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Open Architecture Integration of Disparate Video and Security Systems

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Contents of Document

What is Open Architecture PSIM


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About Prysm
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The importance of Open Architecture PSIM in CCTV
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AppVision PSIM - what does it do with CCTV?
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New feature in AppVision Version 4 - Video black box
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Distribution of video images to AppVision client stations
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How can video be displayed in AppVision PSIM
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Open Architecture PSIM in Security & Alarms management


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AppVision PSIM for Alarms Handling key advantages
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Open Architecture Building Management


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AppVision System Architecture


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AppVision Unfied Video Walls Hidden Video Clients
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Growing your PSIM project Multiple / regional servers
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AppVision PSIM Failover Architecture


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What is a redundant server architecture?
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Hardware Configuration
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Hardware Configuration For Video Black Box Storage
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Manufacturer SDK Limitations and New Driver Developments


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Extract for consultants to use in tenders
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WHAT IS OPEN ARCHITECTURE PSIM

PSIM is the most open method of unifying and managing different technologies
and brands for use in security command & control rooms. No PACS or VMS can
provide this level of openness and customisation.
Is it fair that clients pay for their security equipment installations but do not
have full ownership of them to obtain the actual features they want? Or that
they can't deploy the security systems that they want because their control
room is tied to a PACS or VMS and won't work with a competitors system?
Unified management of different brands and systems means installing open
architecture technologies and being able to choose from best of breed, now
and in the future.
PSIM is about simplified handling procedures, geolocalised security events in
real time, and the provision of simple step by step guides to operators as well
as post event forensics and accountability of security personnel.
PSIM provides as standard : Open customization of graphics and procedures,
audit trail of user actions, scalability for multi site projects, failover and
redundancy, alarm and video wall integration irrespective of brand, video
analytics integration, escalation of events and alarms, geolocalisation, GIS,
Computer Aided Despatch and much more
Open architecture means having free access to an SDK for development, as
well as competitive development from a global network of partners, open
server and client scripting, open access to all internal graphics and editors as
well as system Runtime, the ability to customize graphics and screen layout as
you want them to be.
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If you dont have a


completely open
architecture system
in your control
room then the
chances are that
you arent in charge
of how you use it or
what you can
connect to it.
As a result you will
be tied to the
proprietary systems
main features, be
that access control
or video recording.
Only a true PSIM is
open architecture
and can integrate
with any open
security , BMS or
automation
technologies.
AppVision PSIM can
even connect to
other open PSIMs
or open BMS
platforms.

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ABOUT PRYSM
PRYSM was created in 1996 by software engineer Jean-Michel Belin who
was previously the software director of a well known access control
manufacturer.
The development was undertaken in partnership with a leading integration
company that was looking for a way to avoid or reduce manufacturer lock
in practices from bundled proprietary software interfaces.
Jean-Michels initial goal was to develop a unifying integration system that
managed alarms from mainstream security equipment manufacturers in
order to provide geolocalisation of events in real time and guide operators
through the next step security procedures.
At the time the only GUI (graphic user interface) open integration systems
were SCADA systems, which were used in industrial automation and were
complex and costly to deploy. It was decided to structure AppVision using
similar open tools and techniques but with much simpler methods for GUI
building, system configuration and deployment.
AppVision was first released as a basic alarms management system in
1998, and underwent several evolutions and rewrites prior to becoming a
fully open PSIM system which it now is.
The AppVision PSIM now is deployed at hundreds of critical infrastructure
projects each year by an ever growing community of support and
development partners around the world. The total number of projects has
reached over 3000 with a mix of project vertical markets and sizes,
including major integration projects that unify security and building
automation technologies for control room
management.
Not only is AppVision one of the easiest and
most versatile PSIM technologies to deploy but
our aggressive partner pricing model and
extremely open architecture system is radically
different to many of our mainstream
competitors.

