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Canadian data centre company opts for mobile access control

Core Data Centres, iLOQ and the system integrator worked together to create a locking system that could ensure access to servers in the data centre.


November 8, 2021
By SP&T Staff
Image courtesy iLOQ

Core Data Centres Inc. owns and operates several data centres in Canada. The company provides solutions ranging from cloud and information technology services to managed services and colocation, and maintaining high levels of security is vital.

The company leases rack space to many customers which means there is a constant flow of people who need access to their own servers. Any breach in security by unauthorized individuals can have severe consequences for both the company managing the centre and for the clients whose critical data has been penetrated.

When it came to creating a secure environment, Core Data Centres worked in close cooperation with a system integrator who recommended the iLOQ S50 mobile access sharing solution.

With iLOQ S50, a smartphone acts as both a key and a power source. The cylinders are NFC powered and can be installed on the swing handles of the racks. According to iLOQ, this method does not require batteries or cabling, and reduces costs and environmental impact.

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Access rights are sent as a mobile key and shared remotely only with authorized people. The iLOQ S50 also features time-restricted access, granting and revoking of access rights and real-time audit trail reports. The entire system can be managed with one software program.

iLOQ NFC-powered locking cylinders will provide access to the server racks while iLOQ S50 padlocks will be installed on the standby generators and the gas lines feeding them.

“This is a highly secure building, and our operations demand the same level of security. Handing over physical keys in person can be a major security risk. A major bonus of iLOQ S50 is that the security desk can quickly and easily send, and also cancel, mobile keys over the air. We have full control at all times and can be sure only the right people have permission to access the servers,” said Bill Henneberry, Chief Technology Officer, Core Data Centres, in a statement.

“I have always been a firm believer of ‘stronger together,’” added Frank Hayes, Country Manager, iLOQ Canada. “The customer recognized the clear need for a higher level of security. iLOQ S50 is the best solution available in the market and the system integrator designed the system that resolved the issue.”

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