By Frank Capria
Frank Capria is Director of Product Management at S2 Security
S2 Magic Monitor was originally conceived as a next-generation video surveillance client, but the product vision has evolved well beyond that application. Today’s S2 Magic Monitor controls a broad range of digital media, producing complex digital signage, situational awareness, and advanced forensics in addition to its original mission as a video surveillance client.
As Director of Product Management at S2 Security, I’m leveraging my experience developing video editing software and background in broadcast media to impart a new perspective on S2 Magic Monitor’s development. We are committed to bringing new features that improve the way every type of user interacts with the product.
Digital signage is about effective communication, and our goal is to enable users to create compelling content that will encourage passersby to stop and pay attention. We recently introduced a web widget that allows users to display an incredibly wide range of content on their displays. S2 Magic Monitor Version 6.1 adds similar control over TV content. If stock market analysis is critical to your employees day-to-day, you might want to push a live stream of CNBC to your lobby displays. And with the web widget, the entire Internet is at your disposal – that’s a lot of options.
For security professionals using video management, the Magic Monitor Forensics suite will increasingly adopt features and user interface elements commonly seen in video editing software. We want users to be able to review, edit and share critical video to make their jobs easier. And like video editors, security professionals spend a lot of time reading screens with focus being the name of the game. We realized that parts of the user interface, such as the forensics timeline, were using bright colors and drawing eyes away from the streams – so we changed the color palette to make it easier to focus.
We are also committed to improving overall intuitiveness of the product. Customizable elements like Dynamic Cells are an incredibly powerful feature in S2 Magic Monitor, so we’ll continue to make them even easier to use.
On a larger scale, we’re working on how we can enable the next generation of video surveillance. For instance, we’re testing the integration of video analytics to support capabilities like advanced object detection. Just as importantly, we’re paying particular attention to the human factors that promote ease of use.
Our goal is to make S2 Magic Monitor the heart of all S2 security installations – the place to control your video management, access control, digital signage and everything else. Whether you’re working in a SOC or displaying a lunch menu in a school cafeteria, we want S2 Magic Monitor to be the best tool for the job.
I’m excited about the future of S2 Magic Monitor and you should be too.
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