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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.

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.

Explore Our Safe City Global Security Operations Center

This month at ASIS 2016 we presented the Safe City Global Security Operations Center (GSOC), a consortium comprised of industry leading companies with best-of-breed technologies, to showcase our integrated security and smart city solutions. The consortium included Hikvision, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Salient Systems and Viscount Systems, and focused primarily on industry-specific use cases such as Public Safety, Corporate Campus Security, and Transportation. Through the demonstrations, we were able to show our partners and customers how our technologies are integrated to create a comprehensive solution.

In case you weren’t able to make it to the demonstration, we wanted to give you a closer look at what we showcased at ASIS, and how these solutions can impact your organization.

The Safe City Partners 2016-09-12-08-56-51-1

Hikvision

Hikvision provides the video cameras and hardware that we use to capture footage in real-time for analysis.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) pulls and stores the copious amounts of data that we need in order to analyze and correlate the information to provide actionable insights to our clients.

Salient Systems

Salient Systems has a Video Management Software (VMS) platform that offers a “Complete View” feature that pulls footage from existing cameras to improve video management and forensic investigations.

Vidsys

Our Converged Security Information Management (CSIM) software monitors and manages physical and IT assets to collect, analyze, verify, resolve and track information.  The rules engine and workflow tools give management the ability to pre-determine what data should or shouldn’t be correlated using filtering rules based on time, location, duration, frequency and type. The software is programmed to identify and flag potential situations for the command center operator.

Viscount Systems

Viscount provides integrated security solutions that unify access control across physical and digital platforms.

Step Into the GSOC

vidsys-operations-center-2What does a Safe City look like? Here are a couple of examples from our demonstration:

The concept of a Safe City is built on the premise of security technology combined with a Smart City infrastructure, which includes technology, sensors, and integrated data connectivity. The building blocks of a successful smart city are public safety and security as well as transportation infrastructure.

Smart Mobility and Transportation are driving growth for cities. For example, the City of New York launched a program to improve its wireless communications to help with public safety, and the infrastructure is now available for smart city concepts to interconnect all of the city traffic lights and share this data with a central hub to improve traffic flow and driver safety. When it comes to smart transportation, it means having the ability to collect fares more efficiently and provide advanced warnings to citizens of a potential accident or emergency in train or metro stations or on the road.

Smart Security & Safety

In the case of an emergency, a strong technology platform infrastructure is essential for city governments and organizations. Creating a proactive response plan and GPS and location-based assets to improve response times will make law enforcement, government officials and citizens better prepared. In order to make the most of the data (from video cameras and sensors, entry access ID, geospatial mapping, social media, etc.), data correlation is key. This is where our technology is able to provide the best, most useful insights and alerts to our users in order to better inform decision makers and provide response plans during major events.

Overall, the Safe City GSOC at ASIS was a huge success, stimulating important discussions about the need for Safe City infrastructures across the globe. We look forward to working with our partners to bring this demonstration to other conferences in the future as well as presenting some of the exciting projects we have underway.

Vidsys & Partners Launch Safe City Technology Consortium At ASIS International 2016

Vidsys, along with leading technology partners, will demonstrate Smart City use cases for organizational value at ASIS International 2016

Vidsys, the software technology manufacturer of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, 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.

CSIM Applications Beyond Security

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.

“Demonstrating a scalable end-to-end solution that can be fully adopted and marketed by any of our systems integration partners reinforces the value of a converged security solution,” said James I. Chong, CEO & Founder of Vidsys. “By engaging the ASIS audience in a more dynamic and interactive way, we plan to showcase the true benefits of a CSIM platform in a variety of applications, as well as the ability to expand beyond security and into Internet of Things.”

Read the full article on Source Security here.

Safe City Technology Consortium to Launch at ASIS 2016

This is an excerpt of an article announcing Vidsys’ Safe City Consortium and Global Security Operations Center Announcement at ASIS 2016. 

Vidsys, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Hikvision, Viscount Systems and Salient Systems have partnered to create an integrated Safe City solution.

Vidsys, a provider of physical security information management (PSIM) and converged security and information management (CSIM) software, will launch the Safe City Technology Consortium with four other participating manufacturers at ASIS 2016 in Orlando, Fla.

The Consortium partners joining Vidsys include IT company Hewlett Packard Enterprise, video surveillance provider Hikvision, IT-centric access control provider Viscount Systems and VMS provider Salient Systems. The Consortium will showcase an integrated solution through the staging of a Safe City Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) demonstration during ASIS 2016.

The Safe City GSOC demonstration will leverage the integrated capabilities of the partner companies’ technologies combined with a CSIM platform to deliver real-world use cases and solutions, according to a news release.

“Demonstrating a scalable end-to-end solution that can be fully adopted and marketed by any of our systems integration partners reinforces the value of a converged security solution,” says James I. Chong, CEO and founder of Vidsys. “By engaging the ASIS audience in a more dynamic and interactive way, we plan to showcase the true benefits of a CSIM platform in a variety of applications, as well as the ability to expand beyond security and into Internet of Things.”

Read the full article on Security Sales & Integration here.

