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Vidsys and Evolver, the Industry Leaders in Converged and Cybersecurity, Announce Strategic Partnership

Vidsys Converged Security and Information Management Platform Will Support Evolver Cybersecurity Consulting Practice

VIENNA, Va. – October 18, 2017 – Vidsys, the leading global software technology manufacturer of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, today announced its partnership with Evolver, a cybersecurity and information technology firm that delivers sophisticated services, operations, and consultation internationally.

The partnership provides Evolver’s client base with a more holistic approach to security solutions with the addition of physical security to its cybersecurity offerings. Vidsys allows companies to perform software integrations with video, sensor, IoT device and social media data through a custom API-enabled platform. This approach enhances Evolver’s managed security service provider (MSSP) offering by providing extended capabilities for its clients. Current Vidsys clients will also benefit from Evolver solutions and information technology services through anticipating, preparing for and managing changes that impact organizational security.

“We are excited to launch this enhanced managed security services program with Evolver in supporting its key clients,” said James I. Chong, CEO of Vidsys. “Today, cybersecurity and physical security often operate separately, but organizations must now be even more proactive and produce a unified view of their security operations with actionable intelligence. Through a converged security approach, Evolver will be able to help customers achieve long term success through continual cybersecurity innovation. Vidsys is excited to be a part of that solution.”

“Partnering with Vidsys is a natural fit that will provide a more strategic approach to security for our clients,” said Bill Sabo, CEO of Evolver. “We see the convergence of cyber and physical security as a critical advancement in security and we look forward to developing this program with Vidsys to provide additional value to our clients.”

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 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 Evolver

Evolver is a technology company serving the government, commercial, and legal industries by addressing client challenges in the present and transitioning clients to the future through the introduction of efficient and effective IT solutions. We specialize in cybersecurity, cloud, infrastructure, application development, end-user support, and legal technology services.

With a dedicated focus on client satisfaction, Evolver has proven its value time and time again, from managing day-to-day operations to skillfully navigating the implementation and support of new technologies. Evolver is headquartered in Reston, VA, with offices in Washington, DC; Alexandria, VA; Denver, CO; and Boston, MA. More information: www.evolverinc.com.

ASIS 2017: The Importance of Physical Security to Enterprises

With the start of the ASIS 2017 Conference, organizations from around the world will be turning to the top global security leaders to identify new ways to approach security within their business. While IT and cybersecurity threats are growing, it is important for companies to not neglect their physical security strategy.

Organizations with widely dispersed assets should be cognizant of the overall protection of confidential resources. Although many companies often focus on the technical and administrative elements of security, physical security is intended to protect the assets and facilities of an organization with the preeminent responsibility of safeguarding employees and facilities. Without protection from a physical security breach, all other security measures would be useless.

A couple of different factors can affect physical security, including unintentional natural disasters or intentional malicious groups. Natural disasters such as a flood or fire can destroy data or make it very difficult to recover, while malicious groups such as hackers, thieves or terrorists can lead to the misuse of highly classified information.

Attackers often have an easy opportunity to exploit data and gain unauthorized access to penetrate networks. To maintain strong physical security and help slow down criminals from bypassing layers of security, enterprises should consider:

  • Cameras
  • Access Control
  • Sensors
  • Building Management
  • Alarms
  • ID management
  • GIS Mapping
  • Perimeter security such as mantraps, fences, gates and turnstiles
  • Safe locks
  • Store backup devices in a secure place with authorized access only

As physical security becomes more challenging than ever with the increase in sensitive devices that make data much easier to steal, implementing a Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform can help organizations with a large physical footprint through geo-spatially aligning information and assets into a single user interface.

Vidsys software is programmed to identify and present potential situations for evaluation by the command center operator, and the organization’s approved con-ops are automatically provided on-screen to ensure compliance and swift resolution. So when a threat occurs, it can be resolved accurately, efficiently and consistently.

If you will be at ASIS this year, sign up to attend our Intelligent Global Security Operations Center demo with Micro Focus. Learn more and sign up here.

