SBRI: agile and self-powered public space CCTV

Key Features

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £150k to develop solutions that will improve South Ayrshire Council’s public space CCTV operation.

Programme:     SBRI

Award:     Up to £30K for R&D projects

Opens: 8th Jan 2018

Closes: 14th Mar 2018

! This scheme is now closed

South Ayrshire Council (SAC) operates CCTV within each of its town centres.

SAC’s current CCTV system has been in place for more than 20 years. The council needs to work with partners to develop a single system with flexible cameras to tackle issues such as crime and public safety.

The system should be self-powered, suitable for many different surfaces and not reliant on aerial platform vehicles or specialist fitting. This adaptable approach will meet the requirements of the forthcoming changes to the Global Data Protection Regulations.

This is a 2 phase competition. The second phase involves prototype development and testing.


The aim of this competition is to develop innovative solutions for agile and self-powered public space CCTV.

Your solution must meet these requirements.

  1. Does not rely on a power supply and power replacement, but can feed into a power supply where one is available.
  2. Can be transmitted using several recognised methods, such as IP or cloud-based, wireless or network. Analogue may still be suitable until other forms of transmission are available.
  3. Can be swiftly and securely attached to a variety of surfaces with minimum resources (ideally one employee) and with no reliance on an aerial platform vehicle or equivalent.
  4. Is robust enough to be protected from the elements and have a low risk of being vandalised.
  5. Is easily repaired, maintained and replaced if damaged or broken.
  6. Has a pan-tilt-zoom functionality where required.
  7. Can provide effective HD image transmission.
  8. Meets the requirements of the Data Protection Act, especially the guidance in the CCTV Code of Practice and the forthcoming Global Data Protection Regulation in 2018.  For more information on this, click here.


Project types  

This competition is looking for:

  • a technical design specification package, including detailed specifications for the final technology solution
  • commercial or financial specification, specifying what investments are required, such as equipment costs
  • R&D methodology and final report. This should outline all R&D undertaken and give evidence that the various technological components can meet the requirements of the challenge set. This should also specify that the equipment complies with all UK and European standards, codes of practice and directives

Project size

Projects should range in size up to total costs of £30k per organisation.


To lead a project, you can:

  • be an organisation of any size
  • work alone or with others as subcontractors (businesses, research base and third sector)

Funding and project details

Phase 1 – Research and development (R&D) contract: feasibility study

SAC will award R&D contracts to demonstrate the technical feasibility of potential solutions.

Your proposal should include:

  • details of how you plan to carry out the R&D project
  • a breakdown of your proposed costs
  • a plan for the ongoing support of your proposed tool or service
  • a plan for commercialisation

If your proposal is successful,  you will be expected to work with SAC to:

  • support the development of the solution
  • support the user experience
  • confirm solution works

R&D will be 100% funded.  Suppliers will be selected for each project through an open competition process. You will keep the intellectual property rights generated from the project. SAC will keep some rights of use.

A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to take part in phase 2.