Why PSIM is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

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Picture the following: you’re monitoring a university campus and you receive an alarm signal for an intrusion alert in a building that houses science labs. While you are checking camera footage, another signal comes in for an access control breach – a door left ajar at an adjacent building.

What you don’t know is in another area of campus, security is also getting a blue box call from a student who saw someone leave a suspicious-looking backpack next to the library windows.

Are these incidents related? Is the campus about to be attacked? Or are these random events that happen to be occurring around the same time? It’s difficult to tell because you don’t have all the information.

Security is fundamentally based on data like this. A perimeter alert signal has occurred here. A camera picked up movement there. But most traditional security systems offer fragmented, disparate data. Separate signals are often monitored by different teams in different buildings, making them difficult to relate to each other.

Situations like the one above need situational awareness in order to make better security choices. A security team that can assess all the data together can make an informed decision. Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) technology was designed to do that.

PSIM monitoring software compiles the information from unconnected devices and systems, be it alarm signals, video surveillance, intrusion detection, access control, fire detection, or even less traditional sources like environmental sensors, networks, GPS monitoring, or mapping systems. PSIM then analyzes and correlates that data and presents it in a comprehensive visual format so operators can verify and prioritize incidents based on the threat level.

The benefit of PSIM is a faster response time to security situations, lower operational costs due to the integration of existing, disparate systems, and a lower risk to the building/campus/entity due to overall increased security.

Bold Group’s ManitouPSIM compiles and processes raw data from multiple security systems, including intrusion detection, video surveillance, access control, etc., to make connections quickly. Its web-based, user-friendly interface helps you manage your diverse security assets by utilizing video, cartography, floor plans, event statistics, and any other available information and presenting them in a single view for faster visual verification. Your operators are then guided through incident management with clear workflow instructions to ensure compliance with your established resolution processes.

Because accountability is paramount in the security industry, detailed reporting is a standard feature with ManitouPSIM. Information is tracked for compliance reporting and investigative analysis, while incident responses can be assessed for process review and training purposes as part of your standard operating procedures.

ManitouPSIM connects to all legacy and modern hardware for seamless security improvements without increased operational expenses, thus reducing your CAPEX by connecting what you currently own and upgrading when your resources are available. Learn more about ManitouPSIM and how it can help your company or contact us.