Announcing Vidsys Enterprise 2017 Release 1.3

Vidsys has launched the latest version of Vidsys Enterprise – Release 1.3

The latest version of our Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platfor incorporates new tools and capabilities as well as enhances the platform’s intuitiveness for the operator.

Originally launched in June 2016, Vidsys Enterprise increased the capabilities of the Vidsys CSIM software platform in enterprise deployments through features such as the Enterprise Business Intelligence (EBI) and the Virtual Situation Management (VSM) dashboards. These features provide a consolidated view of Situations across multiple independent Vidsys Enterprise servers, and increase support across large organizations who needed to quickly and efficiently address multiple Situations or locations at once. The Enterprise Data Visualization component (EDV) receives and correlates data generated outside the customer’s environment to notify them of potential impact to their personnel, resources, facilities, and brand.

Release 1.3 provides additional feature performance improvements to the software that will increase efficiency and overall user experience in the platform. The Vidsys reporting engine, Enterprise Business Intelligence, has been updated with new reports to facilitate quick and simple reporting by location. Additionally, to support the fundamental security of the solution and its underlying technologies, Release 1.3 incorporates the latest version of JAVA environment (8u111).

Other new features include:

  • Health Monitoring Dashboard
  • Vidsys Video Wall for Enterprise 2017
  • Video Export Manager
  • CCTV PTZ Request & Override
  • ESRI ArcGIS Map Integration Enhancements
  • Customized Floorplan Links
  • Optimized Responders List
  • Situation Detail Pages

The Release 1.3 launch reflects a number of upgrades to improve ease of use and to better serve our customers. We’re excited to roll out this new version of Enterprise and its key new features that will greatly improve how customers can get the most from our platform.

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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.

Bridging the Gap Between Physical and Cyber Security: A Key Theme at ISC West 2017

This year at ISC West, the Connected Security Expo (CSE) has been moved to the ISC West Show Floor to become an integral part of the event.

The description of the event states, “As the digital and physical worlds collide, it is increasingly important for industry professionals to protect their organizations and clients from both physical and cyber threats.”

CSE will focus on building a holistic security strategy for the connected enterprise, including looking at how physical and information security can be used together to mitigate new and emerging cyber threats in a hyper-connected world.

As a security provider, Vidsys is closely aligned with, and clearly understands the need for a comprehensive security strategy that involves all aspects of a business’ intelligence and assets.

Cyber security is a concern for all businesses, organizations and governments worldwide. From a university to a small business, a hotel chain to a Fortune 500 company, everyone is at risk when it comes to IT security threats. The convergence of IP-enabled devices that perform functions such as controlling access to buildings, light and HVAC systems, and other connected systems that are all controlled through a business IT network has created a new security threat that private and public organizations alike are struggling to address. The ripple effect of such an attack on a business network can disrupt not just its IT systems but also its physical operations.

In order to mitigate this risk, businesses are recognizing the importance of creating a single, unified platform that can roll out a rapid-response plan across multiple parts of an organization. An issue many businesses run into are silos, as many businesses have separate groups handle physical security and IT security threats. These separate groups do not communicate on a regular basis and do not have a level of familiarity with the other’s processes, so they are unable to present a unified front against IT threats.

At Vidsys, we’ve seen this shift develop over time, and have identified the key to a comprehensive security strategy. Rather than having IT security and physical security operate as two separate silos, businesses must be proactive in merging the sources of data being collected about their locations and assets, and combine that data to give them the most accurate view of their operations. Through a converged security approach this can be made possible.

The answer, therefore is to create a centralized unit – a global security operations center or “GSOC,” for short. A GSOC functions by creating a cohesive platform that collects all organizational data and presents actionable information from which all actions can take place. This facilitates the communication and coordination between the IT and physical security teams by allowing them to perform their job functions separately but operate cohesively.

Cyber attacks are a concerning threat for citizens and organizations, and as a security company we are committed to providing businesses with the best tools to identify these threats. During  ISC West many discussions will focus on handling both cyber and physical threats in an organizational environment.

To learn more about this market shift, read our blog post “The PSIM Market Evolution to CSIM”.

We will be presenting an Intelligent Global Security Operations Center demonstration with HPE during the conference. Sign up to join us for a briefing or demo of our Intelligent GSOC during ISC West here.

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.

