Presentation of the PROTECTOR & WIK Award Silver in the category PSIM

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The readers of the magazine PROTECTOR and the users of the online portal sicherheit.info made their decision: Second winner in the category PSIM is the functional module “Control Operations” by Advancis. It is a concept for reliable control management of security-technology systems (arm/disarm, disablements/re-enablements, revision on/off, etc.). If, for example, fire detectors are not disabled during the execution of welding works, false alarms might be triggered. If the re-enablement after completion of works is forgotten, the non-detection of a real fire would have drastic impact.

Therefore, the complete process should be digitalized with the help of the module. Via web forms, the disablement and re-enablement can be requested. Furthermore, all involved parties have online access anytime to the control operations planning or the current detector status. In the defined period, the target status will be monitored, so that third parties cannot perform any unnoticed changes directly at the systems.

The module serves for reduction of false alarms and for the secure detection of hazardous situations, so that also costs and resources for unnecessary operations will be saved. An effective process chain is the result. Due to the reduced communication and the digitalized processes, the personnel in the control center can concentrate on important alarms and emergencies.

On 27 June 2018, Jan Meiswinkel, CEO of Advancis, received the award personally at the SicherheitsExpo trade fair in Munich. We would like to thank you very much for your vote!

We would like to congratulate SIKOM Danmark to their new status as CWI Partner GOLD

Advancis would like to congratulate SIKOM Danmark to their new status as CWI Partner GOLD. Last week, Morten Hansen, Sales Director of SIKOM, received the official certificate from the CEO of Advancis, Jan Meiswinkel. We are glad that SIKOM as a strong partner in the region has already successfully realized numerous WinGuard projects and are looking forward to the further collaboration with this professional partner!

PROTECTOR Award 2018 – Vote now for Advancis!

 

 

For the sixth time, PROTECTOR & WIK as well as Sicherheit.info present the award for security technology. With its functional module “Control Operations”, Advancis is one of the candidates for the PROTECTOR Award 2018 in the category Physical Security Information Management.

Advancis offers the functional module “Control Operations”, enabling reliable control management of security-technology systems (arm/disarm, disablements/re-enablements, revision on/off, etc.). If, for example, fire detectors are not disabled during the execution of welding works, false alarms might be triggered. If the re-enablement after completion of works is forgotten, the non-detection of a real fire would have drastic impact.
 
Therefore, the complete process should be digitalized with the help of the module. Via web forms, the disablement and re-enablement can be requested. Furthermore, all involved parties have online access anytime to the control operations planning or the current detector status.  In the defined period, the target status will be monitored, so that third parties cannot perform any unnoticed changes directly at the systems.
 
The module serves for reduction of false alarms and for the secure detection of hazardous situations, so that also costs and resources for unnecessary operations will be saved. An effective process chain is the result. Due to the reduced communication and the digitalized processes, the personnel in the control center can concentrate on important alarms and emergencies.
 
Vote here for the innovative functional module “Control Operations” by Advancis” The voting is still possible until 08 June 2018.

Many thanks in advance for your vote!

 

Corporate-Security.TV Interview

In November 2016, the symposium “Requirements for modern Physical Security Information Management Systems” took place in the Vodafone Campus Skylounge in Düsseldorf, Germany. Watch the interview by Holger Berens with Lars Waldow, COO at Advancis Software & Services GmbH, with regard to PSIM Systems – which advantages do they offer, how secure are they and what are the future trends.

Holger Berens: Digitalization, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things. Today, Physical Security Information Management Systems (PSIM Systems) also have to be linked with each other. Mr. Waldow, what can PSIM systems do for us today?

Lars Waldow: PSIM Systems offer a vendor-neutral integration of most diverse security technology systems, i.e. a uniform linkage of security and communication technology as well as building automation. They can be visualized via a central user interface and it is possible to display the system status there and to enable their retroactive control.

Holger Berens: I can hardly imagine how this is done, in an existing building: Different manufacturers, different interfaces and different software, how can a management system realize that all linked security systems really run in a uniform way on one user interface?

Lars Waldow: If you look at today’s control centers in many buildings, you will find let’s say 17 keyboards and mice next to each other via which various systems are controlled, behind these, there are many different interfaces to the actual devices, and this is exactly the point. We have to start from these interfaces in order to integrate them uniformly into one system. There are different approaches. Open standards can be used that can be implemented as generic interfaces or the proprietary, that means the manufacturer-specific protocols. Actually, this is our strongest approach: To directly speak the language of the systems, without requiring any further converters in-between that have to be purchased and configured and represent another error source, but rather to implement the system’s language directly in our platform and to integrate it in a uniform management system.

Holger Berens: This results in a control center where everything is accumulated. How vulnerable and attackable are such systems?

Lars Waldow: Not more or less attackable as they have been before the implementation of a PSIM system, since the systems themselves already communicated via IT networks before. However, we usually recommend a closed security network, linking all these security technology devices with each other, separated from the actual office or productive networks.

Holger Berens: Such PSIM systems, are they learning systems, I mean, if there is an incident that maybe was not planned during prevention, can the system find the suitable solutions in retrospect?

Lars Waldow: This is a current trend which we are concentrating on: How can these systems really support the user by learning something new, by aggregating events so that the user can focus on what is important. How can the collected information be evaluated at a later stage in order to suggest alternative procedures for the future? The whole subject Artificial Intelligence will become an even more important topic in the future. At the moment, we are, in my opinion, at the very start of this development.

Holger Berens: That gives me the keyword for my last question, how will PSIM systems develop in the future?

Lars Waldow: I already just mentioned one of these big IT trends (Artifical Intelligence), but maybe we have to go one step back again, as recently we focus more and more also on the networking of the systems that work together on the management level, keyword here is operational command systems. We see that a PSIM system displays the hazard arising from the physical world, but that the management of emergency forces or resources is realized by a separate system. Information exchange is important here too. This is where PSIM manufacturers offer the possibility to directly communicate with operational command systems or to integrate parts of them in their own system so that, in case of an emergency event, the corresponding actions can be predefined for the task forces and coordinated. With regard to the future trends, the big IT trends Internet of Things, Big Data, Augmented Reality, these are also very exciting fields for us as a PSIM manufacturer. In particular Augmented Reality as an interface for human beings. Information flood increases and Augmented Reality offers the possibility to reduce informaiton to the perspective of the user by, for example, displaying related information on my smartphone. That is a possibility to filter information at the man-machine interface and to provide such information to the user in an appropriate way.

Holger Berens: Many thanks, Mr. Waldow, see you at the next security interview of the week.