Case Study: UCS Deployment & Secure Network for a Pharmaceutical | FMCG Producer

Updated: Sep 15

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Cisco's UCS (Unified Computing System) help manufacturing businesses to achieve the consistency, availability and performance they need, through a modern, end-to-end IT infrastructure that connects industrial control systems (ICS) and is self-monitoring, self-analyzing, and self-optimizing.


Implementing secure by design architectures and infrastructure through managed it solutions is critical to improve resiliency, and to ensure high-availability for these systems.


For this case, the customer required the integration of hardware and software with existing factory lines and process systems to avoid downtime. Additionally, a new network was needed to comply with government standards for healthcare & pharmaceutical production. It was a priority to ensure that the new network is secure and connect to SD-WAN, allowing multiple services to run in tandem and being segregated for security.



FMCG & Pharma Industrial Production.

Digital transformation and network security systems play a major role in meeting these requirements. Production is enhanced through the integration of hardware and software with existing factory lines and process systems, allowing greater compliance and redundancy.


To enhance communication, protect plant assets and guarantee production integrity, the client sought to work with Polestar’s managed it solutions and its suite of industrial security technologies, along with the following partners:


  • Polestar: Project Management & Consultancy. Industrial Networking Systems secure implementation between factory floor and ERP. Selection of compatible hardware with the software app.​

  • Cisco: Hardware vendor contributing to initial design work and consultancy.​

  • Routeco: Provision of hardware and logistics.​

  • Antares: Software App applied to infrastructure, which was installed by Polestar.


As shown in the ICS Cyber Security & Network Security System diagram below, the Operational Technologies (OT’s) that we implemented included:


FMCG & Pharma Industry. IT Networks Diagram.

Over the project we provided an industrial network security system, which is secure by design and redundant for serialisation compliance, meeting the latest security requirements, complying with industry and ICS Cyber Security standards, and granting continuous access to production at all levels.


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