vulnerabilities, and flag risks. IoT data allows smart cities to quickly adapt to fix unforeseen obstacles and adapt to the needs of its inhabitants, using efficient artificial intelligence (AI) to manage large amounts of data quickly.

Simple replication

The replication of proven smart city solutions has become a common trend both in the U.S. and around the globe. Different coalitions are gathering together commitments addressing the development of smart city strategies and plans in order to facilitate an experience exchange on the development processes, applied methods and tools for upscaling and replication.
IoT and smart city spaces are a $1.5 trillion to $2 trillion market. Gramercy District will serve as a “smart city in a box” platform that can be replicated across the country. Through this process, successes and room for improvement can be measured and applied to future projects.

Create and experiment in-house

The smart city can essentially become an immense laboratory to test and analyze various projects and methods. Different cities are currently carrying out intelligent urban innovation experiments, linked to environmental protection, the development of new digital applications or services or green living. One of the roles of smart cities is to more effectively manage the mobility of people, objects and goods, making it a perfect playing field to examine the type of technical and social experiments carried out to achieve this objective.

Additionally, the Gramercy District development will include the launch of a coworking business accelerator run in partnership with the Center for Innovative Technology, which will bring in companies that advance technology around real estate development, where they can run test projects on their own smart city.

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

ASIS 2017: The Importance of Physical Security to Enterprises

With the start of the ASIS 2017 Conference, organizations from around the world will be turning to the top global security leaders to identify new ways to approach security within their business. While IT and cybersecurity threats are growing, it is important for companies to not neglect their physical security strategy.

Organizations with widely dispersed assets should be cognizant of the overall protection of confidential resources. Although many companies often focus on the technical and administrative elements of security, physical security is intended to protect the assets and facilities of an organization with the preeminent responsibility of safeguarding employees and facilities. Without protection from a physical security breach, all other security measures would be useless.

A couple of different factors can affect physical security, including unintentional natural disasters or intentional malicious groups. Natural disasters such as a flood or fire can destroy data or make it very difficult to recover, while malicious groups such as hackers, thieves or terrorists can lead to the misuse of highly classified information.

Attackers often have an easy opportunity to exploit data and gain unauthorized access to penetrate networks. To maintain strong physical security and help slow down criminals from bypassing layers of security, enterprises should consider:

  • Cameras
  • Access Control
  • Sensors
  • Building Management
  • Alarms
  • ID management
  • GIS Mapping
  • Perimeter security such as mantraps, fences, gates and turnstiles
  • Safe locks
  • Store backup devices in a secure place with authorized access only

As physical security becomes more challenging than ever with the increase in sensitive devices that make data much easier to steal, implementing a Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform can help organizations with a large physical footprint through geo-spatially aligning information and assets into a single user interface.

Vidsys software is programmed to identify and present potential situations for evaluation by the command center operator, and the organization’s approved con-ops are automatically provided on-screen to ensure compliance and swift resolution. So when a threat occurs, it can be resolved accurately, efficiently and consistently.

If you will be at ASIS this year, sign up to attend our Intelligent Global Security Operations Center demo with Micro Focus. Learn more and sign up here.

Micro Focus Guest Blog: Faster And Better Decisions With Real Threat Awareness

Vidsys is partnering with Micro Focus for our Intelligent GSOC at the ASIS 2017 Conference next week. As we count down to ASIS, we’re sharing this blog post from Joe Leung, Micro Focus Analytics Marketing Manager, about generating real-time, data-backed decisions in response to threats.

“If only I knew that” is probably one of the most dreaded phrases to be uttered. This is especially true in the world of security where the stakes could be unimaginably high. Decisions such as locking down a school campus, shutting down a major event, or closing an airport terminal are serious ones with significant consequences. These consequences vary as they depend upon how quickly such a decision is made, and how effective the decision is in mitigating the risk. The challenge is to get as much relevant information about the threat as quickly as possible. So how do we tackle this information trinity – comprehensiveness, relevancy, timing – in security decision making?

Comprehensiveness – Are we tapping into all the data sources available to us so a real understanding of the threat can be established? CCTV is a well-established source where a diversity (human, vehicle, scene) of images may be available for threat analysis. Are we taking full advantage of all these different types of images? What about audio sensors? Would the sounds of glass breaking, people screaming or gun shots indicate a higher level of threat? What about communications in public (protest organization in social media) or in private (threatening email messages)? Would these communications be another critical piece of the threat puzzle?

Relevancy – Find what truly matters from the noise in the face of massive volume of diverse data is daunting. While a truck parked illegally may just constitute a minor traffic infraction, if the license plate does not match the make and model of the truck, and the truck driver’s face matches a picture on a watch list, these three individual incidents collectively provides highly relevant information that may call for a security response, which could be very different from responses for the individual incidents.

Timing – In a world where every second counts, any delay may mean a rapid escalation of potential carnage and/or damage. While it is hard to argue against the need to get all the relevant data for an intelligent decision, the disparate data sources, the varying data formats and the tsunami-like data flow are overwhelming the traditional human operator centric surveillance systems. Not only does the system have to spot a real threat in real-time, it must be able to alert the appropriate parties so the responders don’t miss a beat in addressing the threat.

The partnership between Vidsys and Micro Focus (formerly Hewlett Packard Enterprise) is laser-focused on addressing ALL of the above in one joint solution so security operators don’t have to compromise on either speed or effectiveness of their actions. If you are attending ASIS 2017, please register here to attend a reservation-only briefing on the big data analytics powered Intelligent GSOC, and to meet in-person the architects behind the solution.

See the original post on the Micro Focus blog here, and if you’ll be at ASIS, make sure to sign up to come to one of our demos here.