In security engineering, system integration is defined as the process of bringing together the component subsystems into one system and ensuring that the subsystems function together as one system. In information technology, security systems integration is the process of linking together different computing systems and software applications physically or functionally, to act as a coordinated whole. Paramount Security Group has extensive experience in system integration with a wide array of security and business solutions. We act as a system integrator, who can bring together discrete systems utilizing a variety of techniques such as computer networking, enterprise application integration, business process management or manual programming.
Vertical Integration (as opposed to 'horizontal') is the process of integrating subsystems according to their functionality by creating functional entities also referred to as silos. The benefit of this method is that the integration is performed quickly and involves only the necessary vendors, therefore, this method is cheaper in the short term. On the other hand, cost-of-ownership can be substantially higher than seen in other methods, since in the case of new or enhanced functionality, the only possible way to implement (scale) the system would be by implementing another silo.
Star Integration, also known as Spaghetti Integration, is a process of integration of the systems where each system is interconnected to each of the remaining subsystems. When observed from the perspective of the subsystem which is being integrated, the connections are reminiscent of a star, but when the overall diagram of the system is presented, the connections look like spaghetti, hence the name of this method. The cost varies because of the interfaces that subsystems are exporting. In a case where the subsystems are exporting heterogeneous or proprietary interfaces, the integration cost can substantially rise. Time and costs needed to integrate the systems increase exponentially when adding additional subsystems. From the feature perspective, this method often seems preferable, due to the extreme flexibility of the reuse of functionality.
Horizontal Integration or Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is an integration method in which a specialised subsystem is dedicated to communication between other subsystems. This allows cutting the number of connections (interfaces) to only one per subsystem which will connect directly to the ESB. The ESB is capable of translating the interface into another interface. This allows cutting the costs of integration and provides extreme flexibility. With systems integrated using this method, it is possible to completely replace one subsystem with another subsystem which provides similar functionality but exports different interfaces, all this completely transparent for the rest of the subsystems. The only action required is to implement the new interface between the ESB and the new subsystem. Our dedicated development team can offer custom designed integrated security solutions which will increase client efficiency and reduce security operating costs. From lift control to fuel management, Paramount Security Group has the expertise needed to provide our customers with a single integrated security platform.