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Enclosure locking duo boosts data centre security

11 April 2011

Market trends confirm that, despite the challenging economic conditions, data centre developments are forging ahead. One thing that they all have in common, however, is hardware security and how best to achieve it. Southco believes it has the answer with two new products that provide full local and remote latching and locking capability

For data centre operators, both physical and network security and access are major concerns. Breaches of security not only cause downtime, resulting in operational losses for the business, but also question the reliability of a data centre provider and ultimately compromise its reputation. Access control therefore plays a vital role in the design, construction and infrastructure of data centres. Controlling and restricting access to hardware enclosures is thus a growing concern for operators and system integrators alike.

One way to enhance the security of a data centre’s infrastructure – and add value to enclosure design through access control features – is the selection of reliable, intelligent latching systems. The right access control system will also help reduce costs through energy efficiency and improve product and system reliability. Equally important is the selection of access hardware which can be connected to existing software to enable control and monitoring, such as who gained access and when, as Southco’s Ulrike Sturman explains:

“We provide a variety of electronic access devices to suit application needs – from simple standalone keypads and electronic keys to RF-based prox readers and RF remote control systems. Specifically, for data centre enclosures, we have developed electronic latching technology featuring a reliable and energy-efficient electro-mechanical latching system based on a geared motor.”

At the heart of Southco’s data centre enclosure latching system is its H3-EM electronic locking swing handle complete with a high-visibility blue LED status indicator, which provides intelligent local manual and remote latching under full electronic control. The modular design accommodates single or multi-point latching with a low power, geared motor driven lock mechanism and high security DIN lock manual override. The lock directly integrates with industry standard rack monitoring/access control systems and includes integral sensors that detect both locked and latched status.

The second product in Southco’s electronic access systems armoury is the push-to-close R4-EM electronic rotary latch, offering the convenience of electronic access control and the security of a proven, all-metal rotary latch design in a compact integrated package – and the EM-10 electronic keeper. This ‘next-generation’ access control system provides the convenience of electronic access and push-to-close operation in one unit. Moreover, its low installed cost, compact design and versatile installation options make it easy and affordable for both new and retrofit enclosure applications.

All Southco electronic access systems provide an electronic ‘signature’ every time the lock is actuated. When combined with a unique input credential, the system can provide the necessary output to enclosure control and monitoring systems.

And good news for those wishing to enhance existing enclosure security - both of these products are designed as drop-in replacements for existing mechanical latches.

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