PSIM software controlled security management is relatively new trend and evolved with the need for public and private organisations to become more resilient in the face of the threats of the past decade. Significant factors were the homeland security response in the country after 26/11, Naval Dockyard submarine blast and industrial accidents such as those experienced in the oil and gas sector such as Jaipur City. The raised security threats mean that it is essential to integrate and automate security systems as far as possible.
Technological advances have made it possible to capture, process, analyse and store the large amounts of data that are generated by security systems, including data from sensors and video cameras. Moore's Law and new capabilities in hardware such as video analytics, intelligent fences, smartphones and tablets and more powerful, flexible data networks make it possible to use integrating software applications to provide intelligent, vigilant, surveillance of assets.
"Physical Security Information Management offers large ROI"
A PSIM solution integrates, automates and governs systems such as CCTV, PID, ACCESS CONTROL fire alarms and other HSE systems as well as systems such as HVAC and industrial process control. The essential components are listed below;
Connectivity and Integration: The capability to integrate multiple disparate security systems such as video surveillance, access control, perimeter intrusion detection, fire and safety, public address and building management.
Configuration Management: The capability to define and change policies and parameters related to various connected devices in the underlying subsystems.
Programmable Logic: To enable broad programmability of the system for users in complex security environments with multiple integrated systems. PLC allows us to create detailed cause and effect automation and response in even the most complex integrated solutions.
Geospatial Visualisation: Functions for mapping and spatially visualising the actual situation independently from active events. Response and Workflow Management Presents users with step-by-step instructions on how to respond to an event. These are detailed, rule-based workflows and are presented within the software in order to maximise the user response to any incident.
Audit, Reporting and Analysis: PSIM systems should provide a comprehensive audit and reporting capability that enables detailed forensic review of an incident and the response. It should be easy to create customised reports that allow for analysis of multiple events in order to optimise policies and workflows.
Resilience: The capability for immediate disaster recovery, business continuity and redundant operation. This includes backup systems (servers, databases, network) for automatic transfer of control room operation and so on.
True PSIM systems include self-monitoring capability to protect the integrity of all the integrated systems while maintaining automatic vigilance against threats.
If your organisation is thinking of implementing a PSIM solution or updating an existing, integrated CCTV system, there are several providers in the local and global market offering what may seem to be dependable options. Bear in mind the following criteria when appraising candidate vendors:
Do the Maths When it comes to doing your sums, there are three figures to consider in relation to PSIM:
Purchase costs will depend primarily on:
Savings fall into two categories:
2. Efficiency savings:
By examining historical accounts and the logs of current security systems, especially in relation to security incidents, a company should be able to estimate reasonably accurately the annual cost of its current security systems.
These can then be projected over a three or five year term and compared with the costs and savings of a PSIM system over the same period.
This should give a fairly clear indication of the ROI of a PSIM investment.