Engineered surveillance system
End User: Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority
Manufacturer: Fluidmesh Networks, Inc.
Integrator: Kratos | HBE
Dick Spellman, designer of the system, optimized it for highest quality, high frame rate megapixel images. He terms the Basler IP Cameras as “phenomenal,” noting that they’re very small, about half the size of a deck of cards. He selected Theia lenses, stating that you always want to match your lens with field of view and depth of field. “It’s all part of the engineered design,” he says. “We had high quality, high frame rate, and tuned the camera’s field of view to a specific pixel density to obtain forensics quality images. The cameras were selected for their low light performance. They’re one of the first with a really efficient compression capability of H.264 High Profile Level 5.”
“With the Fluidmesh system, the Transit Authority can take full advantage of our IP cameras’ capabilities,” notes Bjoern Weber, Product Manager at Basler. “Even with efficient compression formats, you need a reliable network able to handle the large amount of data that 5 megapixel cameras deliver.”
Spellman adds that, “I included Fluidmesh products into the design because when Fluidmesh says they’ll give you 100 megabits throughput continually, they will. I chose Fluidmesh because of its proven reliability and compact form factor. It’s easy to install, easy to integrate with a router or switch as needed, and it’s a PoE operated radio. Bandwidth needs increase at night, and Fluidmesh has passed all the tests. One of the Fluidmesh receivers has 10 cameras from multiple Fluidmesh radios pointed at it, all hitting at the same time and it’s impressive to see it operate flawlessly. When Fluidmesh says it’ll handle clusters of megapixel cameras plus multiple radios at substantial range and differing angles, it does.”
Ty Miller, the Kratos integrator on the project, notes that when CCRTA held an initial bid, they were one of 10 integrators in the running. “We had a fully engineered end to end solution that they accepted and are very happy with. They’ve asked us for a similar bid for another location in South Dennis and, based on this installation, are now a sole source for this customer.”
The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority needed an engineered surveillance system installed that would meet DHS requirements to harden the facility and ensure it was capable of managing an emergency event.
The challenges were, from the perspective of the Transit Authority, curtailing criminal activity, liability issues, and loitering in and around the buses. Coverage for megapixel cameras to meet those requirements was a bit challenging because there was a lot of real estate to cover on both the interior and exterior of the building. The coverage area runs approximately ½ mile one end to the other, and a full square mile to include adjoining Hyannis city streets that also needed surveillance.
The system that was designed and installed features a vast number of outdoor megapixel IP cameras with special day/night coverage running on Fluidmesh radios. It is optimized for high quality, high frame rate megapixel images. The Fluidmesh system is running a point-to-multipoint configuration over the East end of the bus depot and a point-to point configuration over the West end. The coverage is comprehensive and cameras are positioned on the inside and outside of the transit property itself as well as on surrounding city streets.
SYSTEM CONFIGURATION AND EQUIPMENT:
The total system utilizes approximately 40 megapixel cameras. 12 long range and wide-angle Basler 5 megapixel cameras are operating on Fluidmesh 1100 Mito and 3100 Mito radio networks. These 12 wireless cameras are distributed across a 1+ square mile area. Another 24 megapixel cameras are covering the inside and outside of the building itself along with 16 doors of access control with an integrated intrusion system; an employee badging station; a monitor for forensic viewing of the video, and video intercom for the elevator control. Two separate radio networks are being used to accommodate all the bandwidth required on the campus.
END USER SATISFACTION:
The true testament to a project’s success absolutely is a happy and repeat customer. Matt Kolva, CCRTA’s Facilities Manager, is exceedingly pleased with the system and finds it very easy to use. “Kratos|HBE's strict adherence to the engineered design during the commissioning and their ongoing engineered managed service capability get high marks,” he says. “Specific to the Fluidmesh radios, we have two separate radio networks made up of point to point and point to multi-point across the CCRTA grounds. These radios deliver a dozen or more Basler 5.0 megapixel cameras at high frame rates for live and recorded images. The quality and reliability day and night and in all weather conditions has been remarkable. In fact, since the installation was completed we have not had a single site service call on the mega-pixel surveillance system. We work frequently with law enforcement agencies, and the image quality and system-wide reliability are proving to be superior to anything we have used in the past.”
About Fluidmesh Networks:
Fluidmesh Networks is the worldwide leader in wireless systems for security, industrial, and mission-critical applications. Its range of solutions covers point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and mesh networks with an unparalleled level of reliability, flexibility, and ease of use. The company is focused on the development of top-quality wireless products for security, video-surveillance, condition monitoring and data communication in large areas at risk. Fluidmesh Networks' target markets are municipalities, industrial plants, schools, seaports and marinas, archaeological sites, resorts, theme parks and racing tracks. Founded by a team of researchers and engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA and the Politecnico of Milan in Italy, Fluidmesh Networks serves its customers worldwide from its headquarters in Boston, and from its European office based in Italy.www.fluidmesh.com
Basler is a leading global manufacturer of digital cameras for industrial and video surveillance applications, medical devices, and traffic systems. Product designs are driven by industry requirements and offer easy integration, compact size, excellent image quality, and a very strong price/performance ratio. Basler has more than 20 years of experience in image processing. They have designed and manufactured high quality digital cameras for 15 years. The company employs approximately 300 people at its headquarters in Ahrensburg, Germany, as well as in international subsidiaries and offices in the U.S., Singapore, Taiwan, and Korea. www.basler-ipcam.com
About Kratos Public Safety & Security:
Kratos Public Safety & Security (PSS) is the nation’s second largest independent systems integrator of advanced life safety, security and surveillance systems for government and commercial applications. They design, install and service building technologies that protect people and property and make facilities more comfortable and efficient. Kratos PSS provides solutions in such areas as Access Control, Building Automation and Control, Communications, Digital (IP) and CCTV Security and Surveillance, Fire and Life Safety, Maintenance and Service, and Project Support Services.
About Systems Synergies, LLC:
Systems Synergies provides network design and physical security instrumentation for end-users and integrators. We provide assistance in the commissioning of projects assuring design specifications are fully met. We offer a comprehensive network support solution designed to monitor, remotely update, patch, repair, and dispatch service with root cause identified. Our combined services absorb the complexities of designing, commissioning and maintaining today's IT based physical security networks.