California data center uses biometrics for access control

May 23, 2012 - 

Customization was the name of the game when ScaleMatrix opened its newest 50,000 sq. ft. San Diego data center recently. The entire cloud data and co-location facility is equipped with custom rack enclosures with cabinet level fire suppression and electrical protection. This means that ScaleMatrix users are protected from unforeseen incidents such as power outages and other emergencies that could potentially take place in other sections of the building.

There is stiff competition among co-location facilities and a leading way to promote them is by deploying a multi-layer security system. ScaleMatrix recognized this need and extended the customization of its technology down to access control system level. Aside from the hardware, the entire facility also has fingerprint biometric access control that starts from the front door, down to each individual cabinet enclosure.

Security for the facility starts in the parking lot. There is constant surveillance as an advanced MOBOTIX digital video security system with CCTV and motion sensors are mounted in strategic areas. These cameras are equipped with 180-degree vision, facial tracking and recognition software, which capture and record every small detail. A force multiplier composed of armed security personnel regularly patrols the grounds to prevent and guard against forcible entry into the facility.

Employees and other personnel must authenticate through Digitus biometrics wall mounts and fingerprint recognition access control units before entering the building. Client and personnel both are enrolled into the biometric system by having a template of their fingerprint stored in a database. The multi-layer security system entails the use of not only a template of a fingerprint but also a pin code, which opens a mechanical lock. The multi-layer security system does not need a card or key, which can get stolen or lost, thus it is more secure and reliable.

By taking the level of security down to the cabinet level, the facility can control and monitor the areas within the data center being accessed by the visitor. In essence, everything can be centrally monitored and controlled, from entering the facility to accessing data on the server-based cloud.

Is the use of biometric-based security an effective marketing tool for a data center firm?

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Stephen Mayhew is the publisher and co-founder of Biometrics Research Group, Inc.. His experience includes a mix of entrepreneurship, brand development and publishing. Stephen attended Carleton University and lives in Toronto, Canada. Connect with Stephen on LinkindIn.