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“Australia’s Digital Fortress” the $220 Million Polaris Data Center, Australia’s first purpose built disaster, terrorist and earthquake proof ICT Facility, will open – and close – at 10.30 am on Tuesday February 3.
  • 01 February, 2009 21:58

<p>PRESS RELEASE: Media contacts available MONDAY FEBRUARY 2: : Springfield’s ICT Master Planners, The Strategic Directions Group - Director Mike Andrea (0410 551 080). PR Terry Quinn 0439 710 418. Office 1300 786 566 Dave Robinson Executive General Manager 0412 482 161 Office: 1300 786 566 OR Chris Schroor, Springfield Land Corporation 0438 642 370(
• NOTE: One on one security cleared (but restricted) photo/media tours of The Polaris Center with designer Mike Andrea can be arranged later this month.
• Contact Terry Quinn 0439 710 418 to organise.ATTACHED PHOTO SHOWS Mike Andrea with the Polaris Center and massive 22 tonne diesal power generator being installed late last year.</p>
• The disaster, terrorist and earthquake proof center will host mission-critical ICT systems for Government departments and corporate enterprises such as Suncorp, NEC Citec, ICC and EDS.</p>
<p>Dubbed “Australia’s Digital Fortress” the $220 Million Polaris Data Center, Australia’s first purpose built disaster, terrorist and earthquake proof ICT Facility, will open – and close – at 10.30 am on Tuesday February 3.</p>
<p>The world-class Tier 3+ data storage facility is located in the Queensland satellite town of Greater Springfield, 25km west from Brisbane and will be “opened for business” by the Hon Robert Schwarten State MP Minister for Public Works, Housing and Information and Communication. It will then be immediately locked down behind an impenetrable wall of bullet proof glass, biometric fingerprint scanners, dark fibre network and state of the art “man traps” which would have done James Bond’s “M” proud.</p>
<p>The Data Centre has been designed as a primary and secondary ICT facility and acts as a disaster recovery site, Internet data centre and carrier interconnect exchange for its high profile tenants. The biggest of the firms using Polaris is Suncorp, while telecommunications giant NEC has already taken up floor space and plans to use Polaris as a reserve site in case earthquakes should strike Japan.</p>
<p>The five storey centre was developed by the Springfield Land Corporation in partnership with Suncorp and constructed by Thiess while ICT Master Planners Strategic Directions were responsible for the technical design.</p>
<p>Strategic Directions Mike Andrea who also designed the Treasury Data Center in Canberra, said today that anyone attempting to enter the Polaris Center after the lock down would need to breach no less than five levels of security before he could penetrate a building already being rated as one of Australia's most secure.</p>
<p>“Such a mission would require him to crack biometric fingerprint testing, a multitude of cameras, bullet proof glass and a series of purpose-built "man traps" - equipped with weight-based floor sensors that trigger locks and alarms in seconds,” Mr. Andrea said today. “It will also be impossible for an intruder to follow a staff member into the building,” he said.</p>
<p>"The system is so sophisticated will actually weigh you and notice that your weight has changed," Mr Andrea said. "It will not release the internal door and will send an alarm back to the security centre."
“The only way to open the doors then would be to swipe a personal access card.”</p>
<p>The "Man traps" are installed on each of the three data floors in the five-storey data centre, which will be home to some of the state's most sensitive business information. Similar “Vehicle Traps” have been installed covering all approaches to the building itself.</p>
<p>Construction on the purpose-built Polaris Data Centre started in June 2007.</p>
<p>On the ground floor the Polaris Center stores 1.5 million litres of recycled water for cooling plants and enough chemically neutral inert gas to use for fires in the three data centre floors upstairs.</p>
<p>Polaris also has two back-up power units in case the 22.5 megawatt on site power plant malfunctions.</p>
<p>The five-storey information hub comprises 14,000 square metres of floor space, with 7,000 square metres of raised floor area or net lettable space over three levels.</p>
<p>The Polaris Data Centre is located at Cnr Mackenroth Lane and David Henry Way SPRINGFIELD CENTRAL Q 4300</p>

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