Stockport Homes, the organisation responsible for managing housing stock on behalf of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, has unveiled a new control room at Cornerstone, its recently opened head office. Designed and built by OpenView Security Solutions (OSS), the new control room will enable the delivery of an efficient concierge and security service to over 2000 properties across Stockport.
In preparation for building the new control room, OSS was asked by Stockport Homes to recommend an upgrade for its existing fibre optic cable-based network infrastructure which was used to link CCTV cameras installed in 22 residential tower blocks.
OSS recommended the installation of a wireless Ethernet network which not only provided higher capacity but also eliminated the high ongoing costs of rented fibre optic circuits. The company then scoped and designed a dual Ethernet ring topology that would provide a resilient, 1GB wireless network based on Bridgewave equipment with the ability to upgrade to 3GB in the future if required. OSS upgraded the main equipment at the tower blocks with Layer 3 Cisco 3850 network switches that offered high levels of bandwidth and the network intelligence to provide control into the future.
Prior to moving the control room facilities to its new location, OSS also upgraded the CCTV platform with Dallmeier NVRs and software platform to allow all existing equipment to be migrated to the new network.