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Vidsys Launches Enterprise Mobile App for iOS and Android Devices

VIENNA, VA – August 28, 2019 – Vidsys, the leading global software technology manufacturer of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, today announces the launch of its mobile app for Apple iOS and Android devices – Vidsys Enterprise Mobile.

Vidsys Enterprise Mobile provides enterprise-level situational awareness using real-time live and recorded video playback from compatible integrated video management systems. Users are able to access up-to-date information from mission-critical security devices and systems anytime, anywhere, using the app on any compatible iOS or Android device.

“It’s vital that the increasingly mobile workforce has access to tools that enable them to quickly and efficiently respond to critical events,” said Vidsys President, Maurice Singleton. “Anyone who works in security knows that threats don’t adhere to a 9-5 schedule, so monitoring and defending against malicious actors requires 24/7 connectivity. With the launch of Vidsys Enterprise Mobile, users are able to promptly respond and investigate within the app, giving them peace of mind when on the go.”

 

 

Key Features of the App Include:

  • Ability to stream live and recorded video from multiple Video Management Systems (VMS)
  • Multiple camera display layouts
  • Pan, tilt and zoom controls
  • Video playback controls
  • Option to save in-app snapshots directly to camera roll
  • Support for active directory and local Vidsys users
  • Support for native multi-app split screen
  • Supports Wi-Fi, GSM and VPN connections

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.

 

 

Featured Article: “What’s Next for PSIM?”

Vidsys CEO, James Chong, explains how physical security information management (PSIM) today is continuing to evolve, giving way to converged security and information management.

 

“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.”

 

The story was featured by The Innovation Enterprise and is available on their website. 

 

Converged Security Centre in Partnership with Vidsys Returns to IFSEC International 2019

The Converged Security Centre, developed in partnership with global enterprise security software leader Vidsys, is an expert-led exhibition zone, returning to IFSEC International 2019.

It gives IFSEC visitors the unique opportunity to learn from world-leading experts, discuss critical physical and IT security challenges, and experience the latest Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) platform solutions.

Through the Converged Security Centre, conference attendees will be immersed in the world of converged security through a hands-on, in-depth education programme, including panel discussions and presentations focused on the latest trends and capabilities of a range of CSIM use cases and vertical market solutions.

Critical Security

While businesses and government organisations have greatly benefited from increased ubiquitous connectivity, increasingly complex networked systems have opened the back door to mission-critical security threats. In light of the growing integration between security systems, new technologies, and digital networks, converged security has become paramount to the success of risk and security programmes for organizations worldwide.

“There is a rapidly growing requirement for a converged security solution that monitors both physical and cybersecurity events under one, unified software platform.” James I Chong, CEO, Vidsys

This is what makes the Converged Security Centre in partnership with Vidsys an essential part of IFSEC International. Visitors are not only introduced to some of the leading converged security solutions, but can watch live simulations to demonstrate their efficacy across a range of real-world applications. They are given the opportunity to ask experts and practitioners for their insights and advice to learn more about how these solutions can meet their growing security needs.

Opportunities to Learn

The Converged Security Centre gives visitors to IFSEC the unique opportunity to learn from world-leading experts and discover the best and most trustworthy CSIM solutions in real time; in this way they can better understand how to navigate the critical field of converged security.

Rachel Eaton, IFSEC International event manager, said: ‘We’re delighted to be working with Vidsys again at IFSEC International 2019 as our major catalyst behind the Converged Security Centre. This forum was a major success in 2018, highlighting IFSEC’s credentials as a thought leader and ensuring the event remained at the heart of the conversation around converged security.

It’s important for security professionals to understand the significance of increasingly interconnected systems, and the capabilities of CSIM as a solution. By providing a platform lead by converged security experts, we can help visitors learn about the key issues within the sector, and find security solutions they can trust.’

