S2 Security puts monitor on network

John Moss: Magic Monitor ‘expands presence for security function in an organization’
Thursday, April 28, 2016

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.—S2 Security, a provider of IP-based access control and video management and mobile security management systems, has put the monitor on the network with its Magic Monitor, a move that S2 CEO John Moss says “fundamentally changes the value proposition of a security management system.”

“It really means a much more expanded presence for the security function in an organization,” Moss told Security Systems News. The security group, often an “unseen group, … now has a new line of business in digital signage,” he said.

“The main thing is that it expands the opportunity for systems integrators and end users to get value out of their systems,” Moss said.

Moss describes the Magic Monitor as a “dynamic digital canvas” that can be used to display video, text, signage and media. It can be used in an operations center, in public areas, at the front desk, or in the field.

Magic Monitor is integrated with S2’s flagship access control and event monitoring Netbox software.  

The Magic Monitor is programmable to “react to events and user commands,” Moss said. Events can trigger video, digital signage and other media to be displayed on Magic Monitors throughout the enterprise.

“Magic Monitor is to monitors what IP cameras are to cameras,” Moss said. It can be used for a “matrix of video, menus in schools, sports teams, a product or welcome sign. It is under the control of the security management systems so it can display signage in the event of a lockdown or evacuation,” he said.

In a retail environment, the monitor could indicate that the store is about to close and it’s time to complete purchases.

The S2 Magic Monitor version 2 and NetBox version 4.8 were released at ISC West.

Magic Monitor’s features include: instant replay from a live video stream; live snapshot can be taken from a live video stream; multi-screen management means that a Magic Monitor can be opened on multiple monitors connected to the same computer; and digital zoom.