Security Systems Technology (SST) has been awarded a multi-million-pound contract to design, build and commission a physical and logical IP security platform at ‘Central Exchange’, a new 110,000 sq ft data centre in Birmingham.
The client, Data City Exchange (DCE), wanted a managed security environment that would create a multi-layered and integrated defence platform including perimeter security, high-definition IP surveillance and biometric access control.
DCE design, build and supply data centre space for the corporate, government and carrier markets, delivering a scalable solution which allows customers to upgrade their cooling on a modular basis.
SST specified both proven and emerging technologies (following extensive field testing) as well as developing bespoke integrations. IP technology is being used throughout to ensure future-proofing and a Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software platform will provide an intuitive front end for operational security staff.
This software-based integration platform connects and manages disparate building and security technologies. Aggregating intelligence from these systems, it will allow DCE operators to react faster and more precisely to incidents through real-time situational awareness and a Common Operating Picture (COP). DCE customers will be able to seamlessly integrate with their own in-house security systems for remote asset monitoring.
The contract award was based on SST’s innovative approach, in-depth knowledge of IP interoperability and response to the client’s requirement that the physical security solution should be bespoke and able to out-perform anything used before. During product research and field testing, many systems didn’t make the grade and alternatives had to be sourced and tested.
SST designed and built a multi-layered defence security platform including PSIM, a multi-zone fence-mounted perimeter intrusion detection system (PIDS), crash-tested trackless speed gates, ANPR, vehicle air locks and even a personnel ‘man-trap’ using volumetric detection. The site has over 150 x 5-megapixel IP CCTV cameras, military-grade thermal imaging CCTV cameras as well as target-tracking PTZ domes and intelligent video analytics. Access control provision includes iris recognition, multi-spectral fingerprint recognition, digital audio 2-way intercom and Tannoy.
Chetan Vasudev, Managing Director of SST, said: “With over 28 best-of-breed supply chain partners and under the guidance of third-party advisers and Government bodies such as the CPNI, we were able to offer a unique security package that could effectively deal with the security, operational and corporate governance requirements on a project of this class and size. With their Evo-POD data centre solutions, DCE are providing enterprise class cloud services and SST has matched the calibre of their offering with an exceptional physical security platform.”
John Eland, Chief Executive of DCE, said: “SST’s understanding of our complex requirements and the flexibility of their response were critical factors in our decision. We are creating cutting-edge data centre facilities and our ”Evo-SEC” security platform has to be industry-leading.”