Vidsys Helps Secure NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships in Houston

VIENNA, VA – June 14, 2016 Vidsys, a global provider of enterprise Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, announced today that the City of Houston, in conjunction with multiple public and private partner organizations, used the company’s CSIM software platform to help manage and secure this year’s NCAA Men’s Final Four event.

Vidsys software is a force multiplier for organizations with a large physical footprint because the software geospatially provides real-time information, including video data and many other assets, into a single unified dashboard.  Vidsys software collects, analyzes, verifies, resolves and tracks information from multiple disparate subsystems using open architecture standards that enable any authorized user from any location to view and manage situations, as they unfold.

Vidsys software enabled the City of Houston to share critical information and collaborate in real-time with multiple agencies, including the Houston Police Department (HPD), Houston Fire Department (HFD), Houston Emergency Center’s Office of Emergency Management and Real-time Crime Center, and other federal, state, and local agencies.  During the Final Four event, existing cameras and sensors from downtown Houston and around NRG Stadium were integrated and shared to help create overall situational awareness from various command and control centers, including Police and Fire unified commands.

“Large and special events like the NCAA Final Four pose daunting challenges, not just for security, but also for traffic management, public works, public safety and dignitary protection,” said Vidsys CEO, James Chong.  “While large events are a logistical challenge requiring the participation of hundreds and thousands of individuals from dozens of government and private entities, the lessons learned and the technology employed can provide long-term benefits for the community beyond the event.”

The City of Houston implemented Vidsys software through the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security to be an integral part of the City’s ongoing public safety commitment.  The mission was to provide partner agencies with greater visibility across shared assets to enhance the overall safety of residents, visitors and first responders.  The integration of the city’s various devices, sensors, and subsystems, including flood sensors throughout the city, helps create a Smart City application that goes well beyond security and special events.

Founded in 2005, Vidsys helped create the market category of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM). Over the last ten years Vidsys has evolved its capabilities to include Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM), as well as developing new solutions that embrace Internet-of-Things (IoT) and making sense of big data to create smarter, safer cities.  The web-enabled platform, which brings people, process, and technology together using one software, has been used in numerous large-scale events around the world ranging from marathons and international sporting events, to global conferences and summits, key dignitary protection events and safe city initiatives.

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.

News

Vidsys Raises $11 Million in Equity Financing to Expand Global Operations

VIENNA, VA – April 26, 2016 – Vidsys, a global provider of enterprise Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, announced today that it has received an investment of $11 million led by existing investors NewSpring Capital, Atlanta Equity, Flybridge Capital Partners, and JVax Investment Group, along with new investor, Harmony Partners.  Vidsys will use the financing to support its growing international business with customer support operations and product development initiatives. The investment will also be used for the expansion of the company’s Internet of Things (IoT) and virtualized services platform applications for smart and future cities, intelligent transportation, and advanced business intelligence solutions.

“As we celebrated our 10 years in business this past year, Vidsys has become widely recognized across 14 countries, in 5 continents with more than 100 end-users, including top Fortune 500 global corporations and key government agencies now using our intelligent web-based platform to manage their organization’s risk and business operations,” said James I. Chong, Vidsys CEO and founder. “With our software platform being deployed and expanded more rapidly across multiple markets and regions, this new investment will allow us to scale the business to align more fluidly with the growing base of our customers and their key initiatives.”

Vidsys will continue to focus on expanding its capabilities to meet the increasing demand for its scalable and rapidly deployable CSIM software beyond security, into the information management and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. By the year 2020, many analysts believe 35 to 50 billion objects will be connected to the cloud. Vidsys can connect, correlate and filter data to form meaningful and actionable information. As a result, the real-world applications for Vidsys are endless, ranging from supply chain management to public safety to future city initiatives and more.

“Vidsys’ open, web-based software platform provides the valuable intelligence for customers to cost effectively manage and protect their employees, assets, and brands,” said Mark Lotke, Managing Partner of Harmony.  “The broad blue chip customer base and strong global integration partnerships are a testament to Vidsys’ best-of-breed functionality.”

Founded in 2005, Vidsys coined the market category of Physical Security Information Management, known as “PSIM”. Over the last ten years Vidsys has evolved its capabilities to include converged security, as well as developing new solutions that embrace IoT and making sense of big data to create smarter, safer cities.  The web-enabled platform, which brings people, process, and technology together using one software, has been used in numerous large-scale events around the world ranging from marathons and international sporting events, to global conferences and summits, key dignitary protection events and safe city initiatives.

 

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 Harmony Partners

Harmony Partners is a bi-coastal boutique venture capital firm whose mission is to enable entrepreneurs to optimize expansion stage financings. Investing in disruptive technologies and innovative businesses, Harmony backs bold entrepreneurs who are scaling remarkable products. With offices in San Francisco and New York City, Harmony fills a gap in the capital markets by eliminating the typical deal constraints of traditional growth capital, helping entrepreneurs craft the ideal financing for the business. Since 1993, the founding partners of Harmony have invested in over 80 technology-driven companies including Aveksa, ComScore, Coremetrics, E*Trade, Infinity, Intersect ENT, Natera, Predictive Systems, Postmates, Priceline, Peribit, Scopus, SS&C, Swype, Synapse, Xactly, and Zerto. For more info, please visit www.harmonyvp.com.