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It is time for PSIM to transform itself into PLSIM

The convergence of Physical and Logical Security Management

Narendra Kumar PicTwo decades back, ensuring security meant systems that can perpetually track the identity, location and activity of people and vehicles within the monitored space. But in this era of data deluge, ensuring security does not stop with just the facility. It goes beyond, into the network. This is why, cyber security has been the hot topic of the last decade. But we are fast heading into an era where security will mean convergence of physical and logical security. Only such a convergence will get the attention of business leaders, and in turn the market required for innovation.

PSIM is becoming PLSIM

Typically, surveillance systems have focused on tracking location and activity, while biometrics systems have focused on identifying individuals. Part of the reason for this ad hoc approach is historical. It is only when you can see disconnected sub-systems that it is possible to understand the benefits of integration and wider correlations. With the advent of IP systems and the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT), it is now possible to join up and monitor vast number of systems in real-time and make hitherto impossible intelligent decisions. It is this evolution that is now converging the “hard” security and the “soft” security. Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) is transforming itself into Physical and Logical Security Information Management (PLSIM), bringing together facility and operational security management with that of data, brand and business.

PLSIM is getting deployed

Government buildings can best illustrate the application of PLSIM. What else can bring that application into better light than a couple of case studies?

2020 Imaging is working with one of the State Governments to integrate the fire and access systems with cameras, while also integrating the visitor management system. In addition, the solution will integrate the complete infrastructure of Bollards, Boom Barriers, DFMDs and HHMDs so any exception anywhere is flagged along with geospatial and visual information at a central location. Around this will be a state-of-the-art communication framework that brings together mobile devices, walky-talkies and PA system, and a collaboration framework that connects operators at different levels with police, fire, ambulance and traffic resources. Beyond all of this is something unique that 2020 is doing here – the convergence of physical and logical security systems. Being an open standards platform that does not discriminate between MobBus and SNMP, the fully-deployed 2020 solution will bring IT alerts into the control room, be it of data security breach or data center breach. By integrating a huge list of IT systems, from firewall to server room BMS, the control room will truly be in control of the entire facility operations.

At another place, 2020 is working with a partner who manages a vast railway network in the country. In addition to bringing the monitoring of 100+ switching stations under one platform, the solution will enable 2-way video and audio communication between the individual sites and the central unit. But that is only the starting point. The complete solution will integrate temperature and humidity sensors, access control system, fire safety system and network management system of each location into the central platform. What this means is that a server rack getting heated up will reach the control room along with the server room’s temperature and SNMP information on a map along with camera visuals. The alert will automatically be available on portable devices for on-the-go action. The resolution can be carried out over the 2-way audio-video communication system. The incident can finally be closed on the system along with complete history and action, for trending and pattern analysis.

At one of the properties of an international hotel chain, 2020 Imaging is working to give business intelligence through video analytics – for example crowd pattern at the different locations, POS integration for visual mapping and PMS integration for check-in alerts of VIP guests. In addition, the solution will also integrate with social media analytics for sentimental analysis and brand management.

Illustration of PLSIM with 2020 Technology for C4i operations

The convergence of Physical and Logical Security Management

Two decades back, ensuring security meant systems that can perpetually track the identity, location and activity of people and vehicles within the monitored space. But in this era of data deluge, ensuring security does not stop with just the facility. It goes beyond, into the network. This is why, cyber security has been the hot topic of the last decade. But we are fast heading into an era where security will mean convergence of physical and logical security. Only such a convergence will get the attention of business leaders, and in turn the market required for innovation.

PSIM is becoming PLSIM

Typically, surveillance systems have focused on tracking location and activity, while biometrics systems have focused on identifying individuals. Part of the reason for this ad hoc approach is historical. It is only when you can see disconnected sub-systems that it is possible to understand the benefits of integration and wider correlations. With the advent of IP systems and the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT), it is now possible to join up and monitor vast number of systems in real-time and make hitherto impossible intelligent decisions. It is this evolution that is now converging the “hard” security and the “soft” security. Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) is transforming itself into Physical and Logical Security Information Management (PLSIM), bringing together facility and operational security management with that of data, brand and business.

PLSIM is getting deployed

Government buildings can best illustrate the application of PLSIM. What else can bring that application into better light than a couple of case studies?

2020 Imaging is working with one of the State Governments to integrate the fire and access systems with cameras, while also integrating the visitor management system. In addition, the solution will integrate the complete infrastructure of Bollards, Boom Barriers, DFMDs and HHMDs so any exception anywhere is flagged along with geospatial and visual information at a central location. Around this will be a state-of-the-art communication framework that brings together mobile devices, walky-talkies and PA system, and a collaboration framework that connects operators at different levels with police, fire, ambulance and traffic resources. Beyond all of this is something unique that 2020 is doing here – the convergence of physical and logical security systems. Being an open standards platform that does not discriminate between MobBus and SNMP, the fully-deployed 2020 solution will bring IT alerts into the control room, be it of data security breach or data center breach. By integrating a huge list of IT systems, from firewall to server room BMS, the control room will truly be in control of the entire facility operations.

At another place, 2020 is working with a partner who manages a vast railway network in the country. In addition to bringing the monitoring of 100+ switching stations under one platform, the solution will enable 2-way video and audio communication between the individual sites and the central unit. But that is only the starting point. The complete solution will integrate temperature and humidity sensors, access control system, fire safety system and network management system of each location into the central platform. What this means is that a server rack getting heated up will reach the control room along with the server room’s temperature and SNMP information on a map along with camera visuals. The alert will automatically be available on portable devices for on-the-go action. The resolution can be carried out over the 2-way audio-video communication system. The incident can finally be closed on the system along with complete history and action, for trending and pattern analysis.

At one of the properties of an international hotel chain, 2020 Imaging is working to give business intelligence through video analytics – for example crowd pattern at the different locations, POS integration for visual mapping and PMS integration for check-in alerts of VIP guests. In addition, the solution will also integrate with social media analytics for sentimental analysis and brand management.

Illustration of PLSIM with 2020 Technology for C4i operations

C4i

“Disrupt yourself or be disrupted”

When the outgoing CEO of a $60 billion networking company says “Disrupt yourself or be disrupted”, there is a point. Only when the security technologies transform themselves into operational technologies can there be significant leaps in terms of adoption that would feed back into innovation. Hope security companies realize this market shift and position themselves ahead of IT companies lest they should stand to be disrupted.

Authored by

Narendra Kumar

Head, Strategy & Marketing, 2020 Imaging

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