James I Chong, CEO, Vidsys, says: “We’re thrilled to be part of the Converged Security Centre’s return at IFSEC International 2019 and to be working with our global partners and experts to showcase and share what a truly converged security solution can provide to organisations worldwide.

“Today, there is a rapidly growing requirement for a converged security solution that monitors both physical and cyber security events under one, unified software platform, especially due to the ever-increasing amount of data created in the world of IoT and smart cities.”

James Willison, founder of Unified Security adds: “Sarb Sembhi, CISO at Virtually Informed, and I are delighted to be working with all the partners bringing together physical and cybersecurity leaders and converged security technologies to show visitors how security risks can be managed in one unified security operations centre in real time.”

IFSEC International 2019 will take place between 18-20 June 2019 at the ExCeL, London. Visit IFSEC International for more information and to register for the show.

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, 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.

Vidsys Releases Latest Version of Vidsys Enterprise 2018

Enhanced Capabilities include User Customization, User Interface Modernization, and Significant Performance Accelerators

VIENNA, VA ─June 5, 2018 Today, 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.”

Vidsys will be showcasing Vidsys Enterprise 2018 Release 1.2 at the IFSEC International Security Conference as the platform behind the Converged Security Centre. Learn more here.

To learn more about Vidsys Enterprise 2018 Release 1.2, visit the Vidsys website.

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, 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.

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.

Bridging the Gap Between Physical and Cyber Security: A Key Theme at ISC West 2017

This year at ISC West, the Connected Security Expo (CSE) has been moved to the ISC West Show Floor to become an integral part of the event.

The description of the event states, “As the digital and physical worlds collide, it is increasingly important for industry professionals to protect their organizations and clients from both physical and cyber threats.”

CSE will focus on building a holistic security strategy for the connected enterprise, including looking at how physical and information security can be used together to mitigate new and emerging cyber threats in a hyper-connected world.

As a security provider, Vidsys is closely aligned with, and clearly understands the need for a comprehensive security strategy that involves all aspects of a business’ intelligence and assets.

Cyber security is a concern for all businesses, organizations and governments worldwide. From a university to a small business, a hotel chain to a Fortune 500 company, everyone is at risk when it comes to IT security threats. The convergence of IP-enabled devices that perform functions such as controlling access to buildings, light and HVAC systems, and other connected systems that are all controlled through a business IT network has created a new security threat that private and public organizations alike are struggling to address. The ripple effect of such an attack on a business network can disrupt not just its IT systems but also its physical operations.

In order to mitigate this risk, businesses are recognizing the importance of creating a single, unified platform that can roll out a rapid-response plan across multiple parts of an organization. An issue many businesses run into are silos, as many businesses have separate groups handle physical security and IT security threats. These separate groups do not communicate on a regular basis and do not have a level of familiarity with the other’s processes, so they are unable to present a unified front against IT threats.

At Vidsys, we’ve seen this shift develop over time, and have identified the key to a comprehensive security strategy. Rather than having IT security and physical security operate as two separate silos, businesses must be proactive in merging the sources of data being collected about their locations and assets, and combine that data to give them the most accurate view of their operations. Through a converged security approach this can be made possible.

The answer, therefore is to create a centralized unit – a global security operations center or “GSOC,” for short. A GSOC functions by creating a cohesive platform that collects all organizational data and presents actionable information from which all actions can take place. This facilitates the communication and coordination between the IT and physical security teams by allowing them to perform their job functions separately but operate cohesively.

Cyber attacks are a concerning threat for citizens and organizations, and as a security company we are committed to providing businesses with the best tools to identify these threats. During  ISC West many discussions will focus on handling both cyber and physical threats in an organizational environment.

To learn more about this market shift, read our blog post “The PSIM Market Evolution to CSIM”.

We will be presenting an Intelligent Global Security Operations Center demonstration with HPE during the conference. Sign up to join us for a briefing or demo of our Intelligent GSOC during ISC West 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.