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While other PSIM companies now exist, they mostly share a common
theme which is to segment the markets that they target based on high
value (and high profit) to them. At PRYSM, we feel that this provides a
disservice to security integration partners and does not allow installers
and clients with smaller projects to benefit from open architecture
systems. As a result, many smaller and medium sized projects become
tied to costly and proprietary GUI based technologies that are more
difficult to evolve with a project needs.
Rather than use market acceptance pricing
strategy used by most PSIM brands, PRYSM
deliberately uses a democratic pricing
method that offers a low cost licensing
method based on the actual size of the
project (measured in number of connected
systems). This means that in some cases the
AppVision PSIM is between 3 to 10 times
cheaper than other mainstream PSIMs.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF OPEN ARCHITECTURE PSIM IN CCTV


MANAGEMENT

It should not matter what the source


of the video is to be able to manage
security in a unified control room

CCTV systems are now part of everyday life and have become important tools
to keeping us safe from criminals or terror.
As a result of the dramatic growth there are now plenty of well known
manufacturers of CCTV recording systems all competing for projects. Network
video management systems have become increasingly more sophisticated and
some also provide limited integrations to non competing security systems.
Mainstream VMS brands are however not able to integrate with each other,
which poses a major problem for security projects where cameras connected to
different VMS brands have to be seen and used together. Using a VMS (or
PACS) as the integration system in a control room also establishes very high
barriers that make it very difficult and costly to change technologies away from
that VMS or PACS in the future. As a result, the manufacturer owns the
customer and demands for product improvements, lower operating or
maintenance costs, or system customisation may be slow and cost more than if
the PSIM was the heart of the control room.
Integrators and consultants have an important choice to make when designing
a project : either they tie CCTV projects to single VMS or NVR brands, or find an
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open architecture system that can integrate with most of the VMS
manufacturers.
AppVision open architecture PSIM is deployed inexpensively to provide
additional features that the VMS or NVR platforms cannot manage. Quite
simply, in most cases this means being able to unify different manufacturers in
the same control room. But the advantages don't stop there.
AppVision PSIM is a much more open and customisable technology than you
can imagine. In most cases using AppVision PSIM means it becomes possible to
build the project as the client or the consultant wanted it, and not simply what
the VMS was able to do.

Unify different CCTV and VMS brands in the same video wall
Build custom GIS or maps to easily geolocate the nearest camera to an
event
Use custom navigation bars and icons on maps
Deploy custom and dynamic icons with custom menu options to choose
cameras or drag and drop them onto the video wall
Pop up camera displays on motion detection, access control or other
alarms
Build custom virtual matrices with flexible display options
Single click creation of an event hotpot and manual events logs
Computer aided dispatch : dispatch mobile units to site with drag and
drop (V.4)
.... escalation of events, integration of all other connected systems
.... guided procedures for event and incident handling
.... single click lock down, fire alarm role call lists

The AppVision PSIM video wall system integrates with other AppVision modules
or as a stand alone system.
It unifies different video technologies from most mainstream IP NVR and VMS
manufacturers as well as DVR, NVR, MJPEG, MPEG4, H264, ONVIF and even
VLC.

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APPVISION PSIM - WHAT DOES IT DO WITH CCTV?


AppVision PSIM in a CCTV control room is used to guarantee system openness
and unify different CCTV security systems by connecting to the VMS server as
well as to the cameras where needed. It also simplifies management and
operational procedures for operators, since they can learn how to use
AppVision rather than a whole host of different and proprietary systems that
would otherwise only work in silos. This makes it quicker to train new staff.
In some cases, these benefits mean that a reduction in security personnel
becomes possible, and perhaps also a more centralised security approach for
disparate geographical sites that may not need so many manned guards 24/7.
Features
Many of the features that are attributed to the PSIM are dependent on what the
manufacturers SDK facilitates. Some SDKs are more open than others.
The main CCTV features from AppVision PSIM are as follows :

