What’s Next for Physical Security Information Management Systems?

CEO of CNL Software Keith Bloodworth offers his insights into the past and future of PSIM solutions.

Closing the Gaps within Intelligence Security Management – With the continually increasing diversity of security threats across the globe, 2016 will see the emergence of closer integration between all systems within the security disciplines that make up intelligence security management. The lack of deep end-to-end integration between the systems driving the physical, personnel, communications, information systems, security classification and operations security disciplines highlights the need to challenge the mantra of situational awareness. It also accelerates the demand for situational intelligence through integrations focused on empowering counterintelligence techniques in preventing situations from occurring or at least providing effective early warning signals.

IT/Hybrid Channel Partners Entering the Market – These will become more prevalent in 2016 and will get their revenues from consulting, software sales and some PSIM implementation. These are more likely to be regional than global to start with, but they represent a new breed of IT/IQ suppliers who are increasingly attractive to end users looking for value-based solutions. We are also seeing activities from global IT/Hybrid players like Atos, KPMG, Wipro, Microsoft, IBM and Accenture.

IT Vendors Enter the Market – Large IT vendors will be participants in the security market. This year we have seen activities from Hitachi, Adobe, Oracle, Dell/EMC, HP and Symantec. These are being sold at very high levels within the enterprise and on a global scale, furthering our belief that the big SI’s of the IT market will also soon be entering the security market, linking it to logical security solutions in a one-throat-to-choke basis. Our view is that the more traditional hardware based system integrators will do the installs (and have the ongoing maintenance), but the complex integration will migrate to expert service partners.

3D Mapping – This has been on the wish list of lots of organizations for some time, but budgets and uncertainty on its usability have limited its growth until now. 2016 will see this change as its adoption increases, bringing costs down and simplifying its delivery process. In the near future, 3D will become an affordable viewing platform, but it is not a silver bullet. It’s more of an emerging technology. For the near future, 3D will be for viewing, and 2D will be used for visualization of the situational response plans.

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Camera Analytics – The need for video analytics is growing again. What is different, however, is that there will be a number of absolute industry specialists, like ASV in France for example, who only provide camera analytics for maritime-based needs. CNL Software is also seeing a rise in the requirement for camera analytics connected via PSIM (e.g. “tag and track” applications). As it requires deep integration with the analytics providers, this is going to separate the real PSIM players from the VMS-based entry level PSIMs.

Federated Systems – Homeland defense, corporate security, government buildings and mass transit security all vary in the technology they deploy and the challenges they face, but they all have the requirement for escalation procedures and the need for centralized control of processes. This fast growing segment is where we have seen sev
eral of our largest orders this year and are generally referred to as “one to many and/or many to one.” Typically, the development of the responses to alerts/alarms will be done at the center and then distributed out to the remote locations. The entire network of control rooms can have the ability to operate as discrete systems but can communicate to the center when required. CNL Software are specialists in the Global Security Operations Center (GSOC), an area of PSIM that requires real scale and focus.

Safe Cities – This is another fast growing segment and will include capabilities for:

  • Public/private co-operations
  • Body worn cameras with mapping to static camera video to create evidence files
  • Multi-tenanted operations centers with interchange of data
  • Social media and tracking capabilities
  • Large-scale video aggregation and intelligent video retrieval
  • Large-scale asset management across all sub-systems

Internet of Things (IoT) – Prepare for lots of hype around IoT but it is something that is on its way; most people, however, are still not sure what that will be and how it will affect the security industry. CNL Software has joined the IoT Security Foundation and expect that we, and others, will be attaching leading SIEM products to ensure the device layers are not providing an attack surface. When the new hybrid channels begin working with large-scale corporates and start processing data held in the Scada systems, security and facilities will change from a facilities operation to a business intelligence must have.

Scale – Projects are getting larger and larger as they spill over from semi-military to homeland security. PSIM is growing in size and complexity, and this will be more visible in 2016.

Different Threats Prompt Changes
2015 has seen and recognized a marked change in the threats we are faced with. This is leading to increased focus on intelligence and will only grow in the coming year as organizations – both public and private – proactively piece together information to understand and eliminate threats before they become incidents.

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