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Remote Working As-Required Licence Keeps Unipart Rail Running

Network Defence : 07 December, 2010  (Application Story)
Unipart Rail in the UK is weathering the snow and cold weather by enabling its workers to operate from home using the ICE licence from Network Defence
With the UK experiencing its first cold snap of the Winter, the UK's largest rail product and services provider Unipart Rail Ltd has managed to ensure business continuity by reactivating its AppGate in case of emergency (ICE) licence.

The remote access solution, supplied and installed by leading IT and data security specialist Network Defence, is being used by the company following recent heavy snowfall, enabling managers to reduce the impact of 'snow day' absenteeism and ensure employee productivity.

Shaun Roper, IT manager for Unipart Rail, said: "Network Defence has provided us with a more cost-effective way of enabling staff to access the company network as and when required. As the solution doesn't require us to roll out remote working to all employees, we can activate it depending on need, which means our business can operate efficiently even during severe weather conditions.

"In view of the heavy snowfall, we have activated our ICE licence again and already have 56 staff, who were unable to get into the office due to bad weather, working remotely at home. This means that customer requests can still be dealt with, staff can continue to be productive, and business can carry on as usual whatever the weather."

Based on an AppGate remote access platform with an ICE licence, the solution provides businesses with an easy to deploy, secure and cost-effective method for rapid, scalable remote working. It enables staff without remote access facilities to access the company network from any location, allowing businesses to react proactively depending on need.

The remote working solution unifies authentication, authorisation, encryption, access control, client control, single sign-on and monitoring and reporting into one easy-to-manage comprehensive solution. The ICE licence provides a means of scaling the solution to an unlimited number of users, providing controlled access for a period of 90 days.

Dave Beesley, managing director for Network Defence, said: "Unipart Rail's activation of the ICE licence is a perfect example of how the solution can help businesses to quickly roll out remote working based on need, enabling them to keep operations running during severe weather conditions and other unpredictable events.

"The heavy snowfall earlier this year had a huge impact on businesses and cost the economy an estimated £600m a day through lost productivity, according to the Federation of Small Businesses. However, with the ICE licence companies can minimise the impact that bad weather has on profitability and efficiency, allowing business to continue as normal."

The ICE licence sits on an existing AppGate appliance and provides a solution for unpredictable events such as weather emergencies, transport strikes, power shortages and virus outbreaks.
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