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New SmartTower technology helps to secure unique Ryder Cup TV coverage

As the eyes of the sporting world watched the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September, an innovative piece of VPS Site Security technology was helping to keep the TV coverage on-air for the millions of viewers.

VPS, the European leaders in vacant property management, supplied their award-winning SmartTower CCTV system to help protect and secure the television and media compound at Gleneagles during the event.

The SmartTower CCTV is designed specifically for use in remote, vulnerable or temporary environments such as this prime bi-annual golfing event. It combines an alloy sub frame and pneumatic mast which allows it to be deployed in any terrain.

The top of the tower houses a high-end, wireless pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera with on-board storage capacity of up to 64GB. As it can be powered by AC power, wind, solar or hydrogen fuel cell, the SmartTower can operate even if core utilities are not easily available.

'This is the first time the Ryder Cup in Europe will be broadcast live in its entirety to America, and it's great to be helping our security partner at one of the major sporting events in the world,' commented Anthony Owen, managing director for VPS Site Security, at the start of the event.

The VPS SmartTower CCTV is used to protect remote or challenging environments such as construction sites, utilities and critical infrastructure locations. It was designed by VPS' innovation centre, Quatro Electronics, at their Lytham St Anne's workshop and earlier this month won a New Product of the Year Award from Security Products in the USA, with B & B Electronics, who developed the high-reliability cellular wireless communication system.

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