Data Centre protection
Peer 1 Hosting, the global IT hosting company, needed to double its co-location space due to increased demand from businesses in the south of the UK. Following the success of the original installation relationship formed with Peer 1 in 2011, Choice was again selected to expand the existing security installation. This covered a new data hall and associated service rooms. A number of the existing doors were also upgraded to include biometric finger print readers.
The installation was challenging as the data centre is operational 24/7. The access control & CCTV systems needed to be expanded without performance interruption to the existing services. As with the original installation, all security systems needed to be located centrally within the network room and to function via dual power feeds – if one phase of the electrical supply fails all of the security systems will continue to operate.
Choice has expanded the existing Avigilon High Definition IP-based CCTV system from 54 HD cameras to 80. The live images are displayed on 50in LED monitors within the Peer 1 control office. All CCTV footage is required to be stored for a minimum of 90 days and this is achieved via three 10TB Avigilon servers.
The PLAN access control system used by Peer 1 was expanded to include 13 new biometrically controlled access control doors. The access control system comprises a virtual server which manages and reports live events from the data centre and two sales offices located in Southampton & London.
Innovative Sales Office is EMEA HQ
Choice was appointed by Peer 1 Hosting to design and install the security systems for its new 17,000sqft EMEA hq/sales office in Southampton. Choice security worked closely with the design team from an early stage to ensure that security installation could integrate with the design. The design brief was to transform the former pub into “the best place in the UK to work”. The brief was achieved and the results were reported in national and international media (Is this the best office in Britain? (Daily Telegraph), Internet company opens ‘play’ office (BBC)). The office boasts a Cinema, Pub, Log Cabins and Putting Green.
Choice Fire & Security Solutions installed a PLAN access control system that forms part of Peer 1 Hosting’s multi-site system, controlled from their Data Centre in Havant. The system required dual-format technology cards to enable compatibility at different sites. Avigilon high definition CCTV was installed, which is also remotely monitored live at the Data Centre.
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