AEP boosts remote rail projects

Hemel Hempstead based AEP Networks has supplied rail services company First Engineering with its secure remote access technology Netilla Security Platform (NSP) to support its project management.

The AEP NSP gives First Engineering’s project engineers and project managers stationed around the country secure remote access to critical design and planning systems and site and safety documentation on the organisation’s Glasgow corporate network.

The NSP device, which manages all aspects of remote access, is installed on First Engineering’s LAN which covers 40 sites. It works with Windows Terminal Server to provide ‘thin’ Web-based access to corporate systems, including the organisation’s Primavera P3 project management software, AutoCad design system and IFS Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. The system was installed and rolled out with the help of systems integrator Enforce Technology.

NSP integrates with First Engineering’s Windows Active Directory and uses the VASCO two-factor authentication system for effective security. The VASCO key fobs, which are given to all authorised remote workers, generate a security code which has to be entered to enable the workers to log on to the system.

The NSP is a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution which relies on the standard SSL web protocol designed for server authentication, data encryption and message integrity over internet links. It is specifically targeted at providing easy access to Windows Terminal Server applications via the Internet through an embedded thin client technology.