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A team of young entrepreneurs have developed a new security system designed specifically for rural businesses, to tackle the problem which cost an estimated £43 million last year.

TelemetriCop has been developed over three years in consultation with Hampshire Police, and can be used in rural locations to stop crime as it happens.

The system works by using a long-range radio mesh network to send captured photos to be sorted, to avoid false alarms, before sending on relevant information.

Whoever is registered as the contact for the system will then be notified if the system captures a real crime, and the authorities can be notified at the touch of a button.

Hugo Stride, managing director, said: "I live in a remote, rural property, and have, like a lot of people, suffered from thefts from outbuildings, fly tipping and opportunistic crime.

"As a result we looked at existing systems to see what we might do to increase security.

"We were unable however, to find anything, regardless of cost, which had been designed to overcome the specific challenges rural security, and the protection of remote assets, demands.

"We designed TelemetriCop to address all the shortcomings of conventional CCTV for rural, remote area security.

"Most of all we wanted something capable of stopping a crime from happening there and then, rather than just supplying a photographic record of it after the event.

The system works on a licence-free UHF frequency and is armed with a motion-activated sensor which triggers a photograph to be taken.

The image is then compressed to be transmitted to a base station, where the image is then sent to a server and automatically passed through Telemetricor's own image recognition system which, using image filtration algorithms, analyses whether the information may be actionable or not.

In this way, false alarms caused by wildlife, shadows or wind-blown foliage are generally avoided and information which the system has deemed of potential interest is sent to the user.

Any image that does pass this filter is immediately relayed to an app which alerts the user and allows them to view the image, either on their smart phone and/or their personal computer via a secure web platform, and assess the potential threat.

The images can then be shared at the touch of a button with a preassigned response team and appropriate action can then be taken.

On average the time between the photograph being taken and the user receiving a potentially actionable image is just 60 seconds.

A TelemetriCop camera costs £450, excluding VAT, and requires a base station which costs £225, excluding VAT.

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For more information please visit telemetricop.com