Over the next few years, the public safety application segment is likely to emerge as a key domain for wireless broadband technology providers. Governments worldwide have clearly understood the role of advanced communication technologies after numerous unforeseen terrorist attacks and unanticipated natural disasters over the last decade revealed the loopholes in emergency communications.
Optelecom-NKF Inc., a provider of Siqura IP surveillance solutions, recently announced it was awarded a contract with the Direction Interdépartementale des Routes d’Ile-de-France (DIRIF) to implement a video surveillance system for acquiring, transmitting and recording video in 23 tunnels in the Paris area.
In the last year and a half, the City of Marietta, Ga. has replaced most of its standalone analog CCTV systems with a complete integrated IP video solution from IndigoVision.
NetMotion Wireless, a provider of mobile productivity and management software, recently announced that Gallatin County, Mont. which encompasses the City of Bozeman, has deployed NetMotion's mobile Virtual Private Network (VPN) on laptops used by area police and fire department personnel.
Flic en Flac, one of the main tourist areas in Mauritius, has seen crime significantly reduce since installing a distributed surveillance system using IndigoVision’s IP video technology. The new CCTV system is helping police closely monitor criminal behavior, public safety and manage traffic and parking violations -- the security issues facing many urban areas.
Mobile video applications for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry and other PDAs are a growing trend that is expanding the practical everyday use of video surveillance security systems. In a climate of tight budgets, the security industry is searching for new and innovative ways to make use of existing infrastructure and to increase the overall productivity of those charged with keeping us safe. Feeling Software from Montreal is quickly expanding its product portfolio into this challenging area. We took a few minutes to talk to the CEO of Feeling Software, Christian Laforte, to get his perspective of this growing trend.
City of College Park, Ga. officials announced recently that Iron Sky Inc. will outfit the city with its first street-level video surveillance cameras.
Axis Communications recently announced that the Town of Smithtown, N.Y., has deployed Axis network cameras in its Highway Department yard as a first step in modernizing its existing analog video surveillance capabilities.
This year is the turning point for the deployment of large-scale, multi-service municipal wireless mesh networks expanding upon their public safety wireless networks for a variety of municipal and government services.
Historically, there have been two types of access control systems: online and stand-alone. Online systems perform access-granted and access-denied functions with almost instantaneous ability through physical hard-wired connectivity. Stand-alone systems perform many of the same functions as an online system, but do not have the instantaneous audit trail capability.
Proxim Wireless Corp. showcased its Tsunami 8100 and QuickBridge 60250 solutionsfor wireless HD video surveillance at ISC East.
Criticom Monitoring Services, the largest wholesale monitoring company in the United States, has announced a new wireless video offering that provides security dealers a cost-effective and portable, outdoor camera for their customers.
The city of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has awarded Schneider Electric a $2 million contract for a wireless video surveillance system. Schneider Electric will design, install and maintain a network of more than 200 digital surveillance cameras located throughout the city’s downtown area, commercial areas, school zones, parks and parking garages.
What’s the next generation of remote monitoring? Think cellular. As technology improves and cellular networks are upgraded, the notion of transmitting IP information, both data and video, is becoming a reality.
Exalt Communications recently announced that the Town of Castle Rock, Colo. has deployed 10 Exalt EX-11s digital microwave radio systems to reliably deliver video surveillance traffic that helps protect its water distribution facilities.
Since World War II, wireless radio networking has given the government and military a flexible and efficient mobile communications option. Unfortunately, more than half a century later, many of the same wartime technologies are still being used by U.S. public agencies, despite major advances in real-time voice, video and data wireless transfer applications.
There are typically two different approaches to storing data in an IP video system: using a centralized architecture with a master database located in the central control room or head office and using a distributed architecture that spreads the data around the security management system, keeping it close to where it is produced or needed.
When Diablo Valley College in California converted its life science building to an advanced technology center, it upgraded the building's security without the need for hard wiring. Jack Shaffer, facilities project manager for the district, said the major remodeling project was more like a retrofit, with wireless locks fitting in nicely. He also said access control went even smoother because the integrator didn't have to pull cables to each opening.
We have entered a new realm in the world of video surveillance. Gone are the days of the security guard tethered to a dedicated desktop monitor, reacting to unfolding events within a closed environment. With today's advancements in IP-based network infrastructures, management of video surveillance can be a much more valuable endeavor.
Azalea Networks, a provider of wireless network equipment and technology, and Dotworkz Systems, a provider of crime camera enclosures for public safety systems, recently announced deployment of the first phase of a wireless video surveillance solution for the San Diego Police Department.