S2 PSIM Platform Will Support Mercury Security Hardware

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S2 Security has released software that will allow it to extend its S2 NetBox and S2 Enterprise physical security information management (PSIM) systems to connect to legacy systems using Mercury Security Hardware.

Mercury Security is an OEM manufacturer of access control systems and card access systems. Its most notable customer is Lenel Systems International. The S2 deal will allow Lenel users to integrate their systems into S2's NetBox system for higher-level security systems management across the enterprise. S2 positions itself as an economical alternative to customized PSIM vendors, meeting user requirements for centralized management of access  control, video surveillance, intrusion detection, fire and life safety and other security tasks. S2's NetBox and Enterprise systems add networking capability to client-server legacy equipment through a Web-based user interface, said John L. Moss, S2 CEO.

S2 already offers a software for Assa Abloy access control systems and sells an access control system of its own, according to Moss. The Mercury-compatible equipment is expected to be ready to ship several weeks after ISC West, he added.

The Mercury announcement follows last week's introduction of the low-end S2 Pronto appliance. The new product intensifies a trend that sees PSIM-like tools being developed for smaller operations. While far from the customized solutions that go into ports and global enterprises, Pronto does offer a degree of centralized, converged management for basic security systems though a browser-based interface.

Pronto is designed for systems that have up to 32 access control readers and eight total network nodes. "The buyer is a small- to mid-sized business which may not have a dedicated security staff." said Moss. Pronto users to shift the device to a remote configuration in which the device can be managed remotely, either by the user or third party.

The product concept follows the iPhone model, he added, referring to Apple's groundbreaking smartphone. Users will have access to a "virtual storefront" where they can choose from a number of options and features to install and use, he said. Pronto will be available this summer, with the virtual storefront following in the fall. Moss said.
  
  
S2 Security has released software that will allow it to extend its S2 NetBox and S2 Enterprise physical security information management (PSIM) systems to connect to legacy systems using Mercury Security Hardware.

Mercury Security is an OEM manufacturer of access control systems and card access systems. Its most notable customer is Lenel Systems International. The S2 deal will allow Lenel users to integrate their systems into S2's NetBox system for higher-level security systems management across the enterprise. S2 positions itself as an economical alternative to customized PSIM vendors, meeting user requirements for centralized management of access  control, video surveillance, intrusion detection, fire and life safety and other security tasks. S2's NetBox and Enterprise systems add networking capability to client-server legacy equipment through a Web-based user interface, said John L. Moss, S2 CEO.

S2 already offers a software for Assa Abloy access control systems and sells an access control system of its own, according to Moss. The Mercury-compatible equipment is expected to be ready to ship several weeks after ISC West, he added.

The Mercury announcement follows last week's introduction of the low-end S2 Pronto appliance. The new product intensifies a trend that sees PSIM-like tools being developed for smaller operations. While far from the customized solutions that go into ports and global enterprises, Pronto does offer a degree of centralized, converged management for basic security systems though a browser-based interface.

Pronto is designed for systems that have up to 32 access control readers and eight total network nodes. "The buyer is a small- to mid-sized business which may not have a dedicated security staff." said Moss. Pronto users to shift the device to a remote configuration in which the device can be managed remotely, either by the user or third party.

The product concept follows the iPhone model, he added, referring to Apple's groundbreaking smartphone. Users will have access to a "virtual storefront" where they can choose from a number of options and features to install and use, he said. Pronto will be available this summer, with the virtual storefront following in the fall. Moss said.
  
  

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