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PSIM or ‘physical security information management’ is a method of physical security which has existed since 2006. It is an IP based method of managing security systems such as CCTV, Access Control, Intruder and Fire Alarms, making each individual method more effective than it would be alone. It works on the concept that everything we use to monitor security systems is data based, and therefore can be analysed and utilised as part of your business intelligence practises, as well as collated and simplified.

All security can be centralised, and therefore regardless of how many rooms or even buildings are being monitors, all systems can exist on one singular platform which is managed remotely from anywhere you choose.

PSIM consists of:

1. Collection. Device management independent software collects data from any number of disparate security devices or systems, whether that’s alarm systems, monitoring or access control.

2. Analysis. The system analyses and correlates the data, events, and alarms, to identify situations and to prioritise them based on your preferences.

3. Verification. The software presents the relevant situation information in a quick and simple format for an operator to verify the situation so relevant action can be taken.

4. Resolution. The system provides SOPs (otherwise known as ‘Standard Operating Procedures’, step-by-step instructions based on best practices and an organisation’s policies, and tools to resolve the situation, meaning everything can be dealt with quickly and effectively.

5. Reporting. The software tracks all the information and steps for reporting, training and when required, in-depth investigative analysis.

6. Audit trail. The PSIM also monitors how each operator interacts with the system, tracks any manual changes to security systems and calculates reaction times for each event


Why Use PSIM?

There are myriad reasons why companies would choose to invest in a comprehensive security management system. Firstly, control is much increased when compared with using each element individually. Situation awareness is also improved, as is management reporting. These solutions can ultimately save considerable amounts of money both through efficiency and improved security, as well as increased intelligence and a far more effective use of resources.

Because of the way the systems work, you don’t need to change your entire systems in order to incorporate PSIM into your business security. They work with your existing technology to build upon your systems, rather than dictating a complete and costly overhaul.

In short, this sort of management system can update your security for a fraction of the time and cost, and continue to save time and money as it is utilised. By bridging gaps between all your different security mechanisms, you’re able to create a singular and much more effective security model, which can adapt and change as you add or remove technology, or even change protocol.

Just like the business intelligence you might you in your marketing and sales departments, PSIM is the business intelligence – and the future – of business security.

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