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Downer’s Solar CCTV Solution Guarantees Community Safety at Australia Day Skyworks 2016

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You might wonder what solar powered CCTV has to do with firework safety, but our very own solar powered CCTV unit called the MU3000 does just that!

Engineered and manufactured by NGT Downer’s Security and Network team, the MU3000 was deployed at Australia’s biggest fireworks show for Australia Day in Perth, WA last week. The unit was set up at Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth where cameras monitored the area for three days leading up to the fireworks display without the need to run generators, power cables or permanent infrastructure. The fully self-sufficient MU3000 uses solar panels to power cameras, storage, and communications, while the battery back-up allows the MU3000 to run 24-hours…and it can continue to run for a further seven days if there’s no sun.

The City of South Perth was able to log into the CCTV system via laptops, tablets and mobile phones to view and control cameras. High definition PTZ cameras were mounted onto the top of the hydraulically operated rotatable mast which offered a 360° view. Image stabilisation on the cameras meant that any vibration from wind on the solar panels was suppressed for high-quality images day and night. With the MU3000 designed to be used in publically accessible areas, the solar panels were mounted out of reach approximately halfway up the mast and clear of lower obstructions to the sun such as vehicles and mid-sized trees.

Dene Lawrence from the City of South Perth said, “The CCTV trailer was very easy to set up and use, and was deployed in a matter of minutes by only one person. Remote login via 4G meant that live images were readily accessible 24-hours a day from anywhere with phone coverage. We plan to utilise more of these units in the future for our outdoor public events.”

The MU3000 can be mounted on a range of fit for purpose trailers which are designed to meet customer’s specific needs and the panels are positioned to allow for easy cleaning. MU3000’s have been installed in a wide range of locations including remote mine sites to deliver CCTV and network communications.

Congratulations to the Security and Network Services team on a great result for Australia Day fireworks in WA and their innovative work with the MU3000.

For more information contact Grant Phillips, National Delivery  Manager in the Canning Vale office on +61 8 9318 9294 or 0408 923 809 or email grant.phillips@ngtdowner.com

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