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Cache Media Supplies Mini Cameras For Land Rover 4x4 Challenge

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The Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge is an international challenge for Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 students in school, as well as young people aged between 11 and 19 who are in any out-of-school initiative, such as STEM Clubs, Scouts and Guides.

The challenge involves four to six team members designing and building a radio controlled 4-wheel-drive (4x4) vehicle to set specifications, and that can successfully negotiate a specially designed test track that emulates real life and what a full scale 4x4 vehicle can do.

It provides an opportunity for young people to work in teams and gain an awareness and understanding of project management using key skills.

Finding cameras small enough to catch all the action close up on video is a challenge in itself and for that, the AV organisers, Bromley-based Idium Audio Visual called on Cache Media to supply Marshall CV500 MB-2 mini HD cameras. These are positioned at strategic points in the circuit which winds in and out of a real Land Rover.

Each circuit is screened live within the venue and also streamed live around the world on the internet.

Idium Director Jon Fagg explained: "The appeal of the CV500 cameras is their size and the quality of the picture. High quality HD pictures can be captured without sacrificing space on the track which is vital for our purposes. We tried several cameras but the CV500 came out top.

"The track replicates the challenges of a real off-road track with water, rocks and tricky turns. And cameras need to be mere inches away at times. The CV500 with its remote application turned out to be the ideal tool for the job. The ability to set a manual exposure meant that it was a usable image otherwise the extreme contrast between the intentionally dark tunnel and the showroom-lit car would not have worked."

The project aims to raise awareness, interest and enthusiasm in Engineering through the practical application of Design & Technology, Mathematics and Science.

Image: One of the CV200Ms being used in the tunnel at the 4x4 event.

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