February 15, 2011 09:00 ET

The City of Plano, Texas and Johnson Controls Select VidSys for City-Wide Security Platform

Physical Security Information Management Software to Enable Interagency Collaboration for Increased Public Safety and Security

VIENNA, VA--(Marketwire - February 15, 2011) - VidSys, the leading provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software that allows organizations to resolve business and security situations in real time, today announced that the City of Plano, Texas along with systems integrator Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI), has selected the VidSys PSIM software system to power the City's new centralized security and safety platform. The PSIM solution will provide enhanced safety and security for the citizens of Plano by enabling the City to collaborate and share resources with multiple city agencies and public safety organizations in real-time for more effective and safe responses to emergency situations.

The City of Plano needed a centralized management platform that could bring together all of its disparate security systems and effectively and rapidly scale as city agencies signed on to participate. With VidSys' PSIM software, the City will be able to integrate and manage all of the data from its security systems and devices as well as the data from collaborating city agencies, to enable command center operators to more easily distribute information to decision makers for improved situation management. The City of Plano's Department of Information Technology and the Plano Police Department will be the first agencies to integrate its security and safety technology into the city-wide security network. 

"We wanted to establish a city-wide security platform that would enable us to tightly coordinate with other agencies throughout the city for more effective management of situations," said David Stephens, Director of Technology Services. "With the VidSys PSIM software, we are able to create a security and safety environment where there is one complete view of unfolding situations across multiple agencies and organizations, enabling us to better protect our citizens, first responders, and businesses."

After the initial implementation, the City of Plano anticipates more agencies will join the network and share information garnered from all of the technology in place. Each agency benefits from the increased visibility with a more complete view of the city at no additional cost.

"By establishing a city-wide security platform, the City of Plano is taking a forward-thinking approach to utilizing technology for public security and safety," said Dave Fowler, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at VidSys. "The public safety department is setting a great example for other cities nationwide that are looking to adopt pro-active, strategic risk management approaches to safety and security that also minimize risk and reduce operational costs."

About The City of Plano
Located 19 miles north of downtown Dallas, Plano is the fourth largest city in the Dallas-Fort Worth region with 265,000 residents. Excellent schools and affordable housing have lured many to Plano which also offers an abundance of high-paying jobs, and a low cost of living relative to the nation's coasts. Its proximity to Dallas allows you to experience all of its rich amenities including sports, culture, and recreation. Living in Plano provides you all the advantages of a big city without its hassles. To learn more about the City of Plano, visit, or for specific safety and security updates visit and follow @PreparedinPlano on Twitter.

About VidSys
VidSys is the leading provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software that enables organizations to reduce operational costs and improve situation response times while reducing risks and increasing safety, security, and asset protection. Its award-winning Open PSIM Platform™ and multi-vendor video and situation management software, VidShield™ and RiskShield™ respectively, are running in numerous command centers including three of the top four cities in North America and a number of Fortune 100 global companies. Named winner of the PSIM System category in the 2010 GSN: Government Security News Homeland Security Awards, VidSys is also the founding member of PSIM Trends, a thought leadership site dedicated to discussing the PSIM industry. Privately funded by Atlanta Equity, Flybridge Capital Partners, JVax Investment Group and Motorola Ventures, principal offices are located in Marlborough, Massachusetts and Vienna, Virginia. For more information, please visit

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