Silent Sentinel - When you’re on your marks, you’re in our sights!

When you’re on your marks, you’re in our sights!

As part of the preparation for the London Olympics...specialist CCTV with long range identification and pinpoint accuracy was just another day’s work for the specialist build team.

As part of the preparation for the London Olympics...specialist CCTV with long range identification and pinpoint accuracy was just another day’s work for the specialist build team.

Silent Sentinel have been building specialist cameras and positioning systems for many years for clients both in the UK and overseas. It therefore came as no surprise when a homeland security client who can only be named as Norman requested a specialist build for use during the 2012 Olympics.

The specification was demanding and required a combination of ultra-low light EMCCD cameras and the Pentax Pair 2 lens to give the range, all housed and mounted on the Osiris continuous 360O Harmonic Drive PTZ positioning system to give the stability and control of movement with such extreme zoom ranges. All the functionality of these high end cameras and lenses needed integrating to give full control remotely – oh, and Norman wanted it delivered very quickly. Silent Sentinel is well versed with such builds and was surprised the long range thermal was not also specified to be mounted in parallel on the same Osiris platform this time. Paul Elsey, Managing Director of Silent Sentinel said “We do love a good old moan when Norman and his colleagues call with their specialist applications and very short lead times, but if the truth be told, this is the sort of challenge that us real engineering companies cherish – but don’t tell Norman,” Paul voiced his only regret as “We sometimes wish we knew where these cameras were being used or at least for what purpose – but I guess if we did know it would probably not be as interesting as the applications we imagine.”