Cornish company takes to F1


A Newquay-based company has broken into the ultra competitive world of the Formula One World Championship.

When one of the world’s leading racing engine development teams were looking for a way to monitor their cutting edge test bed equipment, they found CCTV and Access Control specialist CDA Solutions while searching on Google.

Being impressed with the information they found on the company’s website regarding their state of the art HD Digistore security systems, contact was made with the Newquay head office.

Andy Watson, joint owner of CDA with business partner Chris Sutherland, said: “The requirement was for High Definition recording equipment that was capable of digitally recording the race engine simulation programmes being run on the test rigs so that the engineers could accurately monitor exactly what was happening.

“Our systems have been developed for the security market to provide high quality CCTV footage, but the beauty of having done all of our own design and development in house is that we could take our system and adapt it to the F1 team’s exact requirements. We were the only company able to do that for them, and it was this in house expertise and technical capability that secured the contract for us.”

Following a site visit made to understand the clients exact needs, a specification was agreed and the installation was completed at the start of the 2010 season. So delighted were the client that they ordered a further three systems to be installed during the course of the year as they expanded their facilities. 48 of the 2010 Formula One World Championship race engines have been built and monitored using the technology supplied and supported by CDA.