For internet based banking operations like ING Direct a single power failure can cost thousands of pounds and dramatically reduce call centre and on line service response levels. Power quality must be assured at all times and the computing and telecoms systems must be able to work through the worst possible mains failure scenarios.
ING Direct falls into the category of organisation that must take a pre-emptive approach to power protection as part of their business continuity plan. Their call centre in Cardiff is typical of the approach to taken by such companies where planning and selection of the right suppliers ensures a first time install and reliable protection system.
For Cardiff, ING Direct adopted the modular computer room approach supplied by Secure IT for their Reading branch. Secure IT is a specialist computer room and IT security specialist who work with Riello Galatrek on a number of design and build projects across the UK. However, unlike Reading where a ground floor facility was installed, the Cardiff building required a fourth floor rather than ground floor installation with the added complexities of housing a generator on the building roof top.
Working with Technical Energy Consultants from Riello Galatrek three Multi Dialog 60kVA UPS were chosen for the installation with a large standby power generator to cater for future expansion. In terms of resilience each UPS has its own 10 minute battery pack to provide protection from short duration mains failure and allow the roof top based 377kVA generator to start. The Multi Dialog UPS are installed in parallel operation to provide N+1 redundancy. Should one of the UPS fail the other two systems can take over powering the installation, without any disruptions to the loads.
In terms of on-site monitoring each UPS was installed with an SNMP adapter to connect it to the ING Direct network using a TCP/IP port address. Across the network the local network managers can monitor a wide range of UPS parameters including load and battery performance for each and the combined power system.
Secure IT completed the fourth floor modular room build within a tight seven week project window, complete with infrastructure elements including the UPS and control systems. The generator was craned into a roof top position after pre-installation loading calculations by Arup Consulting. To protect the generator from the Welsh elements it was installed with a water jacket heater in a weather proof enclosure designed to keep noise levels down to an environmentally acceptable 68dB.
Tony Dowdeswell, Managing Director of Secure IT commented:
We often find ourselves with very tight timescales to work to and customers that require simple effective power protection solutions. Thats why we have worked so successfully with Riello Galatrek and their Technical Energy Consultants. They integrate well into our team and allow us to achieve first time effective installs.
The complete installation is remotely monitored by Riello Galatrek using their TeleGuard system and a Platinum maintenance contract provides a 4 clock hour response on a 24-7 basis. In addition the contract provides one preventative maintenance visit per year by a member of the Riello Galatrek service team. As each Multi Dialog has its own internal maintenance bypass the preventative maintenance can be performed during working hours without risk to the protected loads or maintenance engineer.