Confusion in the security world is increasing about what the hell PSIM and VMS means and how they are different? Indeed, a major factor in this confusion is that many vendors market themselves using these terms even though they offer much different feature sets and functionalities. Smart people are left asking questions such as : Is OnSSI a PSIM? If OnSSI is a PSIM, than what about Milestone? Is Vidsys a PSIM, a VMS, both or neither? And what about Genetec - are they a VMS vendor, an access control vendor, a PSIM vendor or something else?
In this report, we explain the various factors impacting Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) vs Video Management System (VMS) categorization.
To start with, it is critical to understand that no naming standardization nor broad agreement exists on these terms. Because of that, it is important to understand the key tradeoffs and the disputed points so that you can properly appreciate and distinguish the various marketing claims used.
Here are the fundamental elements we believe you need to understand:
- Differentiating PSIM as a Process vs PSIM as a Product Category
- Integration: Critical to both, how does integration differ between a PSIM and a VMS?
- Real-time Monitoring: how much and what type of monitoring does PSIM and VMS provide?
- What is the packaging and price of PSIMs vs VMS?
- What 'level' of PSIM is needed?
- What manufacturers are really a PSIM or a VMS?