The PSIM Market Evolution to CSIM

In today’s technological landscape, operation centers exist in many different capacities—in large organizations, transportation agencies, government buildings, hospitals and beyond. There is a huge amount of data that is being generated through various sensors including cameras, doors, alarms, social media and biometrics. As a result, data overload has become a prevalent issue. Vidsys is dedicated to solving this issue by providing essential security tools and software management solutions to organizations worldwide. There is such an abundance of data coming into operation centers that it is nearly impossible to manage all of it in real-time. Our software allows for operators to make sense of data by correlating all of the disparate information and determining the appropriate actions.

Vidsys can help organizations manage security through both Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security Information Management (CSIM). PSIM was coined by Vidsys a decade ago when it was the central component of the Vidsys’ security platform. In recent years, however, we have begun to identify PSIM as more of a stepping stone to where we are now with Converged Security & Information Management (CSIM).

The current reality of security within operation centers is that analysts are not only analyzing data coming in from physical sensors, but now must consider cybersecurity, IT security and the mitigation of insider threats as well. What Vidsys offers is not just physical security, but also management of the non-physical security considerations in a “converged” software platform. While PSIM is still being used today for physical security needs, we have now incorporated the IT portion with CSIM to create a converged security solution for more advanced operations like smart cities and smart buildings.

Last year, we launched our latest software, Vidsys Enterprise 2017, that can greatly improve the security functions of a given organization. An important feature of Vidsys Enterprise is Virtualized Situation Management (VSM), which allows for multiple instances of Vidsys running in different regions around the globe. This permits users to collaborate with each other based on real time situations and real time data and make decisions accordingly. This VSM software will also allow for proper management of facilities that are in multiple different time zones in one unified graphical user interface. Vidsys Enterprise allows for users to be in multiple places at once—an incredibly valuable asset to have in the current security landscape.

Additionally, Vidsys Enterprise has a feature called EBI, or Enterprise Business Intelligence. EBI will give users real-time, dynamic metrics of all the data that is being gathered in their environment. It will also provide users with visualization of this data in any language in real-time. This will serve as a very valuable tool for executives, directors and supervisors trying to understand what is happening within their organization around the world and across their industry.

Finally, Vidsys developed a featured called Enterprise Data Visualization (EDV) that allows users to visualize all internal and external sensor data. This could be coming from weather, geological data, supply chain management, or calls from the media or public that identify a threat. EDV software has the ability, using APIs and SDKs, to tie together social media analytical engines that will be able to correlate information based on time, location, duration, frequency and type. When there is an event—say, a gunshot that’s near an office building—the Vidsys software will be able to notify those employees, help with the evacuation and notify anyone else that has the ability to respond to the situation. The Vidsys EDV feature will be another game changer in helping to provide real time analysis of both internal and external assets and threats.  Vidsys software essentially functions as a “workforce multiplier” because it allows smaller teams to make larger impacts on data management projects. As a result, both time and expenses are diminished.

In the current digital climate where time, cost and security are so important, the need for a converged security solution such as CSIM will becoming increasingly essential for protecting company assets, streamlining organizational efficiency, and utilizing important data to improve overall success.

Why CSIM Is A Workforce Multiplier

In the current digital age, it is paramount for businesses to have streamlined, effective, and intelligent security management systems that ensure sustained safety for an organization. Just as imperative as the security system itself, however, is making the most of the time and money a company spends on security software.

The right software platform can be a workforce multiplier for organizations who invest in it. The term “workforce multiplier” was used by the City of Houston to describe the impact from software that can perform the functions of many people at once at a greater speed and without human error. This, of course, improves organizations’ efficiency and reduces the amount of required resources.

At Vidsys, we’ve achieved a strong track record of private and public sector customers who have enjoyed a significant return in investment—both financially and in terms of staff resources—from our CSIM (Converged Security & Information Management) platform. We empower organizations with a large physical footprint—places like hospitals, enterprises and government campuses—to consolidate their security data management into a single user interface.

For example, Vidsys CSIM enabled a Fortune 50 company to maintain its security force head count, even though it has doubled the size of its physical campus in the last five years. This company also realized a 66% reduction in response time and a 50% reduction in false alarms from access control systems.

Additionally, we’ve helped several transportation agencies cut the time it takes to resolve a traffic accident by nearly 50 percent, enabling the swifter clearing of major traffic incidents and reducing the risk of follow-on accidents and injuries. The time, money and staff savings that result from this are exponential. Several major cities have experienced enhanced collaboration among multiple police and EMS responders, resulting in a faster resolution of incidents and higher percentages of apprehension.

