Gary Trotter saved Hardwick Hall ten thousand pounds and over a kilometre of cabling

 

Sunderland-based CCTV specialist, Hadrian Technology, has come to the rescue of Hardwick Hall, one of the North East’s best known entertainment venues.

Hadrian Technology installed a ground breaking analogue based, high definition camera system known as AHD.  The new cameras are the first to be able to offer crystal clear video transmission over traditional 75-3 coaxial cable for distance runs of up to 500 metres.

Hardwick Hall which stages the hugely popular Oyster and Lobster Festivals, is becoming increasingly well known for its open air concerts and art events.  This year, cult bands like Echo & the Bunnymen as well as Primal Scream are due to perform.

Management at Hardwick Hall recognised the need to help protect and manage crowds attending these events with state of the art CCTV.

Says managing director John Adamson: “We’ve had CCTV for many years but the pictures were of too poor a quality to be appropriate for the numbers of people we are looking after now.  We needed picture quality as good, if not better than you get on your TV at home.

He said, “The problem we were faced with was that many state of the art CCTV systems need digital Cat 6 cabling which is very costly and hugely disruptive to install in a busy hotel environment like ours.”

But a chance conversation with Gary Trotter of Hadrian Technology, who was attending Mr Adamson’s newly completed spa facility at Ramside Hall, led to a ground breaking solution at a fraction of the cost.

Hadrian Technology pioneered the introduction of the revolutionary technology which re-used well over a kilometre of old co-axial cables by cleverly converting digital camera signals and allowing them to run over previously installed networks.  This avoided the need to rip up floor boards and hack off plaster in order to find the route of previously installed cabling.

Gary Trotter in Hardwick Hall

Uniquely, the system can also run at the same time as the original analogue camera installation meaning that businesses can now phase the upgrading of their systems, in an affordable way, something that was impossible to achieve previously.

Gary Trotter, general manager at Hadrian Technology, said: “There are thousands of buildings and properties like Hardwick Hall where there is a need to upgrade CCTV systems. However, till now there has been no solution without incurring major cost and the disruption associated with ripping out old analogue cabling and installing new Cat 6 networks.

Trotter said: “When we visited Hardwick Hall it was immediately apparent that to replace the existing19 camera system and add another 29 high spec cameras with minimal inconvenience, we would have to make use of existing cabling, despite the normal incompatibility issues. 

“By using the new AHD technology developed with our partners Concept Pro, we were also able to half the time taken to complete the job and saved the client well over ten thousand pounds.”