Articles by James Chong
The market for smart buildings has expanded exponentially to greater benefits including life safety, security, and intelligence Much like the term “Internet of Things” or “IoT” the concept of “Smart Buildings” brings to mind many different ideas -- from programmable thermostats to touchless faucets to other green-building initiatives, with a focus on environmentally-friendly and energy efficient designs. While the early days of smart buildings were primarily focused on energy efficiencies, the market for smart buildings has expanded exponentially to greater benefits including life safety, security, and intelligence. When you factor in that Cisco and other industry leading companies predict that the number of devices connected to the internet will sky rocket to as high as 50 billion objects by 2020, the reach of connected devices is staggering; and the ability to gather information from a multitude of sources suddenly opens up tremendous opportunities. Smart building trends As “smart” becomes the norm, here are the top three trends that I see taking place: Security-driven analytics to protect against cyber attacks and real-time threats. Until now, security has been typically divided into two categories: physical security and cybersecurity. The rise of big data has increased exponentially over the last few years, allowing risk to be viewed in a more converged manner, leading both sides of the security market toward one common denominator - analytics. The more information that is collected and analysed from both physical and logical sensors will lead to better security across the board. Optimised tenant experience to increase customer satisfaction, sustainability and energy efficiency. As IoT expands into the consumer market, more and more data will be collected around each individual’s needs, habits, and patterns, including energy usage. This will drive better insights and awareness around lifestyles and sustainability practices. Interconnectivity between building technologies to drive a more efficient and automated approach to building management. This could present itself in multiple ways - from alerting security personnel and occupants of a threat or incident that could potentially impact tenants to notifying the support staff when any of the electrical or building management systems require maintenance. Assets and key systems within every building will ultimately begin to communicate and share data with different IoT applications to run more efficiently and optimise themselves, and do so more in real-time. Data and increased connectivity will enable cities to transform the way we will live, work, and interact Role of data and intelligence With this said, the ability to collect data from various sensors alone isn’t enough to bring about a monumental change. Ensuring that these connected devices, sensors, and subsystems can be integrated seamlessly and utilise the same network infrastructure will be key to moving from smart buildings to smart cities. It all comes back to data. Data and increased connectivity will enable cities to transform the way we will live, work, and interact with one another. Within these cities, smart buildings are already being developed - effectively capturing real-time data on what’s happening within the building infrastructure and monitoring real-time activity and traffic in and around the building. The challenge for organisations is to not only gather the data, but to use it as a guide to making more informed decisions, essentially creating actionable intelligence. The key to actionable intelligence is data correlation. Smart buildings will need to combine multiple data streams to provide a more holistic evaluation of a building’s environment. Formally integrating previously disparate functions of physical and IT sensors allows for the correlation of data in a more efficient way by drawing trends and metrics from a digital perspective to increase utilisation at a higher and more efficient level. Smart buildings must take into account data from multiple sources Video data: Video cameras monitor key locations and are triggered to other areas based on information from sensors and the data command centre. Identity and access data: Monitors access points – whether physical or digital – through the use of ID management access control and alarm systems. Sensor data: Multiple sensors from different locations provide a more complete picture of any active situation. GPS and geospatial data: Through the use of sensors, smart buildings will be able to draw 2D/3D maps of situations in order to make smarter, faster decisions. Social media data: Proactively and reactively monitoring social media, weather, news and other open source data feeds to provide real-time information. These capabilities, combined with other features, can be leveraged to gain valuable, real-time situational awareness by correlating internal conditions with external information. Smart building technologies, which had traditionally been focused on energy efficiency, are now also being applied to many different sectors. Smart City initiatives are starting to harness these smart technologies to benefit cities and communities at a much larger scale. As more cities integrate smart technology into their infrastructures and create real-world IoT applications, the ability to correlate data into actionable intelligence will lead to better operation, maintenance and protection of their communities and better service for their citizens.
