Introducing Onnec, the new global brand name for ExcelRedstone, Kedington and LOAD Services.
Bringing entities and geographies together to meet customers’ expectations and drive growth.
London, UNITED KINGDOM, July 7th 2022 – ExcelRedstone, Kedington and LOAD Services today connect under one brand: ONNEC. By bringing 30 years of heritage, experience, and a team of 800+ industry experts together, the company is now better positioned to help achieve their customers’ ambitions by focusing on delivering excellence in connected environments for businesses, across the world.
“Today is very exciting and momentous milestone for the company, as uniting our entities enables us to connect skills and experiences from across the business” says Barry Horgan, CEO. “This re-enforces our ability to design, deploy and deliver large-scale projects for organisations and truly show the value of everything we do.”
Onnec offers complete business connectivity – from structured cabling, managed services, networking, connected devices, and insights. Onnec’s end-to-end services provide customers with a reliable IT infrastructure with a multi-layered approach, and global delivery from one single trusted partner.
“At Onnec, we passionately believe that connecting as a single, global brand with a strong united message will enable our business to go from strength to strength, now and in the future. With projects across 14 entities and 40 countries, it’s more important than ever that the work we do translates across the globe. Bringing entities and geographies under a single name will allow us to meet our clients’ expectations for an enriched, consistent service.”
Case Study: office structured cabling
Structured Cabling and Master System Integration
Deepmind, a British artificial intelligence company, were moving into their new flagship 11-storey building in Kings Cross, S2. As with all the new office buildings at the King’s Cross redevelopment in London, S2 is being designed with the latest technology to meet the BREEAM standard ‘Outstanding’.
The role of Onnec was to design and install the Structured Cabling for the new construction. Our Structured Cabling Solution comprised of 11 floors, 2 MDF’s, 8 IDF’s, 2 MMR rooms 2 AV rack rooms and an AV server room. We implemented a fully diverse copper and fibre backbone infrastructure between all comms rooms.
The result was the successful delivery, on programme and to a world-class standard meeting global standard for GEN and AV installation. This could not have been completed without the outstanding team behind us, all working together with one goal in mind from, design to site management, and an excellent team of on-site engineers.
We were also tasked to be the MSI contractor, creating an IP open platform to integrate all building systems. The role of the Master System Integrator (MSI) was a critical element for the full harmonisation of the building’s networks, ensuring smart automation of the building was both possible and effective. As MSI experts, we managed the restructuring, testing and secure commissioning of the smart building networks. Our MSI experts coordinates and commissions the smooth operativity of the separate data networks into one unified smart building solution.
The result is a seamless integration of all third-party smart technologies into new and legacy BMS, providing realtime data and visualisation.
Data Centre design and installation across Europe and Asia
We were initially appointed by our customer, a software company, in 2017 to undertake a Data Centre (DC) cabling and cabinets installation within the Equinix colocation DC service centre in Slough, UK. We were directed by the customer throughout the project and were required to work in strict accordance with its DC specification. This initial project duration was approximately two weeks.
The client was very particular about how they wanted their 1st DC installed and wanted to make sure that everything was exactly to its high standard. This was achieved by benchmarking works and discussing how things may be improved.
Leveraging unrivalled expertise and leading-edge technology, the client commissioned us to subsequently deliver a further 12 similar projects throughout Europe, Asia and South America. Today we are the customer’s preferred DC cabling installation supplier globally.
FUTURE-PROOFING THE BUILDING OPERATIONS FOR A GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY CUSTOMER
As one of the world’s most successful companies and a leading advocate for innovation in sustainability, our customer needed to optimise the operational efficiency of their London headquarters building.
The project aimed to enable data-driven decision-making by extracting building systems data for secure upload to their cloud platform. By making the data visible and available to our Fault Detection & Diagnostic dashboard (FDD), their operational teams would benefit from a customizable, rules-based decision engine that is independent of the underlying systems, all whilst still using traditional building systems protocols for the on-site communications between systems for interoperability between them.
The approach was to select devices that, where possible, could meet stricter cyber security requirements and use MQTT direct from the device, such as a lighting controller direct to the cloud platform. For systems where that was not possible, a product was selected to allow translation from the existing protocols to MQTT. All data was validated for structure before being accepted into the cloud platform using a new client-developed toolset.
The FDD dashboard we configured served as a flexible tool to view current status, diagnostic and alarm information, as well as energy use along with location ID’s for individual equipment and systems. This was instrumental in giving insights into the building use, as well as providing information on systems online during commissioning. The outcome? A flexible approach to view whole estates of information as well as an individual building.
Case Study: onnec dq
Solution for a Major Global Investment Client
Our client, a global financial services company, faced pressure across several buildings in its extensive London campus following a restructure. The goal was to optimise space efficiently and progress a campus strategy that met the needs of the new business model. Onnec dQ was used extensively to help plan the process & to evidence space allocation and desk usage.
