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Adam Bannister is a contributor to IFSEC Global, having been in the role of Editor from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam also had stints as a journalist at cybersecurity publication, The Daily Swig, and as Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
August 3, 2018

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WATCH: Christian Horner OBE and Zoe Chilton of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing on protecting IP with FLIR security systems

IFSEC International 2018 welcomed Christian Horner, team principal of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, and Zoe Chilton, head of technical partnerships at the F1 team, to the Keynote Arena.

Plenty of visitors to London ExCeL were no doubt interested in F1 regardless, but securing two of motorsport’s marquee names was a particular coup given Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s connection with the security industry.

The F1 team has an ‘innovation partnership’ with FLIR Systems, a pioneer in thermal imaging and a longstanding exhibitor at IFSEC International.

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Milton Keynes facility is now equipped with 120 FLIR cameras, both visible and thermal, that cover the entire area 24/7. Quasar 4K, QHD and  thermal FC-Series ID cameras are managed by FLIR’s video management software United VMS.

“About 750 people are employed at the factory in Milton Keynes with some areas operated on a 24/7 basis. That’s why it’s critical for the team to have a high-performance security plan and system in place, to effectively protect assets as well as the people who work there,” said a spokesperson for the Formula One team.

“We’re paranoid about IP; it’s our life blood.” Christian Horner

Christian Horner said in his keynote address that physical security is critical for Formula One teams in protecting their invaluable and ever-changing intellectual property. The Formula One legend said the incredible pace of technological advancement means patents are impossible, raising the importance of physical security.

“We’re paranoid about IP; it’s our life blood,” Horner told a packed Keynote Arena. “If there’s a dog in our base we want to know if it’s a friendly dog or a Mercedes dog.

IFSEC TV spoke to Horner, Chilton and a senior executive from FLIR about the collaboration and you can see the three interviews below.

Zoe Chilton speaks to IFSEC TV

Zoe leads a team managing key relationships with Red Bull Racing’s technical and innovation partners, based at the team’s headquarters in Milton Keynes, UK. The diverse portfolio of 14 Partnerships spans a wide range of technical capabilities and products – from some of the World’s biggest names in telecoms and IT, to leading experts in manufacturing and product development.

On technical innovation, she explained: “I’ve always been a fanatic about learning how things work; my love of motorsport spawned from my love of learning new things, so the relentless pace of innovation and evolution at Red Bull Racing is a fascinating environment to work in. It’s great to be able to share that excitement with our partners and guests, and tell the story of the incredible engineering and technology journey we’re on. It never stops, there’s always something new and interesting to talk about.”

Christian Horner speaks to IFSEC TV

After a career racing in F3, F2 and F3000, Christian Horner founded the Arden International Racing Team. Arden dominated the final years of the F3000 championship, and when Red Bull Racing debuted in 2005, Horner was appointed Team Principal.

Horner has been responsible for building up the team from humble beginnings, making astute driver signings, but also building up a technical base to rival teams with much larger resources. Inheriting the remnants of the Jaguar Team, Horner set about reinvigorating each department in pursuit of a dedicated squad motivated by the single goal of reaching the top.

John Distelzweig of FLIR speaks to IFSEC TV

John Distelzweig is VP of security and general manager at FLIR Systems.

FLIR Systems designs and develops thermal imaging, visible-light imaging, video analytics, measurement and diagnostic, and advanced threat detection systems.

Serving government and defence, industrial and commercial markets, FLIR products “strengthen public safety and well-being, increase energy and time efficiency, and contribute to healthy and intelligent communities.”

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