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What Makes PSIM PSIM?

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Where physical security information management (PSIM) differs from integrated management is in its scope. Trouble is, there is no defined line that marks where high-end centralized management ends and PSIM begins. The best that can be said is that PSIM is a form of integrated management, but not all forms of integrated management are PSIM.

PSIM integrators, along with vendors like Proximex, VidSys and NICE Systems, say the higher degree of customization and connections is what defines PSIM. But other vendors such as On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc. (OnSSI) and DVTel would dispute that, saying PSIM functionality can be created with off-the-shelf software.

Adding to the mix is the simple fact that different users have different needs. A clear market for high-end PSIM exists in ports, transportation, and urban public safety. Generally, the standard requirement is a need for an umbrella security system that runs across a number of independent agencies in which video is an important, but not far-from-exclusive component.

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