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Medical & Care Sector Overview

One of the most demanding and critical sectors where decisions can literally mean life or death

IC have been working with care and health providers for over 20 years and understand the key drivers and factors behind any networking deployments. Our teams work closely with this sector on a knowledge exchange basis to provide first class solutions.

Driving forces / major requirements

  • Boundary, Inter-site and Cross network security
  • Ubiquitous network access WiFi with total coverage
  • Mobile device integration
  • Multi-factor security for access
  • Maximum uptime

Case Studies

 

Working with the NHS

The Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Who are the trust

Our vision is to improve health and well-being for people of all ages across the Black Country. In Sandwell and Wolverhampton, we care for and support people of all ages who have mental health needs. We provide a range of specialist health services for people with learning disabilities in Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton. We also provide community healthcare services for children, young people and families in Dudley.

What did they need

They needed maximum security 100% WiFi coverage through each building across the region for staff with full seamless roaming capability and good signal strength everywhere and Internet access.

What did we do

Provided a UTM (Unified Threat Management) based system and controller incorporating WiFi access point controllers and associated connectivity, full training including direct to vendor for the trusts internal technical staff. Consultancy and on-going third line support and initial configuration / design.

Technologies deployed
  • AD Integration with Multi-factor authentication (certificates, fobs etc...) and walled gardens
  • UTM including (Anti-virus, Malware Detection, Intrusion Protection, Web Filtering and site protection)
  • Central management and reporting engines
  • Fibre Ethernet Internet Access
  • WiFi Access points and controllers
  • Secure and authenticated patient Internet Access
  • Total cross network security and scanning (protecting them both externally and internally from threats)
Results and additional benefits

We achieved and surpassed all the initial requirements and the system has now grown over time into far much more. Although not within the original design and remit the UTM security layer we deployed and capabilities surpassed that of the incumbent Checkpoint external firewalls and solutions and as a result the project was expanded to do just that.

The project was delivered on time and within budget but had the long term benefit of allowing removal of the Checkpoint security solution at a significant cost saving to the trust.

How do they feel

"The Trust has worked with Internet Central since 2015, they have planned, designed and successfully delivered  a full Firewall rollout, replacing legacy systems, incorporating wireless connectivity at all major Trust sites concurrently, without detriment to service at our Health sites.
 
More recently Internet Central have assisted us with a firewall refresh program providing technical expertise and implementing best industry practice, their product pricing and professional service is very competitive, we have an excellent working relationship with Internet Central."

Care Villages

Belong Ltd

Who are Belong

Belong is a not-for-profit organisation with over twenty years’ experience in providing outstanding care. Belong offer a radically different alternative to the host of existing care settings. We were one of the early pioneers of the ‘household’ model for people with dementia and our drive for innovation and excellence has earned us recognition and accolades in the industry, but most importantly from our customers.

What did they need

They needed a secure 100% WiFi coverage through each building and between buildings for staff with full seamless roaming capability and good signal strength everywhere and Internet access. They have nurses on call and needing messaging and telephony services available at every point of the village and mobile. They also wanted to provide telephony and Internet services for the residents.

What did we do

Provided a UTM (Unified Threat Management) based system and controller incorporating WiFi access point controllers, Internet connectivity, full training for internal technical staff. Consultancy and on-going third line support and initial configuration / design during the build of the locations.

Technologies deployed
  • AD Integration with Multi-factor authentication (certificates, fobs etc...) and walled gardens
  • UTM including (Anti-virus, Malware Detection, Intrusion Protection, Web Filtering and site protection)
  • Central reporting engines
  • Fibre Ethernet Internet Access, Broadband Services and Microwave Internet
  • Inter-site connections across the MPLS core
  • WiFi Access points and controllers
  • Secure and authenticated resident Internet Access
  • Total cross network security and scanning (protecting them both externally and internally)
  • SIP Trunk services for external telephony to the on site PBXs and nurse systems
Results and additional benefits

Working with the building contractors and the client we ensured that the systems were in place and connectivity provided to the sites during construction and ready for handover and immediate occupation. By working at construction time factors for the external connectivity and cabling requirements were able to be built in and catered for saving time and overall costs or disruptions later.

How do they feel

"We have worked with IC since the late 90's when they were in Nantwich and we took delivery of one of the first wireless Internet connections, we are still working with them today and they provide all of our connectivity.

We use IC as their technical team work along with ours and they provide honest upfront advice. 20+ years on and we are looking forward to many more years with them"

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