Many transformations have occurred that have caused PSIM’s true definition to be misunderstood and miscategorised The evolution of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) over the past ten years has been rapid and transformative. In fact, according to a recent report from marketsandmarkets.com, the global physical security market, estimated to be $65.41 billion in 2015, is expected to reach $105.26 billion by the year 2020. At the forefront of this movement are newer, faster integrated platforms that provide real-time data and highly-responsive security solutions. Even as the physical security market has adopted PSIM as an entirely new security category, many transformations have occurred that have caused its true definition to be misunderstood and miscategorised. However, true PSIM can be identified quite easily when you analyse the functionality and capabilities of the solution. Identifying ‘true’ PSIM At its core, PSIM is an intelligent software platform which is able to convert large amounts of unorganised, unstructured data to valuable and actionable information through correlations based on time, location, duration, frequency, and type. Each company or organisation has its own set of compliance laws, standards and risk policies. Therefore, true enterprise-quality PSIM software should have the ability to connect to other systems and subsystems (i.e. access controls, devices, sensors and more) and become integrated whereby, the software enables users to focus on managing their situations and not on managing disparate technologies. PSIM is industry-agnostic and spans a wide variety of verticals, including everything from transportation to commercial properties, public safety to large-scale events and even energy and banking. The one commonality that unites these different use cases is the need for information management. Today, data is rapidly multiplying and expanding at record pace, with over 90 percent of all data in the world having been created in the last couple of years. While there is more data than ever before, without the right tool to analyse it, track it, and make it easily understood, its value remains locked within the systems. That’s where PSIM comes in. True enterprise-quality PSIM software should have the ability to connect to other systems and subsystems Top trends shaping the future of PSIM With so many existing security solutions in the market today, IT executives often wonder which type of platform is the best fit, and what to look for when considering a PSIM software solution. Below are key factors that one should consider when looking at PSIM software platforms. IT Security Integration: IT security integration gives clients the ability to go beyond situational awareness and physical security to rapidly detect threats and deploy real-time responses more holistically. Without IT integration, systems are still working in silos, which makes overall response slower and therefore less effective. There should be a strong integration between physical and IT security in order to create results-oriented collaboration and to reduce risk to organisations. A true PSIM platform should incorporate a company’s IT system and work within their compliance laws and needs. Mobile Accessibility: When talking about security, the ability to manage situations in real-time is crucial. A PSIM platform that works well should have the ability to enhance security for widely dispersed assets through a mobile application. First responders, senior executives and authorised IT staff should have access to actionable information from anywhere via mobile device (this could include a cell phone or tablet) for enhanced situational awareness. Real-Time Data Correlation: Wondering what big data has to do with security? When it comes to PSIM, it actually has to do with every aspect of identifying and addressing potential threats. PSIM uses data to identify risks and better understand company compliance standards and needs. Rather than being a data generator, the platform should filter the data and correlate it, finding valuable information through patterns and behaviour, with the goal of identifying a potential threat before it has reached fruition. The Power Of Social Media: In this internet and digital age, one of the best platforms to identify physical or cyber threats lies in the palm of your hand. Certain PSIM systems can actually track social media and utilise it as a security tool during major events. Through multi-language support (supporting full i18n) and integration to language deciphering applications, the program can recognise the same locations and words and phrases to see collaboration that could signal a potential threat. Situational awareness data from external sources should be included in the reporting feature so companies can see where threats are happening and the way in which they could affect business operations. Organisations considering their PSIM alternatives should be certain that the solution they choose easily integrates into existing systems, allows mobile access for better responsiveness and control, correlates data in real-time, and incorporates helpful tools such as social media and i18n to create a smart, comprehensive strategy to ensure an organisation’s efficiency through managing and mitigating risk. As organisations’ security needs change and evolve, so too should their PSIM solution. Preparing for the future today will help ensure your PSIM solution is ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
The agreement with Vidsys significantly expands S1's innovation strategy and brand Vidsys, a global provider of enterprise Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, has announced that it has signed a Strategic Collaboration and Distribution Agreement with S-1 Corporation (“S1”), a provider of security systems and integration. S1, an affiliate of Samsung Group, is launching its new Security Innovation Center (SIC) at its Headquarters building in Seoul, Korea, leveraging the Vidsys CSIM Platform and Samsung’s security products along with other best-of-breed technologies. Vertical market solutions A key goal of the partnership includes delivering a proven and scalable solution set that addresses unique vertical market requirements such as for airports, smart buildings, smart cities, and others enterprise applications with converged security and information management solutions. “S1 sees tremendous market-growth opportunities working with Vidsys,” said Jong-Guk Kim, Executive Vice President of S-1 Corporation. “In addition to fulfilling our corporate mission of delivering mission-critical solutions for our customers, this agreement with Vidsys further expands our innovation strategy and S1 brand significantly.” Vidsys CSIM platform features Vidsys’ CSIM platform connects, integrates, and correlates data from sensors, devices, systems, subsystems and services to be interconnected and presented as meaningful and actionable information, in real-time. Vidsys software also fully supports i18n and is being used in multiple languages globally, including Korean, by large government and commercial customers in Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Americas. “We are thrilled to continue our global expansion with S-1 Corporation and see tremendous value in the first-class Security Innovation Center in Seoul, Korea,” said James I. Chong, Vidsys CEO. “S1’s forward-thinking business strategy aligns well with our technology roadmap, including IoT applications.”
