The University of Toronto Scarborough is a key campus of Canada’s premiere research-intensive university. With more than 11,000 students and close to 1,000 faculty and staff the UTSC campus has become the choice destination for thousands of students from across Canada and around the world.
Strong growth and preparation for the 2015 Pan American Games were drivers for a significant upgrade to the University’s IT and Communications infrastructure and the implementation of enhanced physical security practices in their new data centers.
Two new data centers with high density cabinet infrastructure were commissioned however the collocation of these systems in one facility resulted in an overall increase of service visits from inhouse, contractor and vendor personnel requiring 24/7 access to their respective equipment.
A cost-effective security system was required to ensure all visitors to the data centers could only access equipment relevant to their particular service task and to keep an accurate record of all access events to ensure compliance with various privacy mandates.
University of Toronto chose the TZ Centurion System to safeguard critical data and IT assets in its new data centers.
“We identified the need to provide electronic access control on every cabinet door, considered a number of options and determined the TZ Centurion System to be the most cost effective and flexible solution available – an order of magnitude less than traditional Building Access Control systems.” Glen Attwood, Project Head
The system has delivered the University quantifiable cost-savings through time reduction spent managing service interventions and has enhanced visibility of environmental conditions within their data centers.