Intelligent locking solutions for data centres

EMKA focuses on data centres that need to secure their server racks against unwanted access to an extraordinary degree, often demanding a maximum of physical security.

To secure these server rack doors, a mixture of electromechanical handle, software and radio technology is deemed the best choice. The company already has such a system in use with the ‘Agent E’ with many customers, including personalised access to the cabinet and permanent monitoring and control of the opening and closing processes.

The Rack Management Systems offered by the company guarantee unambiguous logging and backtracking with the personalised access control down to cabinet level. Furthermore, the systems monitor all physical parameters in the rack and improve the operational reliability of the whole installation. These systems comprise database-driven control software, high-capacity Modules and electro-mechanical handles.

These systems are installed worldwide in data centres and server parks of banks and co-location centres, where they use synchronised hardware and software components to guarantee maximum security and transparency for access control. The database-driven Control Cockpit takes care of the central operation, monitoring and configuration. Simultaneously, a high-capacity wireless network facilitates direct access to a practically unlimited number of server racks. The complete logging documents all access-relevant information and assure unambiguous backtracking of the events. In case of irregularities, alerts are automatically transmitted.

Its onsite guidance points to stand-alone systems configured as electronic locks, each with its own inbuilt intelligence for accessing up to two electromechanical locks. They are ideal for access control of individual racks, not needing central monitoring. Depending on the selected lock, the opening is either affected by RFID cards or by entering a keypad PIN code. Systems with RFID cards are particularly easy to install as no further wiring in the rack is needed.