Vidsys promotes Chung as VP of Systems Engineering & Quality and appoints Phelps and Kapoor to Sales & Marketing department Vidsys, global software technology manufacturer of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, announced the promotion of Neil Chung to the leadership team as the Vice President of Systems Engineering & Quality and also the addition of Erin Phelps and Jasmeet Kapoor to the Sales & Marketing department as Global Director of Strategic Programs and Senior Marketing Manager, respectively. Neil Chung Chung joined Vidsys after nearly 15 years at Leidos and SAIC in senior management positions, delivering complex infrastructure protection solutions, globally. Chung will be responsible for heading up the newly formed Quality Management and Support Office (QMSO) at Vidsys with global responsibilities in the areas of systems engineering, quality assurance and technical support. Erin Phelps Phelps joins Vidsys after having held executive management positions at The Mariner Group and also CIBER where he drove significant growth in the homeland security, public safety, and critical infrastructure markets worldwide. Phelps will be responsible for spearheading the strategic partnerships, growth, direction and sales strategy of Vidsys globally. Jasmeet Kapoor Prior to Vidsys, Kapoor was the Enterprise Marketing Manager at Tata Communications, a global telecommunications company. Kapoor spearheaded number of key marketing projects at Tata Communications including social media marketing programs, Agent/Partner program for the Americas, and strategic market development. Kapoor will be driving global marketing and communications activities for Vidsys including integrated marketing campaigns, joint strategic marketing, corporate communications and lead generation programs. “We are delighted to welcome three seasoned veterans into key new roles at Vidsys to support our growing base of customers and our strategic partnerships world-wide,” said James Chong, CEO of Vidsys. “At Vidsys, our biggest assets are our stellar employees and we are thrilled to have such strong caliber of new members joining our team to help us meet our customer and market-driven focus.”
Vidsys will demonstrate the integration of body camera technology at Secured Cities in Houston Vidsys, Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform, and Edesix Ltd, a leading manufacturer of body-worn camera solutions, recently announced a strategic technology partnership. This alliance will offer an integrated, joint-solution between Edesix’s VideoBadge (VB-300) and Vidsys real-time situation management software. This collaboration will be a valuable force multiplier for public safety and enterprise users. Enhanced public safety The VB-300 series is the first generation of WiFi-enabled VideoBadge products from Edesix. VB-300 cameras are equipped with security and footage protection features and can stream live video directly to the Vidsys CSIM platform viewers for real-time situational awareness. Vidsys CEO and Founder James Chong said, “We are pleased to announce this strategic partnership with Edesix, especially with the growing market demand for this combined mobile solution offering which will enhance insights into critical situations that will help deliver greater public safety and other mission-critical needs for many of our customers around the world.” Richie McBride, CEO of Edesix said, “We’re delighted to be collaborating with Vidsys to ensure that public safely users are provided with an overall management solution. As body cameras become commonplace, the importance of seamlessly integrating footage with an operation centre’s management system, is fast becoming prevalent in the security market place.” Vidsys will demonstrate the integration of body camera technology using Edesix’s VideoBadge at Secured Cities in Houston, November 10-12 in Booth 304.
Vidsys, a top global provider of enterprise Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, announced recently the next stage of evolution of its award winning, web-enabled software platform, to include the convergence of physical and cyber security along with information management solutions. “Our intelligent, browser-based software can turn massive amounts of data into meaningful and actionable information that can be used to deliver holistic risk management for organisations globally,” said James Chong, CEO and Founder. “We are adding advanced capabilities to integrate, monitor and assess external threats and vulnerabilities through seamless data visualisation and business intelligence dashboards.” Converged security and information management: “With these improvements along with the ability to integrate and present social media feeds and big data analytics, we are redefining the PSIM category and driving the market toward what we call Converged Security and Information Management or CSIM,” Chong said. “We are disrupting the market to be the first to provide our customers with a converged security and risk management platform that is also well positioned to drive solutions around the Internet of Things (IoT) by leveraging our proven PSIM platform.” Improvements: Vidsys software is already flexible, scalable and supports mobility. Enhancements in the next release of the software will include: Graphical User Interface (GUI) refresh Enterprise Data Visualisation (EDV) including external vulnerability and threat assessment Enterprise Business Intelligence (EBI) dynamic trending and reporting in real time Improved map display modules including 3D support Improved performance and diagnostics tools Continued Internationalisation (i18n)
VidSys’ National Language Support software can be easily adapted to various languages without code changes VidSys, a leading provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, recently announced that it will demonstrate the latest release of its award winning product at ASIS in Atlanta, September 29 through October 1 in Booth #3565. In 7.7, VidSys debuts National Language Support, meaning the software can be easily adapted to various languages without code changes. VidSys founder and CTO James Chong addressed the evolution of the PSIM category, a term he helped coin in 2006: “PSIM started as an integration platform for operation centres to improve situational awareness using physical security sensors and data. It is now rapidly evolving to encompass other data sources, including building management, radars/sonars, asset tracking, social media and IT security and management systems.” Chong said. VidSys has grown its business this year internationally in Central and South America, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region with both public and large private sector clients. Its software meets key U.S. federal information assurance standards, to include compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and the Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP), which is being transitioned to a broader risk management framework as outlined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Chong said investing in a PSIM platform results in a strong return on investment for both enterprise and government clients. “Savings realised include but are not limited to staffing efficiencies, false alarm reduction and improved adherence to compliance and regulatory requirements. Many of our projects begin with a pilot rollout with the customer and we use that as a foundation to expand enterprise-wide,” he said.
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