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Redline: Video Surveillance Wireless Networking Best Practices

Security in Broadband Wireless Networks

The rapidly decreasing cost of video cameras is allowing government agencies, the private sector and military organizations to deploy video surveillance without significantly increasing their public safety and security budgets. As a result, the number of video surveillance systems is expected to grow exponentially worldwide. The vast majority of these systems will employ outdoor wireless technology. This white paper presents the benefits of using wireless and examines key issues and best practices related to deploying wireless technology for video surveillance.

Wireless networking eliminates the time-consuming installation of data cables. The small, lightweight radios and cameras simplify mounting requirements, making installation quick and easy. Modern wireless equipment employs non-line-of-sight (NLOS) technology, eliminating most buildingrelated issues and simplifying outdoor deployment.

Video surveillance saves money and uses resources effectively. For example, a prominent police department estimates that 30 cameras are equivalent to 30 surveillance officers on the street, while the central monitoring station requires only two officers. The cost and time of acquiring rights-of-way, digging trenches, and installing and testing a wired network are prohibitively high compared to the cost of installing a wireless network. A wireless network can be operational and delivering benefits for a fraction of the time and cost.

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