The business value of IP-based security technologies. Or how to turn your IP camera into a business application
In a further attempt to explain how PSIM (physical security information management) and IP-based security technologies in general, are more than simply software doing yesterday’s security job better. They actually create value. Take surveillance…
Surveillance cameras are technologies for capturing events and are deployed for many reasons: loss prevention, crime and vandalism deterrence, slip/fall evidence, traffic and crowd control, and dozens of other security & safety applications.
The captured video events are transmitted to monitors in command centers, or recorded on DVRs or storage arrays. The images, when viewed or collected, are data that may be used for security event management.
Analog and network cameras, DVRs and networked storage aren’t the only security event data sources. Consider these:
- Alarms and environmental sensors
- Intrusion detection, physical and logical
- Monitoring stations and command centers
- Knowledge bases and external intelligence services
- Trouble ticketing, dispatching systems, and problem management
- Business continuity and emergency response software
- Public address and notification systems
Even access control systems produce event data.
Resulting in a Deluge of Data. So while security professionals have sought to solve security problems with the newest and best security technologies, they’ve ended up with this smoldering swamp of unused and sometimes unusable data.
Here’s the opportunity for you and for the industry. If managed properly, if normalized and analyzed – that data becomes information. With information, you can create value.
PSIM is the newest way of advancing the industry and your career but providing a platform for turning event data into business information, the same way corporations around the world have used any IT system to add value to the company.
This new breed of technology is represented by vendors like
So go and make something of that data. Create Value!
Event management is security. But Information management is business.
[PS: hopefully the reader can see why PSEM, physical security event management is a pointless moniker, while PSIM is the value-oriented expression we should standardize on.]