NEC has turned its hand to crimefighting in Liverpool with a WiFi and video solution that will help police monitor public safety hotspots in the CBD.
Liverpool Council is set to deploy NEC’s high-bandwidth radio technology as the foundation for an integrated WiFi and CCTV network designed to make the city centre, parks and street malls safer and better connected.
The Council secured federal funding to support redevelopment initiatives in the CBD, which included a proposal for a solution to provide free WiFi to the public utilising the CCTV network.
Liverpool Police Commander, Peter Gilliam, said the new CCTV network would help police monitor public safety hotspots within the CBD.
“It will provide 24-hour recording of local streets, retail precincts and parks across central Liverpool and act as a valuable deterrent against all types of anti-social behaviour,” he said.
The network links 30 CCTV cameras, the Liverpool police station, the Council’s administration building and more than 60 WiFi access points in the city.
The network comprises of five 1GBp/s (gigabyte per second) microwave radio rings that are based on 25 of NEC’s latest high capacity, e-band iPASOLINK EX microwave links.
It will also help Liverpool Council reduce both technology and physical maintenance costs.
The new surveillance capabilities are expected to reduce city maintenance costs by reducing vandalism and flow-on costs resulting from spending on security and repairs.
While the network provides a flexible, standards-based foundation that allows it to scale up in the future without incurring additional hardware expenses.
The project was based on the new IEEE-802.11ac standards which deliver at 300 Mbps, and are sufficient to meet the growing connectivity expectations of users.
The Council can also scale the radio platform to double capacity to 2GBp/s without changing hardware.
According to a company statement, NEC’s iPASOLINK EX solution helped Liverpool City Council overcome high operational expenditure previously incurred under similarly designed solutions.
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The iPASOLINK EX operates in the E-band spectrum, a self-regulated frequency which carries a low recurring monthly cost per link from the Australian Communications and Media Authority.