Security Technology Executive Magazine Features Guest Article from Vidsys CEO

Security Technology Executive Magazine featured a guest article from Vidsys CEO, James Chong in its September 2018 issue.

Click here to read the full article on page 34.

Vidsys CEO Shares Guest Article on Security Info Watch: How CSIM Can Facilitate Crisis Communications

Security Info Watch featured the following guest article from Vidsys CEO James Chong. See an excerpt below.

It’s practically a given that the decisions organizations make during the window of time from when an emergency situation begins to when law enforcement arrives are crucial. Unfortunately, the time it takes to respond may not allow the type of intelligent decision-making that would improve outcomes in a crisis.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, average police response times to emergency situations range from 11 minutes to an hour. Department of Homeland Security research reveals that the average duration of an active shooter incident at a school is 12.5 minutes, while the average time it takes for law enforcement to arrive is 18 minutes. (DHS)

When working to resolve a situation, effective communication and coordination among multiple sources include collecting sensor data from multiple vantage points, correlating the data, and then interpreting and sending those insights to first responders. The time it takes to respond to an emergency situation can mean the difference between life and death. That’s where a Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) platform allows organizations to minimize the amount of time it takes to sort through data, determine appropriate actions and respond.

To read the full article on Security Info Watch, click here.

Vidsys Launches New Release of Vidsys Enterprise 2019

New capabilities include synchronized playback, mobile-ready reporting, and HA mode installer

VIENNA, Va.–Vidsys today announced the release of its latest Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform, Vidsys Enterprise 2019 Release 1.0, enhancing the operator experience through the addition of the Synchronized Playback Studio. This capability enables simple retrospective incident investigation by synchronizing the playback of an unlimited number of video streams from a mixture of sources. Operators can employ fast forward/rewind speeds to scan through long periods of time and over large areas to identify the cause of an incident or situation.

This release adds multiple new reports available within Enterprise Business Intelligence (EBI) and delivers these via the existing Vidsys HTML5 Mobile client. All operators may now customize the Vidsys working environment to suit their individual display preferences using the new Font Scaling capability. 2019 R1.0 also provides a streamlined approach to deploying Vidsys in High Availability (HA) mode on select 3rd party environments. This release also shows Vidsys’ continued commitment and support to the EMEA region with the introduction of full Arabic translations for operator and administrator.

“Users will now be able to review and analyze multiple data feeds, including video perfectly synchronized to quickly identify specific incidents, their causes, and take proper action for resolution,” said Ted Kim, VP of Product Management of Vidsys. “The latest product launch at GSX signifies our continued commitment and investment in supporting the challenging and ever-changing needs of our loyal customers.”

About Vidsys

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 the 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, a browser-based platform with industry-specific features and functions that allows sensors, devices, systems, subsystems, and services to be interconnected via 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.

3 Trends We Expect to See at GSX 2018

With the Global Security Exchange (GSX) Conference a few days away, Vidsys is excited to be an active part of the many presentations, demos and the conversations around innovation in the security space.

After 63 years as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, the newly rebranded GSX is the security industry’s flagship event. The organization expects to attract 550 exhibitors and more than 20,000 operational and cybersecurity professionals from all over the globe.

The exhibit hall will be transformed into a learning lab environment featuring thousands of security products, technologies, and service solutions, as well as immersive learning opportunities designed to connect the current threat landscape, as well as emerging risks, with leading solutions available in the marketplace.

The Xcelerated Exchange Stage, where Vidsys Founder and CEO James Chong will speak, provides a forum for the critical discussions that need to take place between practitioners and solution providers to proactively address the current and future security landscape.

As we approach the conference, here are 3 top trends we expect to see at GSX this year.

Drones Take Video Surveillance to the Next Level – Drones, formally known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), are changing the face of security surveillance. New cameras, sensors and safety technology, in addition to a workable regulatory environment, make drones are not only practical but the preferred method for large venue surveillance.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Takes Center Stage – Next-generation AI and video analytics technology are going to be center-stage at GSX. AI technology innovation will help further expand the application and use of AI and video analytics to solve real-world challenges. AI can help facilitate sophisticated risk or incident detection and automatic notification, which can support an overall security program immensely.

