Security and Video Surveillance

wireless-video-surveillanceAlliance Corporation has partnered with industry-leading vendors to bring you a complete wireless solution for video surveillance applications.

We will help you design a wireless network and supply you with everything you need from the wireless routers and bridges to the cable, antennas and towers.

Some of the challenges that our customers have solved using broadband wireless networks include:

  • Video surveillance for municipal networks including broadband connections between city buildings plus a public safety network for police, fire, and ambulance
  • Intelligent Traffic Systems that provide traffic monitoring
  • Citywide backbone network to connect County Jail to Courthouse and network video camera

 


 

Resources

Case study: Video surveillance on public transit in Indianapolis improves City of Indianapolis promotes customer service by deploying a city-wide wireless audio and video surveillance network on its entire transit fleet (Airaya) Click here

Case study: Farmington, New Mexico Fire Department builds a private wireless IP network to connect remote stations and provide video surveillance (Airaya) Click here

Application Note: Wireless for Video Surveillance (Airaya) Click here

Application Note: Wireless Connectivity Solutions for Enterprise (Redline) Click here

Application Note: Backup offsite storage solutions using broadband wireless (Redline) Click here

Not only have we chosen the best products , we work with the best wireless specialists, companies that will work with you to design and build your wireless network if you need it.

Contact Alliance Corporation today for help with your video surveillance project.

 

Hurrican Katrina

The Challenge

Quickly establish voice, video and data communications in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Solution

A high-speed, wireless point-to-point Ethernet bridge using Redline's AN-50e to provide backhaul and access connectivity.

Result

Within hours of arriving at the site, emergency crews were able to establish critical communications infrastructure, including a ship-toshore link for the Naval Task Force, enabling workers to coordinate efforts. The network also enabled hurricane victims to reach out to family and friends and begin the application process for FEMA aid.

Redline's AN-50e provides wireless communications life-line

In the hours after Hurricane Katrina passed through the U.S. Gulf States flooding the area and causing devastating damage throughout the region, Redline Communications’ team joined the Naval Post Graduate School and wireless industry organization, PART-15.ORG to establish an Emergency Communications Command Center in Waveland, Mississippi.

The joint effort, in support of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), brought immediate, critical communications infrastructure to the region, providing a life-line to victims of the hurricane and to the crews dispatched to assist them.

Reliable and secure communications

Redline provided reliable and secure high-speed backhaul for internet and VOIP applications that enabled victims to contact family or friends immediately following the devastation. These communications also enabled victims to apply for FEMA aid and coordinate insurance claims.

Redline also provided essential communications to Waveland and Bay St. Louis Police, Fire and municipal governments as well as over-the-water emergency communications links for naval operations in the area.

How the Solution Works

Arriving on the scene when street signs and traffic lights were gone, the Redline team first located those in most need, then assessed locations where equipment could be installed. In this deployment, Redline's advanced broadband wireless access and backhaul solution, the AN-50e, provided the high-speed wireless Ethernet bridge configured for point-to-point (PTP) operation. The AN-50e accommodated both backhaul and access functionality through its high-performance, high-capacity, multi-services OFDM platform.

The AN-50e operates in the 5.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz unlicensed bands and delivers speeds of up to 72 Mbps over a distance of 80 km (50 mi). Within hours of arriving in Mississippi, the initial link to the Bay St. Louis Fire Department was established and running at 54 Mbps.

Each day provided a unique set of challenges. As conditions changed, the team assessed and redeployed the AN-50e links on a daily basis to continuously optimize service levels.

Redline's ability to provide a robust and flexible backbone for emergency voice and internet connection both on-shore and off-shore, was part of a massive, collaborative effort to help thousands of people take a first step out of disaster.

Download the Hurricane Katrina Emergency Response Network case study

Querétaro, Mexico

The City of Santiago de Querétaro in Querétaro state Mexico was founded in 1531. With the population nearing a million people and tourism becoming a major economic engine the public safety department decided to improve security and traffic flow for its citizens and tourists by installing a video surveillance system throughout the city.

Without a wired data infrastructure a wireless network was the only choice to connect the cameras. However, Querétaro’s topography and several laws protecting Mexico’s historic buildings meant selecting the right wireless equipment would be critical. The challenge was to select radios that performed well despite line-of-sight issues and radios with significant capacity to minimize issues with laws that prohibit even the government from disrupting the surrounding soil or attaching equipment to the exterior of historic buildings.

RETO Industrial, a telecommunications integrator in Latin America, recommended a broadband wireless CCTV network infrastructure using Redline’s award winning AN-80i radios operating in the 4.9 GHz public safety band to connect 350 cameras situated in strategic locations throughout the city.

