How AI turns CCTVs into Round-the-Clock Guards

Security operators tasked with monitoring multiple camera feeds have a very challenging job simply because they are humans. No wonder the United Kingdom’s Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) recommends a 20 minshift for CCTV control room operators because of vigilance decrement, a common occurrence where attention decreases and oversight increases for tasks requiring intense and sustained attention. Threat scenarios vary so operators must also be able to react swiftly and appropriately. False alarms could be costly and missed detections could be deadly so control rooms are operating under tremendous pressure, which in turn increases the risk of errors.

How can Artificial Intelligence (AI) help? AI powered analytics can automate continuous monitoring and real-time detection of threats:

  • Physical area – Scene analytics can identify and classify unattended objects/vehicles and suspicious movement patterns. For example, an unattended clear glass bottle on a table in the middle of a room would be classified to have a risk profile, which is different from that of an unattended backpack at the corner next to a high traffic entrance.
  • Human – Face analytics can enable people counting for crowd traffic control and identity verification.  For example, a person on a watch list entering a public event can be identified and monitored.
  • Vehicle – License plates, makes and models can be read and referenced against a database. For example, suspicious vehicles w/mismatched plates can be identified.

Let’s look at one of the most common security breaches – tailgating. Basic courtesy of holding a door for a ‘fellow employee’ might lead to catastrophic consequences. With AI powered video analytics monitoring CCTV feeds from entrances, any individual whose image does not have a match in the authorized personnel database can automatically trigger an alarm. The unknown individual can be automatically enrolled for continuous tracking across the premise with other CCTV feeds to assist security intervention. While tailgating alone might not warrant a drastic response such as a lockdown, if there are other threats – unattended backpack at the corner of a cafeteria and a parked vehicle with a license plate registered to a terminated employee- detected within a short timeframe, it might lead to a different conclusion.

 

Note: this story originally appeared on Micro Focus’ IM&G blog.

 

Vidsys and Micro Focus are partnering together to bring Intelligent GSOC to ISC West 2019! ISC West is the largest US security event featuring the latest products, training and best networking opportunities in the industry. This year’s event will be held April 10-12th in Las Vegas, NV. Stop by Booth #34091 to learn more about how this joint solution can make a difference in your security operations. Visit our ISC West event page to schedule a live demo at the show!

Vidsys VP of Product Innovation Featured GIT Security Magazine Article: “Keeping Corporate Campuses Safe”

“Keeping Corporate Campuses Safe”, by Vidsys VP of Product Innovation, Maurice Singleton, was featured as a top story in the online edition of GIT Security Magazine, EMEA. In the article, Maurice details the ways in which Corporate Campuses can utilize Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) Software to increase workplace efficiency and facilitate overall operational security efforts.

The full article is available now at git-security.com.

Featured Article: “What’s Next for PSIM?”

Vidsys CEO, James Chong, explains how physical security information management (PSIM) today is continuing to evolve, giving way to converged security and information management.

 

“CSIM extends software abilities beyond physical security by capturing and correlating data from multiple IT-security systems and information management systems. With capabilities for large-scale, widely dispersed customers, this advanced platform can be leveraged to support smart city and IoT applications, in addition to a variety of use cases such as supply-chain systems, building management, logistics management and manufacturing.”

 

The story was featured by The Innovation Enterprise and is available on their website. 

 

3 Enterprise Security Trends to Watch in 2019 – SSI Magazine article

In a recent article, Vidsys CEO, James Chong, lays out the three factors that will drive and define converged security operations in 2019. Below is an excerpt:

 

“Most companies now realize that good enterprise solutions rely on great software. Converged security is an intelligent solution that cross-pollinates IT and physical security. This creates a complete, “360-degree” security system that is well worth the investment.”

 

The full article, published in Security Sales & Integration Magazine, is available on their website.

 

Vidsys Recognized by Frost & Sullivan for its Comprehensive Converged Security Information Management System, RiskShield Enterprise

The platform’s high level of interoperability and holistic coverage of the security ecosystem greatly enhance its value proposition among organizations of all sizes

VIENNA,VA., – Feb. 13, 2019  — Based on its recent analysis of the global Converged Security Information Management (CSIM) system market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Vidsys, Inc. with the 2019 Global Technology Leadership Award. Vidsys’ comprehensive, intelligent, and open architecture CSIM software platform, RiskShield Enterprise, empowers security personnel to monitor an organization’s ecosystem for both cyber and physical security events through a single, user-friendly interface. The system aids in informed decision making and helps operators proactively manage situations by offering them a comprehensive view of the enterprise’s security posture.

“RiskShield Enterprise addresses the five core features of data collection, analysis, verification, resolution, and tracking,” said Danielle VanZandt, Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “Security personnel can customize the data that the platform presents through filters managed seamlessly through a user-friendly interface. Furthermore, users can filter the displayed information by time, location, duration, frequency, and type to obtain the information that is most pertinent to their operations.”

RiskShield Enterprise connects an organization’s vital security systems, such as IT security information and event management (SIEM), video surveillance and management systems, security analysis, investigative tools, and reporting platforms, allowing operators to base their decisions on a holistic view of the entire ecosystem. The software then alerts operators of potential security risks to their IT infrastructure, buildings, assets, or employees. RiskShield Enterprise operates as a top layer to the customer’s existing systems; thus, Vidsys can tailor enhancements and implement those changes without causing any operational downtime.

