Texas City Builds IP-Based Video Surveillance Network


Southlake, Texas, a suburb of Dallas/Fort Worth, is building an IP-based video surveillance system in order to deter crime in its town square. The city has decided to deploy an advanced, yet unobtrusive, IP video surveillance solution to increase the police force’s ability to detect, investigate and prevent crime.

Redmoon Inc., a wireless solutions provider based in Plano, Texas, created a high-capacity wireless backbone built with BridgeWave field-upgradeable 80GHz wireless links. Initially, the plan was to link the cameras to the city’s existing network using fiber-optic-based services, but fiber wasn’t deployed to all town square buildings and laying conduit wasn’t an option.

The first phase of the implementation included backhaul links and 32 Sony IP video cameras. The next phase includes the addition of another 27 cameras. Southlake initially expected to be able to accommodate up to 100 cameras on its backhaul network, and now has the capacity to support five times that number. As a result, the city will be able extend IP video surveillance to public parks as well as public works facilities to address added homeland security requirements.

“Our resilient high-speed wireless network can grow along with our ever-expanding public safety initiatives to strengthen the overarching sense of security throughout the community,” says Wade Goolsby, Southlake police chief. “Southlake’s downtown area is becoming a model for highly efficient and effective public safety.”

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