Network Communications News (NCN) August 2016 - Page 13

O N TH E C AS E Support system Comelit is working alongside Atlas Fire and Security (NI) to install its SimpleHome intelligent home automation system at a supported living community in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. The client is Triangle Housing Association and the project is a development of 13 wheelchair accessible apartments, with staff accommodation, on a brownfield site at Hillsborough Old Road, near the River Lagan. The design of the apartments and choice of components have been geared to empower residents facing mobility issues, learning disabilities or mental health problems. The scheme underlines the Association’s aim of providing accommodation that includes the care and support needed by clients so they can live with a high level of independence and social inclusion within their local communities. This was a requirement that Comelit was able to meet and exceed using its SimpleHome home automation system. Door entry at the main gate features a Comelit Ikall metal entrance panel connected to the building over an IP network. The panel has a colour camera and a two-way speaker unit and is modular in design with components such as MiFare readers and numerical keypads that can easily be added as a site or phased project develops, or the door entry needs at the building change. Each apartment will be fitted with an Icona Manager monitor that combines Comelit’s ViP door entry functions with the latest in home automation. The slim-line, surface or flush mounted unit features a 4.3 inch touch screen display, with gesture recognition for easy menu navigation. ROL IT INFRASTRUCTURE Northern powerhouse Leeds City Council (LCC) has chosen Keysource to provide vital support for its data centres in and around the city centre. It follows a competitive tender and is designed to ensure that there is minimal downtime and disruption to IT services and that the data centre environment remains resilient and secure. Under the terms of the agreement Keysource will provide a critical FM solution across a number of data centres that house the infrastructure to support all the council’s IT systems. This will include managing a preplanned maintenance programme for all critical equipment to manufacturers’ specifications and frequencies. A robust emergency cover will also be implemented to allow the data centres to function to a high availability. Keysource will provide a 24/7/365 emergency repair service with a guaranteed response time on site in under a maximum of four hours. Training will also be provided for LCC staff on all aspects of the data centres and equipment. SOFTWARE & SERVICES 12-13 On the Case.indd 13 17.01.14 15:03 02/08/2016 15:57