When a major financial institution went to tender for its new building, with a view of to upgrading its security system, convergence into the company’s IT infrastructure was one of the requirements. One benefit of a converged network is that there is just one network to manage. With separate voice, video, and data networks, changes to the network have to be coordinated across networks. There are also additional costs resulting from using three sets of network cabling. Using a single network means you just have to manage one wired infrastructure.
Bidvest Magnum’s was the successful integrator and the design allows both the security system and the data network to run over the same infrastructure through the implementation of quality of service. In addition, the client requested the implementation of smartcards that would allow employees to transact in a virtually cash-free environment. Access for photocopying and payment for food and beverages at the canteen are now facilitated by using the Crescendo 1100 cards.
When visitors plan to visit the building a unique reference number is sent to them via SMS or e-mail. They then enter this reference number into the console at the remote kiosk and their photograph is taken. The system sends a link to the visitor’s host and the visitor is then permitted to enter the building. This eliminates the need for a help desk in the reception area.
The scope of work includes the supply and installation of the EBI Temaline access control readers from Honeywell, Milestone open platform software, which allowed the client to be product agnostic on all security peripherals, thus allowing them to install various IP cameras manufactured for specific purposes, speed stiles integrated into the EBI access system, X-Ray devices and IP intercom systems. The project is due for completion in March 2013.
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