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Setting the Standard for Safety in Solar-Powered Surveillance and Telecommunications Platforms.

At Sunstone, our commitment to adhering to the highest safety standards ensures that our solar-powered surveillance and telecommunications systems not only meet but exceed industry expectations. Our core principles drive our focus on safety and reliability, as we engineer our systems for stability, resilience against extreme conditions, and integration of state-of-the-art technologies to enhance performance. From addressing wind loading and overturning forces to meticulous attention to electrical fit out and structural integrity, every facet of our systems is carefully crafted to provide unparalleled safety and assurance to our valued customers.

Wind Loading and Overturning Forces

Safety begins with stability. Our systems are engineered to withstand wind loads of at least 22 meters per second. This capability ensures that our products remain secure and operational even in extreme weather conditions. By conforming to this stringent wind loading and overturning force standards, we provide our customers with the confidence that our systems will perform reliably, regardless of environmental challenges. The importance of system stability cannot be overstated, particularly in high-risk environments such as near live highway carriageways or similar applications. In these scenarios, the stability of surveillance and telecommunications systems is crucial not only for the integrity of the equipment but also for the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and workers.

In areas with high traffic volume, such as live highway carriageways, the potential consequences of equipment failure are significant. A system that cannot withstand high wind loads or is prone to overturning can become a hazardous projectile, posing severe risks to passing vehicles and individuals nearby. Furthermore, unstable systems may result in frequent maintenance and repairs, leading to operational downtime and increased costs. This is particularly problematic in high-traffic areas where minimising disruptions and maintaining continuous monitoring is vital for both safety and efficiency.

Electrical Fit Out and Safety

Electrical safety is paramount in both mains-powered and solar-powered systems. At Sunstone Systems, we prioritise this aspect by strictly adhering to the electrical safety regulations outlined in BS 7671. This standard, known as the British Standard for Electrical Installations, provides a comprehensive framework for ensuring electrical safety in installations. By designing and constructing to BS 7671, we ensure that our systems meet the highest safety and performance standards, mitigating risks associated with electrical hazards.

Sunstone undertakes rigorous processes of testing and analysis, including thorough Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing. EMC testing ensures that our systems can operate effectively in their intended environment without causing or falling victim to electromagnetic interference. This is crucial in maintaining the reliability and integrity of both mains-powered and solar-powered systems, especially in complex and dynamic operational settings.

Electrical Fit out

The selection and erection of suitable cable types and terminations are integral to our commitment to electrical safety. We meticulously choose materials and components that not only meet but exceed industry standards. This attention to detail ensures that our systems deliver optimal performance while minimising the risk of electrical faults or failures. Proper termination and connection practices are essential in preventing issues such as short circuits, electrical fires, and other hazards that could compromise system functionality and safety.

Whether our systems are connected to mains power or rely on solar energy, the principles of BS 7671 guide our engineering and installation practices. For mains-powered systems, this means ensuring that all connections are secure and capable of handling the required electrical load safely. For solar-powered systems, it involves designing and implementing circuits that effectively manage the variable nature of solar power generation while maintaining safety and efficiency.

The importance of following BS 7671 extends beyond compliance. It provides our customers with peace of mind, knowing that their systems are built to the highest safety standards. This assurance is critical in environments where electrical safety is non-negotiable, such as near live highway carriageways, industrial sites, and remote locations where maintenance access may be limited.

Furthermore, Sunstone standards ensure that our systems are future-proof and capable of integrating with new technologies and regulatory requirements as they evolve. This forward-thinking approach means that our customers can invest in our products with confidence, knowing that their systems will remain safe, reliable, and compliant over the long term.

Mast Integrity and Safety

Telescopic tower safety and integrity is as important to consider as the effects of wind loading on the structure itself. Advanced camera systems, which employ analytics require masts with minimal movement and deflection to achieve the end users required results.

Sunstone masts have been designed with multiple integrated locking points, both for safety and rigidity, all of which can be employed by operatives without the need to work from heights. Many other masts rely on a single wire rope, should this be damaged or cut in use, any breakage would result in a highly dangerous situation, Sunstone masts are designed to become rigid structures once deployed, removing reliance on any moving part.

This design also allows for Sunstone masts to form part of an LPS (Lightning Protection System) if required, due to their inherent continuity. Whereas conventional masts cannot when relying on the wire rope alone.

Solar CCTV System mast

Structural Integrity and Deployment Safety

Structural integrity is non-negotiable. Our products are meticulously designed and manufactured to conform to British Safety Standards, ensuring they can withstand the demands of extreme operational environments. From material selection to manufacturing processes, every step is taken to guarantee the durability and robustness of our systems. This adherence to strict safety standards ensures our customers receive products that are both reliable and long-lasting. By designing and manufacturing for extreme environments, we create systems that are robust and safe, capable of maintaining their integrity and performance under the most challenging conditions.

Deploying our systems safely and efficiently is a top priority. We use rated lifting components and deployment equipment that are approved for both off-road and on-road use in the UK. This approval ensures that our products can be safely transported and installed in various locations, from remote sites to urban environments. Our commitment to using certified equipment underscores our dedication to safety at every stage of deployment. The combination of structural integrity and approved deployment equipment ensures that our systems are not only robust and durable but also safe to transport, install, and operate, providing our customers with peace of mind and reliable performance in all conditions.

Solar CCTV System

Innovation and Safety in R&D

Innovation and safety are intrinsically linked, forming the core of our research and development efforts. Our ongoing R&D initiatives are designed to embed safety as an integral part of the DNA of our systems, ensuring that every innovation we bring to market enhances both performance and reliability. We are constantly exploring new technologies and materials to improve our systems, ensuring they remain at the forefront of the industry. This relentless pursuit of innovation is guided by a commitment to safety at every stage of development. From the initial design phase to final production, safety considerations are embedded into our processes, ensuring that our systems are robust, reliable, and ready to withstand the most demanding environments.

Safety by Design

The foundation of our innovation strategy is a safety-by-design approach. This means that every new technology or material we integrate into our systems undergoes rigorous testing and evaluation to meet stringent safety standards. Our engineers and designers work closely with safety experts to identify potential risks and develop solutions that mitigate these risks effectively. For example, our commitment to conforming to British Safety Standards is evident in the structural integrity of our products. By designing and manufacturing our systems to withstand extreme conditions, we ensure they remain stable and operational in the harshest environments. This includes rigorous testing for wind loading and overturning forces, ensuring our systems can endure high winds and other environmental stresses.

Our commitment to safety extends beyond our products and services to every aspect of our operations. We continuously invest in safety training for our own team, ensuring that our engineers, technicians, and support staff are all equipped to uphold the highest safety standards. This safety-centric culture ensures that every interaction with our customers prioritises their safety and well-being.


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