Dover overhauls Lan for expansion

Dover Harbour Board has overhauled its local area network infrastructure to support the port's expansion.

Dover Harbour Board has overhauled its local area network infrastructure to support the port's expansion.

With a new ferry port due to be operational by 2016, Dover Harbour Board consolidated its Lan using six Foundry Big Iron RX Series switches. The network, which provides a 2gbps core, has a redundant and resilient design to support critical applications such as radar and security access control.

As well as being one of the busiest international ferry terminals in the world, Dover also runs major cruise and cargo operations.

Daniel Gillett, ICT manager at Dover Harbour Board, said, "We are planning to build a new ferry port and we want to be happy that the network will cope."

"The decision to use Foundry Big Iron RXs was an important one because of the types of applications we have running on our network, for example, security management - logging all the ships that enter and leave the harbour - as well as a radar control, which safely manages entry and exit of vessels."

The contract with Foundry was worth more than £150,000, said Dover Harbour Board.


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This was last published in November 2006

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