Local designer and manufac- turer of stainless steel trailers Desert Wolf has just completed the manufacturing of two satellite communication trailers for all the FIFA World Cup stadiums. These are mobile trailers, which can be moved from one stadium to the next throughout the tournament.
This was done concurrently with the manufacturing of nine security and surveillance trailers for the Port Elizabeth (PE) municipality, which will be used for the matches at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium to ensure that fans and tourists are protected during and after the tournament.
The satellite communication trailers, at a cost of just over R4-million, will be used by emergency personnel for disaster management and surveillance says MD Hennie Kieser.
Each trailer is fitted with a satellite dish, imported from the US, to ensure that in the event of an emergency, such as when the cellphone network is busy or crashes, emergency personnel will not be affected owing to the use of their own network that has high technology compati- bility, explains Kieser. These trailers are not only for the FIFA World Cup tournament, but are also a long-term investment.
“The PE municipality’s central business district (CBD) currently has a good security system in place. But the challenge is the location of the stadiums and the beach front events, which are not in the vicinity of the CBD,” says Kieser. The trailers have the advantage of mobility for wherever surveillance is needed.
Desert Wolf also supplies its products into other African countries and globally. Recently, the company manufactured 12 mobile trailers for a petrochemicals company in Angola worth more than R4-million, with a 10-km coverage from the closest point of the trailer. In December 2009, the company shipped emergency rescue trailers to Qatar.
Desert Wolf has also supplied its trailers to companies such as diamond-mining company De Beers, global resources company BHP Billiton, the United Nations and the British Defence Force. The company reports that it is the preferred specialised trailer supplier for the South African National Defence Force.
Meanwhile, since the com- pany’s inception in 1994, 80% of the trailers ordered have been fitted with a solar panel system. Kieser says that they do not support using the generator system because it results in air and noise pollution and it is not energy efficient. Kieser says that cus- tomers also support this initiative, as most of them want to reduce their environment footprint.