vXtream teams up with Meesons to enhance access security.
Its March 2021. A stroll through any town or city centre now, will leave you feeling rather melancholy and nostalgic, remembering the freedoms that you enjoyed a mere 13 months ago, as you reflect on the changes forced upon our daily lives because of the Covid pandemic.
What were normally busy and vibrant community hubs, a chance to shop, meet your friends, grab a bite to eat, have become ghost towns. Bars, restaurants, galleries, cultural centres all united in appearance through the mass display of ‘closed until further notice’ signs.
If you are not directly involved in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors it is hard to comprehend the devastation that the pandemic has had on the business owners and employees.
2019 was the worst for the UK High Street in more than 25 years. As the pandemic accelerated and consumers moved towards online shopping, more than 180,000 jobs were lost in retail alone, according to the Centre for Retail Research.
A fact recognised with multi-billion-pound retail and leisure sector recovery schemes being offered by the Central and Devolved Governments in recent budget announcements. Coupled with the astonishing work being undertaken by the NHS in rolling out the vaccination program, there is at long last signs that the UK will begin to emerge into a new kind of normal slowly but surely. There is now a sense of hope.
Ironically, as traditional high street retailers count down the days to opening their collective doors to the world, the online retailer is becoming ever more concerned at the threat posed by unwelcome ‘guests’ and is intensifying efforts to ensure its doors remain well and truly closed to public access.
For the virtual retailer, the protection of its technology platforms and systems from cyber and physical threats is paramount. Thus the focus on data centre security – the facilities that house the physical engines powering the internet – is so high.
Every aspect of the data centre is assessed for optimum security – from biometric entry systems to 24 x 7 security personnel. And an obvious, but oft overlooked area of concern, is the security of access to a centre – the physical front door.
As part of its continuous improvement program, vXtream recently appointed Meesons to prevent people tailgating into its data hall, where controlled access needed to be maintained. To further enhance the level of security the entrance control needed to integrate with vXtream’s new biometric solution, to enable fingerprint recognition entry.
Following extensive planning, Meesons installed the FPJ140 2S Security Portal, a semi-circular interlock with automatic sliding doors and a small footprint. To further enhance the level of security a 2-zone pressure mat was proposed to provide a second level of verification, preventing tailgating by ensuring only one person is present within the portal at any one time. The inclusion of the pressure mat also prevented any hardware from being removed from the secure zone.
It has been a very successful project between the two companies, the net result leaving vXtream customers with an additional layer of protection and vXtream with an entrance system that even Michael Caine and the rest of his Italian Job gang would find hard to remove!
For further details of Meesons/vXtream security solution can be found HERE