For organizations seeking operator training efficiency, our platform aids in creating a consistent process because employees are trained on one system—the Vidsys interface—which integrates numerous sub-systems. This also means employees become proficient on the Vidsys platform faster, and their consistency and accuracy is enhanced.

In conclusion, our CSIM software acts as an efficient workforce multiplier, allowing corporations to gain an edge on the competition and provide the gold standard in security management and data correlation.

To learn more or receive a CSIM demo, you can sign up here.

Breaking Down The Top Trend In Security For 2016

Over the decade that Vidsys has worked in the security industry, we have seen a giant shift in the way organizations structure and run their security platforms. The creation of the title “Chief Information Security Officer” (CISO) was necessary to encompass the role of overseeing the security and management of information and company assets. The CISO role has become one of the key decision makers within an organization, as he or she is responsible for ensuring that security initiatives align with a business’ programs and objectives, as well as that all business technology is adequately protected. Over time, these responsibilities have shifted to identifying, developing, implementing and maintaining security-related processes that reduce the organization’s operational risk.

At ASIS International this year, there was a key focus on the CISO’s role. One of the key sessions called, “CISO Impact: Driving Security into the Business” explored the importance of a CISO’s team and overall impact on business success. The growth of the CISO role signals the merging of physical and cybersecurity, and Vidsys’ technology is at the center of this movement.

Vidsys was founded on our first platform, Physical Security Information Management (PSIM), designed to help law enforcement make educated decisions by continuously and instantly correlating vast amounts of data gathered from any number or virtually any type, brand or generation of physical security system or sensor, as well as from networked management applications.  As technology has rapidly evolved, we saw the need for further security integration with IT to create better solutions across all company assets.

When it comes to Integrated IT and Physical Security, Vidsys is moving in lockstep with how the two disparate functions are becoming one.

Vidsys sits at the intersection of physical and cyber, and our CSIM platform encapsulates the solutions needed to drive better situational awareness, real-time data correlation, and actionable information that can do everything from improving business efficiency to potentially saving lives. Our CSIM software takes the premise of PSIM, but enhances it through geospatially aligning information and assets into a single user interface. The rules engine and workflow tools give management the ability to pre-determine what data should be correlated and what should be filtered out based on time, location, duration, frequency and type. Since it’s programmed to present potential situations for evaluation, it’s an extremely valuable tool for CISOs to implement within their organizations.

With greater connectivity and the growth of IoT and Smart Cities, the merging of physical and IT security is essential to creating smarter, safer cities. A key part of this transformation will be in the hands of security leaders, proving the role of the CISO more important now than ever.

How Corporations Can Manage Campus Security Across The Globe

Corporate campuses present a unique and ongoing security challenge. Organizations must manage localized, detailed processes in addition to a diverse ecosystem of technologies such as access control, identity management, mass notification, video surveillance, inter-campus communications and business intelligence. Many corporate campuses consist of large groups of close-proximity buildings that host employees as well as sensitive customer and financial data, which can lead to concerns about security tactics. Organizations must monitor a multitude of risks, including insider threats, natural disasters, terror attacks, cyber-attacks and intellectual property theft. To add to this growing data collection and analysis, corporations must also be aware of activities taking place in the surrounding areas near the campus location. In situations where time is of the essence, it is imperative that a potential crisis be quickly recognized so that appropriate responses can immediately be deployed.

 

Vidsys’ Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform is equipped to address these needs and more. Our integrated platform allows us to seamlessly incorporate our software with a company’s specific compliance standards to make the organization run more efficiently and securely. Operating through an open architecture platform that uses a browser-based interface to share information, Vidsys creates a common operating picture across security systems, building management systems, and IT systems—all of which are major components to keeping a corporate campus operating smoothly and securely.

 

The updates included in the newest release of our CSIM software platform, Vidsys Enterprise 2017, are especially relevant for corporate campuses. The capabilities go beyond security and risk management by offering insights that can drive intelligent business decisions.

