Siklu, the global market leader in millimeter-wave solutions, and 2017 Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner for Best Wireless Broadband Solution, has been selected by the City of Wichita to provide the wireless connectivity for 72 fixed bullet, dome and PTZ cameras from Axis Communications* that make up the surveillance network deployed in the city’s Old Town district.
The City of Wichita deployed Siklu MultiHaul™ radios instead of running fiber throughout the city, which would have been cost prohibitive.
Community Improvement Project funds were received to implement a security system that would provide coverage throughout the entire Old Town district, which is now a popular entertainment area.
Previously, the city relied on video footage collected from private businesses.
The new system is now monitored through its recently opened crime monitoring center built using the Genetec™* Security Center unified security platform.
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“One of the heavy burdens we uncovered during our initial data collection is that we spend a lot of police resources in Old Town,” said Denise Peters, Program Manager, City Manager’s Office, for the City of Wichita.
“Our new wireless security network now enables us to utilize our officers more strategically and to provide better response in the event of an incident.”
In addition to the MultiHaul™, the wireless network uses Siklu’s EtherHaul™ mmWave radios for longer-range backhaul connecting cameras to the new command and control center.
Thanks to the multi-gigabit capacity of the network, the city can run multiple applications on the same wireless network simultaneously and is looking at using Siklu mmWave wireless radios for other applications, such as local area network connectivity to city buildings.
By using the MultiHaul™, Siklu’s newest mmWave radio technology, systems integrator Sandifer Engineering & Controls, Inc., was able to significantly reduce the amount of time it took to install and configure the wireless system.
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“With the MultiHaul, one of the biggest positives was obtaining complete network reliability while achieving the high throughput and speeding up installation times,” said Jeremy Long, Security Project Manager, Sandifer Engineering & Controls, Inc.
The MultiHaul™ uses beamforming technology within a point-to-multipoint network topology that makes installation by a single person a reality for system integrators.
The solution’s 90-degree scanning antenna auto-aligns multiple terminal units from a single base unit, serving multiple locations while reducing installation times and the total cost of ownership for end users.
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Siklu radios leverage narrow beams in the 60, 70-80 GHz millimeter wave spectrum to transmit information across security networks, providing interference free communication infrastructure, making it ideal for mission critical and smart cities deployments that demand secured always-on connectivity.
“Reliable gigabit bandwidth and the ability to share information quickly between municipal and safety departments can help make cities safer by enabling police departments to take a proactive approach with their city surveillance systems,” said Eyal Assa, Chief Executive Officer of Siklu.
“And that’s a win for everyone.”
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
American Security Today’s 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Awards Presentation Luncheon at ISC East was an overwhelming success, with distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government.
Over 100 professionals gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included:
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission
- State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies, and
- Leaders in Private Security
Recognized for their Innovative Training and Education Programs, Outstanding Product Development Achievements and Exciting New Technologies to address the growing Homeland Security Threats our Nation is facing.
American Security Today was formed after careful reflection of 9/11 and its aftermath when the Department of Homeland Security was established and there was an immediate explosion of new products and solutions for what was perceived as an imminent second attack on primary targets in the United States.
As time moved forward from 9/11 itself and in recent years, the threats to our nation have evolved from a large scale 9/11 type attack to:
- Domestic and International Terrorist Attacks carried out by ‘lone wolves’ and coordinated individuals
- Cybersecurity breach attacks against our government agencies, financial institutions and critical infrastructure facilities
- Unprecedented urban violence
- Cultural shifts and societal media bias, which make it increasingly difficult to secure our nation in this constantly evolving threat environment.
These current circumstances have put forward another rapid expansion of new ideas, products and solutions to combat these ever changing challenges.
These changes have called for a new generation of security experts in the Homeland Security and Public Safety fields who need real time knowledge of our ever growing threats.
These experts include the Government at the Federal, State and Local levels as well as from Private Firms specializing in Physical Security, Port Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security responsible for implementing coordinated security measures to ensure our Nation’s Security and improve Public Safety.
Together, each of these entities work together seamlessly on the front lines of protecting our communities, to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’
AST focuses on Homeland Security and Public Safety Breaking News, the Newest Initiatives and Hottest Technologies in Physical & IT Security, essential to meeting today’s growing security challenges.
To highlight the tremendous accomplishments of agencies and firms receiving this prestigious award, be on the the lookout for American Security Today’s Annual December ‘ASTORS’ Champions Edition – ‘Year in Review.’
“Siklu’s multi-gigabit fiber-like wireless connectivity delivers in urban, suburban and rural areas, providing gigabit services, 5G fixed wireless for innovative safe city and smart city projects.”
“Congratulations to Siklu on your Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Win and your new project with the City of Witchita” said Tammy Waitt, AST Editorial Director.
*Axis Communications and Genetec have also been recognized as 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Program Winners.