Bank centralises security with PSIM

Posted On 25 Jan 2014
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Bank Aljazira (BAJ), a Shari’ah compliant financial institution in Saudi Arabia, has deployed VidSys Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, in order to reduce risk and enforce standards across its security operations. With the financial industry institutions facing increasingly sophisticated threats directed at bank assets and brand integrity, BAJ’s security team sought to reduce risk and ensure compliance with recently strengthened Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) security regulations. BAJ selected the VidSys PSIM to help implement corporate standard operating procedures (SOPs) across all its facilities, including ATMs, cash centres, branches and corporate buildings. With a multitude of systems, sensors and devices all generating alerts and alarms, BAJ needed to create a streamlined and centralised view of operations. Leveraging the PSIM platform, the BAJ security team can now efficiently detect, analyse and respond to any incident across its geographically dispersed locations, while simultaneously adhering to its SOPs and complying with new SAMA regulations and standards. Systems integrator SecuTronic deployed the PSIM software platform, leveraging this technology to enable integration of multiple proprietary systems, including GE and Nedap access control technology, fire systems from Bosch and Simplex, video from Dedicated Micros and American Dynamics and a large network of ATMs. The VidSys multi-vendor video management application tightly integrates BAJ’s surveillance capability with alarms to provide real-time verification. By combining all of the systems into one user interface, the solution facilitates greater situation awareness and resolution of incidents according to BAJ-configured protocols, in each case generating a time-stamped audit trail. Iyad Alyousf, Vice President, Head of Logistics Division at Bank AlJazira, said:” By digitising and automating standard operating procedures, we can now enforce and track corporate policy to ensure compliance across our entire enterprise. This consistent approach to all of our security applications is delivering operational efficiencies. It also provides centralised awareness across all BAJ facilities, reducing the time required to manage data across previously disparate systems and ensuring a rapid and appropriate response to incidents.”

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