Physical and Cyber Security Converging – In 2018, convergence is finally being received and understood as a critical element of security as being part of a larger risk management area. This includes cybersecurity, logical security, merging with physical and electronic security when all combined creates a converged security solution. As we now are seeing, organizational convergence where CSOs are in charge of both physical and cyber security, and technologies in the industry. We believe that this is an exciting movement towards where the future of the Internet of Things (IoT is happening)

To learn more about Vidsys’ presence at the conference, including Vidsys CEO James Chong’s presentation about CSIM (September 25 at 11 a.m. PDT at the Xcelerated Exchange Stage, GSX Show Floor) and the Intelligent GSOC hosted by Vidsys with Micro Focus (September 25-27, Booth 1171), click here.

If you will be at GSX this year and are interested in receiving an in-depth demo of our Intelligent GSOC  with Vidsys and Micro Focus, you can get more information and sign up here.

What’s Next for PSIM? Converged Security Gives Rise to CSIM

Over the past 10 years, Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) has evolved tremendously outside of categories such as Video Management Systems (VMS), Access Control and Intrusion Detection, and companies worldwide have been using PSIM capabilities as a way to differentiate. Fast, integrated platforms offering real-time data and quick-reacting security solutions lay the foundation for this new digital movement. But as the security market continues to grow more crowded, creating reliable value-adds is an ongoing challenge for both vendors and integrators.

Legitimate PSIM is intelligent software that converts massive amounts of data into meaningful and actionable information by filtering and correlating the data based on time, location, duration, frequency, and type, and according to recent research, is estimated to be worth 112.43 Billion USD by 2021. While the definition of PSIM is often misunderstood as an integration platform or a command and control platform, the true nature of PSIM enterprise software is its capability to connect to other systems and subsystems including sensors and security and non-security related devices.

As PSIM has gained awareness globally, the demand for the software has increased and is driving large-scale projects, including many requests from U.S. federal government agencies. With customer and business process needs constantly evolving, software platforms must advance as well.

As innovations in PSIM continue, the platform has started to naturally shift towards a new platform, Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM).

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. CSIM can support customers globally where enhanced Enterprise Data Visualization and Enterprise Business Intelligence are integral features for reporting in real-time. Overall, the capabilities go beyond security and risk management by offering insights that can drive intelligent business decisions.

As the transition from PSIM to CSIM continues, there is a more formal cooperation between previously contrasting functions like physical security and IT security, and a substantial union between CSOs and CIOs has formed, encouraging organizational and operational convergences to align. In order to become more efficient and reduce risk to the organization, merging functions involves both process and accountability, accomplishing true business integrations around risk and compliance.

The shift to CSIM software can be leveraged globally by organizations and multi-site enterprises to garner beneficial, real-time situational awareness and management abilities, and can consolidate big data analytics tools, social media, and other intelligence inputs and tie in internal challenges with external threats. Now, enterprise leaders can have an extensive understanding of where threats are happening and their potential impact, allowing a more precise understanding of when and where crucial resources may be needed.

Interested in learning more about a CSIM solution for your business? Check out the Vidsys CSIM solution here.

The Intelligent GSOC for Today’s Corporate Security and Critical Infrastructure

Watch this video to learn about how the Intelligent GSOC can accelerate effective decisions and actions by enabling the following:

  • Real-time processing of data that are diverse in format (e.g. video, image, audio, text, logs, transactions), and in origin (e.g. CCTV, corporate databases, email, sensor, social media, broadcast media)
  • Automated analysis to identify issues or potential threats
  • Streamlined workflow for alerts and responses
  • Open standards connectivity to third-party systems for easy integration

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Vidsys Included in Security Dealer & Integrator’s annual roundup of active authorized dealer/integrator programs

Vidsys was included in Security Dealer & Integrator’s annual roundup of active authorized dealer/integrator programs. Click the link below to see the listing.

Partnership Possibilities: SD&I’s annual roundup of active authorized dealer/integrator programs

Vidsys CEO Featured in Information Age

Below is an excerpt from Vidsys Founder & CEO James Chong’s guest article on Information Age.

