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Axis protects the modern day Fort Knox at DEG

Published on 22 May, 2006

Axis Communications, the market leading IP-Surveillance vendor, network cameras and video servers have been deployed at Data Electronics Group (DEG), a highly successful data centre provider serving large enterprises in Ireland. The products are designed to provide an additional layer of security on the data floors within DEG’s headquarters site at Kilcarbery Business Park (KBP) in Dublin.

The new system consists of 60 AXIS 210 Network Cameras, 32 existing analogue-based CCTV cameras feeding into two CCTV multiplexers, which, in turn, provide data to two AXIS 241S Video ServersMilestone XProtect Enterprise software is being used for viewing the images.  All data is then stored for 30 days on an Intel-based 9.6 Terabyte server.  Axis’ network cameras cover all site entrances and provide full coverage across the data centre floors, collecting images at six frames per second on motion.


 The new IP-Surveillance system works in conjunction with already tight physical security at KBP.  Entry to restricted parts of the building is controlled through the use of a biometric hand key geometry system from IR Recognition Systems, which identifies an individual using the unique characteristics of his palm dimensions.  

Daniel Tinkiel, chief operating officer at DEG commented, “Security is the watchword of our business. Everything we do is designed to maximise the security of our customers’ data. They want to know we are able to monitor their mission-critical data minute-by-minute, 24 hours a day.  We want to ensure that image quality is high enough to positively identify individuals involved in any theoretical security breach.  This system gives us this guaranteed image quality.” 

DEG is rapidly moving away from traditional analogue-based CCTV, and is looking to replace its remaining 32 analogue cameras in the near future.  DEG knows the key benefits of IP-Surveillance are better image quality, easier maintenance and the potential for integration with other IP-based security systems such as its biometric-based access control system. Tinkiel explains further:

“The more diverse technologies and networks you have the larger the burden of integration, maintenance and upgrade if you do not converge them onto a single IP network infrastructure. This is why I’m a firm believer in convergence of all technologies– voice, data, video – everything should be transported and stored using IP-based technologies and protocols. ”  

DEG invested €80,000 in the new IP-Surveillance system giving the contract for installation and configuration to Dublin-based Axis Solution Partner, Encom. The investment came at the end of a €17.8 million re-fit of the KBP site over the last two years to bring the site up to the latest standards.  The re-fit focused on every aspect of service delivery to customers, building in multiple levels of back-up to ensure seamless data and internet availability through the use of three layers of electricity supply provision and four Tier-1 carriers for simultaneous and ‘hot swappable’ internet service provision collectively guaranteeing 100 per cent service availability.    

Tinkiel concluded:  “I would not hesitate to recommend this solution to others who are specifying physical security systems for highly secure sites such as ours.”


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