Physical Security Information Management, (PSIM), is the next step in integration from the ‘entry level’ Security Management System (SMS) linking of standard security platforms using maybe the access control or video software to develop IT links to other systems. Most PSIM solutions are from 3rd party suppliers, not within the general security product market which allows them to work in a truly unbiased manner with all solution providers. In general they are from the IT market and bring together their knowledge of this sector adding another layer to the physical security world.
PSIM software systems are designed to integrate and analyse information from these ‘traditional’ physical security systems, and present the necessary data to automatically or manually resolve the situation in real time. This is often used not only for security and safety systems but to further assist clients with building services optimisation. Some examples of this would be heating and lighting control, closing unnecessary entrances out of off peak hours, advising in-house facilities of the number of staff on site for lunches etc.