ISC West 2017 Preview: Step Inside Our Intelligent Global Operations Center With HPE

ISC West is the largest security conference in the United States that brings together over 29,000 security professionals from around the world. The 2017 Conference will focus on the collision of the digital and physical worlds, and the increasing need for industry professionals to protect their organizations from both physical and cyber threats.

Read more about this theme and the Connected Security Expo (CSE) in our last blog post.

This year, Vidsys will be partnering with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a leader in big data analytics, to create a simulated Intelligent Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) to showcase the latest in big data analytics powered physical security technologies.

We have seen the increasing pressure that many companies face to respond more quickly to threats and even mitigate risks within organizations before they happen.

Through our partnership with HPE, we are able to help companies understand how they can integrate their technology, correlate important data, and extract actionable intelligence from diverse sources –  video cameras, video analytics, sensors, biometrics and even social media – to create a stronger, and more effective security platform. An effective security platform must take into account both the digital and physical threats of today’s organizational landscape. Alone with HPE, Vidsys will give companies a chance to see how smart security and data analytics platform can make a direct and positive impact on their industry. Use cases will include public safety, campus security, critical infrastructure protection, transportation management, and many other pertinent organizational needs.

The Intelligent GSOC will be held directly off the ISC West show floor in a private suite at the Sands Expo Center, giving companies the opportunity to experience Vidsys’ Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software and HPE’s IDOL platform firsthand.

Join us and explore how the Intelligent GSOC can make a difference in your security operations. Learn more about the Intelligent GSOC and sign up for a briefing here.

Vidsys and Current, powered by GE, Collaborate to Enhance Smart Cities

Vidsys’ Converged Security and Information Management Platform to be enhanced with actionable data from Current’s CityIQ IoT Platform

VIENNA, Va. – February 28, 2017 – Vidsys, the leading global software technology manufacturer of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, today announced its partnership with Current, powered by GE, which offers a smart city IoT sensor network that provides actionable intelligence for urban environments.

Powered by Predix™, GE’s platform for the Industrial Internet, Current’s CityIQ intelligent nodes are placed on street light poles where they will collect and analyze vast amounts of real-time data that is made actionable via APIs to the Vidsys platform. Sensor data from CityIQ will be integrated into the Vidsys platform and displayed through a unified dashboard with an easy-to-use interface. Through a custom API-enabled platform, Vidsys software provides integration with security sensors, IoT devices and supports the actionable intelligence and data correlation that powers the solution.  It also supports third party systems such as building management, traffic management systems and other sensors and applications.

An important benefit of Smart City solutions is increased safety. The pedestrian, traffic, and parking planning metadata exposed by Current’s smart city sensor networks enables improved situational awareness for Vidsys’ CSIM solutions. This means that creating a risk management and public safety platform is essential to building a smart infrastructure from the ground up.

“Current’s vision aligns with Vidsys’ goal to create smarter, safer cities around the globe,” said James I. Chong, CEO and Founder of Vidsys. “We’re excited to launch this program together with Current and drive innovation utilizing our joint solution in the IoT and Smart City market.”

“We’re excited to be partnering with Vidsys to drive smart cities forward,” said Jim Benson, Director of Marketing and Alliances at Current. “This alliance supports our goal to provide unparalleled, high value solutions to our customers, and grows our capabilities as a leader in the space.”

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 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 Current, powered by GE:

Current is the digital engine for intelligent environments. A first-of-its-kind startup within the walls of GE (NYSE: GE), Current blends advanced energy technologies like LED and solar with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings and industrial facilities more energy efficient & productive. Backed by the power of Predix™, GE’s platform for the Industrial Internet, and a broad ecosystem of technology partners, Current is helping businesses and cities unlock hidden value and realize the potential of their environments. www.currentbyge.com

About GE:

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com

Vidsys CSIM Secured Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit In Lima, Peru

An event that gathers dignitaries from all over the world, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Peru was a major undertaking for the City of Lima last year. Vidsys played an integral role as our software managed situational awareness and public safety during the Summit.

Following a successful deployment in Lima for the 2015 World Bank-IMF Summit, Vidsys returned to Lima to support our partner Cosapi Data with the deployment of our Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) platform for increased video security management and situational awareness around the city. The annual APEC CEO Summit hosted dignitaries from all over the world, including former U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Vidsys CSIM platform was integrated throughout the City of Lima, with hundreds of cameras monitoring the downtown area during the event. Through a centralized data center, the software combined data from disparate Video Management Systems and correlated the data to create actionable intelligence for decision makers.

