Modesto, California deploys 4.9 GHz wireless video surveillance

The police department of Modesto, California has deployed a wireless video surveillance network that uses the 4.9 GHz frequency band. The first phase covers 5 x 5 city blocks in the downtown area with ten cameras. The cost is approximately $30,000 per camera (includes cost of servers, storage, wireless infrastructure, equipment in monitoring facility). The images are transmitted to the city hall (using 4.9 GHz), and from city hall, they are distributed over a fiber network to the police department. The city decided to use 4.9 GHz over unlicensed spectrum because it believes that this will provide it with the most bandwidth and the least interference. The network uses equipment from Wi4Net, a division of CelPlan Technologies, Inc. (a provider of integrated wireless broadband and video surveillance solutions).

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