In order to determine a strategy it was essential to identify where space was allocated and what usage that space had. The overlay of space utilisation onto heatmap floorplans, as well identifying current and planned allocations graphically, made the complex process seamless and organised. The toolset being friendly made flexible scenario plans possible and several iterations were played out until the optimal plan was scripted, agreed and subsequently implemented.
With the remodelled campus, 3 London buildings were exited, and around 10,000 desk moves implemented to achieve the new strategy requirements. With desks costing as much as £15K per year, savings were in the region of £150 million. Usage is continually monitored to ensure growth and contraction are addressed with a “finger on the pulse of the business needs” approach.
Case Study: AXA XL
Access Control, Surveillance and Maintenance
The client, AXA XL, is a subsidiary of global insurance and reinsurance company Axa. They wanted a future-proof, integrated solution enabling employees to securely access their usual workplace and move seamlessly between different locations. The solution had to be scalable to accommodate new offices as the group grew, and enable the addition of new services onto a single card.
We provided a cost-effective approach, integrating Access Control, Surveillance, Intruder Detection and OneCard services onto the IP network and connecting it to the BMS system. We worked with trusted local partners to ensure all implementation were executed in line with our best practice standards.
Case Study: imperial college london
structured cabling for The Molecular Sciences Research Hub
The Molecular Sciences Research Hub is one of Imperial College London’s newest campuses, located in the White City Opportunity Area, and will be the new hub for the Department of Chemistry. A continuation of the College’s commitment to sustainable development, the new facility will achieve a BREEAM Excellent environmental performance rating.
Onnec were brought in for the SCS and Secondary Containment of the new construction, comprising of 275,000 sqft over 10 floors of office space, requiring the installation of 8,500 outlets. One of the main challenges was in response to the shallow ceiling voids that measuring less than 1m deep in places to facilitate the purpose build open plan lab environments. We had to coordinate all the cable runs and install over 2,000m of fibre optical cable and 400,000m of data cable.
Due to lack of storage on site we were required to store all equipment off-site and deliver to site as required as part of the installation programme. Throughout the project, we utilised our off-site pre-termination to reduce both our total number of deliveries to site and by removing unnecessary packaging we were able to significantly reduce the waste. This was a core requirement of the university and ISG who wanted to mitigate the environmental footprint of the building works.
In-Building Cellular Solution for Multinational Investment Bank
Comprising two buildings – a main 40-storey tower and a second 7-storey structure – the 100 Bishopsgate development includes more than 650,000 sq ft of office space plus restaurants and other hospitality and leisure facilities. In addition to the provision of the structured cabling work package, we were then commissioned to deploy our In-Building Cellular (IBC) solution.
From an early stage the site’s developers set out to avail the people using the development with seamless access to the cellular mobile networks available, what with mobile connectivity and the SMART phones that use it having become an essential tool for well-being, and in many cases, the fifth utility.
Onnec were able to offer a commercial model that was both efficient and fare for all parties, both at the point of the initial investment and for the on-going operating costs. The model sees the Landlord provide the system head-end, the backbone and the small number antennas providing coverage for the common spaces. In respect of the Tenants, they are able to purchase a fully integrated extensions and have them installed during their Fit-Out phases, thus providing the same excellent coverage for their space. From the date of its completion, the solution we installed has been providing the people using the building with seamless access to the 4G mobile services of all four UK networks, plus those of the virtual operators, such as BT Mobile.
Official cabling installer for Tottenham FC’s New Stadium
More than a decade in the making, Tottenham FC’s ambition was to provide the most technological advanced stadium in Europe and has been designed with technology incorporated into the fabric of the building to enhance the experience for everyone. As the Official Cabling Infrastructure Installer, we delivered a passive infrastructure network, consisting of both copper and fibre for the operation and connectivity of the Stadium IT (LAN, WAN, Voice services), WAP’s, CCTV, AACS and AV services.
This project was one of the largest structured cabling projects delivered in London in recent years. Some of the main challenges faced with delivering a project of this scale included the number of construction companies involved and the sheer size of the on-site teams. The new stadium is built on the site of the old White Hart Lane, but is approximately half a pitch-length to the north of its replacement. In the early days of the project, this enabled construction to begin while the club continued to play at the venue; but meant that both copper and fibre backbone cable routing was a challenge – with many cables being “coiled” to enable the completion of the Main Equipment Room (which was intentionally located in the North end of the Stadium).
The impressive features of the stadium also created some very specific challenges. Ongoing construction of the roof meant that the Bowl WiFi cabling had to be carefully programmed due to obvious H&S reasons, as did the additional IT services along the south side of the retractable pitch.