CSIM is unique in that it collects, analyzes, verifies, resolves and tracks information from multiple disparate subsystems using open architecture standards. This enables authorized users to view and manage situations in real-time.

“Vidsys was excited to work with the City of Lima once again for this important, and highly visible event,” said Vidsys CEO, James I. Chong. “Our software is able to overcome the logistical challenges that often arise for cities while hosting major events, streamlining the process of integrating data from disparate systems and managing public safety. The benefits of our software extend beyond events to become an essential part of many cities’ long-term public safety, transportation and situational awareness strategies.”

Continuing to develop new Internet of Things and Smart City technologies, Vidsys helps cities make sense of big data to create smarter, safer communities. Many large-scale events and organizations around the world have utilized Vidsys’ browser-based platform, including marathons, international sporting events, global conferences and summits, key dignitary protection events and safe city initiatives.

The PSIM Market Evolution to CSIM

In today’s technological landscape, operation centers exist in many different capacities—in large organizations, transportation agencies, government buildings, hospitals and beyond. There is a huge amount of data that is being generated through various sensors including cameras, doors, alarms, social media and biometrics. As a result, data overload has become a prevalent issue. Vidsys is dedicated to solving this issue by providing essential security tools and software management solutions to organizations worldwide. There is such an abundance of data coming into operation centers that it is nearly impossible to manage all of it in real-time. Our software allows for operators to make sense of data by correlating all of the disparate information and determining the appropriate actions.

Vidsys can help organizations manage security through both Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security Information Management (CSIM). PSIM was coined by Vidsys a decade ago when it was the central component of the Vidsys’ security platform. In recent years, however, we have begun to identify PSIM as more of a stepping stone to where we are now with Converged Security & Information Management (CSIM).

The current reality of security within operation centers is that analysts are not only analyzing data coming in from physical sensors, but now must consider cybersecurity, IT security and the mitigation of insider threats as well. What Vidsys offers is not just physical security, but also management of the non-physical security considerations in a “converged” software platform. While PSIM is still being used today for physical security needs, we have now incorporated the IT portion with CSIM to create a converged security solution for more advanced operations like smart cities and smart buildings.

Last year, we launched our latest software, Vidsys Enterprise 2017, that can greatly improve the security functions of a given organization. An important feature of Vidsys Enterprise is Virtualized Situation Management (VSM), which allows for multiple instances of Vidsys running in different regions around the globe. This permits users to collaborate with each other based on real time situations and real time data and make decisions accordingly. This VSM software will also allow for proper management of facilities that are in multiple different time zones in one unified graphical user interface. Vidsys Enterprise allows for users to be in multiple places at once—an incredibly valuable asset to have in the current security landscape.

Additionally, Vidsys Enterprise has a feature called EBI, or Enterprise Business Intelligence. EBI will give users real-time, dynamic metrics of all the data that is being gathered in their environment. It will also provide users with visualization of this data in any language in real-time. This will serve as a very valuable tool for executives, directors and supervisors trying to understand what is happening within their organization around the world and across their industry.

Finally, Vidsys developed a featured called Enterprise Data Visualization (EDV) that allows users to visualize all internal and external sensor data. This could be coming from weather, geological data, supply chain management, or calls from the media or public that identify a threat. EDV software has the ability, using APIs and SDKs, to tie together social media analytical engines that will be able to correlate information based on time, location, duration, frequency and type. When there is an event—say, a gunshot that’s near an office building—the Vidsys software will be able to notify those employees, help with the evacuation and notify anyone else that has the ability to respond to the situation. The Vidsys EDV feature will be another game changer in helping to provide real time analysis of both internal and external assets and threats.  Vidsys software essentially functions as a “workforce multiplier” because it allows smaller teams to make larger impacts on data management projects. As a result, both time and expenses are diminished.

In the current digital climate where time, cost and security are so important, the need for a converged security solution such as CSIM will becoming increasingly essential for protecting company assets, streamlining organizational efficiency, and utilizing important data to improve overall success.