Redline meets the challenge

Urban areas present significant line-of-sight issues due to the topography, buildings and foliage that come between the cameras and the sector controllers. The AN-80i achieves the highest possible signal integrity within the 50 MHz bandwidth constraint of the 4.9 GHz public safety band thus delivering excellent non-line-of-sight (NLOS) range by using innovative third generation orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) technology.

The cameras, each with maximum (4CIF) video resolution, were mounted on public utility poles already in place throughout the city which mitigated issues related to the laws governing historic sites. The low power consumption of the AN-80i allowed the radios and cameras to be powered via Power over Ethernet (PoE) derived from the existing utility network thereby saving hundreds of dollars of installation costs per site.

The AN-80i’s high capacity (108 Mbps UBR), and low latency (less than 1 msec) provided the most coverage with the fewest radios. Each AN-80i supported up to 16 cameras per sector (most vendors handle a maximum of six) with an average radius of 3 km from the base or up to 25 km in less dense areas. The AN-80i’s efficient use of the 4.9 GHz spectrum also minimized the number of sectors adding flexibility to RF planning.

The AN-80i provides consistent throughput and latency performance to ensure high quality video under all operating conditions. Consistent performance is provided by hardware accelerators that process up to 176,000 packets per seconds regardless of packet size to deliver low latency and twice the throughput of the nearest competitor. Additionally VideoLINK software provides data shower caching to eliminate lost images, an important feature when monitoring fast flow traffic conditions.

Today the city is enjoying enhanced public safety. The Redline network gives public safety officials a constant, live bird’s-eye view of traffic, activity at bus stops, on street corners and provides early detection of suspect activity making police investigations and law enforcement easier. 

Download the Queteraro, Mexico case study

IP Vision

The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC - The Reliable One) – Delivering A Secure Wireless Network for Homeland Security

Orlando, Florida Power Plant Deploys scalable, Fully Integrated, Secure Wireless Network from AIRAYA and IP Vision Software.

Morgan Hill, Calif., USA – AIRAYA, a world-class designer of proven predictable and affordable outdoor wireless video camera systems for high capacity public and government security and surveillance networks, and IP Vision Software partner to deploy a fully integrated secure licensed Public Works monitoring and surveillance system for the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC—The Reliable One) in Orlando, Florida. The new wireless network extends the video surveillance and monitoring perimeter of OUC’s Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center, which encompasses about 3,000 acres and several remote locations that are difficult to patrol and monitor.

The wireless extension provided OUC with a scalable, fully integrated, secure solution that allows power company officials, Homeland Security and plant personnel to view live streaming video and archived video and to have VoIP capabilities to and from the most remote sections of the facility over a secure high speed network. With the AIRAYA and IP Vision Software, OUC is able to maintain a high capacity network with continuous streaming video, while offering the benefits of network integrity throughout the plant facility.

“We selected AIRAYA as the best wireless vendor for delivering the unique requirements presented by OUC,” said Mark Felberg, President and CEO of IP Vision Software. “AIRAYA’s mature solution includes a wide range of products, providing immediate out-of-the box connectivity and high performance, at an affordable cost. Demonstrating constant innovation in practice, AIRAYA offers a full range of supported frequency bands, channel widths and video tuning parameters, enabling us to successfully achieve our goal of supporting continuous streaming video over a large geographical area with a secure wireless network.”

The Challenge

Deliver a scalable, distributed security solution that will allow security personal access to live viewing, archived video and VoIP capabilities.

The power plant provides electricity to more than 200,000 residents and businesses forthe cities of Orlando and St. Cloud. Considered among Florida’s busiest and most reliable power plants, the Stanton Energy Center’s security plan must account for the large site and the need to monitor the remote locations and multiple entries into the plant. In some cases, the network cameras are located more than three miles away from the security station – a distance that would have made traditional cable-connected cameras cost prohibitive.

“The need for secure wireless private networks has increased significantly around the country;together with leading local service providers and partners such as IP Vision Software, deployments have been very successful,” said Mike Nydam, CEO and President of AIRAYA. “As a result of Homeland Security initiatives across the country, we expect the secure outdoor wireless market to expand, for both license and license-exempt frequencies.”

There were many deployment challenges

• high RF interference

• the requirement to connect long distances of over 3 miles

• support for high density deployment of high resolution cameras

• provide aggregate bandwidth requirements in excess of 80 Mbps

AIRAYA and IP Vision were responsible for the full design and deployment of the entire network. The system optimization and channelization for each bridge and camera were planned to meet the specific problems posed by the operating environment. The system required intelligent cameras with built in analytics at the edge of network that could be accessed via wireless technology.