Live camera display in PSIM video wall for different VMS or camera
sources
Support different VMS/NVR SDKs as well as ONVIF and MJPEG streams
Camera PTZ through PSIM interface or in CCTV window
Manage dome cameras preset positions from PSIM GUI
Show dome camera preset positions in PSIM GUI
Show dome camera true positions in PSIM GUI (where available from the
VMS or camera)
Receive motion detection alarms and provide next step procedures to
operators

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Receive alarms from any other connected alarm system as the trigger to
push nearest CCTV camera to video wall, and provide next step
procedures to operators
Use the video stream from the VMS as the source for video analytics
either within the PSIM or fed to the PSIM from the analytics system
Receive alarm events related to any other connected systems fed into
the VMS (analytics for example)
Retrieve camera playback from the VMS directly into the PSIM unified
smart wall
Create instant icons on PSIM GUI as markers or hotspots that instantly
retrieve the playback the precede the creation of the marker
Display lost camera signal
Provide distributed architecture of access to video to different locations,
and operators based on roles and responsibilities (user profiles).
Provide standard operating procedures prompts to guide operators in
security alarm events.
Messaging provide a method for operators to log important messages
or information instantly and send them to senior staff or maintenance
teams
Provide full logs of operators actions and audits of past events
Escalate difficult events automatically or manually to other more senior
operators
Video Black Box server a full audit of what the operators are seeing in
the video wall at all times, with network access, configurable time delays
for screen recording, search by time and image export. More information
about this on the next page :

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NEW FEATURE IN APPVISION VERSION 4 - VIDEO BLACK BOX


The video black box is a dedicated recording server that records what is
displayed on the operators screen so that we can later see what they were
looking at, or at least what was displayed and they should have been looking
at.

This is described as a black box, similar to a flight recording device used


on airplanes, but in this case it is the video images that are of interest,
rather than audio.
The video black box features a configurable screen grabber that will
record what is displayed on one of many AppVision client station or video
client station screens.
The images will be stored in individual files of limited time duration,
rather than a completely stitched image, and will be ready for searching
or viewable in a single video stream.

Storage
The Video Blackbox storage is configurable on a network server.
Search feature
Using the time stamp from other security data in the AppVision PSIM, or
from connected VMS platforms the Senior Security Manager will be able
to search by time and date criteria.
AppVision PSIM will automatically display the video black box sequence
starting from the time and date that is entered.
Export feature
The individual files can be exported using the Export button in the
AppVideo interface.

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DISTRIBUTION OF VIDEO IMAGES TO APPVISION CLIENT


STATIONS

Each AppVision PSIM client station can


connect to whatever VMS its needs to be
talking to

AppVision client stations connect individually, directly to the VMS or cameras


using the network + proprietary (or ONVIF / MJPEG) protocol as the
communication method. This is the most efficient way to communicate with
lower image latency and less use of network bandwidth (which would be much
higher if AppVision downloaded all video streams and events in real time in
order to redistribute them again to AppVision clients).

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Changing camera FPS or resolution


VMS platforms manage the image quality for both stored and displayed images
from cameras. In some cases it is possible for the PSIM to send commands to
the VMS to modify the video camera resolution that is streamed to the PSIM
video wall. As such, the PSIM does not re package or modify the cameras
recorded or displayed images (which otherwise may have legal implications on
the validity of the video recording).
The PSIM can also send commands to the VMS or even to the camera directly
to request a video stream in a lower resolution format. Where the VMS or
camera supports this, the PSIM can display the lower resolution format in the
AppVision video client wall.

