Bank Aljazira (BAJ), a leading Shari’ah compliant financial institution in Saudi Arabia, deployed Vidsys PSIM software in 2013 to reduce risk and enforce standards across its security operations.
With the financial industry institutions facing increasingly sophisticated threats directed at bank assets and brand integrity, BAJ’s security team sought to reduce risk and ensure compliance with recently strengthened Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) security regulations. BAJ selected Vidsys PSIM to help implement rigorous corporate standard operating procedures (SOPs) across all its facilities, including ATMs, cash centers, branches and corporate buildings. With a multitude of systems, sensors and devices all generating alerts and alarms, BAJ needed to create a streamlined and centralized view of operations. Leveraging Vidsys software, the BAJ security team can now efficiently detect, analyze and respond to any incident across its geographically dispersed locations, while simultaneously adhering to its SOPs and complying with new federal regulations and standards.
SecuTronic, a leading Middle East systems integrator, deployed Vidsys PSIM software, leveraging this technology to enable integration of multiple proprietary systems, including GE and Nedap access control technology, fire systems from Bosch and Simplex, video from Dedicated Micros and American Dynamics and a large network of ATMs. The Vidsys multi-vendor platform tightly integrates BAJ’s surveillance capability with alarms to provide real-time verification. By combining all of the systems into one user interface, the Vidsys solution facilitates greater situation awareness and resolution of incidents according to BAJ-configured protocols, in each case generating a time-stamped audit trail.
Kamal Kazi, Chief Executive Officer at SecuTronic, said, “Vidsys PSIM has enabled rapid deployment and the integration of multiple systems, all without custom coding. That provided Bank AlJazira a fast route to compliance. The BAJ security team can now identify, analyze and prioritize situations automatically, with all the appropriate information and systematic procedures presented to security officers in one easily-managed common view.”
Iyad Alyousf, Vice President, Head of Logistics Division at Bank AlJazira, noted, “We are delighted that following the deployment of Vidsys PSIM, Bank AlJazira is the first SAMA compliant financial institution in Saudi Arabia. By automating standard operating procedures, we can now enforce and track corporate policy to ensure compliance across our entire enterprise. This consistent approach to all of our security applications is delivering operational efficiencies. It also provides centralized awareness across all BAJ facilities, reducing the time required to manage data across previously disparate systems and ensuring a rapid and appropriate response to incidents.”