LAPTOP STORAGE: THE BEGINNING
Creating a laptop storage solution for today’s high-tech environments.View PDF Version
One of the world’s largest utility companies – Southern California Gas Company – contacted a Dasco distributor looking for a new kind of laptop storage. They needed a simple way to store, update and deploy laptops that didn’t cut into employees’ productivity time. We worked closely to understand their requirements and built a solution just for them. Our design exceeded expectations and is now the standard offering for our laptop storage line.
Southern California Gas Company needed a solution that allowed them to securely store laptops at night while being connected to a docking station and server. The reason for this is that Service Personnel were spending 15-20 minutes at the beginning of each day waiting for IT to load their laptops with the day’s service requests. SoCalGas® wanted to shorten or eliminate this downtime.
The quantity of laptops they needed to store was very large – 1,920 to be exact. They also needed to store their IT equipment that allowed them to do the service call updates.
THE DASCO SOLUTION
We worked very closely with SoCalGas® to develop a solution that fit their exact needs. The result is now our standard laptop storage product offering.
We designed a steel cabinet with a steel bi-parting tambour door to create a secure barrier to the laptops being stored inside. The cabinet was large enough to house 16 laptops and a switch. Each drawer was designed to be large enough to store 2 laptops, a docking station and power outlets.
Each drawer needed to be pre-cabled with CAT5 or CAT6 cables so that the laptops could be connected to the switch located at the top of the cabinet. To ensure the cables wouldn’t crimp or wear and tear overtime, we developed cable management arms and a cable management raceway. Cable management is crucial in a cabinet like this. All cables needed to be protected and kept tidy to make maintenance quick and easy.
We also added cable management holes in the cabinets. These holes allowed cables to enter and exit the cabinet.
Finally, SoCalGas® desired that the cabinet power supply be 20 Amp. So, we upgraded our 9-outlet power bar from 15 Amp to 20 Amp.
This solution allowed the Service Personnel to turn in and lock up their laptops at the end of the day. IT would then push updates to the computers using the networked cabinets. In the morning, the laptops would be fully charged and loaded with the day’s service calls – effectively eliminating their downtime.