The Next Evolution of PSIM for Smart Cities

Below is an article by our CEO James Chong that was featured in Security Dealer & Integrator.

Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) has become an essential security solution for many public and private sector organizations worldwide. As IBM and others have predicted, 25 to 50 billion objects are expected to be connected to the cloud by 2020, underscoring the importance of embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) and building the framework for overall integration.

Smart city initiatives involve solution capabilities to enhance community safety, with integrated databases that can identify threat and risks. This is an opportunity for security integrators, who can work with cities to either design or adapt these smart communities from the ground up.

Organizational Convergence

With the trend toward converged security, the industry is witnessing a more formal cooperation between previously disparate security functions — especially physical and IT security. This includes a stronger integration between CSOs and CIOs, pushing organizational convergence to align with operationalconvergence.

When looking at Smart Cities, a further level of integration is required to create a comprehensive solution that allows disparate communication systems and organizations to work together; therefore, it is critical that security providers begin accelerating their roadmap for PSIM toward Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM).

CSIM can simply be described as 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. Taking in information from video cameras, sensors and social media inputs from around a city, for example, CSIM correlates the data collected to help law enforcement and event management officials make the best decisions in the case of an emergency, and hopefully detect suspicious activity before it becomes a reality. These criteria are pre-programmed to fit each individual organization’s risk policy, standards and compliance requirements.

There are clear values for integrating CSIM software for local and state officials to manage security around large events such as concerts and sporting events, and especially when it comes to major gatherings that present an attractive target such as the Olympics, Super Bowl, music festivals and conventions.

As many cities have come to realize, the security market is inherently crowded and fragmented, and creating legitimate and proven value-adds continues to be a challenge for vendors and integrators alike.

Read the full article on Security Info Watch here.

Ocularis Announces VMS integration with Vidsys PSIM

Below is an excerpt of an article on Pro Security Zone about Vidsys’ partnership with Ocularis.

Ocularis now works alongside Vidsys security management system in the latest integration to converge physical security products

OnSSI is expanding the versatility of the Ocularis 5 Video Management System (VMS) via integration with Vidsys’ Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software. The integration allows operators to respond to events more quickly and effectively while enabling more accurate and efficient post-event investigation.

“The combined power of OnSSI’s Ocularis VMS and Vidsys’ CSIM solution provides operators with situational intelligence that enables faster, more effective responses to security events,” said Mulli Diamant, VP of International Business Development, OnSSI. “Additionally, this integration is quick and easy to deploy and use, streamlining video surveillance and CSIM functions to deliver heightened situational awareness and improved overall security.”

Built on the Vidsys Ocularis Connector, this integration supports multiple versions of Ocularis, including the latest version (5.2.1), allowing CSIM operators to view real-time and recorded video from within the Vidsys software. Video can be displayed in response to manual user selection and can be automatically displayed when an event is detected and reported by CSIM-integrated access control, intrusion detection or other systems. Using the integrated solution, operators can control PTZ cameras and playback stored video using standardized controls across different video recorder products, and are also capable of defining, storing and bookmarking specific video clips and snapshots in CSIM situation folders for easier post-event analysis.

Ease of configuration and use are among the many key benefits of the integration between Ocularis and the Vidsys CSIM. For example, the Ocularis Connector automatically identifies recorder input video channels and any descriptive information stored with each. This provides Vidsys CSIM users with the ability to simply drag-and-drop video clips and data onto a hierarchical tree, as well as onto CSIM map backgrounds for automatic geolocation. Drag-and-drop functionality also allows operators to view and control video in window panes within the CSIM’s multiplexed display, so operators can easily switch between real-time and recorded video.

“By combining our Vidsys CSIM platform with Ocularis, we are able to deliver a scalable, end-to-end security solution in an intuitive, easy-to-use format that makes event response times both faster and more efficient,” said James Chong, CEO & Founder, Vidsys. “We are extremely pleased to have worked closely with OnSSI to continue our partnership, and deliver this powerful and innovative integrated solution.”

Read more on Pro Security Zone here.

