Integrated CCTV and access control system

May 2002 Surveillance, Access Control & Identity Management

At the recently refurbished south coast data centre of SunGard, a UK disaster recovery solutions company, Sony CCTV equipment has been specified as part of a major installation project for an integrated CCTV and access control system.

By the very nature of its core business activity, SunGard required a high specification security system for this latest site, as the company offers a back-up service to corporate clients, in the event of an incident rendering their existing systems unusable, covering services such as data systems, space and work areas, computer rooms as well as web hosting facilities.

The integrated CCTV and access control system was installed by Total Security Protection at the site included 12 Sony EX-Wave static colour cameras and 15 high-speed dome cameras, fitted with Sony modules. These internal and external cameras were then linked to 12 Sony 20" colour monitors and two Sony HSR-2P digital recorders, all located in a central control room.

Perimeter protection

According to Karl Smith, building services project manager at SunGard, "We chose Sony for this site as the system designed by Total Security Protection provided us with exactly what we required, a discreet but effective surveillance operation covering the whole site, not just on the inside but complete exterior protection too."

SunGard's south coast data centre covers a large area and is surrounded by woodland and the exterior security incorporated perimeter protection for the three main entrances to the site.

"As soon as someone enters the site, our control room staff are instantly aware as the perimeter protection triggers the CCTV cameras to preset positions," added Karl Smith.

Internally, the Sony CCTV installation integrates with a Janus access control system, and the whole package was installed by Total Security Protection as an upgrade to SunGard's existing system. The SunGard building was operational throughout the entire time that the project was running and as part of the installation, Total Security Protection had to keep the old system in working condition whilst the new system was being installed.

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