“AIRAYA has the highest bandwidth and by far the lowest latency per hop – making AIRAYA the perfect solution for ‘Evidence Grade’ Wireless Video Surveillance for the Orlando Utilities Commission power plant,” Felberg said.

The Solution

A fully integrated, rapid-deployment system ensures that OUC meets their long-term security objectives.

The project consists of backhaul (Point-To-Point) links from three different gates to a central building 13 stories high. The network design then ties the video backhaul links together with a fourth link to the control room less than 1,000 feet away. None of the gates are visible from the control room directly. The AIRAYA solution met OUC’s requirements for capacity, speed, scalability and reliability, while optimizing available frequency.

The system uses the WirelessGRIDTM Full-Duplex Backhaul radios, and MoboticsTM high resolution IP cameras transmitting at MPEG-4 video at 30 frames per second. AIRAYA radios are capable of handling the high throughput requirements of video applications due to low latency Layer 2 operation, and tuning parameters to optimize the links. The surveillance cameras at the gates capture the license plates of vehicles when they are at the facility’s entrance. The video is managed with IP Visions’ video management software.

“With the wireless network and cameras now in place, we can now respond more quickly and monitor multiple remote areas,” said Charlie Wright, the Director of Security for OUC. “With AIRAYA and IP Vision, we placed cameras in areas we previously thought were too far for wireless equipment to reach or too expensive to trench with fiber. The network really exceeded our expectations.”

AIRAYA’s WirelessGRIDTM backhaul radios offer the ultimate in installation fl exibility with over 500 channels available through user-selectable features which include: 5, 10, 20 and 40 MHz wide channels, user selectable power settings and user selectable frequency range from 2.2-2.5 and 4.4-6.1 GHz. AIRAYA’s superior time sensitive packet performance is a function of the user selectable tunable parameters combined with low latency operation in a single link and the ability to address scalability with co-located high density links. AIRAYA’s 108/216 Mbps WirelessGRIDTM OFDM technology allowed AIRAYA and IP Vision to design a network that met the customer’s rigorous requirements.

Download the IP Vision Software, Inc. case study

Airport Perimeter Security

Company Overview

This regional airport is a vital component of Central Florida’s economy. It provides convenient access to all of the region’s major highways, putting the majority of the area’s business centers and personal destinations within minutes of the airport, as well as offering many services to the community, including law enforcement, air ambulance, search/rescue capabilities. It provides 24 hour service, an FAA air traffic control tower, and full ILS capability and boasts a convenient, central location, quality approaches and the ability to handle quick take-offs when required.

Situation

There are two significant issues that needed to be addressed at this regional airport – unauthorized aircraft and perimeter security. Unauthorized aircraft were able to land undetected on the airfield at night, strip equipment off grounded planes, and then leave without being identified or apprehended by airport security. Additionally, electronic gates along the perimeter of the airport often lost power, allowing unauthorized ground access to the airport property. Because these gates use electronic keypads and magnetic locks, any interruption in power would cause the gates to fail to remain locked until power was restored.

Challenge

To reduce unauthorized airport access, via air or ground, the installation of video surveillance equipment was a logical solution. The greatest challenge was the lack of availability of remote and/or reliable power. The closest power source was 1/4 mile away, so a camera placed in this location would be too far to provide clear detail for accurate suspect identification. Trenching new fiber to all of the remote camera sites was not economically feasible.

Solution

Solis Energy stepped in to provide an affordable power solution to reduce unauthorized entry of both planes and ground vehicles. Solis Energy’s Solar Power Plants(SPP12250-314) were installed to power the infrared cameras and wireless video encoders exactly where they were required for optimum visibility – along the taxiways. The airport now had 24/7 views of all runways and unauthorized aircrafts could now be identified immediately upon landing within the airport grounds.

At the back perimeter gates, a different solution was needed. To alleviate the concern of gates unlocking due to a loss of power, Solis Energy installed their Outdoor Uninterruptible Power Sources (UPS12030) at each gate to ensure continuous power. Now, if power outages occurred throughout the airport, the UPS powers the gate and keypad, keeping it functional and locked until full grid power is restored. Additionally the UPS protects the electronics from the ever-present dips and spikes of grid power.

 

Because of the strategic location of this new surveillance system, airport security is able to quickly and easily view clear, detailed video of airport traffic to better monitor unauthorized landings. Also, power is guaranteed to keep perimeter security gates locked and free from unauthorized entry while staying within the airports budget.