Meesons Case Study – Overcoming Varying Threats with a Layered Security Approach

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Key Challenges

As one of the UK’s largest data centres, the client had the issue of needing to secure the building from intruders with a range of entrance solutions. With several areas that were at risk, the client required multiple ways of protecting the data centre from physical attack while managing its high throughput.

The Solution

Following an initial site visit with the project team, Meesons were able to gain a greater understanding of the project requirements. With the visit, it was found that the guardhouse on the perimeter of the data centre was built to enable pedestrian access to site. This meant that within the guardhouse, Speed Gates needed to be put in place to control access any further. Meesons installed three lanes of EasyGate SPD-G Speed Gates as they’re able to cope with high throughput due to the advanced motor technology they hold that allows a transit of up to 40 people per minute, per lane. These Speed Gates also have a high holding force, preventing wings from being forced open by unauthorised users.

Meesons added an additional layer of security to the building at the façade with a Security Portal, enabling 24/7 controlled access. The advice given was to opt for the C190 Security Portal, certified to LPS 1175 Issue 8 as this meets a proven level of resistance to physical attack. Also, with a 1200mm wide opening, the inclusive entrance was suitable for wheelchair users. Due to the Security Portals’ location on the façade of the building, a weather resistant canopy was required to provide additional protection from the elements.

Within the data centre an additional layer of security was specified to prevent unauthorised users from accessing the data halls therefore Meesons installed four E1G Security Portals to create a secure line to the data hall entrance. The E1G Security Portals were chosen due to their high-security rating, having been approved for UK Government use by NSPA (National Protective Security Authority). To allow for full visibility of transits within the data hall, each portal was integrated with the building’s access control system and the client’s preferred biometric readers which were located within the portal. To prevent unauthorised users tailgating begind an authorised member of staff, each Security Portal was fitted with ultrasonic anti-tailgating sensors and an IP-rated 2-zone pressure mat to provide dual verification, ensuring only one user was present for each transit and that hardware could not be removed from the secure zone.


ABOUT MEESONSFounded in 1864, Meesons have over 30 years’ experience specialising in entrance control solutions in the UK Security Industry. Over the years Meesons has held fast to its core principles of individual client attention, focus and market adaptation to ensure that we help you find the right solution to meet your needs.

Meesons delivers quality security systems to high demanding sectors. These sectors include critical national infrastructure such as airports, data centres and central government along with corporate clients and leisure.

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Published 18th April 2024