Deal aims to help Norfolk motoring racing outfit stay ahead of its rivals

A Norfolk-based motor racing outfit is hoping to stay ahead of its rivals by teaming up with Wroxham firm Dragon Security Systems to protect the latest innovations on its race cars.

Bosses of iSport International have taken delivery of a Motobix digital CCTV camera from the Wroxham firm to provide surveillance coverage during race weekends.

Based at Carleton Rode near Wymondham, iSport International competes as part of the supporting events to the F1 schedule at the top circuits around the globe.

The race team, which has had stars such as Timo Glock and Bruno Senna drive for it in recent years and was GP2 Asia Champions 2010, will use the CCTV cameras when it races at circuits such as Monaco, Barcelona, Spain Belgium or Hockenheim in Germany.

The cameras capture higher quality images than conventional analogue CCTV and utilises IP (internet protocol) technology, which means pictures can be viewed from a laptop or mobile phone and from anywhere in the world, and will offer round-the clock surveillance protection to the iSport International paddock area and race cars.

Richard Selwin, iSport International race engineer, said: 'The GP2 paddock is a secure area but in the interests of keeping the cars safe we lock them up in the truck when we leave the area.

'That can take up to an hour but with the new security system, we will not need to do that.

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'It is not so much that the cars or equipment are at risk of theft, it is more about protecting our intellectual property and our own specific set-up for our cars.

'Basically, it is about protecting our trade secrets from our competitors.'

Dragon Security Systems, which earlier this year clinched an 'advanced partnership' agreement with German firm Mobotix to provide and install the camera system, has provided security systems for the team's Norfolk headquarters for several years.

Robert McDonald, the company's technical consultant, said the camera will overlook the paddock constantly while team members are present and also monitor the area when they are not there.

'If anything happens, the Mobotix system sends an alert message to a smartphone or laptop and iSport staff can respond to that,' Mr McDonald said.

'It can also send a picture of what is happening to the phones and transmit a verbal warning message through the camera.'

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