The Power of Connectivity
Jeff Woodward wanted to do it right the first time. After all, you might only have one chance in your career to build a security system from the ground up.
When Panduit began planning its new world headquarters building, Woodward, who is senior manager for global environmental health, safety and security, wanted to ensure that security and the access control system would be cost effective, more efficient and meet Panduit’s long-term strategic goals.
MORE EFFICIENT STAFFINGInstead of building a separate security operations center and network operations center, Panduit combined them into a single unified operations center, eliminating redundant servers and networking system and enabling the two teams to collaborate for ongoing operational efficiency. “We are cross-training facilities personnel to recognize data center alarms so that they can take the appropriate actions,” says Woodward. “This reduces operational costs because facilities personnel are here on the weekends anyway.”
Combining the workspace for facilities and IT personnel also reduces time spent investigating false alarms, because IT personnel can quickly find out if an alarm from a building system resulted from a power outage, for example.
NEXT STEPSThe result of Woodward’s efforts includes more efficient security operations. Headquarters security personnel can monitor and control video surveillance cameras and building access controls for all global offices over the WAN. “We now have centralized security operations, eliminating the need for a full security operation at branch offices and saving $653,000 a year,” Woodward says. The investment will pay for itself in one and a half years.
Woodward says that Panduit will continue to connect new building systems and energy-monitoring tools to the network as they become available, and add the same technologies in other global offices. Other plans include to integrate the access control system with network access controls, so that an employee who has not swiped a badge to enter the building, for example, cannot log on to a PC. He also wants to integrate the system with building systems so when the last person has left the building, for example, the system will communicate with building systems to reduce lighting and air conditioning, activate alarm zones and power down network switches and other electronic devices to reduce power consumption. Woodward can eventually share energy-consumption information with employees and visitors LCD displays throughout the building, which he hopes will inspire them to conserve.