Wichita Deploys Interference-Free Wireless System to Support New Security Network

Siklu’s multigigabit mmWave wireless system now provides interference-free point to multipoint operation supporting 72 cameras in the city’s Old Town district.

Wichita, Kan. — When the City of Wichita need a cost-effective alternative to running fiber throughout the city, it turned to a specialist in millimeter-wave solutions.

MultiHaul auto-aligned radios by Siklu were selected to provide the wireless connectivity for 72 fixed bullet, dome and pan/tilt/zoom (p/t/z) cameras from Axis Communications that make up the surveillance network deployed in the city’s Old Town district, a popular entertainment area.

Previously relying on video footage collected from private businesses, the new system is now monitored through its recently opened crime monitoring center built using the Genetec Security Center unified platform.

“One of the heavy burdens we uncovered during our initial data collection is that we spend a lot of police resources in Old Town,” says Denise Peters, program manager, city manager’s office for Wichita. “Our new wireless security network now enables us to utilize our officers more strategically and to provide better response in the event of an incident.”

In addition to the MultiHaul radios, the wireless network uses Siklu’s EtherHaul mmWave radios for longer-range backhaul, connecting cameras to the new command and control center.

With the multi-gigabit capacity of the network, the city can run multiple applications on the same wireless network simultaneously and is looking at using Siklu mmWave wireless radios for other applications, such as local area network connectivity to city buildings, according to the company.

The MultiHaul works by using beamforming technology within a point-to-multipoint network topology to make installation by a single person a reality for system integrators.

The solution’s 90° scanning antenna auto-aligns multiple terminal units from a single base unit, serving multiple locations while reducing installation times and the total cost of ownership for end users.

Siklu radios leverage narrow beams in the 60, 70-80 GHz millimeter wave spectrum to transmit information across security networks, providing interference free communication infrastructure, making it well-suited for mission critical and smart cities deployments that demand secured always-on connectivity.

Systems integrator Sandifer Engineering & Controls says using Siklu’s MultiHaul radios, it was able to significantly reduce the amount of time it took to install and configure the wireless system.

“With the MultiHaul, one of the biggest positives was obtaining complete network reliability while achieving the high throughput and speeding up installation times,” says Jeremy Long, security project manager, Sandifer Engineering & Controls.

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