Due to new financial regulations regarding online transactions and the transfer of information, Age Concern’s office in Leeds had developed an urgent requirement for a data network which was to include secure Internet access, back-up facilities and anti-virus protection.
At that time there was no network in place at all. The PC environment consisted of:
- Standalone PCs running various versions of Windows.
- Separate printers for each terminal.
- Several broadband connections.
- There was no central back-up in place, with IT Support based off-site.
- Management of each individual terminal was time-consuming and prevented users from carrying out their work whilst the terminal was being accessed.
- No corporate email, No file sharing, No standard desktop or productivity software, and very little in the way of security.
A solution was required to address the legal issues and improve the current situation which was proving a strain on the IT resources.
Express Data’s technical expertise and cabling service, in collaboration with intY – whose product portfolio addresses the needs of businesses, charities and educational organisations looking for a low-cost, easy-to-use and secure method of managing e-mail and Internet services – proved to be the most suitable and cost-effective solution for the project.
Express Data began to build the network, starting with the installation of a new Cat5e UTP Low Smoke Zero Halogen cabling system throughout the premises.
The Age Concern Leeds centre is a church building adjacent to St. John’s Church in the centre of Leeds, and is 185 years old. It did not lend itself easily to the installation of new cabling and had to remain open to the public during the works. The installation, however, was completed successfully and several customer comments were made at the time complimenting the engineers on their neatness and professionalism.