HOW CAN VIDEO BE DISPLAYED IN APPVISION PSIM


There are 4 main methods for displaying
video walls using AppVision.
1. Standard video monitors or HD
television screens streamed via
hidden AppVision client stations.
Commanded remotely from any
connected AppVision client
stations.
2. Dedicated video wall technologies
AppVision PSIM deployed at
such as Planar, Barco, Eyevis
Marseille Police CCTV control room
(can also be viewed
on Youtube)
streamed via hidden AppVision client stations. Commanded
remotely
from any connected AppVision client stations.
3. Miniature video display opened as part of the AppVision graphic user
interface. The screen space is split into window pane format. This can be
opened and closed by the operator using a control button and may also
be drag and dropped into the main video wall.
4. Incrusted video window that displays a permanent video window within
the custom graphic user interface, such as a map or building layout.
In all cases cameras can be drag and dropped into the video wall
display.
AppVision supports a range of different video system drivers including ONVIF,
MJPEG, VLC, VMS / NVR / DVR, H264, MPEG4 (AVI)
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OPEN ARCHITECTURE PSIM IN SECURITY & ALARMS


MANAGEMENT
The security industry is awash with hundreds of different systems
manufacturers around the globe, some are more well-known than others. But
what is the use in having such a large selection if the control room system that
is deployed does not allow for the possibility of using them. This is what we
mean by open architecture and best of breed.
Best of breed as well as open architecture mean that the customer retains the
maximum level of choice, so that new technologies can be added to a security
or building management project at any point during the projects life cycle.
Proprietary systems do not offer this choice, since they exist mainly to support
their own branded product range, which in essence restricts choice to other
brands. We all know major manufacturers with software systems that meet this
description.
The AppVision PSIM was developed as an open system so that it can be used to
manage different manufacturers and a vast array of different types of systems.
Clearly no PSIM will have integrated every manufacturer, but there must be
clear procedures and reasonable pricing in place to build these drivers as they
are required by client projects.
Everybody expects a PSIM or security management system to be able to
manage fire or intruder alarm systems, which AppVision does of course. Since
AppVision was first introduced in 1996 we have integrated systems such as :

Fire alarms
Intruder alarm panels
Access control panels and software
Perimeter fencing systems
Buried cable systems
Infra red systems
Ground based radar systems
Building automation systems using Modbus, Bacnet, KNX, OPC DA, OPC
AE, Ascii and OBIX
Telephone systems
Physical barriers such as gates, security doors, rising bollards
Intercoms
CCTV (see video chapter)
Noise detection (gunshot and scream)
Temperature monitoring

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TV and audio control (infra red scanners using Modbus over IP)
Video analytics
Vending machines
Wifi hotspot monitoring and geolocaisation
Network security monitoring

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APPVISION PSIM FOR ALARMS HANDLING KEY ADVANTAGES


AppVision PSIM is the most open integration system for unifying different
technologies and brands for use in security command & control rooms. No PACS
or VMS can provide this!
Scalability and multiple site projects
AppVision PSIM is be able to manage and integrate projects that cover
large geographical zones with the following abilities :
- VPN communications over large distances
- Sharing of real time data between different PSIM servers or client
stations
- Manage different time zones
- Roles based user connections that restrict access and features based
on roles and responsibilities for different operators
- Floating workspace, where operators may connect to their dedicated
client stations and roles from any PSIM client station
Ability to seamlessly integrate different types of systems and
different manufacturers
- AppVision is able to seamlessly unify and manage : CCTV/VMS, Access
control, Intruder Alarms, Fire Alarms, Perimeter Protection (fence
detection, buried cable, infra red, ground based radar), Intercom
systems, Building automation so that they can be seen together in real
time
- A range of different system manufacturers for each product category
will be supported
- AppVision PSIM also has an SDK for development by certified third party
developers, for new driver integrations
- It is possible to create interactions between all connected systems
based on triggers and cause and effect
- Triggers will also start appropriate standard operating procedures to
guide security personnel on incident handling
PSIM integration methods
AppVision PSIM offers a range of different integration techniques for driver
developments, that include:
- integrations using manufacturers SDKs or APIs
- OPC, Modbus, KNX, ESPA, Bacnet or Ascii inputs
- Any SQL type database
- Open SDK available to new development partners

