Published on 9 January, 2007
To help improve the safety and security of its premises and computer systems, Microgaming, the world's leading creator of software systems, has chosen to install Siemens Building Technologies Security Products' latest access and CCTV security system
Microgaming is the world's leading creator of software systems for the rapidly expanding on-line gaming business. It developed the first online casino software more than a decade ago and has retained its market leading position by continually releasing new games and management systems, which are sold to companies throughout the world.
Two years ago Microgaming opened prestigious new offices in Douglas, Isle of Man, taking over a new, four-floor building. A robust security system was needed to ensure that the company's premises and computer systems were totally protected.
Microgaming had no hesitation in reappointing Eye Spy Security to specify and install a system, having already had one of their systems in their previous premises. Eye Spy is the Isle of Man's single largest independent installer of access control and CCTV monitoring systems.
"While the main criteria for Microgaming was security, the company also needed a high level of flexibility and convenience," says Eye Spy's managing director, Aidan O'Reilly. "Staff need to gain access at different times, including out of office hours - especially I.T. - but only need access to areas relevant to them."
"We recommended a Bewator proximity card access control system - where each access point is linked to an intruder alarm, backed up by 15 CCTV cameras covering the outside and in key locations."
Microgaming is the sole occupier of the building, MGS House, but it operates across four floors, with staff working in a number of different operating divisions.
On Eye Spy's advice, Microgaming selected the Bewator Entro access control system and fifteen cameras (connected through a V3i matrix to an Eventys Video recording and monitoring system). While some 50 staff works full time in the building, a large number of contractors and consultants also need regular access to the offices and a total of 100 cards have been issued. This is using the Bewator Entro PC-based administration system, which Microgaming themselves control internally.
The alarm can be activated by any of 12 doors being opened illegally and, should the need ever arise, video recordings are made.
The system was installed 18 months ago and Microgaming is delighted with its ease of use and reliability.
"Everyone who works here automatically has the appropriate level of access to different parts of the building," says the company's Finance Director John Coleman. "It's discreet but effective, as well as simple to monitor and administrate. We can issue new cards as and when they are needed and immediately revoke any that have been mislaid.