VidSys creates convergence 'center of excellence' in Virginia

VIENNA, Va. ─ March 31, 2009 ─ VidSys, the leading provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software that allows organizations to resolve business and security situations in real time, today announced the formal opening of its Virginia-based multi-vendor Convergence Center of Excellence. Built to showcase the state of the art in physical and logical security convergence and the industry expertise, experience, and technology in some of the largest command centers in North America, the facility will promote multi-vendor cooperation, industry standards and best practices from over 30 companies and organizations.

“The Convergence Center of Excellence was created to serve as more than a physical space where industry vendors can come together and jointly demonstrate technology integration,” remarked David Fowler, senior vice president, marketing and product development, VidSys. “It also provides a forum for sharing information, and a showcase and interoperability lab for the support of numerous standards efforts and business practices. Added to our current multi-vendor initiatives with the PSIMTrends website, monthly thought leadership webinars, standards groups, and presentations and panels at the biggest industry conferences, it creates a broad web of information sharing across the industry.”

“As a VidSys partner, we are excited to have this center to educate and demonstrate to the market the creation of a state-of-the-art command and control center with a common operating picture across physical security devices and networks to effectively manage and resolve situations that span agencies, groups, and first response teams,” said John Thompson, Government Markets Integrator Alliance Team, Motorola. “The center demonstrates best practices for multi-agency situation management.”

The Convergence Center of Excellence also includes systems from numerous other notable industry leaders and vendors including Barco, Cisco, Integral Security Solutions, Lenel, Nice Systems, OnSSI, ShotSpotter, Tyco/Software House and Verint. VidSys further extends its reach across the industry by participating in some of the leading integration labs in the industry including Coleman Technologies, Cisco COE, Raytheon, and ViaLogy.

As a member of numerous standards groups including SIA, PSIA and OSE, VidSys supports the goals of promoting the convergence and interoperability of security devices and the integration of logical and physical security.

“When vendors implement new standards they need a reliable way to not only certify but test against other products implementing the standards,” said David Bunzel, executive director of the PSIA. “This center is an invaluable resource for interoperability testing of these standards and a tremendous contribution to the development and growth of the PSIM market.”

This Center of Excellence complements the monthly thought leadership webinars hosted by VidSys which include a variety of industry experts discussing best practices and advice on the physical security market and convergence with IT security. The goal of these webinars is to share industry knowledge through real-life examples and multi-vendor panels. Topics vary from securing critical infrastructure, to risk management, to the myths of convergence. To access these webinar recordings visit

In addition, a number of vendors have posted information on the recently launched portal, a thought leadership site dedicated to discussing the most pressing PSIM topics, including issues focusing on integrating PSIM into the structure of existing or yet-to-be-built command centers. Visitors can also find resources that are helpful in making the case for PSIM, including links to webinars, white papers and related supporting topics.

Continuing on its mission to educate the market, VidSys is also chairing several educational sessions at ISC West next week with panelists from IBM, BAE Systems, Cisco, Coleman Technologies, Hunt BI, Motorola, Northrup Gumman, and xpt².

• DI42: Physical Security Information Management – April 1 at 3:00 PM – This panel will answer the question what is PSIM?, providing examples on how it is being used today and how to deal with the technical challenges related to implementation.
• EU36: A New Model for Incident Management – April 1 at 4:00 PM - This panel will look at how organizations can utilize new technologies to streamline collection, analysis, response and communications, and how the integration of intelligence into these systems allows for more effective incident management.
• EU24: Securing Critical Infrastructure - Thursday, April 2 at: 1:00 PM - This panel presentation will look at the requirements, key considerations, and best practices for ensuring a secure, safe, and reliable physical security information system for such organizations.

To learn more about VidSys, its Convergence Center of Excellence or to schedule a tour, call 877.VidSys1.