Boosting Security & Energy Savings

Security_site_monitoringCheck out one of the latest projects by our Security team — a large-scale access control and lighting upgrade for an international data center based in Atlanta, Georgia.


The Challenge

The live critical area at the data center exceeded 500,000 square feet and downtime needed to be minimized. The facility has more than 150 standalone enclosures that house customers’ data equipment. Each enclosure is equipped with access control card readers. Prior to the upgrade, all lighting remained on 24/7, resulting in high energy costs and premature light fixture failure.


The Solution

McKenney’s designed a custom engineered, system to integrate lighting with access control. The system allows the lights throughout the data center to remain off until a user presents their access credentials—card and/or biometric reader—which activates only those lights within the affected areas and turns them off upon departure. The solution was staged in phases to mitigate disruption of data center operations.


The Results

The upgrade was completed on time, under budget and has become a highlighted safety and security marketing point for the data center to use with prospective clients. Check out the official project highlight here.


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About Philip Mosley


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Philip Mosley oversees the McKenney's physical Security program. With more than 30 years of diverse security and safety experience—including leadership roles with ADT/Tyco International, Securitylink by Ameritech and Johnson Controls—Philip's experience includes many facets of the industry, such as central station monitoring and response, risk-vulnerability assessment, integrated system design, and service delivery. As an active member of ASIS International, he consults with end-users, architects and engineers to assist in developing and executing solutions intended to mitigate risk and improve security system performance and effectiveness.

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