Case study: CCAD

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD), is a world-class multispecialty hospital on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The hospital was designed and developed by Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Company and leading US-based hospital, Cleveland Clinic, to address a range of complex and critical care requirements unique to the Abu Dhabi population.

Mubadala is helping to address the region’s most pressing healthcare needs through the creation of specialist healthcare facilities, building regional capability and stimulating the overall development of the sector.


As a new state-of-the-art medical facility no stone was left unturned. The chief IT integrator was tasked with providing the best in class systems. With this task in mind security was of course high on the list of requirements. From a security perspective, and working with the leading players in this field, smart card technology was deemed the best and most appropriate technology to deploy. The flexibility and enhanced security elements of the smart card meant that the staff of CCAD could use the smart card as an employee badge, allowing them to use the smart card to access the hospital facilities and logically access the IT systems deployed at CCAD.


In order to maximize the benefits that smart card technology can bring, systems need to be deployed to manage these smart card devices. After evaluating the leading vendors in management applications for smart card technologies, the chief integrator selected  vSEC:CMS. This product provides the highest possible security standards for managing the smart cards, with particular benefits being around the batch issuance capabilities and the many external interfaces supported by the system. With such a large and complex environment, having the capability to interface to PKI systems, physical access systems, HR systems and SSO environments meant that the vSEC:CMS S-Series was a perfect fit.


All successfully and complex IT system deployments have one thing in common – excellent management controls in place during the roll out. Similar practices were used in this case. The chief integrator decided upon a staged approach which allowed for lessons to be learnt and corrected at the next incremental phase. Working closely with the integrator, a dedicated test lab was setup which allowed for all systems to be tested before going live, leading to a smooth and peaceful deployment. Versasec assisted in every phase of the roll out ensuring maximum success with minimal impact on the day-to-day activities for the hospital staff.


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