iC2 CCTV pulled out all the stops to help prepare Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit for this year’s British Grand Prix.
The London-based security specialists have worked with Silverstone for a number of years and were called in to complete the installation of the CCTV network into a new race control centre.
Silverstone’s new control centre is located in the new wing and they required all CCTV control to be duplicated in the new suite and integrated within FIA controls. This highly complicated installation needed to be completed prior to the British Grand Prix in July.
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iC2 converted 32 trackside cameras from analogue signal to an Avigilon IP platform connected to a ten terabyte server with supporting software.
All of the cameras can now be viewed via an Eyevis monitor controller and displayed on twelve 42 inch plasma screens.
The contract was completed in just three weeks and enabled Silverstone Race Control to operate dual control points and simultaneously run two races at the same time.
iC2’s Technical Director Danny Collins worked closely with Silverstone on the project. He said: This was a technically - very challenging installation. We had to convert analogue protocol and telemetry to digital and also make sure that both control centres were in sync. We had a tight deadline and our team performed magnificently. I’m very proud of what we achieved.”
Commenting on iC2’s contribution, Silverstone’s venue supervisor Jim Reid said: “What a stunning display of teamwork and dedication to duty to ensure that we had all available cameras up and running for the weekend’s race meeting. From the trench works to the final terminations you all played a critical role.”
He continues: “Whatever was thrown at you last week was overcome, from broken ducts to cable management problems and difficult ground conditions, nothing was insurmountable. The fact that the engineers from iC2 refused to leave site on Thursday night until everything was checked and left operational was truly commendable. Knowing how much work was carried out “out of hours” due to track usage makes this achievement even more impressive.”