Vidsys Wins Government Security News Homeland Security Award For Best Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) System

Vienna, VA ─ November 9, 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 been named the winner of the Best Physical Security Information Management  (PSIM) System category in the 2010 GSN: Government Security News Homeland Security Awards.

The awards were created by GSN: Government Security News to salute dedicated officials and their agencies and departments at federal, state and local levels of government who have created effective and cost-efficient security programs as well as the outstanding vendors of IT and physical security products who have introduced innovative technologies and products that protect the United States and its people.

“The entries from the vendors of IT and physical security products were dazzling, reflecting the great public-private partnership that keeps our homeland safe and secure,” said Adrian Courtenay, Chairman of World Business Media, LLC.

The VidSys PSIM software system integrates, correlates and analyzes data across disparate security systems and devices, providing agencies and organizations with the shared intelligence and appropriate standard operating procedures necessary to effectively work together to pro-actively resolve situations, resulting in improved collaboration and response. Along with its ability to correlate multiple incoming events, the VidSys PSIM software has the unique ability to dynamically change the business logic related to an evolving situation to better respond to the situation as it unfolds.   The software also enables intelligence and policies for situation management to be pushed to the network edge for faster diagnosis, unprecedented responder collaboration and improved responses and end results.

“Our software provides responders with the right information at just the right time, helping to lower risks, improve response times and, in many cases, save lives,” explained David Fowler, senior vice president, marketing and product development, at VidSys.  “To be recognized by GSN: Government Security News as having the best PSIM solution is a great honor, as we strive to be the best partner to our federal, state and local customers who depend on our technology to help them protect people, property and assets when seconds matter.”

VidSys was presented its award at the gala awards dinner last night at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.

Vidsys And Diebold Announce Strategic Alliance To Provide Integrated Security Solutions For Public Safety Agencies Nationwide

Vienna, VAOctober 19, 2010VidSys, the leading provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software that allows organizations to resolve business and security situations in real time, today announced its partnership with Diebold, Incorporated, a leading security systems integrator. Under this agreement, Diebold will resell the VidSys PSIM software as part of its integrated security systems offering for the North American public sector market.

“We work closely with our customers to help them shift from responding to crises to identifying and mitigating potential threats to better protect their assets,” said Bradley J. Stephenson, vice president, security solutions, Diebold.  ”PSIM software plays a crucial role because it provides a comprehensive situation awareness and management solution, empowering personnel to identify and proactively resolve situations in real time. We are excited to introduce customers in the public sector to VidSys’ innovative PSIM solution.”

Through this established alliance, VidSys and Diebold will work with public safety organizations to protect citizens and first responders by getting the right information to the right people, at the right time for an effective and safe response. With PSIM software’s ability to provide one common operating picture for an organization’s multiple security devices and systems, Diebold customers will benefit from experiencing real-time collaboration and more effective diagnosis and resolution to situations as they occur.

“VidSys is pleased to be partnering with such a well-respected and innovative security systems integrator,” says Eric Sansonetti, vice president, worldwide sales, at VidSys. “With public safety threats growing in prevalence and sophistication, it’s important that organizations and agencies align with security partners that understand the complex nature of these threats and can develop a comprehensive security system around them. With PSIM included in its robust security portfolio, Diebold customers in the public sector will be able to more efficiently collaborate with their security agencies for a comprehensive risk management approach and faster emergency response times when seconds matter most.”

With PSIM software included in its security systems offerings, Diebold can offer customers the benefit of interagency collaboration, improving the information exchange across their multiple security devices and agencies for better situation response and overall risk management.

About Diebold
Diebold, Incorporated is a global leader in providing integrated self-service delivery and security systems and services. Diebold employs more than 16,000 associates with representation in nearly 90 countries worldwide and is headquartered in Canton, Ohio, USA. Diebold is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘DBD.’ For more information, visit the company’s website at www.diebold.com.

