Tech Talk: PSIM Is Tying It All Together

For example, VidSys has introduced new PSIM software that offers a common operating platform that enables real-time dynamic situation management by integrating information from multiple security and operational systems. Dave Rosenlund, vice president of product management, says, “While situations may start with only a few related events, they often quickly become an unpredictable maze of numerous events that organizations need to rapidly manage and resolve.”

VidSys’ latest offering includes enhanced integration with voice systems, incorporating phone recordings into situations, setting up phone and radio conferences, and synchronous voice and video recording. The company has developed integrations with voice systems from Quintron (DICES) and Cisco (IPICS) that dynamically set up calls, establish conferencing, integrate radios and phone systems, locate and record incoming calls, and provide mass announcements.

Another PSIM product that drew attention at the recent ASIS expo was the Proximex C100 command and control center appliance. The company claims this product is the first of its type in the industry. The product was just coming out of development at show time. Features include set-up time in hours, not days, 200 sensors standard, two integration modules and two clients. Proximex’s Surveillint software is used to integrate and connect related information from both existing and new security systems. 

Use These Groups to Gather Intel
PSIM technology and applications are moving quickly. To help keep up on these trendsetters and other similar products and applications one needs to become familiar with some of the organizations supporting PSIM. Two of those are the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) and the Physical Security Information Management Trends Web site.

PSIA was founded in February 2008 and is a global consortium of nearly 50 physical security manufacturers and systems integrators focused on promoting interoperability of IP-enabled security devices across all segments of the security industry. The organization supports license-free standards and specifications, which are vetted in an open and collaborative manner to the industry as a whole. There are currently five active working groups: IP Video, Video Analytics, Recording and Content Management, Area Control, and Systems.

The Physical Security Information Management Trends site provides information from industry thought leaders about the growing PSIM market. Trends, opportunities, challenges, underlying technologies, and real-life examples are discussed. The Related Content section provides up-to-date content covering the PSIM market in a blog format. Visit the site at

Bob Dolph has served in various technical management and advisory positions in the security industry for 30+ years. To share tips and installation questions, E-mail Bob at 

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