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CMD Provides Power for Société Générale’s Critical Trading Floors 

CMD Provides Power for Société Générale’s Critical Trading Floors 
23 November 2020

CMD Ltd, the UK manufacturer of power and tech for commercial environments, has supplied the underfloor electrical distribution and under-desk power requirements for Société Générale’s Canary Wharf offices.

This including UPS connections for the French bank’s business-critical trading floors.

Delivered by mechanical and electrical engineers and contractors, PIP, the project involved Cat A and Cat B fit-out of a section of the 26-storey tower’s ground floor, along with trading floors on levels 1-3 and office accommodation on levels 4-7.

CMD worked with PIP to develop a bespoke solution for the trading floors, ensuring the UPS networks and connections can be clearly identified and enabling fast and easy switching between UPS supplies.


Socket Casing to Match Société Générale’s Corporate Colour Palette 


Dual UPS-backed electrical networks have been installed to serve the trading desk PCs and monitors on the three trading floors. CMD supplied Auxillary Betatrak® powertrack with black tap-offs for the UPS networks, along with floor boxes and grommets to enable to supply to be fed up to each desk location from the floor void. Each desk has six Rotasoc® under-desk power module systems, which were custom-manufactured for the project with a red casing and red sockets, rather than the standard UPS red sockets in a black casing, to ensure clear identification and match Société Générale’s corporate colour palette. 

CMD also custom-designed and manufactured changeover switches for the trading desks, which were installed below the desks for manual switching between the UPS networks to ensure resilience for trading activities.

For the office and break-out areas on the trading floors and for the other levels included in the project, PIP installed CMD’s standard Betatrak powertrack system along with floor boxes, grommets, cleaning hives and Rotasoc under-desk power module systems. The Rotasoc units supplied for these areas have standard grey sockets with a 3600 rotation within a black casing, ensuring that the mains power supply is clearly differentiated from the UPS networks.

In total, more than 3400m of CMD’s Betatrak powertrack was installed at Société Générale’s UK headquarters, including 2000m of auxiliary distribution for the UPS trading floor networks, along with 900 changeover switches and 2500 bespoke fully-red Rotasoc power module systems for the trading desks.

Wayne Dexter from PIP commented: “CMD worked with us to ensure that the right products were supplied to site on time, aligned to our installation programme, and designed solutions that meet Société Générale’s specific requirements for uninterrupted trading. 

“The Betatrak system provides plug and play installation along with ease of recognition of the standard and auxiliary networks thanks to colour-coding. This will not only ensure ease of maintenance for the installation but also offers versatility for any future reconfiguration needs while providing the quality and reliability that CMD is known for.”

Picture: a photograph of Société Générale’s Canary Wharf HQ

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 23 November 2020


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