|reply to stormbow |
Re: Card Access Systems
We're using a system based off of the S2 Netbox (Emerge from Linear/IEI). The feature set is great. It has some really great stuff. However, because it's OEM and not supported directly from S2, there are never any updates (Linear never fixes any security issues) and the support is horrible. Their software is a poor adaptation of the S2 software. Not even sure why they are still in business or still using this platform if they can't even patch it or fix simple things.
We have recently talked directly with S2 and it looks like they are going to work with us through our current vendor and get this fixed up. They say that the majority of our existing investment will be safe and we only have to swap out the controller and node cards and not the whole thing.
I really like the system because it is Linux-based (so no extra Windows and SQL Server or Oracle licenses), has a web interface, is standards-based, so it works with just about anything, and allows us to do so much more than what our previous system would do (Sonitrol). Plus, we can manage it ourselves, so that is a huge plus. It's not terribly expensive, and it is very modular. It seems to have a lot of features that are only found in much more expensive systems. When it works, it works REALLY well, so based on what I've been reading from people who use the actual S2 hardware, they don't have our problems. So if using S2 hardware directly is as good as they say it is, then it should really be a good system.
One other recommendation we had was Lenel. They are supposed to be the "tippy top of the A-list." The techs that I know that have used their stuff all say it is the best and trouble-free. I think it's also significantly more expensive, but sometimes you really do get what you pay for.
Anyhow, this is my $0.02. Hope it helps! =)