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Open architecture protocol drivers for automation and building


management systems.
AppVision PSIM can also connect to building automation and energy
management systems, but can also connect to Building Management
systems using a range of different drivers that support the following
protocols :
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ONVIF,
BACNET,
OPC DA and AE,
MODBUS,
KNX,
OBIX,
ASCII
ESPA (e.g. paging & nurse call system protocol)
NMEA (radar and GIS protocol)

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List of mainstream AppVision PSIM Features :


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Open architecture integration to any open systems


Integration of different security systems manufacturers
Unified management of different manufacturers
Alarms management and handling
Provide standard operating procedures prompts to guide operators in
security alarm events.
Easy geolocalisation of events and navigation of sites and security
assets on custom maps
Audit trail of all user actions
Scalable for multi site / national infrastructure projects
Redundancy back up with automatic failover
Video analytics supported natvely as well as through external systems
Roles based custom GUI for operators based on security levels
Escalation of alarms to senior operator
Automatically send SMS and email of events
Manual log events seen on cctv
Live camera display in PSIM video wall for different VMS or camera
sources
Support different VMS/NVR SDKs as well as ONVIF and MJPEG streams
Camera PTZ through PSIM interface or in CCTV window
Manage dome cameras preset positions from PSIM GUI
Show dome camera preset positions in PSIM GUI
Show dome camera true positions in PSIM GUI (where available from
the VMS or camera)
Receive motion detection alarms and provide next step procedures to
operators
Receive alarms from any other connected alarm system as the trigger
to push nearest CCTV camera to video wall, and provide next step
procedures to operators
Use the video stream from the VMS as the source for video analytics
either within the PSIM or fed to the PSIM from the analytics system
Receive alarm events related to any other connected systems fed into
the VMS (analytics for example)
Retrieve camera playback from the VMS directly into the PSIM unified
smart wall
Create instant icons on PSIM GUI as markers or hotspots that instantly
retrieve the playback the preceeds the creation of the marker.
Display lost camera signal
Provide distributed architecture of access to video to different locations,
and operators based on roles and responsibilities (user profiles)
Messaging provide a method for operators to log important messages
or information instantly and send them to senior staff or maintenance

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teams
Provide full logs of operators actions and audits of past events.
Escalate difficult events automatically or manually to other more senior
operators
Video Black Box server a full audit of what the operators are seeing in
the video wall at all times, with network access, configurable time
delays for screen recording, search by time and image export
Maintenance module for connected systems

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OPEN ARCHITECTURE BUILDING MANAGEMENT

As we saw earlier in this


document, AppVision
supports the most widely
used building automation
protocols that exist in a
modern building :

BMS / BAS protocols supported by AppVision


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ONVIF,
BACNET,
OPC DA and AE,
MODBUS,
KNX,
OBIX,
ASCII
ESPA (e.g. paging & nurse call system protocol)

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As such, it is entirely possible to deploy AppVision in direct connection to


systems that support these protocols, or even indirectly using input output
relays that act as protocol converters.
These protocols can be used in AppVision to
connect to a vast array of different
technologies for energy management or
building automation, without the need for
additional management software.

Where a dedicated BMS / BAS software is


already in place then it should equally be
possible to identify a suitable protocol for
data sharing, or alternatively develop a driver to achieve this. For example, a
driver to support the Honeywell Tridium Niagara software was already
developed by Prysm, which enables AppVision to receive real time events and
alerts from the Tridium platform.

Other BMS
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APPVISION SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE


Single Server Architecture
This project proposal is based on a proposal for a single server and 15 client
stations. A single redundant server license with failover option is included. See
chapter below.
A single server infrastructure is suited for the centralised management of
connected systems that are managed within the same control room or reliable
and rapid VPN.
In the following diagram you can see how AppVision would be structured in a
single server architecture model.

