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Electronic, programmable locks ensure security for datacentres

25 June 2013

Over the last two and a half years enclosure manufacturer, ATOS has concentrated on the datacentre market where it has achieved some success with its high-performance cooling unit, a system places the air flow close to the servers rather than implementing basic circulation top down.

The company recognised that both physical and network security was a vital factor in the datacentre sector, as breaches of security not only cause major downtime and operational losses but also impact on a company’s integrity and image in the market.

Enhanced security, therefore, rose high on the agenda so far as ATOS’s product offering was concerned, and its chosen partner in this endeavour - to provide a reliable, intelligent electronic latching system for datacenter enclosures.- is Southco.

Specifically, ATOS opted for Southco’s H3-EM electronic locking swinghandle and EA-K1 keypad access controller as Ludovic Hamadi, head of the ATOS IT business unit, explains:

“The level of security and flexibility that the H3-EM provides is unparalleled. With the H3-EM, It is possible to integrate many different types of specific programming to implement security measures and the remote monitoring feature is a key advantage. Also, if there is an electrical breakdown, the final user still has the possibility to open the door manually; no other product on the market offers this feature.”

Easily tailored to accommodate multiple rack sizes and configurations, the H3-EM system provides an efficient means of electronic access to both datacenter cabinets and industrial enclosures. With the benefit of integral sensors and an output signals capability furnishing data for both local and remote monitoring, the H3-EM can simply be retrofitted to industry-standard rack monitoring equipment.

A microprocessor-controlled gear motor design ensures minimal power consumption and provides outputs for multiple event status reporting. Designed as an electronic locking platform for indoor applications, the swinghandle can be combined with any access control device to provide a basic, self-contained electronic access system. 

The integrated sensors detect both lock and latch status (with local LED indication) plus multiple outputs for remote monitoring. The swinghandle provides momentary or continuous lock actuation and satisfies both single and multipoint enclosure latching needs, accommodating both left and right doors.

The accompanying EA-K1 keypad access controller provides simple and affordable keyless entry to any basic electronic lock. Easy to programme, this ‘plug-and-play’ controller dispenses with physical key management while providing a higher level of security. The unit enables up to seven unique pass codes of between four and eight digits – that’s 99 million combinations. 

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