About VidSys
VidSys is the leading provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software that enables organizations to reduce operational costs and improve situation response times while reducing risks and increasing safety, security, and asset protection.  Its award-winning Open PSIM PlatformTM and  multi-vendor video and situation management software, VidShieldTM and RiskShieldTM respectively, are running in numerous command centers including three of the top four cities in North America and a number of Fortune 100 global companies.   VidSys is also the founding member of http://www.psimtrends.com, a thought leadership site dedicated to discussing the PSIM industry.  Privately funded by Atlanta Equity, Flybridge Capital Partners, JVax Investment Group and Motorola Ventures, principal offices are located in Marlborough, Massachusetts and Vienna, Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.vidsys.com/.

National Survey Reveals Majority Of Public And Private Organizations Are Focused On A Risk Management Approach To Integrated Physical And It Security

Organizations to Concentrate on Increased Technology Integration and Risk Management Strategies in Coming Year

Dallas – ASIS International 56th Annual Summit (booth #2761) ─ October 12, 2010VidSys, the leading provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software that allows organizations to resolve business and security situations in real time, is previewing findings from its first annual Safety and Security Survey at the ASIS International 56th Annual Summit, taking place today through Oct. 15.

The survey of senior-level IT and physical security professionals from both public and private organizations reveals that a majority of organizations have complex safety and security environments, manage them through multiple, distributed locations, and have a need to coordinate responses with other agencies or organizations.  With 60 percent of respondents stating that their organizations individually manage multiple technologies today, the survey also found that many plan to migrate towards a more unified approach in the next 12 – 18 months, including a single command and control view of events and a centralized view of situations.

When it comes to managing their organization’s security systems, 74 percent of respondents revealed that having a proactive risk-focused approach that ensures greater overall safety and security with a holistic view of the organization is important or extremely important while 71 percent said it’s important to leverage both physical and IT security together to manage and resolve security situations.

Highlights from the Research

Organizations Have Complex Safety and Security Environments:

  • 91 percent of organizations are using security systems and devices from two or more different manufacturers, with 46 percent of those using solutions from at least six different manufacturers.
  • The majority of respondents said that they manage security through multiple, distributed locations as well as coordinate security responses with other agencies.

Integrated Risk Management Strategies are Gaining Traction:

  • A proactive risk-focused approach to organizational safety and security is important according to 74 percent of respondents.
  • 60 percent stated that the integration of data from traditional physical security devices and systems, including access control, video, RFID and GPS, in to one common operating picture is important or extremely important.
  • 38 percent responded that they plan to invest in risk management technology that helps assess, prioritize and manage their risks and needs in the next 12 – 18 months.

“The survey revealed the interest from both public and private organizations to integrate all of their physical security systems and devices to obtain a common operating picture, which ultimately leads to a strategic risk-driven approach to managing safety and security,” said David Fowler, senior vice president, marketing and product development, at VidSys.  “By comparing where organizations are today with where they plan to be 12 – 18 months from now, the research confirms that organizations are moving toward a more holistic and collaborative approach to securing assets and information to not only minimize risk but also reduce operational costs.”

About the 2010 Safety and Security Survey
The 2010 Safety and Security Survey is a national survey designed to provide insight into the security concerns and buying patterns of private and public agencies.  Sponsored by Vienna, VA-based VidSys, the survey was conducted from late August through late September via Zoomerang, an online survey services provider, and is based on 78 respondents (69% private sector, 31% public sector).  A Research Brief providing detailed information on the findings will be available in November 2010.

Editor’s Note: VidSys will discuss the full findings in a Webinar taking place on Tuesday, November 2 at noon ET.  To register, please go to: http://vidsys.com/resources/2010-safety-and-security-survey-results. To sign up to receive the full copy of 2010 Safety and Security Survey results when it becomes available, please contact Kelly Fiedler at kfiedler@vidsys.com.

Industry Thought Leaders From Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department And Vidsys To Lead Discussion On Safety And Security In A Connected Community

WHO: Industry thought leaders Sergeant John Gaw, LASD / Technical Services Division, Advanced Surveillance and Protection Unit, and Dave Fowler, senior vice president, VidSys

WHAT: Safety and Security in a Connected Community Webinar

WHEN: Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

WHERE: Register online at: http://vidsys.com/resources/safetysecurityconnected/

WHY: Safety and security issues are increasingly complex.  For effective management, access to real time information, quick responses and often a high degree of inter-agency collaboration and cooperation is necessary.   As the number of technologies and threats increase, how can communities bring order to the flow and management of information?  How can they improve the efficiency and speed of response?  How can they improve coordination and information sharing across agencies?

