Exigent deploys major LAN upgrade at GlaxoSmithKline

20 Jan 2011

ICT solutions firm Exigent Networks has completed a significant upgrade of the LAN infrastructure for GlaxoSmithKline using the latest Cisco Technology at its Irish facility in Dungarvan, in Waterford.

Established in 2007 by entrepreneurs Cillian McCarthy, Paul Casey and Rob Norton, Exigent Networks secured the deal to completely revamp the entire local area network because of the company’s excellent existing working relationship with GlaxoSmithKline.

That chemical connection

GlaxoSmithKline is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and has a significant presence in Dungarvan, where it produces market-leading oral care and over-the-counter medicines.

“Our facilities have a reputation for excellence, delivering quality products to our consumers and we demand the same high standards from our suppliers,” said Brian Fahy, IT manager, GlaxoSmithKline.

“Exigent Networks won and delivered a number of projects for us using the very latest technology and were a natural choice when it came to carrying out this upgrade, which they delivered on time and on budget.”

Exigent Networks, which offers its clients a flexible portfolio of fully integrated connectivity products and services, including network and security infrastructure, IP telephony, microwave wireless, network and systems management and related services, has been growing rapidly and now employs 15 people, turning over €2m. 

“Because we are multi-deployment experts, we are able to deliver complete, enterprise-scale initiatives on budget and on time,” said Cillian McCarthy, sales director of Exigent Networks.

“Part of the brief on this project was to keep down time to a minimum, so we delivered the project during the plant shut-down period to suit the needs of the business. The newly installed infrastructure will provide multiple 10-gigabit resilient connections across the local area network, giving GSK a platform for implementing additional IP services, such as IP Telephony, wireless mobility and wireless logistics,” he said.

Exigent Networks is providing network integration services to a range of clients in Ireland and tendered successfully for the ongoing maintenance of Cork County Council’s wireless WAN, providing cover for the entire licensed and unlicensed radio network infrastructure consisting of more than 140 radio links.

Other recently completed contracts include projects for Waterford City Council, Fingal County Council and the recently opened new Cork hospital.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years