As a vendor-agnostic system, the CSIM platform integrates seamlessly with over 350 third-party legacy and new technologies and is scalable for businesses of all sizes in any industry. Some of the solutions and systems with which the platform can be integrated include video management, identity and access management, building management, security sensors, weather forecasts, fire alarms, analytics, smartphones, intruder detection, computer-aided dispatch, and social media platforms. Moreover, RiskShield Enterprise can link multiple independent organizations’ systems, such as public and private critical infrastructure, which rely on each other for vital information.

“In addition to bringing an organization’s physical security systems together, RiskShield Enterprise integrates and directly communicates with cybersecurity platforms, significantly saving operational expenditures,” noted VanZandt. “This exceptional technology and return on investment strongly positions the company for greater growth in the future.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents the Technology Leadership Award to the company that demonstrates uniqueness in developing and leveraging new technologies that deliver significant customer value.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Vidsys, Inc.

Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, USA, Vidsys provides transformational Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform that has been adopted by some of the world’s leading brands and technology partners within key verticals, including Transportation, Energy, Utility, Healthcare, and Government. Vidsys software has obtained highest levels of information security and assurance from both top-tier global corporations and the US federal government.

Vidsys is hardware, protocol, and device agnostic, and offers bi-directional, browser-based platform with industry-specific features and functions that allows sensors, devices, systems, subsystems, and services to be interconnected via open architecture APIs and SDKs. The platform collects, correlates and converts vast amounts of data into meaningful and actionable information, based on the organization’s risk policy, standards and compliance requirements. By leveraging mobile and web-based technology, the software can be rapidly deployed and provides real-time situational awareness and information management capabilities. For more info, please visit www.vidsys.com.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, collaborates with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, Frost & Sullivan has been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector, and the investment community.

Vidsys Sponsored Converged Security Centre IFSEC Global Feature Story

IFSEC Global recently highlighted Vidsys and the Vidsys sponsored, Converged Security Centre, in a feature story that both recapped last year’s IFSEC international show and gave a preview of what to expect at the upcoming IFSEC 2019 show (June 18-20). The 2019 show will again place an increased focus on converged security, as the successful Converged Security Centre returns to IFSEC for another year.

 

Visit the IFSEC Global website to read the full story. 

 

Atlanta Ups Its Security Game for the Superbowl – Interview with Security InfoWatch Magazine

Vidsys Vice President of Product Innovation, Maurice Singleton, spoke with Security Infowatch Magazine as part of their cover story on Superbowl LIII in Atlanta. In 2017, Vidsys partnered with the City of Houston to provide a comprehensive, converged security and information management solution for Superbowl LI. In this article, Singleton discusses the challenges of managing security for a large scale event:

 

“It’s important that when you’re securing an event that is this large, everyone is on the same page, so it was important to get everyone on the platform in the same way so as to provide a single pane of glass of information for all users.”

 

Head to Security InfoWatch Magazine’s website to read the full article.

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Integrations & Connectors Update: Latest Versions of Genetec, Lenel, Honeywell, Software House and More…

The Vidsys team is excited to announce our latest entry in our blog series – Integrations & Connectors Update – where we highlight new connectors and integrations that are available for 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.

The following Physical Access Control System Connectors have been added to our library:

  1. Genetec Security Center v5.6 Synergis IP
  2. Lenel OnGuard 7.3
  3. Software House C*CURE 9000 v2.5
  4. Honeywell Pro-Watch 4.2

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 ACS connectors integrate 3rd party Access Control Systems with the Vidsys Converged Security & Information Management (CSIM) software. This integration allows events detected by the integrated access control managed sensors and card readers to be relayed to and annunciated by the Vidsys CSIM platform.   It also allows CSIM operators to control discovered devices that are connected to the access control system.  The connector automatically maps the access control system event types to standard CSIM Situation types and translates Vidsys CSIM software command syntax to that of the third-party access control system.

CSIM operators can also easily display the access control history and location of any badged holder configured within the access control system. The Vidsys operator needs no specific card holder information and simply searches using part of the card holder’s name. An up to date list of results is displayed directly within the Vidsys user interface. Alarm logs for devices can also be accessed.

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 for more information or a demo.

 

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

Guest Article by Vidsys CEO, James Chong, Featured in Security Magazine

Security Magazine recently featured a guest article, “How Security Technology Improves Business Operations,” from Vidsys CEO, James I.Chong. In the article, James discusses three ways in which security technology improves business operations and business continuity in the face of new and unpredictable challenges.

Check out the full article on Security Magazine’s website

Vidsys Founder and CEO James Chong chats with Security Info Watch about the evolution of PSIM technology

From PSIM to CSIM: Vidsys Founder and CEO James Chong chats with SIW about the evolution of PSIM technology

In this episode of SIW Radio, James Chong, Founder and CEO of Vidsys, sits down with Steve Lasky, Editor-in-Chief of Security Technology Executive magazine, to discuss how the use of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) technology within the security industry has evolved beyond the integration of physical security sensors to become what the company today calls Converged Security Information Management (CSIM), which ties together data from a multitude of IT systems in addition to traditional security solutions.

Listen to the interview on Security Info Watch here.