S2 Access Control / 'Unified Security Management' Profile

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on May 08, 2018

In our 13th access control company profile, we examine S2 Security's Netbox platform:

  • Unified Security Management Platform positioning
  • Core feature comparison
  • Management Software Review
  • Controller Hardware Support
  • Netbox Video Integration
  • Magic Monitor
  • Competitive Weaknesses

Company Background

S2 Systems is an independent US manufacturer. The platform is sold in wide range of verticals, typically clients looking for a networked, IP controller based platform. S2 is primarily offered by a dealer resell/install channel and is not generally available to distribution.

Notably, S2's founder John Moss also founded Software House, one of the largest incumbent access brands, sold to Tyco (now JCI). Moss formed S2 Security in 2002, and has remained CEO of the company from inception.

S2 ranked among integrator's 2018 favorite access control offerings.

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Comments (12)

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**** *** **** ********:

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* **** **** ******* ***** ******* ******** ** *** *** help **. ** *** * **** **** ***** ***** **** describes *** ** *** *********** **** ******* ******** *** ** S2 (****, ***** ** ****** ****). ******* ** ******* ******** in ** **** ******** ***** ***** **** *** *** *******. We **** **** ***** ***** **** *** ******* **** ** took ****, *** ***** **** **** ****** ******* ** *****. I **** **** ** ********** ****** ***** ** * **** and **'* *** **** ********.

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** ******* ***** **** ** *** ***** ****** *** ******* and *****. * ****** ** **** *** ***** *********, *** I ***** **'* **** ****** *** **** ** ** (*** price ** *** ********). *******, *** **** **** *********** ******** are ******** ****** ** ***, *** * ***** **** **** should **** ***** ****** ** ** **%. **** **** **** got *** **** ****** ****** *** **** ****, ** ***** storage ****** **** ****** *** ***** ********.

****, ***** ***** ******* *** ******** ** ****, *** '***' license ** ***** $***. *** ****, *** * *** ****, but *** **** **** ** ** **** **** **** *** cameras *** ** *** ***** ******** ********. *******, ***** ***** Monitor *****, ***** ** ******* **** **** * ******* ** with *** ** ******** ** **, ** ******* ******** *******.

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