Milan, Italy. May 2006. The municipality of Como in Northern Italy recently decided to install a CCTV system taking advantage of the innovative Fluidmesh wireless technology, developed by Fluidmesh Networks, a Boston-based MIT spin-off. The first dome camera with Fluidmesh transmission was installed at the beginning of January 2006. By June 2006, the municipaly plans to install other 11 cameras, creating the largest wireless mesh CCTV system in Europe.
Fluidmesh 2200 is a wireless product with innovative “intelligent” transmission capabilities that are not present in any traditional Wi-Fi or HiperLAN devices. Based on advanced mesh networking algorithms, Fluidmesh technology is able to optimize the transmission through the optimal path, performing “intelligent” routing of packets in real time. Fluidmesh 2200 is the first wireless mesh product specifically designed for video-surveillance applications and it stands apart from any competing wireless product thanks to several advanced capabilities related to video-streaming.
Fluidmesh 2200 strength is the advanced internal prioritization and optimization system, capable of detecting the type of packet transmitted (es. TCP, UDP, etc.) and the employed video-encoding standard (es. MPEG4 I-frame, MEPG4 P-frame, M-JPEG). The wireless transmission system automatically optimizes every packet transmission based on the packet type and characteristics.
“This project proves Fluidmesh’s superiority compared to any other wireless product – declares Umberto Malesci, Fluidmesh president and founder. “The municipality of Como wanted to be able to easily move and reposition the cameras and the wireless transmitters to meet its changing needs in terms of security and video-control. No traditional Wi-Fi or Hiperlan product would be capable to meet this requirement. Fluidmesh is clearly providing unmatched flexibility”.
“This technology is absolutely innovative – explained Giovanni Fazio, head of City of Como IT department – it allows us to move the cameras depending on our needs creating dynamic wireless bridges. Moreover, in case one camera is not working, the others would still be able to keep streaming video by changing the wireless links in use”.
“The municipality of Como gave us a complex set of requirements because they needed to install cameras in two different areas of the city center: on the coast of the lake of Como and in the most central and luxurious street in town, via Vittorio Emanuele – says Andrea Orioli, chief engineer of WBS S.r.l., the engineering company hired by the City of Como to design the system – Our association with the Incubator of the Politecnico of Milan allowed us to create a close partnership with Fluidmesh Networks and to offer to the municipality of Como a solution that integrates state-of-the-art technologies. Our Fluidmesh-based CCTV system has an extremely low visual impact but it is clearly a step ahead of what we could have done with a standard Wi-Fi solution in terms of mobility, flexibility and reliability”.
Fluidmesh products are currently sold only through selected CCTV distributors and system integrators who joined the Fluidmesh Channel Partners Network both in Europe and in the US. Fluidmesh Networks will present Fluidmesh technology to the European market at large in May 2006 at IFSEC, a major trade-show for the European security industry, and in the Fall 2006 in San Diego at ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits to the US market.
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Fluidmesh Networks is the worldwide leader in wireless video-surveillance systems based on mesh networking technology. The company is focused on the development of top-quality wireless products for video-surveillance applications in large areas at risk. Fluidmesh Networks' target markets are municipalities, industrial plants, 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 (USA) and the Politecnico of Milan in Italy, Fluidmesh Networks serves its customers worldwide from its headquarters in Boston, and from its European office based Italy.