Cape Town Film Studios awards ICT contract


Electrical Engineering Solutions (EES) has been awarded the contract to project manage the information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure for Cape Town Film Studios (CTFS), a 200ha development outside Somerset West.

Integral to the contract is the design and implementation of the infrastructure.

“This intelligent infrastructure is reliant on a properly designed structured cabling system’ says Bradley Hemphill, Managing Director of EES. “Cape Town Film Studio’s services and those of their tenants will all operate via the intelligent electronic transmission backbone.’

The R430-million CTFS project will be fully operational by the end of 2010. Once all phases have been completed, CTFS will be Cape Town’s first, fully fledged film studio and sound stage complex.

A state-of-the-art production facility needs to be supported by world class infrastructure, says Nico Dekker, CEO of CTFS. EES plans include the following:
– ICT data centres eg. storage and mail;
– ICT endpoints eg. desktops, telephony and video conferencing;
– audio visual eg. projectors and screens;
– security eg. CCTV and access control; and
– finance eg. billing.

The implementation of this intelligent infrastructure forms part of CTFS’s ICT business plan. “This is a massive advantage, as it is vital that IT infrastructure be including in the early stages of design and development to ensure the IT and BAS support both current and future information needs,’ says Hemphill.

It is more cost-effective for the appropriate infrastructure, cable containment and spatial planning to be included in the architecture and constructed from the start, according to Hemphill.

“The planning upfront and focus on teamwork will help to ensure that on completion CTFS will achieve the goal to be a complete, state-of-the-art, “one-stop-shop’ production facility encouraging and boosting local film production as well as much interest from the international industry.’


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