During the session, Sergeant Gaw and Mr. Fowler will discuss:

  • How to share technologies to easily identify, visually verify, and obtain details of a situation to protect citizens and assets;
  • How to analyze and correlate vast streams of data as well as IT security systems to identify and prioritize situations in real time; and
  • How to share the right information with the right people at the right time for effective situation management and resolution.

Register for this live webinar to learn how to improve safety and security in a connected community to save time, money, and in some cases lives.

Vidsys’ Physical Security Information Management Software To Demonstrate New Integrated Solutions For Critical Infrastructure And Enterprise Security At Upcoming ASIS Show

Security Industry Leaders Join Forces to Demonstrate their Fully Integrated Security Solution to Customers Worldwide

Vienna, Va. September 28, 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 its PSIM software will be included in a premier demonstration within the Sony booth at the ASIS International 56th Annual Seminar and Exhibits taking place October 12-15, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.

The demonstration will show the integration of Sony’s best-in-class portfolio of security products with the VidSys PSIM software platform and highlight how, by enabling interoperability of the industry leading video and security products with other security systems, organizations can further enhance their overall operations and ability to manage unfolding situations in real time.

More specifically, the demonstration will show how the VidSys PSIM software system leverages the intelligent devices at the edge of the network and tightly integrates these disparate security devices and systems with policies and procedures to empower decision-makers with the right information to quickly make the right decision as situations unfold.

“We are excited to unveil our continued integration and interoperability efforts with leaders in the security industry and feel it is critical that customers see how together we are creating industry leading safety and security solutions that push the boundaries in PSIM and situation management,” said Chuck Teubner, chairman and CEO, VidSys.  “By integrating the best and most reliable security solutions available on the market, we are thereby enabling organizations to enhance their overall security operations and improve real-time situation identification, management, and resolution.”

To see the VidSys demonstration in action at ASIS, stop by the VidSys booth, #2761 on the show floor.

Vidsys Extends Dynamic Collaboration With New Release Of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) Software

Software Makes It Easier Than Ever for Multiple Organizations to Quickly Manage and Resolve Unfolding Situations Together

Vienna, Va. September 8, 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.  By extending its unique dynamic situation management capabilities, multiple organizations can team up as situations unfold to share the information and appropriate standard operating procedures necessary to resolve a situation, resulting in improved collaboration and response.

“The most effective PSIM solutions facilitate quick, easy sharing of relevant information between individuals, organizations, agencies or departments as situations unfold in real time,” commented Derek E. Brink, vice president and research fellow for IT Security, Aberdeen Group. “Advanced capabilities that support this dynamic kind of teamwork and collaboration, such as those announced in VidSys’ latest release, are a great example of how technology is evolving to meet the ever-changing requirements for resolving security and safety situations that span multiple organizations.”

The release enhances the existing dynamic action plans, which adapt response plans as situations evolve to allow multiple organizations to share information and collaborate on the actions required to bring a situation to a quick resolution.  Situations can be assigned to different users based on their role, proximity and access privileges.  For example, responsibility for a situation may start in a command center and then move to an incident commander in the field or be shared with another security operations center at a different location.  As a result, the VidSys PSIM software system provides the right amount of information for personnel across organizations to do their job as efficiently and effectively as possible without distractions and ensures that the right people are accessing, monitoring and resolving situations.

“Dynamic events require dynamic action plans that split responsibilities across organizations and agencies,” explained Dave Rosenlund, vice president, product management and marketing, VidSys.  “With this release, we increase the ability for multiple organizations to work together in a dynamic fashion to more effectively respond to and resolve unfolding security and safety situations.”

