Vanderbilt solution secures Athens’ modern-day Acropolis

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is a complex in the bay of Phaliron in Athens which includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece and the National Opera. The Center was designed by architect Renzo Piano and was built by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The €566 million project was completed end of 2016 and will be donated to the Greek state during 2017.


The client wanted a security system that was reliable, easy-to-use, and could perform a variety of functions.

Solutions provided:

  1. Sipass Integrated was a perfect fit and is used as a security management system since guards and operators can easily perform access control functions along with the embedded intrusion functionality and video IP cameras; used for verification and alarming.
  2. The chosen architecture is IP at the door level meaning that each door is controlled by AC5200, ADE5300 or ADD5100. Mifare Facility Smart Card Encoding (DesFire) cards are used, and the readers are set up to read specific sector blocks, thus increasing the security level.
  3. SiPass Integrated is used to integrate intrusion peripherals like PIRs and panic buttons to create intrusion alarm zones that can be armed from the GUI of the client’s PC. An attempt to cross an armed zone or a pressed panic button gives an alarm to the user. The alarm is also shown in the Sipass Graphics client PC.
  4. The graphics module is used to show all relevant peripherals (also cameras) on the maps so that the user is notified when there is an alarm. All the hardwired inputs are monitored via resistors, and the inputs/outputs are used to drive with full functionality the BKS motorized door locks. The need for controlling elevator banks is fulfilled via AFOs providing the functionality for six elevators on the premise.
  5. Moreover, Sipass is used to transfer alarms via MK8000 OPC to a third party BMS system (TCP/IP level integration).


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