The definition of a factory is becoming blurred. In the past it was where things were made and value was created. Today, a data center can also be rightly referred to as a factory. Indeed, they’re considered to be the new factories of the 21st century, because data can be refined into actionable information and a competitive advantage. Siemens’ EAGLE DataCenter is one such factory. But so strategic is its significance that it is spread across four sites worldwide. Understandable, given what it contains: “Intellectual property, highly classified data – the company’s ‘golden nuggets,’ if you will – are stored there,” says Uli Kohler from the EAGLE DataCenter.
The site in Munich is housed in a non-descript building. On the outside, there’s no indication of what the building holds – no need to attract undue attention. The building features the latest in intrusion technologies. That’s because access to its servers is reserved for a select group of specialists. To enter, an employee first has to hold a special token over a reader, then the palm of his or her hand is scanned. Only then do the doors open. A scene from a science-fiction film comes to mind. Powering this innovative entry system is SIPORT from Siemens Building Technologies.
SIPORT is a comprehensive and modular system that gives operators everything they need for access control and time management. For access control alone, a whole range of solutions are on offer: contactless readers operated with proximity ID cards, key tags, tokens or other types of transponders; keypads to enter a personal code for an extra level of security; facial, fingerprint or palm-vein biometric recognition; or the use of mobile devices equipped with near field communication (NFC) to open doors.
The SIPORT portfolio has elements for recording clock-in times – as well as the capability to read the license plates of cars entering a site. Employees can even use SIPORT to reserve a meeting room. Thanks to its modularity, the system can be employed in just about any sector: airports, hospitals, manufacturing sites, pharmaceutical companies, universities, office complexes – and of course data centers. An intuitive interface ensures that the solution is easy to use.