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Communications Room Essential Maintenance


Sharp are a long standing customer of Affinity.  Our work has mainly been for copper and fibre network cabling for office adds moves and changes. However more recently we have provided on site maintenance to include UPS Maintenance and Data Room cleaning.


Sharp have mulitple communication rooms spread over a number of floors in their Stockley Park Head Office.  All individual Communcations Cabinets are supported by rack mounted APC UPS’s. They are specified to provide a target autonomy of 20mins in the event of a power outage.  In order to acheive this good UPS battery Health is vital.

Affinity are contracted to provide UPS Maintenance support, which includes one preventative maintenance visit a year.  The operation and health of all the batteries in each UPS is fully tested as part of this work and reported back to Sharp.  Recommendations for replacement for individual battery cassettes if necessary help Sharp maintain the integrity of its communication systems.


The first floor communications room at the Stockley Park Head office is the hub of the network.  Ensuring a clean environment helps maintain the reliability of equipment ,reducing the dust levels, within sensative communications equipment.

Affinity recently undertook a clean of the first floor comms room.  It required carefull pre planning with other maintenance staff.  The fire alarm and supression systems needed to be turned off prior to the clean taking place.

The cleaning on the day involved a cleaning team using a combination of manual surface cleaning, and machine cleaning.  Wheeled in air scrubbers, and telescopic cameras were used to assess what areas were difficult to access in the raised floor, prior to special angled vacuum cleaners being used.  The Clean took a day and resulted in Sharp obtaining an ISO 14644-1 2015 Class 7 Certificate .  Communciation Room cleans are now planned on an annual basis.


Affinity are an Independently owned, technology company founded in 2001 by entrepreneurial director’s. Affinity provides all aspects of network infrastructure for clients throughout the UK. Our team of expert people provide the consultancy, design and support services our clients need to make technology work in their business. For more information visit


Since our founding in 1912, Sharp Corporation has continuously innovated across many product categories with original products, from the “Ever-Sharp” mechanical pencils where the company name was derived, to the commercialisation of the first Japanese-made radios and televisions, the world’s first LCD electronic calculators, the mass production of solar cells and the development and introduction of AQUOS LCD TV.

Our business now provides a host of market-leading B2B products including our award winning document solutions offering a full suite of multi-function printers and solutions; state-of the-art Visual Solutions incorporating digital signage and interactive whiteboards; and ECR/EPoS systems for numerous vertical markets and applications.

By following our business creed of “Sincerity and Creativity” and being an innovator of products and services, Sharp strives to become a one-of-a-kind company that creates 21st century lifestyles, taking our customers and partners beyond individual products and their capabilities. We will inspire new ideas from technology and are therefore dedicated to employing a team that matches our ambition and excellence.

Sharp is dedicated to improving people’s lives through the use of advanced technology and a commitment to innovation, quality, value, and design. We invite you to find out more about us, the value we place upon our on-going commitment to strong business ethics, and the numerous awards won by our innovative products.

Siklu Microwave Link Opens New Building on time

Seqirus Headache solved by Siklu Microwave Link

The multinational pharmaceutical company contacted Affinity to help meet the timescales to open a prestigious new office in Maidenhead.   The promised install date for the BT connecting ethernet leased line had slipped, giving the project delivery team a big headache.

Seqirus were commited to the original opening timescales. After contacting us we commissioned a detailed site survey within two days. With the willing help of both the Seqirus lead IT Infrastructure engineer and the Facilities Manager the survey was completed.  The proposed link was to bridge a short distance, from the existing Point Builidng to the new building.   An equipment mounting point on protective railings on both roof top plant rooms was suggested and approved.

Some height difference between the two buildings meant further elevation with a short pole to clear the parapet wall and to provide LoS to the new building.    Cable routes were confirmed picking up some roof top tray work that already existed, The building riser cupboard then carried the connecting ethernet copper cable to the Seqirus Communications Room cabinet on the fourth floor.  Cable routes and the location of equipment were sensative and needed planning as The Point is a multi tennanted building.

Pre staging assured a smooth delivery

Once fully surveyed, a Siklu EH1200Fx was selected to provide 1Gbps Full Duplex bandwidth between the two sites. Equipment was ordered and Seqirus then completed our pre staging paperwork.  The Silku  equipment was stage tested and pre configured prior to arrival at site.

As the timescales were short, a very busy period then followed of looking to obtain landlord permission to mount the equipment on both buildings.  Affinity provided a detailed installation plan and report, for Seqirus to submit to the landlord.  The approval then followed on the understanding that landlord appointed engineers were to oversee the installation.

Added network Resilience

The installtion was completed over a two day period, and a fully functional ultra low latency Siklu 1Gbps link allowed the customer to move some 200 staff into the new building on time. Although the ethernet fibre service has now been installed the Siklu link will add resilience.  It will also provide lower latency tham the fibre to the whole network.

About Affinity

Affinity are an Independently owned, technology company founded in 2001 by entrepreneurial director’s. Affinity provides microwave link and wired network infrastructure for clients throughout the UK. Our team of expert people provide the consultancy, design and support services our clients need to make technology work in their business. For more information visit

About Seqirus

In July 2015, bioCSL and the influenza vaccines of Novartis joined forces to create Seqirus, now the second largest influenza vaccine company in the world.

With extensive research and production expertise and manufacturing plants in the US, UK, Germany and Australia, Seqirus is a transcontinental partner in pandemic preparedness and a major contributor to the prevention and control of influenza globally.

Now it’s joined by Seqirus Liverpool in the UK, a Centre of Excellence for egg-based influenza vaccine manufacturing. It is one of the biggest biotechnology sites in Europe and the only injectable influenza vaccine manufacturer in the UK. It also produces the only licensed adjuvanted seasonal influenza vaccine.

The combined influenza vaccine business of Novartis and bioCSL give Seqirus a workforce of over 2,000 employees, significant manufacturing capacity, a commercial presence in twenty countries and product and geographic diversity.

With cutting-edge facilities, technologies and technical expertise, Seqirus will be a reliable supplier of seasonal influenza vaccine with the ability to rapidly respond to pandemic threats.

In Australia Seqirus also continues a long legacy of manufacture of Products of National Significance and markets and distributes a range of vaccines and specialty pharmaceuticals in both Australia and New Zealand.

Seqirus has established a corporate office in Maidenhead, United Kingdom.