Trans-Bridge Freight Services Ltd is a logistics company providing daily services from the UK and Europe to Northern Ireland and Republic Of Ireland and Offshore Islands such as Isle Of Man, Channel Islands and Isle Of Wight. Established in 1991 they have grown to become one of the UK’s leading established logistics providers to numerous blue-chip companies across a wide range of Industry Sectors, with particular expertise in the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical market. Due to growth and expansion, Trans-Bridge Freight Services has recently relocated from its 1.38 Acre site in Middleton to new and much larger site of 5.5 Acres in Chadderton.
CCS IT Solutions have been supporting Trans-bridge Freight for over 25 years with their IT Support and consultancy, and therefore were appointed to design and implement their new network which included the migration of their existing IT Infrastructure and installation of new hardware.
As TFS explain, “Technology plays a key part of our corporate strategy and bespoke IT Systems” Therefore having the right IT management in place is essential for business success.
With the new site being a blank canvas, we were able to design and implement the whole infrastructure from start to finish.
Works began with the design of the network and plan to create VLAN segregation for each service. The benefit of this meant their IoT devices an VoIP telephones have enhanced network efficiency without the impact to other servers of client workstations. Multiple VLANs were also established via Sophos firewall and multiple switches within their new range.
As this is a large site complete network coverage was essential for the client, both indoor and outdoor and therefore access points were installed across this 5.5-acre site via Sophos’s WIFI floor plan designer with Sophos Central. This enabling us to map out the access points on a scale drawing in advance to ensure a smooth project delivery.
Project Management & Installation
Sophos XGS2100 Firewall
3 x 48 Port and 3 x 24 Port Sophos switches – linked with a 10G backbone
2 x outdoor APX 320X
5 x indoor APX 320
Network configuration (segregated VLANS for specific devices)