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Announcing Vidsys Enterprise 2017 Release 1.3

Vidsys has launched the latest version of Vidsys Enterprise – Release 1.3

The latest version of our Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platfor incorporates new tools and capabilities as well as enhances the platform’s intuitiveness for the operator.

Originally launched in June 2016, Vidsys Enterprise increased the capabilities of the Vidsys CSIM software platform in enterprise deployments through features such as the Enterprise Business Intelligence (EBI) and the Virtual Situation Management (VSM) dashboards. These features provide a consolidated view of Situations across multiple independent Vidsys Enterprise servers, and increase support across large organizations who needed to quickly and efficiently address multiple Situations or locations at once. The Enterprise Data Visualization component (EDV) receives and correlates data generated outside the customer’s environment to notify them of potential impact to their personnel, resources, facilities, and brand.

Release 1.3 provides additional feature performance improvements to the software that will increase efficiency and overall user experience in the platform. The Vidsys reporting engine, Enterprise Business Intelligence, has been updated with new reports to facilitate quick and simple reporting by location. Additionally, to support the fundamental security of the solution and its underlying technologies, Release 1.3 incorporates the latest version of JAVA environment (8u111).

Other new features include:

  • Health Monitoring Dashboard
  • Vidsys Video Wall for Enterprise 2017
  • Video Export Manager
  • CCTV PTZ Request & Override
  • ESRI ArcGIS Map Integration Enhancements
  • Customized Floorplan Links
  • Optimized Responders List
  • Situation Detail Pages

The Release 1.3 launch reflects a number of upgrades to improve ease of use and to better serve our customers. We’re excited to roll out this new version of Enterprise and its key new features that will greatly improve how customers can get the most from our platform.

Click here to read more about Vidsys Enterprise.

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.

Vidsys Open Architecture Platform Helps Secure 2016 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi, UAE –December 13, 2016 – Vidsys, a global provider of enterprise Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, announced today that the City of Abu Dhabi and their stake holders utilized its real-time situation management software technology for security operations during the 2016 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Vidsys software collects, analyzes, verifies, resolves and tracks information from multiple disparate subsystems using open architecture standards that enable numerous organizations to manage situations in real-time. Through Vidsys’ open-architecture platform, the City of Abu Dhabi integrated thousands of cameras from around the city and provided data to multiple operations areas during the special event to deliver actionable intelligence for decision makers.

Vidsys has been supporting Abu Dhabi’s Monitoring and Control Centre (MCC) to deliver an Open Architecture solution utilizing the Vidsys Converged Security & Information Management (CSIM) Platform to interconnect all public spaces as part of the Safe and Smart City objectives for Abu Dhabi.

“The Monitoring and Control Centre’s mission is to promote the Safe & Smart City vision for Abu Dhabi using the latest in technology and innovation,” said His Excellency Saeed Al Neyadi, Director General of the Monitoring and Control Centre. “The broad capabilities of Vidsys allow us to rapidly deploy and promote safety throughout the region.”

“We are proud to have partnered with Abu Dhabi Monitoring and Control Centre during another successful global event,” said Vidsys CEO and Founder, James I. Chong. “While large events such as the F1 Grand Prix can present new challenges for cities, Abu Dhabi did an outstanding job of preparing in advance and realizing the value of smart technology.  We look forward to continuing our long-term, strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi Monitoring and Control Centre.”

Vidsys continues to develop Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart City technologies, with the goal of leveraging big data to create smarter and safer communities. Enterprises around the world utilize Vidsys’ web-based platform to increase public safety and situational awareness.

 

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 information, please visit www.vidsys.com.

About MCC

The Monitoring and Control Centre (MCC) was established under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi, as stated in Law No. (5) with the aim to set open standards and manage the use of monitoring and control systems in both public and private facilities.  Their vision is to help promote and establish Abu Dhabi as a Secured and Smart City by maintaining public security in the emirate. For more information, please visit www.mcc.abudhabi.ae.

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.

Smarter, Better, Faster: Where Smart Cities Are Headed by 2020

Below is an article by our Founder and CEO James Chong, that was featured on Security Info Watch online in advance of his talk at the Secured Cities conference this month. James will be joined by Julie Stroup, the City of Houston’s Public Safety Video Initiative Program Director, for a session entitled “How Sensor Data Will Shape Smart Cities” on Tuesday, November 15 at 2:00 pm. For registration information to attend this session and the 45 other informative panels, go to www.securedcities.com.

