The objective behind the development of the TagSolar CCTV Tower was to design a completely self-contained unit which would combine the elements of both lighting tower and a CCTV security system. It was also vital that this system was space saving, cost-effective and environmentally friendly. It was also crucial that the complete system could be easily trailered to any location and set-up with ease and efficiency, giving the user instant network access to video and alarm detection of unauthorised personnel to restricted locations of their site.
Typically these target markets would be construction and building sites, utility stations or any property or land where unauthorised intrusion is considered undesirable; poses a risk of theft or damage to property or materials, or potentially a health and safety risk to the intruder.
The challenge was to devise a product that combined these objectives with the need to reduce the carbon footprint of the diesel fuelled product already in the sector.
The market for fast, flexible rapidly deployable CCTV solutions is growing and the demand for security solutions which combine innovative wireless technology alongside a reduced carbon footprint undeniably exists. Tag Systems, with their market-leading security solutions expertise and research and development skills sourced from amongst the leading suppliers of solar driven engineering products the best and most effective lighting solution and combined this with their proven CCTV and intruder detection products to create a cost-effective, reliable and ‘green’ product. The result was the development and release of the TagSolar2 CCTV Tower.
The units consist of powered or pumped masts that have a camera system mounted at the top giving good visibility of the surrounding area. The PZT camera heads are able to be directed to a predetermined position using the TagAlarm intruder detection system as a point of location – these being active or passive IR detectors or other detection devices in the extensive TagAlarm range.
At the time of the intruder detection activation the Camera is automatically re-directed to the position of the specific detector, as simultaneously an Alarm message is transmitted to the Tag Systems Control Centre (or user specific ARC), to alert the operator of an intruder and indicate the area in which this has been detected.
The unattended operational lifetime of the Tower units are three to six months, due to the inbuilt recharging design of the units. The availability of Solar and back-up diesel power generation support ensures that the system can be left unattended for long periods, whilst maintaining the capability of intruder detection and associated video recording over this period.
- The solar-powered re-charging version has four banks of 55 Watt lights for 360° illumination all of which are independently switchable.
- Includes the PZT camera unit with the full camera record and control system, incorporating Hietel Mobile (an extremely rugged, vandal resistant) recording system
- The system can be made accessible from any ARC as required
- Utilises the unique TagAlarm system for accurate location positioning and full Tag Systems control and status management
- This includes as standard timetabling functionality for inactive times and full diagnostic monitoring of the system by the ARC.
The product is made up of the following components:
The tower head incorporates the Tag Systems unique TagAlarm Base Station detection receiver and monitoring system which enables;
- Full time table control of the detectors of up to four zones;
- one always on,
- one always off and
- two variable timetabled zones
- Up to 250 Tag detector receiving capability
- Each detector has a unique and unrepeated identification
- Battery status and other vital information monitoring and periodic reporting of all anomalies.
- Backup battery
- Logging of all activations, tampering and other interference.
- Regular communication to the appropriate ARC; Tag Systems provides full remote video and alarm receiving capability
- Unique and encrypted communication protocols for Detectors, preventing unwanted alarm interference.
- National communication by EE data network, using encrypted communication protocols
- Fail safe communications
- Enclosed unit at the top of the tower reducing the interference or vandalism
- Monitoring of the complete Tag System.
- Interface for the driving of camera location positioning associated with each individual Tag Detection device
Currently deployed throughout the UK the following case study from Carter Lauren, Isle of Wight, indicates the objectives and subsequent product has proven to be the fast, effective and reliable solution required by the customer.
Background/History of security issues: Situated in a remote area backed by fields. This site is a new build Premier Inn adjacent to a public house. The area is very dark at night as there is no street lighting in the area.
Incidents: the site experienced a number of losses in the first few months which ranged from bricks and insulation and then went onto timber. This was soon stopped with the introduction of Tag Systems and the tower. The signal in the area was very poor and although Tag Systems are National we do not have engineering resource in the Isle of Wight, having worked with Carter Lauren for a number of years Tag Systems were keen to offer a solution to this problem which manifested in the Solar Tower.
Tag is keen to reduce its own carbon footprint and is continually looking at innovative ways that both we and our clients can benefit.
By installing the tower with a satellite system, we increased the signal levels, reduced the need to an engineering visit to bi-monthly and offered the client a more cost effective solution, low maintenance, no refuelling costs, no noise and no emissions.
The camera was installed at the top area of the site, but as the building grew the visibility of the majority of the site was impaired. The camera has now been moved to the lower area of the site and our operators are able to view all areas – backed by the perimeter detection which also runs from this unit, the site is 100% covered in all areas.
Savings which are being passed onto our client include only 1 ferry crossing, 1 full day engineering time per month, refueling of standard towers if no permanent power available (every four days the need for refueling)
In conclusion the product and service has achieved the objectives with a 75% reduction in emissions, a 35% saving of £882.00, a 60% improvement in efficiency.