Vidsys featured in Security Middle East Magazine

This is an excerpt from a recent article in Security Middle East Magazine. Vidsys Vice President Operations EMEA Phil Stockham was interviewed about our work with CSIM technology in the Middle East.

Central Control: Leading PSIM developers are now looking to offer integrated security systems aimed at the growing needs of large scale enterprises and the increasing trend for smart city applications

….Vidsys is also focusing on developing a new generation of PSIM solutions offering more advanced functions for more stakeholders and greater central control.

“Solutions will continue to move beyond physical security to the broader Converged Security & Information Management (CSIM) realm,” says Phillip Stockham, vice president operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

He predicts that such CSIM solutions will “encompass the needs of multiple stakeholder types under Smart City and Smart Campus initiatives and onward to the IoT (Internet of Things)” – where having a platform underpinned by web service technologies is vital.”

Over the summer Vidsys released its latest Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform, Vidsys Enterprise 20017, with capabilities for large-scale, widely dispersed customers. This software release included features and expandable infrastructure purpose-built for the IoT, as well as the ability to support customers with regional, national, and global foot prints…

Read the full article in Security Middle East Magazine online (Page 37 – 38) here.

How Corporations Can Manage Campus Security Across The Globe

Corporate campuses present a unique and ongoing security challenge. Organizations must manage localized, detailed processes in addition to a diverse ecosystem of technologies such as access control, identity management, mass notification, video surveillance, inter-campus communications and business intelligence. Many corporate campuses consist of large groups of close-proximity buildings that host employees as well as sensitive customer and financial data, which can lead to concerns about security tactics. Organizations must monitor a multitude of risks, including insider threats, natural disasters, terror attacks, cyber-attacks and intellectual property theft. To add to this growing data collection and analysis, corporations must also be aware of activities taking place in the surrounding areas near the campus location. In situations where time is of the essence, it is imperative that a potential crisis be quickly recognized so that appropriate responses can immediately be deployed.

 

Vidsys’ Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform is equipped to address these needs and more. Our integrated platform allows us to seamlessly incorporate our software with a company’s specific compliance standards to make the organization run more efficiently and securely. Operating through an open architecture platform that uses a browser-based interface to share information, Vidsys creates a common operating picture across security systems, building management systems, and IT systems—all of which are major components to keeping a corporate campus operating smoothly and securely.

 

The updates included in the newest release of our CSIM software platform, Vidsys Enterprise 2017, are especially relevant for corporate campuses. The capabilities go beyond security and risk management by offering insights that can drive intelligent business decisions.

 

First, through Virtual Situation Management (VSM), corporations can keep track of their various locations in real-time, as the software is intelligent enough to read specific business “situation” requirements. A situation is created when input data based on specific organizational criteria is flagged as a risk. This could be through video footage or sensors at a corporate campus entry point, monitoring suspicious behavior at a large event, or tracking access to classified areas or data through identity management. The new enhanced situational awareness afforded by these capabilities enables organizations to better manage situations across their enterprise anytime and anywhere. This is a major boon for corporate campuses responsible for managing operations and offices in multiple locations around the globe.
In addition, the Enterprise Data Visualization (EDV) component is particularly compelling, as it pulls in third-party open source data and correlates it to the organization’s internal data points. This means that risk data generated around the customer’s environment can be analyzed to notify organizations of potential impacts on their personnel, resources, facilities and brand. By pulling and correlating data from both open source technology and social media inputs, organizations can monitor unhappy customer or employee fodder via social media and take the appropriate actions to respond. It also allows enterprises to make adjustments at the corporate level to identify and rectify the situation.
Building off of this data, the Enterprise Business Intelligence (EBI) platform allows customers to pull all of this data through a single dashboard to assemble reports of the relevant, correlated data occurring within their organizations. Reporting is flexible and scalable to the end user, thus providing customers the ability to utilize data for resource allocation and budgeting and the support of operations including building management systems and supply-chain systems. For corporate campuses, this could identify problems with workplace and communication issues and flag questionable processes so that businesses can make educated decisions.
As companies expand regionally, nationally, and globally, having a corporate security platform that is flexible, mobile and intelligent will create a strong base for the company’s safety, efficiency, and success.