PSG ‘s journey into the intelligent video solutions landscape began during the late 90’s when they identified the need for a revolutionary video management platform that complies with the DoD mission and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)—PDD-63 frame work. The firm’s intelligent video management platform roots come from the real-time incident management information systems (RTIMIS) world. The robust Video Image Control and Display (VICADS®) platform is the backbone for some of the world’s most intense and sensitive traffic management environments. The platform has been tested and proven for a variety of state wide department of transportation stakeholders, such as 911 dispatch centers, to provide real-time map based common operating picture of regional transportation needs including video, traffic flow, and incident management. This effort was coupled with DoD requirements for hardened, reliable and secure platforms that meet stringent DoD nuclear certification requirements. “Built on that combined legacy, with an eye and capability for developing mission specific applications for securing critical infrastructure, PSG has been awarded numerous large federal and industrial contracts and is rapidly becoming a recognized leader in integrated security systems,” says Rick Gross, CEO of PSG Global.
Integrated Network Security at Its Best – (VICADS®)
PSG’s integrated security solutions provide a wide range of products that include VICADS®. The firm takes an open standards based approach to seamlessly integrate state of the art technology from a wide range of manufacturers into a single user interface. Government organizations typically require many video feeds for their business, efficiently managing and storing a high volume of quality and sensitive videos has always been a challenge. PSG’s solutions provide scalable, cost effective storage that can be configured to operate in real-time, redundant or non-redundant configurations, offering the highest uptime and availability.
PSG’s standard VMS platform includes a “Softwall” an intelligent digital video switcher client, “Personal Viewer” a distributable video administration and control client.
PSG Global has been awarded numerous large federal and industrial contracts and is a recognized leader in integrated security systems
By working closely with customers, helping define requirements, remaining flexible and possessing the technical expertise and experience, PSG is able continually evolve their product capabilities while solving complex issues for sensitive applications required by their customers. With an open architecture, VICADS® utilizes the existing base infrastructure to control and monitor video cameras for identifying suspicious activities and beyond. VICADS® integrates advanced software analytics containing video motion detection and object recognition capabilities.
“PSG recognizes the threat landscape is constantly changing. Our products and services cannot rest on their laurels, we remain abreast of technological advances and open to customer requirements and input. Our products are born of years of engineering solutions addressing real world security concerns to meet or exceed mission specific requirements,” states Jeremy Freeze-Skret (Vice President of Engineering).
Keys to Network Security (Field Panels to Operations Management)
As an approved government contractor, PSG can combine and integrate a variety of third party alarm and access control system platforms and often maintains products installed in government facilities. Hence, VICADS® personnel training certificates are required for on-site personnel to install and maintain annunciation platforms integrated with VICADS® systems. PSG provides best-in-class training classed at its facilities in Austin, TX as well as on-site at the customer’s locations to provide maintenance support, after systems installation.
PSG’s team of technicians ensures operational integrity by providing long term maintenance support structured around the customer’s needs. They support an organization’s secure networks and meet requirements necessary to obtain a restricted area badge and unescorted entry into protection areas. Additionally, since integrated security systems operate in secured areas it’s generally mandatory technical staff also hold certain DoD certifications and accreditations.
The New Era of Secure Scene Display
Nevertheless, as these converged systems have become technologically advanced and affordable, vulnerability still exists, giving rise to network security and privacy issues. “Since video data from the IP-based cameras is sent over a shared network, hackers can access the cameras by connecting to the shared network and acquire sensitive video data or even worse replace video images sent from the camera,” states Kevin Bray (Sales Manager). He points out one such forbidding scenario—“spoofing”— where an intruder attempts to gain unauthorized access to a user’s system and swaps video images sent from the camera to the operator display. Hence, there is a need for a high-security video surveillance system to actively detect potential cyber intruders in real time. PSG’s Scene Authentication system leverages advanced encryption and analytics techniques to protect the video scene being viewed from its inception to delivery and storage. The firm’s intelligent and high-security system delivers high definition real-time video and control data over an IP network and ensures that the scene displayed is live and authentic, without being manipulated or interfered with by outside parties. “Scene Authentication can be sold as a standalone product not requiring TALON™ and paired with virtually any camera from any manufacturer,” says Bray.
"Our integration expertise, capabilities, and applications include multiple high-security annunciation platforms that are integrated with suppliers for a wide range of cameras"
PSG products have been validated by multiple third-party agencies and laboratories to meet the most stringent safety, quality and performance specifications. The next generation product release operates on a Linux based OS platform. “Unlike using a Windows OS as the core platform, with Linux, there is no “Patch Tuesday” concept that causes a constant stream of changes and we can deliver a truly hardened platform, tailored to our client’s demanding mission specific requirements,” says Freeze-Skret. The firm’s unique products will soon be available via the General Services Administration (GSA) schedule 084 for Federal customers. From Information Assurance (IA) compliant communication networks to IDS/AC systems, PSG’s team continues to stay true to its Corporate Philosophy of providing superior solutions, delivered on-time and within budget.