SPIE helps Lefebvre Dalloz set up new network infrastructure

Published on 30 January 2024

Malakoff, 30 January 2024 – SPIE ICS, the French digital services company (DSC) and subsidiary of SPIE, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, has helped to supply and install a network infrastructure (LAN, WLAN, security and captive portal) for French legal and tax knowledge leader Lefebvre Dalloz at its new headquarters in the Parisian district of La Défense (Lefebvre Dalloz Tower) by implementing a comprehensive, secure and agile solution. SPIE ICS has also been awarded the contract to maintain the infrastructure in operational condition for five years, until late 2028.

An ambitious conversion project on behalf of Lefebvre Dalloz

As part of its project to bring together its employees, as well as all of its publishing, training and software & services activities within a single site, Lefebvre Dalloz called on SPIE ICS, a subsidiary of SPIE France.

The relocation poses a number of challenges for Lefebvre Dalloz. First, a new and more efficient network infrastructure is required which meets all needs and promotes collaboration and the sharing of expertise within the teams. Second, the professional training that Lefebvre Dalloz provides on its Campus means both internal and external users need to be able to exist on the same infrastructure. Security is therefore a challenge because both networks must have no vulnerabilities while remaining effective. The network infrastructure must also make it possible for new applications to be developed for on-site and remote learners (dual learning[1] or immersion rooms).

Proven expertise and methodology for solutions put forward

SPIE ICS has devised a range of technical, comprehensive, secure, intuitive and agile services designed to meet these multiple challenges and stand the test of time. The DSC has offered a Cisco DNA Center LAN and WLAN solution in addition to a Fortinet firewall and a Ucopia captive portal with high availability.

The methodology proposed for deployment and support plus the existing collaboration between SPIE ICS and Lefebvre Dalloz teams were decisive in the selection decision. The fact that SPIE ICS teams have proven expertise in Cisco DNA Center solutions also helped them stand out from the competition.

It was imperative that employees could move into the site in December 2022. Despite this restrictive schedule, SPIE ICS managed to overcome electronic component shortages and meet deadlines for every phase of the project: studies, deployment of the solutions, delivery of the work, and the move-in itself. The teams of SPIE ICS are currently working side by side with those of Lefebvre Dalloz to maintain the facility in operational condition.

"For this contract, our capacity to support the harmonisation of the security policy and our multi-field expertise made the difference. We are delighted to be entering into a long-term partnership with this 5-year operational maintenance contract," says Boubou-Dior Dieng, Business Engineer at SPIE ICS.

[1] Dual learning is a form of training in which on-site learners are brought together with remote learners.