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54 SECURIT Y TECHNOLOGY E XECUTIVE • September/October 2017 • www. CASE STUDY L ocated in the heart of Boston's Long- wood Medical and Academic Area , Dana Farber Cancer Institute is an internationally renowned clinical and research institute that supports more than 320,000 patient visits annually and is involved in some 700 clinical trials to provide state-of-the-art cancer care. It is the only hospital in the U.S. that is ranked in the top four nationally by U.S. News and World Report in both adult and pediatric cancer care. With such heavy emphasis on patient care and research, one can imagine the security infrastructure in place is as industry-renowned as the hospital itself. In fact, Dana Farber's Director of Security and Emer- gency Management, Ralph Nerette, is often tapped to lead speaking engagements and panel discussions on security best practices at prominent events such as ASIS and ISCW. Along with his security team, Nerette is at the cen- ter of all that goes on within Dana Farber's sprawling facilities, ensuring continuous security operations that will not disrupt patient care or the critical research for which Dana Farber is celebrated. To Nerette, reliability and flawless interoperability are the most important factors in the solution equation. These reasons led his team to build the security infrastructure at Dana Farber around the security man- agement platform from Software House. The Institute chose C·CURE 9000 more than a decade ago because of the system's versatility that allows them to add features as needed and integrate with a vast num- ber of other systems in use at the facility. "It truly is the foundation of our security environ- ment. I've been here 16 years and we have developed a strong partnership with the Software House team to ensure that the system continues to meet our needs as the solution evolves," said Nerette. The Importance of Integrated Solutions for Life Safety Dana Farber's research operation is massive. There are hundreds of researchers working hard to find cures for myriad diseases. Some of the environments that researchers work in require very strict "clean room" rules which are enforced by a biometric security solu- tion from StoneLock as part of a dual authentication process. StoneLock is a global leader in designing and manufacturing secure biometric access control solutions. The Kansas City area company builds and designs the secure, reliable and user-friendly access control products for both government and commercial customers, including over 35 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. The system is designed to protect the invaluable equipment within the labs but, more importantly, ensure that only trained personnel can access the facility to eliminate risk of contamination. Each day, clinicians simply present their badge and face the biometric device which quickly identifies them - StoneLock scans thousands of points on each person's face in less than a second. They are then either granted or denied access based on their privileges and other criteria including whether the occupancy limits have been exceeded in the clean room, or if the clinician has passed through the necessary check- points for admittance. "We previously had an iris-based biometric solution, but it would not scale in the way that was needed to support this facility," said Nerette. Farber Cancer Institute First in Research and Security Scalability and integrated solutions provide the right medicine for enterprise system Dana Farber Cancer Institute is an internationally renowned clinical and research institute that supports more than 320,000 patient visits annually.

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