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Protecting the European Space Agency’s valuable information

Author : Paul Sweeting is Technical Director at Bradbury Group Ltd

05 May 2017

Whenever a business needs to protect valuable assets, it can turn to a number of security-rated products that will improve its on-site security. These will guarantee their premises are protected up to a certain level, providing them with peace of mind.

The Bradbury Extendor Eclipse

For companies that store valuable or sensitive information on servers they keep on-site, cybercrime isn’t the only thing they need to defend themselves against. If someone gains access to their premises, they could steal the physical servers that store this sensitive information. A protective grille is therefore an essential piece of security equipment for businesses that store confidential information on their own servers. 

The Bradbury Extendor Eclipse 

In the Extendor Eclipse, Bradbury has created the only security grille to achieve an LPS 1175 SR3 certificate from the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB), making it a strong. The grille is also CPNI approved, Secured by Design accredited, and bomb blast tested.

LPCB certification

The LPCB provides third-party testing of products and awards them with a security certification if they match the required criteria. Its LPS 1175 test evaluates a security product’s resistance to unauthorised access by an armed assailant.

In order to pass the stringent LPS 1175 SR3 testing procedures, the Eclipse endured an attack lasting five minutes from an assailant armed with the typical equipment a thief may come equipped with. This included large hand tools, such as axes, crowbars, hacksaws, scissor jacks, and hammers, as well as power tools such as cordless drills and gas torches.

CPNI accreditation

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructures (CPNI) reviews physical security products for use by UK government departments and on critical national infrastructure (CNI) sites. The Extendor Eclipse is the only product of its type to achieve CPNI accreditation.

Secured by Design Accreditation

Secured by Design is an official accreditation from the UK Police. Secured by Design status is restricted to companies or products that have been successfully tested to the specified security standards set and meet the Police Preferred Specification. 

Ariane 5 liftoff on flight VA233 (Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016)

Bradbury is a Secured by Design accredited company that manufactures a wide range of approved products, including Eclipse grilles.

Bomb blast testing

When combined with glass backed with anti-shatter security film, the Eclipse grille successfully passed a test to give it a blast rating of ISO 6933:2007 - Glass in buildings Code EXV20 (E.). After enduring a blast from 100kg charge at 20m, it was judged to provide a low hazard for the occupants of the building. The Eclipse remained fully functional, enabled an emergency exit route through the retractable grille, and continued to prevent looting after the glass had been blown out.

Design and installation

Extendor Eclipse grilles and cages are versatile products that are custom designed to suit each location and application. The modular design of the Eclipse allows for rapid on-site assembly and future alteration or relocation, as no ‘hot works’ are required during installation.

Bradbury’s Eclipse products can be used to enhance window and door security and secure lobbies at entrances and exits, while they can also be used as a cage to secure individual high-value items. 

A common application of Bradbury Eclipse cages is to physically secure IT equipment and other valuables, as well as safeguard restricted areas within laboratories, warehouses and retail premises. They allow access to be controlled and monitored, and clear lines of sight through the cage facilitate CCTV coverage and patrol guarding. 

As Eclipse cages allow air to flow freely, they are ideal for securing computer servers, and are commonly installed in data centres. For example, Bradbury’s Eclipse caging was recently installed to provide physical security for the servers that are protecting the data sent to Earth by Galileo, Europe’s global navigation network system (GNSS). 

Bradbury’s team of accredited installation engineers completed the final installation of Eclipse caging the week before the launch of the Ariane 5 ES rocket, protecting the European Space Agency’s latest phase of servers. 


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