Examining Cisco's Physical Security Operations Manager

Author: John Honovich, Published on Oct 11, 2010

Cisco has announced a Physical Security Operations Manager (PSOM) application that provides a unified interface for Cisco safety and security systems (e.g., video surveillance, access control and IPICS). The PSOM is a Windows only client-server solution that integrates and 'sits on top' of those systems.

While the offering provides PSIM type functionalities it is not a 'true' PSIM in the most commonly used definition because it only integrates with the company's own offerings. The best comparison is likely Genetec's Security Center, a system designed around a manufacturer's own offerings. However, even there, material differences exist.

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