Cell Towers & Edge Data Centers

Cell towers and edge data centers are critical structures to keep the communication sector running smoothly, requiring special security measures to protect them from theft, vandalism and disruption.

Cell Tower & Edge Data Center Security

Cell towers are critical to keeping the communications sector of our nation running smoothly. The continuing increase in demand for consumer mobile devices and 5G technologies has created a need for edge computing which moves data processing and services as close to the end user as possible. As a result, telecommunications companies are creating edge data centers on-site with their cell towers to offer the best support for the digital infrastructure needs of the mobile device customer.

These important structures are often located in remote, unmanned locations with limited or no power and connectivity. These factors make cell towers and edge data centers subject to frequent vandalism, theft and cybersecurity attacks.

Twenty20 Solutions offers a variety of security options that are specifically designed for remote locations and do not require power or connectivity to operate. Whether you need a mobile or fixed solution, Twenty20 is your go-to resource for security, remote access and automation systems that will help safeguard your sites against costly losses and incidents while keeping you apprised of all on-site activity.

How to Secure Cell Towers & Edge Data Centers

Cell tower companies operate thousands of towers in their portfolios. Keeping a significant volume of towers secure and fully operational can be an expensive endeavor, especially if trying to do so with human personnel.

The most efficient and effective way to protect cell towers and their accompanying edge data centers is an integrated security system including video surveillance, access control and remote monitoring.

Twenty20 Solutions offers a variety of video surveillance options that give you visibility to all areas of your cell tower simultaneously so you can identify and prevent security breaches before they happen. We have fixed and mobile systems to accommodate both long-term and temporary deployments. In addition, our systems operate on solar, battery or line-power so they can quite simply work anywhere. 

Many cell towers are secured by nothing more than a chain link fence with a padlock. There is no way to know who accesses these sites and for how long since keys can be lost and codes shared. Twenty20 can provide access control solutions that give you complete control over who can access your sites and when. Grant and revoke access in real-time and pull detailed access history reports to better manage personnel and contractors on site. 

Video surveillance using audio and visual deterrents and access control are often enough to scare away a would-be criminal from your tower. However, combining site surveillance and access control with remote monitoring gives you an added level of security. Twenty20’s Manned Monitoring Center (MMC) is staffed with experienced virtual security experts that keep constant watch over your business. With virtual cell tower security monitoring, our MMC staff can notify the proper authorities to dispatch law enforcement within seconds when other on-site deterrents have not worked.

Benefits of Video Surveillance, Access Control & Monitoring at Cell Towers

View Sites Remotely

Twenty20 Solutions provides real-time access and visibility to what is happening on your site via our web-based platform. Available from any location and device, you can see your sites in real time or access events to keep track of activity, even when you are not on site. You can monitor activity online any time.

Deter Crime

Theft and vandalism are commonplace at remote sites like cell towers and edge data centers. With video surveillance solutions from Twenty20, you can detect activity before a crime occurs. With video analytics enhanced with Artificial Intelligence, our systems detect human activity versus that of stray animals or other objects to minimize false alarms, thereby focusing your attention only on real security breaches.

Immediate Event Notification

Our Twenty20 cloud-based platform allows for notifications to be sent via email or text to team members when there is a security breach. You can immediately view the footage online to determine next steps, including notifying additional team members or law enforcement.

Minimize Service Disruptions

Cell towers need to stay operational without any interruption in cell phone services for customers like dropped calls or limited connectivity. Theft of materials and vandalism not only require replacement and repairs, but also result in costly disruption of services to customers leading to frustration and potentially looking elsewhere for service. Video surveillance and IoT sensors used to monitor equipment are effective ways to minimize downtime due to malfunctions and damage to cell towers and their parts.

Video Surveillance

Our video surveillance solutions prevent theft, burglary and vandalism without requiring additional on-site personnel.

Remote Access

Know exactly who comes and goes from your cell tower with systems that provide audit history and control.

Remote Monitoring

The Twenty20 Manned Monitoring Center is staffed with virtual guards that provide real-time monitoring to keep your site safe.

Solutions for Cell Towers & Edge Data Centers

Featured Case Study

Construction companies rarely have extra time to plan before starting a project. Once they win a job, their work typically starts within a few weeks. That was case time and time again for one engineering and construction company. They needed mobile security systems that could be delivered at a moment’s notice, and their previous security provider was not able to provide skid-mounted security solutions quickly enough to meet project timelines.