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Light client V4 / 2014

Client stations

Redundant Server
AppVision

Server
AppVision

2 way comms

Compatible VMS servers


-can be a mix of brands on same project

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2 way or 1 way comms

Alarms and Incidents

2 way comms
depending on choice of system

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-intercom
- Gunshot
- BMS
- I/O relays
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APPVISION UNFIED VIDEO WALLS HIDDEN VIDEO CLIENTS


Another aspect of AppVision PSIM is the ability to use AppVision client stations in video walls.
This takes the video feeds from connected VMS / NVR or cameras and displays them in
AppVision client stations. The client stations can be used solely with the purpose of sending the
unified streams to dedicated video screens or HD television screens.

A hidden AppVision client station is


connected over IP to other client
stations at the operator console.
The operator can remotely drag and
drop cameras as well as control
them in the video wall

IP Network
AppVision Server

AppVision Failover Server

GROWING YOUR PSIM PROJECT MULTIPLE / REGIONAL


SERVERS
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Additional (and autonomous) PSIM servers are generally added to the system where it is
necessary for different control centers to be autonomous from each other, such as in regional
control rooms for Police authorities. In such cases, it is essential that each control room
continues to function even in the event of a network failure between the PSIM primary server
and client stations. Where regional autonomy is required, it is safer to look at a more
distributed architecture using multiple server stations.

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APPVISION PSIM FAILOVER ARCHITECTURE


WHAT IS A REDUNDANT SERVER ARCHITECTURE?
2 or more AppVision servers are installed : the main server plus the back up (or
redundant) server(s). Here, 2 types of configuration are possible depending on
the sub systems to be managed :
- the sub systems accept multiple connections
- the sub systems accept only a single connection

In the 1st case a live redundant connection may be possible: this means that
the 2 servers are active, while the client stations are connected to the main
server. In case of a system falldown on the main server the clients will
automatically connect to the back up server and continue to function with no
reboot needed.
In the 2nd case only the main server is active. The back up server is simply
synchronised with the main server so that it can reboot in case of a main
server system falldown. As with the 1st case, all clients will connect to the
back up server and continue to run normally. The client stations will redirect
their connections to the back up server when this server reboots.
More redundant servers could also be included, as can additional main servers
(at additional license cost).
As you can see in the diagram, you can deploy a redundancy method with
failover so that clients and sub systems connect to the backup server in case of
Primary server failure.
Failover means getting AppVision client stations as well as all other connected
sub systems, such as alarm panels, VMS platforms etc to switch servers in the
case that the main server fails.

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HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
System configuration is dependent of what you are going to do with
your PSIM?
There is no one size fits all configuration for a PSIM project. There are hundreds
if not thousands of small stand alone AppVision projects using simple low
capacity PC systems to centralise alarm or access control management. These
projects typically do not use much system memory or require sophisticated
graphics cards.
However, as the number of systems being managed grow, or with more use of
high resolution graphics and CCTV / video integration then your system
configuration will need to be more robust and also become distributed.
Video and high resolution graphics such as Autocad can use a lot of PC
resources and are incremental based on how many graphics and live camera
streams are to be displayed at any one time on the same PC server or client.
The safest way to manage these is with dedicated graphics cards and a
distributed architecture (several AppVision client machines), in particular for
managing video walls with AppVision.
We have successfully tested the AppVision central kernel server to 10s of
thousands of alarm inputs.
For very large installations with hundreds of thousands of inputs it is also
possible to
install AppVision sub servers with the goal of avoiding overload of the central
server.

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Security Integration
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Here is a system configuration that can be used :


Name

Description

CPU

Dual Core Intel Xeon, minimum 2.0 GHz

RAM

Minimum 2 GB

Network

Ethernet 100Mbit

Graphics Adapter
if used as client

Onboard GFX, AGP, or PCI-Express, Full HD, 16-bit colour


Or Matrox multi screen adapter for video walls

Hard Disk Type

E-IDE, PATA, SATA, SCSI, SAS (7200 RPM or faster)

Hard Disk Space

1 TB free (depends on recording settings)

USB

Spare USB 2.0 or higher for AppVision dongle

Serial port

Spare serial port

Drives

CD/DVD RW

Operating
System

Software

Microsoft .NET Framework.