Intelligent transportation: The most important pillar of a smart city?

As part of Information Age’s Smart City Month, James I. Chong, founder and CEO of Vidsys, looks at the importance of transport in the success of smart cities

Smart city initiatives, such as intelligent transportation, are developing rapidly around the world and for good reason. Smart cities not only promote better community service and government efficiency, but the potential for increased public safety and business success as well.

Transportation systems are a key component of any city – the arteries if you will – and, as technology has developed to create intelligent transportation systems, this critical infrastructure should be included in any smart city initiative.

As an example, passenger and freight rail systems, both national and local, are comparatively open environments without the invasive security procedures we see in other critical infrastructure areas, such as the aviation segment.

However, rail systems remain attractive potential terrorist targets, as evidenced by several prior attacks. Add to this the challenge of aging infrastructure – bridges and tunnels – and the safety and security of our rail system grow more vulnerable each day.

In addition, transportation critical infrastructure sectors rely on technology to manage daily incidents and keep commerce moving. Airports, seaports and transit agencies are complex, dynamic environments with public areas, employee-only access zones, construction sites and vast perimeters. Security is often a shared responsibility that requires coordination and collaboration among local, state and security agencies. There are a variety of overlapping authorities that demand effective communication networks…

Link to the full article here.

AsMag: Vidsys releases latest version of Vidsys Enterprise 2018

Below is an excerpt from Asmag’s recent coverage about the Vidsys Enterprise 2018 updates.

Vidsys announced the release of its latest Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform, Vidsys Enterprise 2018 Release 1.2, streamlining the operator experience whilst simultaneously catering to customer environments of ever-increasing scale.

The latest release provides performance improvements to the Vidsys reporting and mapping engines, greater and more immediate access to critical information, additional granularity on video replay permissions, user and administrative guides for foreign languages, and support for Microsoft Windows Server 2016.

“This software release signifies our continued commitment and investment in supporting the challenging and ever-changing needs of our loyal customers,” said James I. Chong, Chief Executive Officer of Vidsys.

“We’re excited to unveil our latest release at IFSEC in London this June,” said Ted Kim, Vice President of Product Management for Vidsys. “This release incorporates often-requested capabilities but also continues the Vidsys evolution and pioneering of CSIM. With GDPR now in effect, this release gives our customers the capability to tightly control the egress of data from their system.”

See the full article here.

IFSEC Highlights Vidsys Presentation – Smart Transportation

Below is an excerpt from a post on IFSEC Global’s website about Vidsys’ presentation on Smart Transportation.

Transport safety: the power of social media and video analytics

Social media data could play a critical role in keeping transport networks safe, an audience has been told at IFSEC 2018.

A demonstration of new technology from Vidsys and Micro Focus showed how traditional data sources such as cameras can combine powerfully with Big Data – particularly from social media – to provide more timely and accurate information to security operators.

Dave Humphreys, CTO IDOL, Micro Focus, explained that the business wants to “own the hidden 80%”.

“Look at social media; someone might tweet you an image of a traffic incident,” he said. “How do you get that, analyze it and extract the value you need to take action?

“We also bring in police reports, alerts, emails and other documentation that could be related to the vehicle.”

Advanced video analytics also plays a major role in the system, said Humphreys.

“Our video analytics can tell an operator not only that an accident has happened, but what vehicles are involved, what the closest assets are.”

Joining Humphreys was Kris Heath, Global Solutions Architect (Product Management) at Vidsys, outlined how this data can make a real impact on the front line.

“If there had been a road traffic accident ordinarily we would need to wait for someone reporting it or spotting it on CCTV,” he said. “That creates a delay which could be deadly.”

“We can bring in information from different departments direct to the operator, so he or she can make a better-informed decision. He might even know who the driver might be and that could influence how he coordinates his response.”

“The data is driving an informed decision.”

The data can also enable operators to spot potential incidents which might otherwise seem innocuous, added Humphreys.

“This is real AI coming into play,” he said. “You might see an incident that you don’t think is particularly important, but if the AI tells you it’s the fourth time it’s happened this week you’d make a different decision.”

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