Vodafone Campus, Düsseldorf, Germany

Integrated safety and security solution


Vodafone is a British multinational telecommunications company headquartered in London. It is the world's second largest mobile telecommunications company, owning and operating networks in 21 countries and having partner with networks in over 50 more.


When designing its new administrative campus in Düsseldorf, Vodafone needed an comprehensive, integrated corporate security solution designed for the long term and combining seven individual locations into a single campus. In its quest to find the right partner, the company realized that end-to-end security processes require a very high degree of integration - from the sensors on the field level to the management system.


Siemens implemented a security and fire safety solution with integrated access control, video surveillance and danger alarm systems connected to the centralized security control center where all systems can be controlled and monitored at the same time. Vodafone decided to deploy and operate an access control and lock system that uses a single end-point with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, making transponders and keys things of the past. With this technology, access authorizations are stored on a mobile phone equipped with an NFC SIM card. In preparation, Siemens had already added NFC functions inside the card readers and lock cylinders throughout the campus. Switching from cards or company IDs to NFC-enabled mobile phone end-points requires no replacement of the technology. Equipping more than 1,000 doors with 175 different design specifications with the necessary security peripherals such as card readers, intercoms, video cameras and escape door terminals was a special planning and engineering challenge.

When designing the video surveillance systems, the company adapted and added innovative new approaches to further improve upon what had already been very high security standards. This includes exterior surveillance through virtual patrols as well as surveillance of entrances to the building and to sensitive areas. As soon as movement is recorded or an unauthorized person enters a secure area, the camera saves the associated alarm images and sends them to the security center. Along with the security equipment, the security control center on the Vodafone campus is among the most advanced systems of its type anywhere in Europe.

The design of the danger alarm systems is based on the campus being divided into four independently functioning buildings. Selecting four complex, multifunctional panels allows the equipment to be operated as an autonomous danger alarm system for each building or as a networked overall system across all buildings via the failsafe bidirectional network. As a result, the entire system maintains its full functionality even in the event of a line failure.


This real-time system at the Vodafone Campus makes this site safe and secure, allowing more intuitive operation for security personnel as the number of monitors in the control center is reduced and it interconnects all workstation computers in the control room. The company benefits from the fact that access data is transmitted using secure protocols over data lines or wirelessly and is managed by Vodafone employees from operator workstations. This approach is both easy and secure.


  • Access Control

  • Video surveillance

  • Command and control

  • Danger management system