NetBotz solutions tackle physical security

Mobilities is looking to provide local enterprises with end to end security that encompasses both IT and physical security. While the IT component includes solutions such as firewalls and virtual private networks (VPNs), the physical element comes courtesy of NetBotz.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  September 29, 2003

Physical security|~||~||~|Mobilities is looking to provide local enterprises with end to end security that encompasses both IT and physical security. While the IT component includes solutions such as firewalls and virtual private networks (VPNs), the physical element comes courtesy of NetBotz.

The NetBotz range, which includes both WallBotz and RackBotz models, will enable enterprises to troubleshoot many physical problems in the data centre and IT rooms through the use of sensors and cameras. While the WallBotz offering comes in three pieces, including a camera, main device and a sensor, the RackBotz product incorporates a camera in the main device.

“This device comes in three pieces — there is the main device and docked to it is a sensor and a camera. These three devices can be separated, but the whole device is IP based, so users can connect to it through the local area network (LAN) or internet — users just have to assign an IP address to the device,” explains Alireza Bozorgmir, pre-sales engineer, Mobilities.

“The whole configuration can be done in less than 15 minutes. The hardware part comes with sensors — temperature, humidity, audio, airflow and some external features, such as a fluid sensor — but basically any third party sensor can connect to this device,” he continues.

According to Bozorgmir, the NetBotz family allows enterprises to proactively address physical problems that can, in the short term, lead to downtime or systems failure, but could, in the long term, result in cost savings and even damage to a company’s reputation.

“NetBotz is the first line of defence in physical security. It is your remote eyes and ears. Customers can watch over their assets, which could be the equipment in the IT room, communications assets or machinery,” he says.

“Users can proactively tackle their physical issues before they become a real problem and it [NetBotz] helps organisations to prevent downtime, security risks, high recovery costs and also loss of business assets,” Bozorgmir continues.

While the camera can provide 24x7 video monitoring, administrators can also receive e-mails containing short video or audio clips to keep them updated on the comings and goings in their IT rooms. Furthermore, the video software features motion detection functionalities that highlight any areas of movement within the camera shot.

Additionally, the solution sends out alerts to administrators if there are any changes in the physical environment, such as water leaks, temperature change and so on.

“NetBotz can send alerts in different ways. It can deliver the alert through SMS. The alert could be audible — a warning if a door is opened, and you can have SNMP traps, FTP and e-mail alerts with video. Users can also have a log and a graph alert and choose the graph for a particular sensor,” says Bozorgmir.

“NetBotz can provide organisations with early warnings and faster recovery times,” he adds.

Furthermore, the platform’s flexibility also allows enterprises to tailor the solution to their particular bandwidth needs.

According to Mobilities, the solution is attracting attention locally and there are already some live installations up and running in the UAE. Furthermore, it believes the solution has broad appeal to companies that have equipment, products or areas that they need to protect.

“Any company that has some assets or some IT assets that they want to protect [can benefit from the solution],” Bozorgmir says.

“It’s not just IT equipment either, there is a need to monitor things physically. For example, a department store where the owner wants to know what their employees are doing can see this through the remote camera. It could be hospitals because these sensors also include guests, so it could be monitoring chemical hazard areas where humans are not supposed to go,” adds Hasan Qutbi, senior engineer, NetBotz, Middle East & Africa.||**||

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