 

First, through Virtual Situation Management (VSM), corporations can keep track of their various locations in real-time, as the software is intelligent enough to read specific business “situation” requirements. A situation is created when input data based on specific organizational criteria is flagged as a risk. This could be through video footage or sensors at a corporate campus entry point, monitoring suspicious behavior at a large event, or tracking access to classified areas or data through identity management. The new enhanced situational awareness afforded by these capabilities enables organizations to better manage situations across their enterprise anytime and anywhere. This is a major boon for corporate campuses responsible for managing operations and offices in multiple locations around the globe.
In addition, the Enterprise Data Visualization (EDV) component is particularly compelling, as it pulls in third-party open source data and correlates it to the organization’s internal data points. This means that risk data generated around the customer’s environment can be analyzed to notify organizations of potential impacts on their personnel, resources, facilities and brand. By pulling and correlating data from both open source technology and social media inputs, organizations can monitor unhappy customer or employee fodder via social media and take the appropriate actions to respond. It also allows enterprises to make adjustments at the corporate level to identify and rectify the situation.
Building off of this data, the Enterprise Business Intelligence (EBI) platform allows customers to pull all of this data through a single dashboard to assemble reports of the relevant, correlated data occurring within their organizations. Reporting is flexible and scalable to the end user, thus providing customers the ability to utilize data for resource allocation and budgeting and the support of operations including building management systems and supply-chain systems. For corporate campuses, this could identify problems with workplace and communication issues and flag questionable processes so that businesses can make educated decisions.
As companies expand regionally, nationally, and globally, having a corporate security platform that is flexible, mobile and intelligent will create a strong base for the company’s safety, efficiency, and success.

Explore Our Safe City Global Security Operations Center

This month at ASIS 2016 we presented the Safe City Global Security Operations Center (GSOC), a consortium comprised of industry leading companies with best-of-breed technologies, to showcase our integrated security and smart city solutions. The consortium included Hikvision, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Salient Systems and Viscount Systems, and focused primarily on industry-specific use cases such as Public Safety, Corporate Campus Security, and Transportation. Through the demonstrations, we were able to show our partners and customers how our technologies are integrated to create a comprehensive solution.

In case you weren’t able to make it to the demonstration, we wanted to give you a closer look at what we showcased at ASIS, and how these solutions can impact your organization.

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Hikvision

Hikvision provides the video cameras and hardware that we use to capture footage in real-time for analysis.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) pulls and stores the copious amounts of data that we need in order to analyze and correlate the information to provide actionable insights to our clients.

Salient Systems

Salient Systems has a Video Management Software (VMS) platform that offers a “Complete View” feature that pulls footage from existing cameras to improve video management and forensic investigations.

Vidsys

Our Converged Security Information Management (CSIM) software monitors and manages physical and IT assets to collect, analyze, verify, resolve and track information.  The rules engine and workflow tools give management the ability to pre-determine what data should or shouldn’t be correlated using filtering rules based on time, location, duration, frequency and type. The software is programmed to identify and flag potential situations for the command center operator.

Viscount Systems

Viscount provides integrated security solutions that unify access control across physical and digital platforms.

Step Into the GSOC

vidsys-operations-center-2What does a Safe City look like? Here are a couple of examples from our demonstration:

The concept of a Safe City is built on the premise of security technology combined with a Smart City infrastructure, which includes technology, sensors, and integrated data connectivity. The building blocks of a successful smart city are public safety and security as well as transportation infrastructure.

Smart Mobility and Transportation are driving growth for cities. For example, the City of New York launched a program to improve its wireless communications to help with public safety, and the infrastructure is now available for smart city concepts to interconnect all of the city traffic lights and share this data with a central hub to improve traffic flow and driver safety. When it comes to smart transportation, it means having the ability to collect fares more efficiently and provide advanced warnings to citizens of a potential accident or emergency in train or metro stations or on the road.

Smart Security & Safety

In the case of an emergency, a strong technology platform infrastructure is essential for city governments and organizations. Creating a proactive response plan and GPS and location-based assets to improve response times will make law enforcement, government officials and citizens better prepared. In order to make the most of the data (from video cameras and sensors, entry access ID, geospatial mapping, social media, etc.), data correlation is key. This is where our technology is able to provide the best, most useful insights and alerts to our users in order to better inform decision makers and provide response plans during major events.

Overall, the Safe City GSOC at ASIS was a huge success, stimulating important discussions about the need for Safe City infrastructures across the globe. We look forward to working with our partners to bring this demonstration to other conferences in the future as well as presenting some of the exciting projects we have underway.