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Stockport control room

Stockport Homes, the body responsible for managing housing stock on behalf of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, has unveiled a new control room at Cornerstone, its recently opened head office. Designed and built by OpenView Security Solutions (OSS), the new control room will provide concierge and security services to 2000 properties across Stockport. OSS was asked by Stockport Homes to recommend an upgrade its fibre optic cable-based network, as used to link CCTV cameras installed in 22 residential tower blocks.

Matthew Platt, Asset Manager at Stockport Homes says: “We were already working with OpenView Security Solutions, which was providing an efficient maintenance support service for our existing security infrastructure and had high levels of confidence in the company’s ability to deliver a cost effective solution to meet our evolving infrastructure requirements.”

OSS recommended installation of a high level carrier grade Wireless Ethernet network. That provided higher capacity and eliminated the cost of rented fibre optic circuits. The company then scoped and designed a dual Ethernet ring topology that would provide a resilient, high speed 1GB wireless network based on Bridgewave equipment with the ability to upgrade to 3GB, if required. OSS upgraded the main equipment at the tower blocks with Layer 3 Cisco 3850 network switches that the installer reports offered high levels of bandwidth and network intelligence.

Before moving the control room to its new location, OSS also upgraded the CCTV platform with Dallmeier NVR (network video recorder) and software to allow all existing equipment to be migrated to the new network.

Andy Ward, Sales Director of OpenView said: “This installation demonstrates our ability to deliver and support large-scale LAN/WAN-based IT infrastructures that support the provision of the highest level of services to tenants across wide geographical areas.”


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