Integrated security systems are a relatively new development in the world of security networks. In traditional security systems, devices would work independently and be controlled independently by an operator in order to ensure the security of a building. Integrated security systems, however, automate many of the devices and ensure that they work together to make the buildings even more secure. They do still give power to the operator but they are intended to make it easier for the operator to control a large environment.PSIM is the technology which does all of this, helping to evaluate risk and minimising danger. PSIM, or physical security information management, connects all devices together and acts as a sort of middleman to help control all of them simultaneously. It does this by continuously collecting data from each device and helps to correlate events picked up by each one to help evaluate and calculate a risk. This helps to make security more efficient by improving the speed in which events are picked up, fully reporting a situation and organizing all security features. This means that integrated security systems essentially have a built in controller, who is then simply assessed by a member of the security team. This means that companies can potentially cut down on the number of security staff.
But before you go out and invest in integrated security systems, I imagine you would want to know exactly how physical security information management works, and how a computer can help to decide when there is a security breach. It does so using a very methodical approach which it can do in the space of a few seconds.Firstly, it will constantly collect data from each security device, whether that be CCTV cameras or a motion sensor. This happens continuously, all day every day. Even if a threat is detected in one place the system will continue to crawl through data from other places. If the data returned is suspicious, the system will then analyse and correlate the data from all devices, going back and forth through all data from a certain period of time to assess with there is a threat or if it is simply a false alarm. If there are multiple threats then it will also attempt to calculate which threat is more dangerous.Assuming that the software decides that this is a threat which needs to be dealt with, it will alert the operator and present its findings in an easily digestible format, using 3D graphics and a number of other digital presentations. The operator can then verify whether there really is a threat or whether the software has made an error. Once the operator has verified that there is a problem, the software will then create a step-by-step list of instructions based on best practises in order to deal with the threat. The system continues to track all security features and the operators decisions in order to create a report which can be used to analyse the security breach after the event has ended. Finally, the system will continually monitor how it is used in order to see if any improvements to the system need to be made.
Physical security information management has helped to make integrated security systems as useful as they are. Without a system which continuously helps to run the devices and ensure that they are working together, it would be even more work for the operator. PSIM is incredibly intelligent and more often than not, it will correctly assess a threat. Integrated security systems are highly advanced pieces of technology and it will be interesting to see how they develop from here.