Welcome to the latest Sunstone Systems newsletter keeping you updated on our recent events, exciting new projects and new product launches in the coming weeks. In this issue we’ll be covering:
Our roadside surveillance project with Balfour Beatty
Sunstone’s latest cutting-edge projects with McLaren Construction
How Sunstone are staying safe during the Covid-19 pandemic
Sunstone SICS Units on the A2 in Kent with Balfour Beatty
If you have driven along the A2 in Kent recently you may have noticed a number of our Solar IP CCTV Systems (SICS) along the carriageway supporting the Balfour Beatty team. The units are providing real-time surveillance of the roadworks along a section of the A2 powered entirely by solar with images relayed over the 4G network.
This project required no cables, no groundworks and was deployed by the Balfour Beatty team within a few hours. A senior member of the team at Balfour Beatty had read about our solar-powered surveillance units in an industry magazine article and has been working with us since the end of last year to identify a suitable site for their first deployment.
These SICS units have already undergone a successful trial for Highways England (HE) in the Midlands and have been recommended by HE to be adopted as a ‘Business as Usual’ product across their project’s nation-wide. The team operating this site have been extremely impressed with our units, from the image quality of the Nautilus 360 PTZ camera to the ease of deployment and re-deployment as required. The units are positioned and commissioned by the Balfour Beatty team which means they can be integrated with existing works without the need to plan additional road closures or chaperones for our team to attend site.
Watch this space for the next update on the stopped vehicle detection software that we will be trialling with Balfour Beatty next month.
Clean Energy Construction Site Security for McLaren
We are delighted to be working in partnership with McLaren Construction to develop and deploy a number of clean energy solutions for their construction sites.
Our first project was to secure the perimeter of a large site in Central London with multiple points of entry. We have installed 17 cameras along the hoarding of the site all routed back to a single solar generator. We have also recently deployed two solar-powered SICS units providing coverage of the car park and compound with all images fed back to a monitoring and guarding company who investigate any trigger alerts via the cameras and deploy guards in the vicinity if required.
Our next project with McLaren, which is currently going through our R&D process, is a solar-powered tool charging station, more information to follow in our next update!
Since the UK Government announced the lockdown measures to be put in place from Tuesday 24th March, we have been adapting to an ever-evolving situation. Our first and most important consideration from the start was to ensure we keep everyone safe - our team, our clients and our suppliers.
We fully supported the requests made by the UK Government to take the necessary action to slow the spread of the virus. We were fortunate in that we are already a very mobile team, so the move to more home working was quite an easy one for us to take and more importantly remain connected to each other.
The outcome is that despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic and lockdown we have managed to remain operational and have delivered some great projects to our even greater clients.
We would like to thank our clients for their appreciation of the situation and support in allowing us to remain safe in our delivery of their projects, our suppliers for keeping us stocked and able to supply and of course our Sunstone team who have been flexible, have adapted and have delivered as only they can! Thank you.