With simplified installation and setup capabilities, the out-of-the-box software system can be running in as little as 30 minutes.  Its new graphical user interface makes it easier than ever for operators, managers and administrators to perform their jobs efficiently and effectively.  The ability to dynamically change policies, security devices and systems are easier and more intuitive, saving time and simplifying administrative tasks.  All tools and resources for managing a situation are accessible on one screen via a drag and drop interface, eliminating the need for operators to pop up multiple windows or manually locate relevant resources and reducing the time it takes to resolve the situation.

Vidsys Partners With Northrop Grumman To Improve Dispatch Effectiveness, First Responder Safety And Situation Management

Northrop Grumman’s CommandPoint CAD System and VidSys PSIM Platform Integrate to Place Timely, Robust Information Directly in the Hands of Dispatchers and First Responders

Vienna, Va. July 7, 2010 ─ VidSys, the leading provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software that allows organizations to resolve business and security situations in real time, announced today that its PSIM software is integrating with Northrop Grumman’s CommandPoint computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system. As a result, real-time information can be shared seamlessly and immediately with dispatchers, incident commanders and first responders enabling more effective responses to emergency situations and improving the safety of first responders.

“With the integration of these systems, first responders and incident commanders now have the potential for real-time access to emergency details correlated from multiple agencies, including on-scene video and pictures, sensor information, situation details (such as the location of shots fired) and maps,” said City of Davenport CIO Rob Henry. “The result is field personnel are now empowered with the right information at just the right time to safely respond and resolve an unfolding situation.”

Regardless of how the situation is initiated, the PSIM platform enables integration of devices and information such as visual and audio data from  multiple agencies, providing operators with additional information to verify situations and provide first responders with greater detail as they are dispatched to the scene. Having this information prior to reaching the scene increases the safety and effectiveness of the responder.

“Integrating video and situation management capabilities with CAD systems provides a clearer picture of what is happening during an emergency situation, both for the dispatchers and the field personnel,” said Dave Fowler, senior vice president, Product Development and Marketing, VidSys. “Through our partnership with Northrop Grumman, we can offer dispatchers access to additional real-time information that can be shared with first responders or other agencies so they have a comprehensive view of an incident before, during and after the situation.  Together we can provide faster and safer responses, better deployment of assets, and greater visibility into situation handling for reporting and training.”

To learn more about the VidSys PSIM and Northrop Grumman CommandPoint integration, view a demonstration at the company’s lab in Virginia.

Vidsys’ Physical Security Information Management Software Included In Premier Demo At Upcoming Its America

Houston TranStar to Use PSIM Software to Highlight Information Sharing and Inter-Agency Collaboration During Emergencies for Improved Situation Management

Vienna, Va. April 30, 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 the City of Houston has chosen the VidSys PSIM software to implement a Public Safety Video System in the Greater Houston area.  A demonstration of this system will take place at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) 20th Annual Meeting & Exhibition May 3 – 5, 2010 in Houston, Texas.

The VidSys PSIM Software will be used during the show’s premier demonstration event, the 18-Wheeler Lost Load Rollover and SAFE Clear Demo.  A team of first responders on the region’s incident management recovery team will perform a live demonstration of an 18-wheeler rollover lost load recovery.  The base camp operator for the demo will use the VidSys PSIM software in the TranStar booth on the show floor to help manage and coordinate the emergency response as well as facilitate collaboration amongst TranStar officials, the Houston Police Department, the Houston Fire Department and METRO Police.

During the demonstration, live and recorded video from the traffic incidents, an action plan with manual and automated notifications, and real-time collaboration with first responders via handheld devices will be managed through the VidSys PSIM software.  Show attendees will be able to watch on a jumbo screen in the convention center how the software enables inter-agency communication and helps with the management of the unfolding situation.

“Houston TranStar is committed to providing the best transportation and emergency management services to the public in order to save lives and improve mobility in the region,” said John R. Whaley, Executive Director of Houston TranStar.  “In our demonstrations with the VidSys PSIM software, we will show how we can improve response times, coordinate emergency responses across organizations and empower our first responders with real-time information as the situation unfolds and they arrive on scene.”

“This is a great opportunity to highlight how the VidSys PSIM software can bring together information from a variety of systems across multiple agencies in real time and provide actionable step-by-step guidance to first responders to help save lives and improve mobility,” said David Fowler, senior vice president, marketing and product development, for VidSys.  “We are excited to be involved in this demonstration with Houston TranStar where we can highlight the power of our technology.”

