Physical Security Case Study: How Cisco IT Controls Building Security over the Enterprise WAN

Centrally managed IP-based building security system saves costs and improves safety and responsiveness.

Article Summary:

Effectively and cost efficiently controlling access to hundreds of buildings is a primary responsibility for any large enterprise. Faced with doubled employee growth and number of locations globalwide, in 2004 Cisco IT transitioned from a standalone access control system to an IP-based system to help secure its business facilities. This security case study describes Cisco ITís access control architecture and business benefits, including:

  • Significant cost savings from centralizing global access control monitoring
  • A highly reliable service model, with greatly increased access server uptime
  • Easier adds, moves, and updates to the database