Distributed IP Network Architecture
S2 physical security management systems have a fully distributed IP network architecture and operate using a web browser. No software needs to be installed on any computer. The S2 Network Controller is the server, or “brain”, for multiple S2 Network Nodes and includes embedded software with a web server, ODBC-compliant database management system, and an application software suite. S2 Network Nodes are the connection points for card readers, monitoring points, relay outputs, and temperature points.
To support the widest range of applications, S2 Network Controllers are available in three solid-state models: S2 NetBox, supporting up to 32 access control portals; S2 NetBox Extreme, supporting up to 128 access control portals; and high-capacity S2 NetBox Enterprise, which offers optional high availability. The S2 Network Controller communicates with S2 video management systems and third-party video applications through the IP network.
Large global enterprises can build an entire ecosystem of S2 access control and video management systems under one centrally controlled network. S2 Global expands as the security needs and physical footprint of an organization change, enabling distributed organizations to build large physical security networks without requiring any additional investment in communication infrastructure.
S2 Distributed Architecture Benefits
- Web Interface: Delivers browser-based, unified management and administration
- Expandable System (Appliance Level): Allows for customization and expansion of system capability using modular blades with IP-connected, solid-state S2 Network Nodes
- Expandable System (Ecosystem Level): Enables building of distributed network of S2 access control and video management systems in just a few hours
- Central Management and Reporting: Makes it possible for operators to manage security for the entire distributed system easily from a single location
- Secure Communication: Provides SSL data protection for browser sessions and SHA-1 authentication for S2 Network Node communication
- Storage Backup: Allows for network attached storage (NAS) or FTP for off-board backup
- Auto Discovery: Automatically discovers devices on local subnet
- Flexible Network Setup: Offers DHCP or static IP address assignment