Securing a nationwide fibre-optic network
AEOS’s state-of-the-art security technology guards tomorrow's communication network
Reggefiber is a joint venture between a private investment company Reggeborgh and KPN, the Netherlands' largest network provider. In 2005, they built new headquarters in Rijssen, secured with Nedap AEOS. Since then, the company has built almost 1,000 Points of Presence (POPs) throughout the Netherlands, a number set to grow to 4,000 over the next decade. All these optical fibre hubs are equipped with AEOS controllers, readers and the latest AEOS functionalities.
As these POPs contain cables, switches, cooling systems and communication centres, they function as the hub for a particular optical fibre area. This makes them the most critical element in the network. Therefore, the company had specific security requirements. According to that, Nedap and it's business partner worked out a special "POP Controller", using standard AEOS elements. The made-to-measure controller now provides all currently needed functionality as well as expansion options for functionalities possibly required in future.
This project was challenging because of the large number of POPs and authorizations. Every POP had to be equipped with a door reader, a door contact, an intrusion sensor, a humidity sensor and a heat sensor. Another requirement was that all the information gathered had to be monitorable with the latest technologies. The special environmental conditions and the enormous scale of the project made AEOS the perfect technological match. AEOS’ scalability allows the fibre-optic provider to increase its number of POPs exponentially without having to worry about the system’s stability.
The control room at the headquarters in Rijssen is where the doors in the POPs are opened when someone identifies himself for maintenance or repair. In addition, contractors and subcontractors have been issued special ID badges with specific, possibly temporary or limited, access rights to the POPs. These badges and authorizations are issued and managed centrally from the AEOS server in Rijssen. Because AEOS is fully web-based, issuing badges or changing authorizations can be done from any workstation.