Siemens Introduces a Completely New Approach to PSIM
Siveillance Viewpoint is redefining the Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) category
Implementing a Physical Security Information Management system on campus, like any large integration project, has never been an easy task. Using and maintaining such systems pose additional problems in their own right. Complex interfaces, ensuring security compliance, and integrating new systems all frequently challenge security directors and IT teams.
With its new Siveillance Viewpoint system, Siemens looks to rethink what a PSIM can be and how it can better serve its end users. A truly next generation system, Siveillance Viewpoint introduces several new advancements that take the complexity out of PSIM.
- Advanced Event Handling: Siveillance Viewpoint enhances decision support processes with the most advanced event handling capabilities on the market. Incident management through intelligent workflows of subsystem data allows for grouping of related alarms and messages into one event. The information displayed is tailored to the situation to help make the best decision. Meanwhile, Viewpoint’s clearly structured user interface ensures efficient handling and minimizes mistakes.
- Interactive Visualization: The Multi-View feature of Siveillance Viewpoint provides operators a quick, visual assessment of events for a rapid, informed response. New visualization features include varied visual representation of graphic, video, and web; colored highlighting of areas affected; simultaneous event-related representation of graphic elements; dynamic zooming; and the ability to select different geographical layers.
- Geo-referenced System Intelligence: Siveillance Viewpoint is the first system of its kind to incorporate fully geo-referenced system intelligence. It’s possible to map entire structures across buildings, events, and disciplines through a fusion of data models and infrastructure specifications. Viewpoint goes beyond managing sensors and disciplines to provide a holistic understanding of situations for faster processing and a better quality of data, resulting in the highest situational awareness.
Siveillance Viewpoint also offers an open, flexible architecture that seamlessly consolidates a variety of safety and security systems, such as access control, intrusion detection, and video surveillance, all on one common platform. Open interfaces ensure that future generations of hardware and software used can integrate easily, providing organizations greater flexibility and investment protection. Additional services provide remote support and ensure highest system performance now and in the future.
To address increasing concerns over cybersecurity threats, Siemens introduced its “Cybersecurity by Design,” IT-friendly, hardened, software architecture to Siveillance Viewpoint. Security is locked in during software development and verified by independent, world-class penetration testing during each stage of development. Viewpoint features certificate-based data exchange and secure, encrypted communication to minimize vulnerabilities. Adaptable to any IT environment with very little maintenance effort, it puts the highest level of cybersecurity within reach of more campuses.
In Siveillance Viewpoint, Siemens has created what many see as a welcome departure from existing PSIM systems. More streamlined and less complex, Viewpoint is helping organizations optimize decision-making and incident management, increase safety and security for employees and visitors, assure operational continuity, and ensure compliance to corporate security policies.
To learn more about Siveillance Viewpoint from Siemens go to usa.siemens.com/viewpoint.
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