SightLogix smart thermal cameras are providing data center perimeter security for Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) in Acilia Rome, Italy. CRISMA Security, a Rome-based security integrator and SightLogix certified partner, designed and implemented the smart data center perimeter security system.
TIM’s data center boasts an international reputation as one of the most innovative and dependable facilities of its kind. The TIER IV-level facility has earned the highest degree of certification awarded by the Uptime Institute, earning a 99.995% reliability rating. Just as important is their commitment to protecting the data for millions of customers. Yet providing perimeter security for the data center’s 3,500 square meter building, which resides on large grounds of nearly 57 acres (23 hectares), represented a tough challenge. TIM needed a powerful security system that would alert onsite guards the instant an intrusion occurred over the entire premises, without burdening their efforts with excess nuisance alarms.
Smart Thermal Cameras and Data Center Perimeter Security
Looking to enhance their datacenter’s perimeter security, CRISMA suggested TIM move from a passive security posture to a pre-emptive automated approach using a radar system along with SightLogix SightSensors. SightSensors are thermal cameras with integrated video analytics that automatically detect intruders over large outdoor sites with high accuracy and low costs.
By using a very high level on onboard processing, a single SightSensor can cover very large perimeters – more than several football fields per camera – while ignoring the movement of small animals, blowing trash, or other issues which cause nuisance alarms for less-effective solutions. They integrate seamless with existing systems, and offer the configuration flexibility, low esthetic impact, easy installation and minimal ongoing system maintenance that was critical to TIM’s requirements.
Another compelling aspect for TIM was the SightSensor’s geo-registered capabilities, which assist with video analytic accuracy and are also used to project the location of intruders onto a topology map in real time. This means that TIM’s security personnel can be alerted with automated alarms from all areas of the data center perimeter and can direct their security response to the precise location where the intrusion is occurring.
With the SightLogix smart thermal solution in place, intruders that violate video analytic rules immediately trigger an alarm, sending video of the event and the target’s precise GPS location. This allows security personnel to quickly understand the nature of the threat to implement the most effective response. Because the SightLogix system protects large perimeters with minimal nuisance alerts, TIM has been able to create a blanket of awareness around the entire grounds.
According to Crisma Security, the datacenter perimeter security solution has also returned sizable financial benefits. The large site has been secured using a low number of long-range SightSensors, allowing for a great reduction in infrastructure when compared to alternatives.