The Future is Here

According to a 2016 research report, the Smart Cities Market is expected to be worth $757.74 billion by 2020. Smart Cities are already taking over the globe, particularly in the Middle East where cities are being built from the ground up, providing a greenfield of opportunity to architect smart city technology into the base of new developments. Dubai, for instance, has implemented a smart city strategy which has engaged builders, government officials, and security platforms in order to support numerous facets of smart technology. Real estate developers such as Emaar Properties build “smart” into their building infrastructures, major developments, and communities, helping to shape the city in the process.

The United States is not far behind. In the last year, the White House has implemented a Smart Cities Initiative, beginning with a Smart City Challenge. The purpose of the program is to motivate cities across the country to improve their current structures in areas such as traffic management, through installing smart screens and cameras in public metro areas to make commutes easier and safer for residents. The Smart Cities Initiative will invest more than $160 million dollars into federal research, with the ultimate goal of promoting economic growth.

As discussions around the future of Smart Cities are on the rise, a major component of this movement is security. Sixty-eight percent of businesses are already using Internet of Things (IoT) applications so that technology is already in place and available for businesses and developers to gather and make the most of the data.

Let’s explore what really makes a city smart and how the security market can benefit from this transformation. When looking toward the future of Smart and Safe Cities, here are four trends that we see coming to fruition by the year 2020.

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.

OnSSI Ocularis VMS and Vidsys CSIM Integration Streamlines Event Responses and Investigations

The following is an announcement released by Vidsys partner OnSSI. 

Pearl River, NY (October 25, 2016)OnSSI continues to expand 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 I. 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.”

Ocularis 5 is an intelligent, highly scalable VMS platform that simplifies workloads and system management. It provides the highest levels of network and video security with features including a scrambled recorded video database to protect the integrity of recorded video and the ability to record directly to a NAS anywhere on the network. There is no need to register camera licenses and MAC addresses with Ocularis, and it features automatic load balancing for managing recordings across system servers. Smart Camera Driver technology also provides out-of-the-box support for newly introduced cameras from many top camera manufacturers without requiring users to wait for manufacturers to write and release specific drivers, allowing customers to immediately take advantage of the newest, most advanced camera features. Unique to Ocularis, Critical Camera Failover ensures continuous sight by switching to a failover camera in as little as two seconds. Ocularis 5 also allows for multiple different recorders to be combined under the same Base (including legacy Ocularis 4.X recorders) with centralized user and event management.

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.

3 IoT integrations needed for the future of smart cities

This is an excerpt from an article written by Vidsys Founder & CEO James Chong which was featured on IT Pro Portal.

While the reach of the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand daily and globally, few organisations realise the groundbreaking impact this approach can have for enterprise security and public safety.

Conversely, while IoT is still considered an emerging market, 68 per cent of businesses are already using IoT applications. The significant percentage of present adoption proves that organisations realise the value of IoT, even as some struggle with its strategic implementation.

When looking at the top IoT trends, most of the buzz is around “smart cities.” But what really makes a city “smart” and how can a security software platform help to enable this transformation? When looking toward the future of smart cities, there are three key areas where IoT integration can extend an organisation’s capabilities and propel them forward into a smart city mentality.

Virtual Situation Management (VSM):

Virtual Situation Management gives organisations the ability to manage globally dispersed assets, not only distributed geographically (i.e., locally, regionally, nationally and globally), but also across multiple partner and sharing organisations. Each of these locations and partner organisations could have their own concept of operations, priorities, and policies where VSM provides the ability for each entity to operate both independently, but also collaboratively, as situations arise.

VSM provides a consolidated, dashboard view of situations across multiple, and independent application servers, thus significantly improving both situation management and reporting capabilities across all subsystem data. In the case of a city, VSM could be used to monitor situations across multiple agencies such as fire, police, public utilities in real-time.

This view allows the city to narrow down searches to agency subsystems and allow for full visibility of alarms, incidents, or emergencies across the entire city from one unified view.

Read the full article on IT Pro Portal here.

Leading Global Technology Companies To Launch Safe City Consortium at ASIS 2016

This is an excerpt of an article on Security Today that covered the Vidsys Safe City Global Security Operations Center launch at ASIS 2016.

Vidsys, a global software technology manufacturer of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, today announced the launch of the Safe City Technology Consortium, comprised of five industry-leading product companies with best-of-breed technologies. The Consortium will showcase an integrated solution through the presentation of a Safe City Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) demonstration, during ASIS 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

The Consortium partners joining Vidsys include big data analytics innovator, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; video surveillance provider, Hikvision; IT-centric access control provider, Viscount Systems; and video management system provider, Salient Systems. The Safe City GSOC demonstration will leverage the integrated capabilities of these leading technologies combined with a CSIM platform to deliver real-world use cases and solutions.

Visit Security Today to read the full article here.