Cambridge, Ontario Upgrades Public Safety Video Network With 60 GHz Products

Siklu’s EtherHaul 600 point-to-point 60 GHz solution features capacity from 100Mbps up to 1Gbps, upgradeable software, flexible deployment options and more.

SAN JOSE, Calif. —  Siklu, a global market leader in 5G mmWave wireless network solutions, announces its radios have been deployed in the City of Cambridge, located roughly 100km west of Toronto, Ontario, to provide outdoor video security and support potential public WiFi network services.

Though the city has fiber connections connecting several municipal buildings and continues to deploy more where it makes economic sense, outdoor video surveillance required more flexibility to accommodate the necessary camera locations, according to the company.

Most parking lots, intersections and pedestrian walkways do not have a fiber POP (“point of presence”) nearby. This meant the project would require a wireless solution.

Siklu says the solution had several additional requirements. It needed to be flexible when it came to expanding the video security coverage, it had to be secure and it also had to have enough capacity that it could support additional high bandwidth applications, such as the deployment of Public WiFi.

The wireless network would then need to be able to backhaul gigabit per second public WiFi APs (“access points”) with no additional truck rolls.

The integrator working on the project, Alliance Security Systems, investigated 5 GHz solutions as well as 60 GHz and determined that only 60 GHz products could meet current and future requirements.

The “EtherHaul 600” point-to-point 60 GHz solution from Siklu features capacity from 100Mbps up to 1Gbps, upgradeable software, flexible deployment options (up to 1km “link” range), small size (mountable on street light poles) and immunity to radio interference (e.g., 5 GHz systems are subject to the ever increasing WiFi noise floor).

Phase 1 of the program supported ten multi-lens camera deployments, and the network design had six 1-Gbps Siklu V-Band radios collocated at the city clock tower. This dense colocation was a result of the very narrow 60GHz radio beams and the abundant spectrum (14GHz) available.

Deployment of the Siklu radios was accomplished within a week and incorporated an Axis Communications P3717 multi-lens cameras managed by a Genetec Security Center unified security platform.

“By utilizing the point to point technology in such a way where we colocate the head end, we end up approaching a cumulative speed of over 10Gbps per second once Phase 2 is commissioned. That’s just an astounding wireless speed in today’s world. The network has been such a success that beyond expansion plans with Cambridge, we are in discussions with other municipalities,” states Tom Hackett, Alliance Security Systems.

The city also operates the phase 1 network to provide access to police as requested for specific incidents or investigations. Since the installation of the video security network, a car theft ring was apprehended and there has been a noticeable reduction in crime, according to Siklu.

As light poles become available, phase 2 will add seven new cameras and will be supported by Siklu’s V-Band “EtherHaul 600” radios. The EtherHaul 600 units feature 1 Gbits of capacity and can accommodate future expansions of the system.

“The network was installed and is delivering in all aspects — high up time and excellent video quality,” says Trevor McWilliams, manager of business development for the City of Cambridge Ontario Economic Development. “We are confident that the network deployed will operate for many years and be able to support new applications as needed.”

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