The Cameras Work: Denver’s wireless video surveillance

It’s either luck or the public safety video surveillance systems (“crime cameras”) are going mainstream. Denver Post recently ran an extensive article on Denver’s HALO (High Activity Location Observation) system. The initial phase of the system included 50 cameras and was deployed in the preparation for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The system uses Firetide’s wireless […]

Network design considerations for wireless video surveillance

My post Why Flexibility of Mesh Topology is Important for Video Surveillance drew an extended comment from Joe Wargo of AO Wireless, and I’m using it as a jumping off point to address some of the issues impacting network design for wireless security and surveillance. (Sections in italics are Joe’s comments, with my commentary below each paragraph. Headings […]

Real-time Security Video in Public Transport: Killer App for Wireless?

Firetide recently announced a contract with Thales Portugal to provide Mumbai Metro with real-time, mobile wireless video surveillance network. The network will be deployed to provide onboard video surveillance and broadcast of text message to passenger information display. The Mumbai Metro is a three-line, high capacity rapid transit system spanning 40 miles that is being built […]

Firetide predicts 100 percent growth in muni wireless mesh networks

For 2010, Firetide forecasts 100 percent increase in demand for city-wide wireless infrastructure mesh networks but with a focus on municipal infrastructure rather than free public Wi-Fi applications. Eager for more and affordable capacity, municipalities will turn towards wireless infrastructure mesh vendors that can provide “fiber-like” performance at a fraction of fiber’s cost for a […]

Firetide raises $8.5 million in 5th round of funding

Firetide, a wireless mesh vendor, has raised $8.5 million in its fifth round of funding, mostly from a new investor, ESCO Technologies. ESCO makes utility, filtration, and RF shielding equipment. According to Firetide CEO Bo Larsson, ESCO’s Aclara division signed an agreement with Firetide to develop a wireless mesh product for automated meter reading applications […]