CCTV wireless surveillance
End User: Government of St. Kitts and Nevis
Manufacturer: Fluidmesh Networks, Inc.
Integrator: Liamuiga Security
This pilot project for the government of St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean was done to evaluate the use of CCTV surveillance in crime fighting and general monitoring of activity in the downtown Basseterre area. Omari Browne, CEO of Liamuiga Security in St. Kitts, served as the integrator on the project, which was sponsored by the local telecommunication company LIME (cable & wireless) which offers broadband and cellular service.
The primary challenge was to pair a good quality video provider with a high quality video transmission provider. Also, installations were needed at various remote sites with varying distances from the central location. Another major concern was the environment that exists on the Caribbean island - high heat, humidity, stormy conditions, salt air and sea blast are just some of the everyday situations that the cameras and transmitters must endure.
Liamuiga Security Company saw wireless mesh as the way to go. The Fluidmesh solution provided ease of installation and programming, and the diagnostic and service via the software and the data transmission quality included the throughput and transmission range/distance.
Bosch Security solutions were selected as the video provider of choice because of their product reliability and after sales service. Wireless transmission was the only solution, Browne notes, as tapping into the telecom providers’ network would have cause unwanted issues with bandwidth, congestion and also practicality in point placement.
Liamuiga Security is one of the top CCTV integrators on the island and uses some of the most cutting-edge technology to create solutions which best suit the client’s needs. Having had experience with installing a large scale Video system at a local sporting facility for International Cricket Tournament games in 2007, and only having a fiber backbone to work with for this project, Browne saw this new challenge as another opportunity to show that Liamuiga could make what seemed to be impossible possible.
“The government needed a provider that not only could deliver a quality installation but also had a background in both video and wireless transmission and could tie both together to recommend a solution that they’d be pleased with,” Browne explains. “Our experience with both Bosch products and network products especially gave us the edge and also the foresight to see that Fluidmesh’s wireless transmission solutions would stand a cut above the rest.”
Liamuiga Security has been working with wireless technology since 2005, but this was their first video mesh application. “We adapted very easily to it,” Browne adds. “Once you have a basic concept of networking and network products, then the adaptation is simple.”
SYSTEM CONFIGURATION AND EQUIPMENT:
Bosch 500 PTZ network cameras were used and connected directly to the Fluidmesh 2200 utilizing the 2.5 and 5.1 to 5.8 GHz antennas units. The command center also runs on a Fluidmesh 2200 unit as a receiver head end unit. This configuration was done as to ensure maximum reception and mesh configuration. In addition, these points can also double as a repeater if future expansion is needed. All units were mounted to buildings that provided the main power.
KEEPIN’ THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED:
Browne reports that the system has met and exceeded the client’s needs. The robust construction of the mesh network has enabled the system to run undisturbed and unmaintained with no transmission or signaling issues, and the units have stood the test of time and pass with flying colors. “I think that speaks volumes to the quality of the system and the reliability of the Fluidmesh products,” he says.
“The simple installation and low maintenance was a key factor as we know maintenance is often a lacking area with smaller economies and government,” Browne points out. “The client is also happy that the mesh network is flexible and expandable. They see the benefits not just as a detection tool but also as a preventative one, as well. In most cases, when people know that the system is installed, they’d be cognizant that any activity has the potential to be detected and acted upon swiftly.”
“In choosing a solution provider, if you can’t function in this space, then don’t even try to enter the door, Browne advises. “Fluidmesh held the key for me and has shut the door for anyone else to enter in my book.”
About Liamuiga Security
Liamuiga Security is a family-owned company founded in 2004. Services include Burglar and Fire Alarms, Access Control devices, C.C.T.V. surveillance systems, Vehicle and Asset Management, and Guard services. Liamuiga also has a locksmith service that offers emergency lockouts, master keying, installation and maintenance services. Its Central Monitoring Center offers Alarm and video monitoring and video verification of alarms signals. Clients include residential, business owners, banks, schools, hotels, manufacturing plants and real estate managers and developers. Liamuiga Security is a Certified Dealers for Bosch Security products and Fluidmesh Wireless mesh products and is a members of ASIS International, ALOA International, and CSAA International.