Security provider VPS has been developing and piloting more diverse options to power their CCTV Smart Tower range, used widely in the hospitality, retail and highways sectors where independently powered security cameras are most needed.
Last summer VPS ran a pilot scheme to support a highway safety monitoring project using Smart Towers with ultra-low wattage solar panels in a hybrid solution, utilising methanol and hydrogen fuel cell batteries in combination. The CCTV provided fully autonomous 24/7 security and monitoring solutions requiring no external power sources.
“We see addressing climate change as a key growth driver, as our customers want a sustainable service included in their security or safety provision.” Explains Ewen Tyson, Head of VPS Site Security Operations. “So, as well as the low-carbon, sustainable options of hydrogen and methanol energy fuel cells, we’re extending the options having successfully trialled the use of solar panels. Our aim is to drive down the Tower power use.’
The commonly used sustainable option of hydrogen fuel cells emit just water and enable Smart Towers to operate without an external power supply.
“We’re expanding our development of sustainable security and CCTV monitoring not just to meet the demand and therefore taking up the business opportunity, but also because repairing the earth’s environment has heightened focus on sustainable measures,” concludes Ewen Tyson.