Securing Abu Dhabi Investment Council

February 2013 Access Control & Identity Management

CEM Systems, part of Tyco Security Products, announced that AC2000 SE (Standard Edition) security management system has been successfully installed at Abu Dhabi Investment Council headquarters, Al Bahar Towers. AC2000 SE was selected as part of the headquarters’ security solution, which comprises of access control, CCTV, intercom, perimeter and physical security.

Abu Dhabi Investment Council is an investment arm of the Government of Abu Dhabi. The Council is responsible for investing part of the government’s surplus financial resources through a globally diversified investment strategy. Work began in 2009 to construct Al Bahar Towers, the new office for the Council.

“Abu Dhabi Investment Council at Al Bahar Towers represents another prestigious win for CEM in the Middle East,” said Philip Verner, regional sales director, EMEA, CEM Systems. “CEM AC2000 is being used as the preferred security system for many large scale infrastructure and government projects throughout the Middle East where security is paramount.”

The AC2000 SE access control and integrated security management system secures both of the Al Bahar Towers, as well as the shared parking, ground and mezzanine levels. A custom lift control interface was developed by CEM allowing identification and special access for VIP users requesting lift call. Lift cars are then assigned on a priority basis.

The system at Al Bahar Towers uses AC2000 software modules including AC2000 AED (Alarm Event Display) which provides a real-time graphical representation of events and alarms occurring throughout the system. It also includes AC2000 VIPPS (Visual Imaging & Pass Production System) which allows the Council administrators to produce professional quality permanent and temporary ID passes.

AC2000 Failover has been used at Al Bahar Towers to create a system with a high level of redundancy. AC2000 Failover provides the ability to create and maintain a copy of the main AC2000 server. In the event that the main server fails, the AC2000 Failover server will immediately take over until such times as the main server is restored.

AC2000 SE is supported at Al Bahar Towers by CEM’s hardware. The installation utilises the S610s card reader which offers intelligence at the door with an offline database for card validation even when communication with the host server is temporarily unavailable.

For more information contact Tyco Security Products, +27 (0)82 566 5274,,


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