A fire occurred on at the Rosenheim building, University College London Hospitals Trust (UCLH), destroying the voice/data network to the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Obstetric Hospital (EGA).
“This incident was of a scale you plan for but pray does not happen. Due to the enormous efforts of ComSol, a near normal clinical service was available on the following Monday. Shutting hospitals is the absolute last course of action, the ability of Comsol to restore services prevented the need to stop clinical services.”
James Thomas, ICT Director — University College London Hospitals
Fire was discovered in the tunnels that carry vital network services between hospital buildings. London Fire Brigade were called.
Twenty fire engines arrived at the scene from stations including Euston, Soho, Paddington, Clerkenwell, Islington, Holloway, Whitechapel, Kingsland & Shoreditch.
Around 100 brave firefighters fought against ferocious flames, temperatures up to 600 degrees, thick smoke and zero visibility. All in a confined area underground.
The Trust’s Service Provider, Logica and their Structured Cabling Partner, ComSol were informed. ComSol Director, Steve Foster, was given the brief to restore the data network by Monday.
The ComSol Assessment Team, led by Director & Network Consultant, Matt Wiltshire, arrived on site to assess the damage. Support Staff at the ComSol office were alerted to organise materials & resources for the network recovery operation.
After fighting the fire for over 6 hours, London Fire Brigade managed to get the blaze under control.
When the building was declared safe to enter, examination showed that extensive damage had taken place and a new network needed to be installed.
6 Kilometres of fibre optic cable and numerous patch panels and ancillaries were organised for the job.
The ComSol Disaster Recovery Team arrived on site & liaised with UCLH, Police, Fire Investigators and civil works contractors to start laying external network fibres.
Full access was granted to the tunnels by the Fire Investigators. ComSol installed numerous cables through the tunnels to link each comms room and started the fibre terminations.
All the fibres were installed and terminated except for two buildings that still required access.
The Disaster Recovery Team arrived on site & gained access to the final two buildings. The last fibres were installed & terminated. Testing began on the 288 new fibres.
The first live connection was made..... It worked! A cheer went round the comms room! Lots more testing followed and connections were made throughout the afternoon.
Testing was completed & the network was restored…... The ComSol Team left site.
Points of Interest:
- ComSol were on site within 2 hours
- Almost 6km of cable were used
- 288 Fibres installed
- 576 Connections terminated & tested
- All within 30 hours of full access
Please contact Martin Kirsop (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a confidential, informal discussion regarding your voice/data network requirements.
Tel: 01932 248 852
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