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UK city realises its smart vision

The wireless network is part of the three-year Vision 2020 project to build a smart city

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The Siklu deployment is part of Lincoln's three-year plan to build a smart city
The Siklu deployment is part of Lincoln's three-year plan to build a smart city

The UK city of Lincoln has upgraded 300 CCTV cameras to a new wireless high definition 4K HD system after a £400,000 investment. Wireless radios from mmWave solutions provider Siklu have been deployed across the city.

 

The systems provide 14 high-capacity wireless data links in support of a modern IP networked CCTV system, primarily to provide surveillance for the city and public spaces.

 

The new wireless network is part of the Vision 2020 project announced last year, a three-year plan to build a smart city by improving the city’s infrastructure, roadways and parks. It also includes investing in a new transportation hub. Previously the city’s CCTV system was transmitted back on traditional analogue fibre circuits, which were both costly and limited when it comes to bandwidth.

 

To install the wireless network, the City of Lincoln Council worked closely with security systems integrator Videcom Security, which specialises in large multi-site town and city centre public safety CCTV systems.

 

Videcom chose Siklu as its wireless partner following previous UK successes in Watford, London Borough of Richmond, Ipswich and Cambridge where its hardware had already been deployed.

 

The project involved installing Siklu’s mmWave EtherHaul E-band radios to deliver 1Gbps full duplex capacity for the main backhaul resilient ring over the 80 GHz frequency. Utilising Siklu’s Layer 2 switch functionality to deliver resiliency and diversity routing, the network provides mission-critical up-time with automatic fail-over.

 

In addition, Videcom installed Siklu’s 60 GHz V-band frequency radios to connect 300 cameras at the street level, including city-wide urban traffic cameras.

 

The extended CCTV camera coverage, including the creation of a “safe zone” utilising Siklu radios connecting high specification Dahua cameras, is reportedly already providing significant results, both proactively and reactively. Spare transmission bandwidth is allowing the planning of smart services to the city as well as wi-fi connectivity and car park data-sharing.

 

"We’re pleased to have had such a successful working relationship with Videcom Security on numerous projects throughout the United Kingdom," said Eyal Assa, Siklu’s CEO. "The recent project with the City of Lincoln Council is part of our commitment to providing the most reliable, interference free mmWave technology available to the market for smart city and surveillance system networks."

 

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