Integration of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Emergency Mass Notifications Enables Improved Communication during Critical Situations
Vienna, Va. ─ March 17, 2010 ─ VidSys, the leading provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software that allows organizations to resolve business and security situations in real time, today announced that it has entered into a technology partnership with AtHoc, the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency mass notification systems. The two companies will combine the reach of AtHoc’s mass notification systems with the intelligence and dynamic situation management capabilities of the VidSys PSIM software system to enable swift and centralized bi-directional communication before, during and after times of crisis.
The AtHoc network-centric emergency notification systems disseminate alerts and manage the emergency notification and response process. Through the integration with the VidSys PSIM software system, geospatial information and real-time knowledge of an unfolding situation from VidSys is combined with AtHoc IWSAlerts to rapidly disseminate accurate, timely and situation specific intelligence to help recipients get out of harm’s way. The VidSys PSIM software can send text, audio and images to AtHoc, which can then incorporate that data into the notification.
For example, an operator managing a fire situation in RiskShield, the situation management application within the VidSys PSIM software system, could initiate an evacuation of the building through the organization’s established action plan and immediately invoke AtHoc to distribute the evacuation notification. Such notifications would include intelligence from VidSys, directing people to the safest exit from the building and warning alert recipients as to which exits, if any, to avoid. AtHoc IWSAlerts will track user acknowledgements of the evacuation alert and provide an “enterprise personnel accountability picture” of the status and safety of all personnel as the situation evolves.
“Emergency mass notification systems are designed to alert people to a potential danger and provide an appropriate course of action based on information from the unfolding event,” explained Dubhe Beinhorn, vice president of alliances and channels for AtHoc. “Through this partnership, we are able to leverage real-time situation information from the VidSys PSIM software and enhance information sharing during critical situations thereby protecting people and infrastructure.”
“Our PSIM software has the unique ability to dynamically adapt to evolving situations to provide the best real time response based on rules and standard operating procedures,” said Dave Rosenlund, vice president, product management and marketing, at VidSys. “Integrating our situation management capabilities with AtHoc’s mass alerting solution enables real time communication for improved responder collaboration, responses and results.”
AtHoc is the pioneer and recognized leader in providing enterprise-class, network-centric emergency notification systems to military, government and commercial organizations. AtHoc’s products are used for physical security, force protection, personnel accountability, recall and regulatory compliance. Millions of end-users worldwide, in organizations such as the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, NASA, UCLA, Microsoft, Boeing and PricewaterhouseCoopers rely on AtHoc’s unified notification systems for their emergency alerting and critical communication needs. AtHoc has partnered with market leaders including Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, Harris, Siemens, Avaya, MIR3, Lockheed Martin and others to bring these notification solutions to the public and commercial markets. For more information on AtHoc, please visit http://www.athoc.com/.
Newest Version of PSIM Software Provides an Integrated Suite of Policy and Compliance Tools and Reports
Vienna, Va. ─ March 15, 2010 ─ VidSys, the leading provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software that allows organizations to resolve business and security situations in real time, today released the newest version of its PSIM software system including its situation management application, RiskShield. With the latest enhancements, the VidSys PSIM software system further pushes the state of the art in improving the real time diagnosis, resolution and management of situations along with an integrated suite of services for setting policy, determining compliance and initiating investigative analysis. It is now easier to set and enforce policies and offers integration with post situation compliance and investigative reporting, helping organizations save time, money and, in some cases, lives.
When integration with investigative services applications is required, the VidSys PSIM software system connects with external systems for further reporting. This release includes integration with D3 Security Management System’s investigative services for post-event reviews. VidSys seamlessly streams all data related to a situation, including information about video, voicemail, emails and actions taken, to D3’s holistic data assessment and analysis platform for comprehensive post situation analysis and investigative services.
“Analyzing situations, responses and results after events have taken place offers crucial business intelligence, especially after larger security incidents,” said Julie Copithorne, managing partner, D3 Security Management Systems. “Our partnership with VidSys enables organizations to tie together their proactive situation management and forensic analysis capabilities in order to establish security best practices. Companies are already leveraging the benefits of our integration, including a Fortune 50 company that is using our security reports with the VidSys PSIM software to improve its overall risk, security and situation management practices.”
The release adds dynamic policy and compliance management to the existing capability to add new devices or applications without bringing down the system or loading new software on desktops. The Plug-And-Play architecture allows an organization to change or add new policies, rules, devices, reports, maps or compliance guidelines while the system is running. This feature is crucial as safety and security agencies and corporations, faced with an increasing number of complex security and safety challenges, cannot afford to have down time in order to update software on all desktops, in field vehicles and on remote devices each time a new version of a security device, camera or system is released or a policy changes.
“Public and private organizations are faced with constant pressure to address the dynamic nature of the safety and security situations they face, the policies they establish for situation response and the technologies that they add to their security ecosystem,” explained Dave Rosenlund, vice president, product management and marketing, VidSys. “Our customers, including three of the top four cities in North America and a number of Fortune 100 global companies, need a solution that can adapt with these ongoing changes without any downtime or administrative effort to put software on desktops. Our solution empowers them to reliably achieve their security and safety objectives without having to worry about any interruptions or timely installations.”
To see a demo of the newest version of the VidSys PSIM software, stop by the VidSys booth #9055 at ISC West, March 24 through March 26 in Las Vegas to learn more.
About D3 Security Management Systems, Inc.
D3 Security Management Systems, Inc. develops and supports enterprise solutions to solve the business needs of security, governance, risk and compliance professionals tasked with mitigating risk, responding to incidents, protecting assets and tracking non-compliance. The D3 team recognizes the need for knowledge workers to control a process that fits their environment.
The D3 approach of using technology to improve all aspects of security, governance, risk and compliance management promotes efficient and consistent gathering of critical data that triggers actions and enables data analysis using a built-in business intelligence engine. Integration of D3 products into any environment ensures a higher level of performance and improved budget management. For more information, visit http://www.d3security.com/.