Staff from Sunderland CCTV company Hadrian Technology are buzzing about their latest project.
German supermarket giant Aldi appointed the firm to provide security cameras for a honey bee hotel outside its UK headquarters.
This was a really unusual project for us, but we fit security cameras anywhere there is a need – and even bees need security.Gary Trotter
Hadrian installed four high-definition CCTV cameras to protect eight hives outside Aldi’s offices in Atherstone, Warwickshire.
Aldi installed the hive for staff and visitors, who will be able to watch 500,000 bees flying in and out on a giant screen in the reception area.
A decline in bee numbers means hives and queens are increasingly valuable, so the cameras will also help keep the insects secure.
Hadrian general manager Gary Trotter, said: “This was a really unusual project for us, but we fit security cameras anywhere there is a need – and even bees need security.
“We have installed two internal and two external cameras protecting the entrances and the hives. It will help to protect the bees and all the equipment.
“We have also installed data infrastructure for Aldi to install two webcams to monitor the bees entering and leaving the hives.
“The CCTV cameras were installed before the bees arrived and Aldi will be able to monitor their security.”
The provision of security cameras for the bee hotel is part of a larger project undertaken by Hadrian Security, to install and upgrade 300 CCTV cameras at Aldi’s distribution centre and car park, which is due to be completed this autumn.
It is the biggest contract ever undertaken by Hadrian Technology, one of the UK’s leading and fastest-growing security supply, installation and maintenance companies, which is on target to deliver a turnover of £9m during 2015/16.
Hadrian designs bespoke CCTV systems for a diverse range of commercial, leisure and retail clients across the UK and Ireland.