The new concourse at King’s Cross Station was officially unveiled last week (14 March 2012) and we are delighted to have been involved in this exciting project.
We were approached by main contractor, Fourway Communications, in August 2011 about protecting the Station Management System at King’s Cross. The Station Management System ensures the efficient running of the station, including different sub-systems such as CCTV cameras, fire systems, building management, PA system, help points and voice recording. With the station being used by 47m passengers every year, these systems are critical and must operate without interruption.
Russell Bennett, IT solutions architect at Fourway Communications, explains: “Fourway was tasked with delivering the Station Management System as part of the refurbishment at King’s Cross. Because of the critical needs of the station, we needed a high availability solution with zero operator intervention in the event of a server failure – and the failover should take place with no loss of system availability. That immediately ruled out most of the solutions on the market. Marathon everRun addressed all our criteria in one hit. We employed 24/7 Uptime to advise on server design and take the lead on the Marathon everRun installation. We have undertaken heavy tests and the software has delivered every time. 24/7 Uptime’s assistance throughout the project has been outstanding and, without doubt, has greatly assisted us in delivering a successful project.”
It was a very proud moment when we saw everyone’s hard work come to fruition – and we look forward to seeing the end result on our next trip to London.
As an added bonus, we celebrated our 3rd year in business during the same week as the King’s Cross launch, so such positive client feedback can only help us continue to grow!