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Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft

Windows
Windows
Windows
Windows
Windows
Windows
Windows
Windows
Windows
Windows

8 Enterprise (64 bit)


8.1 Enterprise (64 bit)
8 Pro (64 bit)
8.1 Pro (64 bit)
7 Ultimate (64 bit)
7 Enterprise (64 bit)
7 Professional (64 bit)
Server 2012 (64 bit)
Server 2008 R2 (64 bit)
Server 2008 (64 bit) SP2

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Remember though that the technical requirements on a pc server or client


station will vary enormously depending on the purpose for which it used.
Client stations are used mainly for 2 purposes:
Your choice of system configuration may depend on how you will use the client
stations.
1. Dedicated client stations to provide access to the AppVision server, display
the operator PSIM management console (free sitting system) and graphic
interface, access control management, video integration control, all custom
commands, logs, audits, reports etc
2. Hidden clients / For smart wall screen management :
Here you will need dedicated graphics cards with good internal memory.
The AppVision smart video client manages a screen or set of screens BUT is
controlled remotely via dedicated client stations using virtual cctv matrix
interfaces for camera drag and drop or layout changes.
For permanent visualisation of cctv cameras using the AppVideo module it is
generally recommended to connect 12 cameras per AppVision client station.
Most other equipment systems do not require the same level of pc RAM,
graphics card and processor resources.

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HARDWARE CONFIGURATION FOR VIDEO BLACK BOX


STORAGE
This module would require a dedicated server for storage of the images that are
recorded.

Name

Description

CPU

Dual Core Intel Xeon, minimum 2.0 GHz

RAM

Minimum 2 GB

Network

Ethernet 100Mbit

Graphics Adapter
if used as client

Onboard GFX, AGP, or PCI-Express, Full HD, 16-bit colour


Or Matrox multi screen apapter for video walls

Hard Disk Type

E-IDE, PATA, SATA, SCSI, SAS (7200 RPM or faster)

Hard Disk Space

1 TB free (depends on recording settings)

USB

Spare USB 2.0 or higher for AppVision dongle

Serial port

Spare serial port

Drives

CD/DVD RW

Operating
System

Software

Microsoft .NET Framework.

PRYSM SOFTWARE

Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft

Windows
Windows
Windows
Windows
Windows
Windows
Windows
Windows
Windows
Windows

8 Enterprise (64 bit)


8.1 Enterprise (64 bit)
8 Pro (64 bit)
8.1 Pro (64 bit)
7 Ultimate (64 bit)
7 Enterprise (64 bit)
7 Professional (64 bit)
Server 2012 (64 bit)
Server 2008 R2 (64 bit)
Server 2008 (64 bit) SP2

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MANUFACTURER SDK LIMITATIONS AND NEW DRIVER


DEVELOPMENTS
The development of new drivers for systems is dependent on obtaining a
software development kit (or similar) from the equipment manufacturer.
When choosing your equipment or sub system supplier (such as VMS) you
should always check if an SDK is available, free of charge for projects and new
driver developments.
The existence of the SDK is no guarantee that it possesses the same abilities as
a competitors SDK, as strategic choices may lay behind what the manufacturer
wants to allow a PSIM to integrate. For example, some VMS SDKs do not allow
live camera, playback display or PTZ to be seen or managed in the PSIM.
Although we have a standard estimated tariff for new drivers, Prysm has to
evaluate the driver development and provide a cost for integration based on
the SDK.
Where the SDK has not yet been provided to us (but will be available) then
Prysm will best guess the cost based on past experience for the development
to be completed subject to revision once the SDK is on our possession.

