Cannon Technologies is celebrating after seeing 49 of its industry leading Outdoor Cabinets leave British shores on their way to Iraq, where they will be installed in a variety of external locations. These innovative containment solutions will be used as part of a comprehensive CCTV, telecommunications and surveillance network and were specially selected for their ability to ensure continuous operation in the high temperatures and harsh environment of the Middle East.
Cannon Technologies has a long history of product development for military and civilian applications, and this experience has been fundamental to the development of its wide range of integrated Outdoor Cabinet systems. The order for Iraq was the result of a lead from Dubai based systems integration specialist, Technology Partners, which required a solution that could be delivered to an exact specification. After assessing all the available options it felt that only Cannon Technologies was able to provide the requisite level of design and manufacturing excellence.
The Outdoor Cabinets have been produced in double- and single-bayed configurations, with the double-bayed variant providing 25U of working height. Their construction consists of a multi-layered external skin and utilises high-grade insulation boards to shroud an internal thermal chamber, which houses the temperature sensitive electronics. The cabinets have an estimated life expectancy of 28 years and were supplied in light aircraft grey.
The high temperatures that the Outdoor Cabinets will be required to operate in necessitated the use of an advanced air conditioning system within the thermal chamber. This is designed to work in conditions of up to 65°C and has the ability to cool the thermal chamber down to the required working temperature of 25°C. The large double-bayed cabinets are fitted with two air conditioning units, each giving a total of 1200W of cooling power, while the single bayed variant uses one.
Temperatures inside the cabinets are also lowered thanks to the use of solar shields, which prevent the external surface from becoming hot due to solar gain. These are designed to encase the cabinets in a ‘shadow’ and are fixed with thermally insulated mountings. To ensure continuous operation it is also essential to keep the inside of the cabinets clean and, due to the amount of fine dust that is a feature of the Iraqi environment, Cannon Technologies installed air filtration equipment alongside special door seals and locking systems to offer an IP55 rating.
Roy Radford, director at Cannon Technologies, commented, ‘Having our Outdoor Cabinets selected for installation in Iraq’s extreme environmental conditions is testament to the quality of our products, and the confidence they inspire in installers and end users all over the world. Maximum uptime is critical when it comes to using CCTV, telecommunications and surveillance equipment, and I’m delighted that we have been able to play a key role in ensuring the effectiveness of these important networks.’