In the Telvent booth at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the VidSys PSIM software will display how it could enable interoperability of analog and digital security devices and systems and correlates the data from these disparate solutions to provide Houston TranStar and its neighboring agencies with a 360-degree view of a situation.  The VidSys PSIM software system seamlessly creates a safety and security solution from piecemeal environments without major surgery on existing security infrastructures to provide one common operating picture and enable quick collaboration and information exchange between local, state and, in some instances, federal agencies when emergencies occur.  By tightly integrating all of the disparate security devices and systems with policies, procedures and protocols, the VidSys PSIM software empowers decision-makers with the right information to quickly make the right decision as situations unfold.

To learn more about the 18-wheeler demo, including dates and times, go to: http://www.itsa.org/.  To see the VidSys PSIM software demo in action at ITSA, stop by Houston TranStar’s booth #217 or Telvent’s booth # 500 on the show floor.

Vidsys And VideoIQ Partner To Streamline Critical Infrastructure Protection

integration of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Intelligent Video Surveillance Enables Proactive Situation Management

Vienna, Va. April 20, 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 its technology partnership with VideoIQ, provider of the world’s only cameras and encoders with adaptive analytics, onboard Network Video Recorder (NVR) and an advanced Video Management System (VMS).  By integrating VideoIQ’s video analytics with the VidSys PSIM software system, organizations can increase their ability to protect critical infrastructure through pro-active and real-time analysis at the network edge.

The VidSys PSIM software system provides a common operating platform that enables more of the intelligence and policies being leveraged by an organization to be pushed to the network edge for faster diagnosis, more efficient bandwidth utilization and the ability to integrate a variety of disparate devices.  With the VidSys PSIM software, data can be correlated from multiple security devices and systems, including VideoIQ’s cameras, encoders and video analytics, and analyzed to proactively avoid situations before they happen, quickly provide awareness as a situation unfolds or prevent them from escalating.  This is another key component of VidSys’ strategy to leverage a distributed network of intelligent devices from multiple vendors to help diagnose, verify, resolve and report on safety, security and business situations.

“Video analytics are crucial for proactively protecting an organization’s critical infrastructure,” explained Mark Gally, vice president of marketing, VideoIQ.  “By tying this data to other information related to a situation as well as standard policies and rules for resolution, responders are able to more intelligently handle unfolding situations.”

VideoIQ’s proactive IP video surveillance system combines automated event detection, a built-in, onboard NVR and integrated video management into a single solution-all driven by next-generation analytics -to provide proactive protection and accelerate investigation.  VideoIQ’s embedded, adaptive analytics intelligently analyze information at the network edge, integrating with VidSys’ situation management rules for effective resolution.  This enables first responders to proactively detect threats, visually verify situations, accurately identify and understand unfolding situations, change policies and actions based on evolving situations and respond more effectively.

“Having accurate information in a timely fashion enables organizations to better manage security and safety situations,” said Dave Rosenlund, vice president, product management, at VidSys.  “This relationship enhances our leadership in making the networks smarter by distributing the intelligence to as close to where the problems occur as possible, lowering cost and response time.”

To learn more about how VidSys and VideoIQ are working together, attend their joint webinar titled, Revolutionizing Your Business’ Critical Infrastructure Protection, on Thursday, April 22 at 2:00 PM EDT.

About VideoIQ
VideoIQ is the leading innovator in intelligent video surveillance.  VideoIQ’s award-winning IP surveillance cameras and encoders include the most advanced, adaptive analytics in the industry, onboard NVR storage and enterprise class video management.  Now, VideoIQ is delivering a new standard in megapixel surveillance, with zero bandwidth recording and full megapixel analytics.  VideoIQ’s simple and powerful surveillance solutions allow customers to pro-actively secure their most important assets across commercial, education, industrial, transportation, telecommunications and government markets.  Learn more at http://www.videoiq.com/ today.

Vidsys And Athoc Partner To Improve Real-time Situation Management During Emergencies

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.”

About AtHoc
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/.