Buildings housing communications companies are critical infrastructure. Therefore, the requirements for security and fire protection are much higher than in standard offices buildings. When designing its new administrative campus in Düsseldorf, Vodafone needed a comprehensive, integrated corporate security solution designed for the long term. In its quest to find the right partner, the company realized that end-to-end security processes require a very high degree of integration – from the sensors on the field level to the management system.
Siemens implemented a security and fire safety solution with integrated access control, video surveillance and danger alarm systems connected to the centralized security control center where all systems can be controlled and monitored at the same time. Vodafone decided to deploy and operate an access control and lock system that uses a single end-point with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, making transponders and keys things of the past. With this technology, access authorizations are stored on a mobile phone equipped with an NFC SIM card. In preparation, Siemens had already added NFC functions inside the card readers and lock cylinders throughout the campus.
When designing the video surveillance systems, Siemens adapted and added innovative new approaches. These include exterior surveillance through virtual patrols as well as surveillance of entrances to the building and to sensitive areas. As soon as movement is recorded or an unauthorized person enters a secure area, the camera saves the associated alarm images and sends them to the security center.
This real-time system at the Vodafone Campus makes the site safe and secure, allowing more intuitive operation for security personnel. The number of monitors in the control center is reduced, and all workstation computers in the control room are interconnected. The company benefits from the fact that access data is transmitted using secure protocols over data lines or wirelessly, and is managed by Vodafone employees from operator workstations. This approach is both easy and secure.
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