Vantage Standardizes Security at 32 Global Data Centers with Genetec Security Center

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MONTRÉAL — Vantage Data Centers has transformed its global security operations using Genetec Security Center unified security platform and Genetec Mission Control decision management system.

The operator of large-scale data centers recently standardized on the Genetec unified platform to modernize security at 32 data centers in North America, EMEA and Asia Pacific.

Vantage experienced growing connection lags and increasing maintenance of its data center’s access control and video management systems and couldn’t easily integrate new technologies. After deploying the Genetec Security Center unified physical security platform at one location, they decided to standardize security infrastructure and practices worldwide on the Genetec platform.

“Within Genetec Security Center, we’re managing about 500 cameras, 400 doors, 2,000 cardholders, a couple hundred intercoms, and other sensors per location,” says Firooz Barakzai, global manager, security solutions and standards, at Vantage Data Centers.

“Having all that information in one centralized view has made it much easier for our operators to see what’s happening,” he says. “It’s also user-friendly, so training new operators is faster.”

Automated Decision Management, Operational Efficiencies

Once all locations were unified with Genetec Security Center, the team implemented Genetec Mission Control. The decision management system helps operators quickly address pressing situations by guiding them through more than 30 standard operating procedures (SOPs). The system also automatically creates incident reports that can be exported and shared with stakeholders.

Open System Enables Custom Applications

Vantage secures its properties with seven layers of security, various forms of authentication including biometric readers, cards, and pins, all connected to Genetec Security Center. Since all user activity is tracked and linked to associated video, Security Center provides an audit trail that strengthens compliance and optimizes processes while saving time.

In addition, Vantage has used the Genetec Software Development Kit (SDK) to develop custom applications, like using a Soft Pin plugin to compile data from different systems and track key performance indicators across the business. This same tool enables the team to standardize system naming conventions to cardholder groups, dashboards, and reporting schedules across all sites.

Looking ahead, the team at Vantage intends to add more system integrations within Genetec Security Center, such as a human resources system, video analytics and IT ticketing services software.

They’re also trialing the Genetec AutoVu automatic license plate recognition system to add another layer of perimeter security and exploring the Cloud Link Roadrunner enclosure management system to better manage access to server cabinets.

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