Wireless Mesh for Video-Surveillance
End User: Kings Norton Business Centre
Manufacturer: Fluidmesh Networks, Inc.
Integrator: MITIE Security Systems
Kings Norton Business Centre, the premier business center in south Birmingham, is located on a 60 acre site. It is wholly owned by SEGRO and meets the business space needs of a diverse range of companies. Looking to improve its services and facilities, SEGRO surveyed its customers at the Centre. Responses showed security and fear of crime as their biggest concerns. It was time to increase security, but, there were no ducts on the site and the cost to install them was prohibitive.
SEGRO installed a CCTV system at the Kings Norton Business Centre. Rather than hard-wiring the system, they have employed a Fluidmesh 2200 wireless mesh network to help reduce the cost and time of the installation.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION AT A GLANCE:
MITIE Security Systems was chosen to carry out the installation as they offered a wireless solution based on IP rather than radio. MITIE installed eight Pelco Spectra IV dome cameras, all mounted on Altron columns around the business park. Each column has Optex Redwall 4010s detectors used to detect activity and automatically move cameras to preset positions. The system uses Fluidmesh wireless IP transmission to relay the signal back to the control room on-site. PelcoNet converters were chosen to convert the analog signals from the cameras to IP. A Dedicated Micros DVIP digital recorder records all incoming information and links the system to the Business Watch control room in Slough from where the site is monitored.
Although MITIE initially looked at using a system that utilized radio signals, their account manager at Norbain, one of Europe’s most successful distributors of CCTV, Access Control and Intruder Detection equipment, suggested they use IP. This suggestion, MITIE reports, played an important part in winning the contract.
The Fluidmesh 2200 series is employed at the site because it’s the only wireless mesh networking product designed and manufactured specifically for security, video-surveillance and mission-critical condition monitoring applications. Because it takes advantage of two radios simultaneously, operating one radio in the 2.4GHz range, and the other one in the 5GHz range, it minimizes latency and doubles the available bandwidth. The whole system is also self healing, so if there is an incident such as a power cut, it will automatically restore the network to full capacity with no external intervention.
Although the Fluidmesh technology was new to everyone involved, the company provided superior technical support and worked closely with MITIE. Together they earned the endorsement of James Sherwood, Surveyor for SEGRO, who says “I’d definitely use the technology again at another of SEGRO’s properties.”
With the system now up and running, there is a new sense of security around the business center. “CCTV is a great deterrent and the system gives people using the center the additional benefit of a visual sense of security and safety,” Sherwood adds. “This is what is most important to us as a business so we’re very happy with the results we’ve achieved.”
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