HSBC buys intelligent network for London HQ

HSBC hopes to put an end to manual network connection audits with an £11m investment in intelligent monitoring technology.

HSBC hopes to put an end to manual network connection audits with an £11m investment in intelligent monitoring technology.

Its docklands head office in London will have "the largest intelligent physical network management system in the world" following a contract with Comunica.

It has installed iTracs physical layer management technology in the building, which is due to open in June 2002.

HSBC expects to get a full return on investment within three years of launch.

The system senses the physical connections on network frames and keeps track of them using a database.

This new generation of management tools will mean cable connections will no longer have to be audited manually - saving time and eliminating out-of-date information. Previously, accidentally disconnected cables could remain undetected for long periods.

As it can sense physical connections, iTracs can tell when there is a problem and sound an alert or take security measures, such as activating a camera when device connections are altered by unauthorised people.

HSBC will move 8,500 people to the new headquarters; its network has 200,000 ports.

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