Well, another year, and another Business Continuity Awareness Week, and it certainly seems to have slip out with less of a bang than it started! This year’s theme has been Cyber Resilience and, given the world-wide problems with WannaCry, it has certainly been a topical theme!
Today’s story looks more towards business continuity in a more traditional setting, and considers the implications that need to be considered for large-scale changes to an organisation. It has been announced today that London City airport is to alter the way that it does air traffic control, and will be the first UK airport to use remote digital systems. This presents incredibly huge challenges for continuity and resilience, not least due to the potential impact if something does go wrong over the city. The reports suggest that there will be 14 high-definition cameras and two cameras which are able to pan, tilt and zoom, each providing a live feed via fibre cables to a the operations room in Hampshire.
The reports explain that there will be three different cables each with different routing; I am presuming consideration has been made for what happens for the last 100m or so of the cabling; I have seen organisations where cabling has been done through different routes and providers, but still enters the building at the same point! It would also be interesting to know what has been put in place from a business continuity perspective; there are many examples where back-ups to back-ups have failed, such as generators. From a financial perspective, limitations are required when planning resilience, but all technologies have limitations and may ultimately rely on people; it remains to be seen whether NATS will be able to maintain the skills with a move to digital reliance. Equally, will adequate plans and procedures have been put in place to ensure a smooth transition to the new arrangements?
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Written by Helen Molyneux