The magic of PSIM

Gathering managed and integrated data adds intelligence to response


OnSSI Intuitive Software: PSIM technology should be intuitive and relatively simple to configure, as well as readily able to integrate with network-based access control, visitor management, intrusion and fire alarm systems. Ocularis from OnSSI provides a non-proprietary, video-centric software platform that dramatically reduces the complexity of managing edge devices, hardware and networking, while allowing users to view, manage and record video from an unlimited number of IP and non-IP video surveillance cameras. Events generated by physical security systems, such as smoke detectors, intrusion alarms, or other IP-compatible devices, can be accessed and investigated in seconds via Ocularis. Meeting the Need: The Ocularis platform runs on standard IT servers and adheres to and supports recognized industry standards, including integration with a range of physical security and camera devices. It provides a simplified, intuitive way to effectively manage video feeds and complex physical security systems. Data Management: We have found motion events or any events generated by any physical security system can be accessed and investigated within seconds using immediate real-time video. Users can also custom-create composite events encompassing two or more parameters such as heat and smoke detection that are specific to an organization, while incorporating logical sequence and time interval between events. New and Into the Future: Using open architecture Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and Software Development Kits (SDK) enables integration with video content analytics, access control, fire alarm, transaction, radiation detection and other physical security and IT systems. Integrators can also use datalink integration to create solutions for end-user clients without any involvement from vendors. The openness has made such integration possible.

-Gadi Piran, president, OnSSI, Pearl River, N.Y.

S2 SECURITY Intuitive Software: As software has become intuitive there are different ways for central stations to manage information that comes in. A reasonably scaled central station generally will have monitoring packages that take the raw data coming in from the premises equipment and then load balance it across all of the monitoring operators. That way, the central station receives a limited amount of information about the alarm and the account and a list of responders to call. Meeting the Need: In the new models, like video monitoring, software is being designed to meet the specific needs of central stations, but it is happening slowly. For this to work it requires the cooperation of the manufacturers of equipment and manufacturers of central station monitoring systems. To date, this cooperation has been limited. New and Into the Future: We will see a move to hybrid models where the end-user manages data some of the time and the central station manages the system at other times. Also, there will be cloud-based services available to end-users that will be billed through the central station account.

-John L. Moss, CEO, S2 Security, Framingham, Mass.

VidSys Intuitive Software: Most central monitoring stations today treat each set of alarm technologies separately and, while they share a common network, the systems need the operator to synthesize the information. For a home this may not be a problem but for a corporation, government agency, school or campus, integration of the alarms is extremely helpful to determine the root cause of the problem quickly and to relay that information to first responders for a more effective response. PSIM technology enables this integration to happen seamlessly so that operators don't need to worry about the underlying technology. PSIM allows an organization to take the skills of their best operators and clone them into the system so that the system provides additional skills. Meeting the Need: A number of companies have developed their software to accommodate a SaaS or outsourced model managed from a central station. The challenge is keeping different customer's data secure and separate on a shared infrastructure. We are also seeing some organizations deploying a SaaS or central station approach within their own organization to allow for a global security infrastructure managed from a central location. Data Management: It is not really any different than access control, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) sensors or building sensors. Systems with good Geo-Engines can provide location information that allows the system to automatically bring up the appropriate cameras in the area and share the location and view with first responders. New and Into the Future: Leading edge PSIM is evolving to put more and more of the intelligence on diagnosing problems into the system and then moving that detection out to the edge of the network so that operators at a central station have to handle fewer false alarms or situations. The evolution of standards, like those that PSIA are developing, is making it easier to integrate new devices. Systems are also going to dynamic policies, devices, maps, identity information and standard operator response instructions are all changing dynamically while the system is running to adapt to evolving situations.

-Dave Fowler, senior vice president, Marketing and Product Development, Marlborough, Mass.