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EXTRACT FOR CONSULTANTS TO USE IN TENDERS


These extracts can be used for tender document creation by consultants.
Scalability and multiple site projects
The PSIM will be able to manage and integrate projects that cover large
geographical zones with the following abilities :
- VPN communications over large distances
- Sharing of real time data between different PSIM servers or client
stations
- Manage different time zones
- Roles based user connections that restrict access and features based
on roles and responsibilities for different operators
- Floating workspace, where operators may connect to their dedicated
client stations and roles from any PSIM client station
PSIM integration methods
The PSIM will offer a range of different integration techniques in any driver
developments that include:
- integrations using manufacturers SDKs or APIs
- Ascii feeds
- Any SQL type database
- Open SDK available to new development partners
Open architecture protocol drivers for automation and building
management systems.
The PSIM will also be able to function fully as or in connection to Building
Management systems using a range of different drivers that support the
following protocols :
-

ONVIF,
BACNET,
OPC DA and AE,
MODBUS,
KNX,
OBIX,
ASCII
VLC

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Pricing methods
The pricing method used by the PSIM manufacturer should be based on
the size of the project with the actual net benefit to the customer in that
this method reduces the cost of the PSIM licenses and maintenance
contract for smaller projects, and any increases in license cost will be a
reflection on the true size of the project.
International Support
It will be possible or already exist for training and certification of support
partners for the PSIM around the globe.
Best of breed, vendor neutrality and avoidance of manufacturer
lock-in
The PSIM brand manufacturer will not also be a system manufacturer
(video management, access control, alarms or similar) in order to
guarantee the freedom to choose best of products now and in the future
without fear of being tied to single source brands.
Open SDK / driver development
The PSIM manufacturer will provide a free of charge SDK and
documentatioin for driver development (subject to NDA if required) to any
party that seeks to develop a driver for an existing or future PSIM project.
Support for the SDK including training will be available at commercial
rates.

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List of Maintream PSIM Features :


Integration of different security systems manufacturers
Alarms management
Standard Operating Procedures
Unified management of different manufacturers
Open architecture
Easy geolocalisation of events and navigation of sites and security assets
on custom maps
SOPs & Incident management for security operators
Audit trail of all user actions
Scalable for multi site / national infrastructure projects
Redundancy back up with automatic failover
Video analytics supported natvely as well as through external systems
Roles based custom GUI for operators based on security levels
Escalation of alarms to senior operator
Automatically send SMS and email of events
Manual log events seen on cctv
Live camera display in PSIM video wall for different VMS or camera sources
Support different VMS/NVR SDKs as well as ONVIF and MJPEG streams
Camera PTZ through PSIM interface or in CCTV window
Manage dome cameras preset positions from PSIM GUI
Show dome camera preset positions in PSIM GUI
Show dome camera true positions in PSIM GUI (where available from the
VMS or camera)
Receive motion detection alarms and provide next step procedures to
operators
Receive alarms from any other connected alarm system as the trigger to
push nearest CCTV camera to video wall, and provide next step
procedures to operators
Use the video stream from the VMS as the source for video analytics either
within the PSIM or fed to the PSIM from the analytics system
Receive alarm events related to any other connected systems fed into the
VMS (analytics for example)
Retrieve camera playback from the VMS directly into the PSIM unified
smart wall
Create instant icons on PSIM GUI as markers or hotspots that instantly
retrieve the playback the preceeds the creation of the marker.
Display lost camera signal
Provide distributed architecture of access to video to different locations,
and operators based on roles and responsibilities (user profiles)
Provide standard operating procedures prompts to guide operators in
security alarm events.
Messaging provide a method for operators to log important messages or
information instantly and send them to senior staff or maintenance teams
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Provide full logs of operators actions and audits of past events.


Escalate difficult events automatically or manually to other more senior
operators
Video Black Box server a full audit of what the operators are seeing in
the video wall at all times, with network access, configurable time delays
for screen recording, search by time and image export
Maintenance module for connected systems

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