VIDEO / SECURITY BACKHAUL

Surveillance and security camera backhaul using IP technology over wireless bridges


Video Surveillance via IP cameras has accelerated in the post 9/11 world and placed demands on communications networks to handle large volumes of data, which has increased exponentially due to the transition to High Definition video.  LightPoint's laser-radios and point to point 60 GHz and 70/80 GHz radios are used to aggregate such data streams and backhaul to monitoring facilities.


Critical points of entry at borders and locations such as airports, shipping ports, and highway checkpoints have experienced massive growth in the need for cameras and the network infrastructure to aggregate such transmission feeds. The reasons for this growth include the recent drops in prices for IP cameras, increased need for High Definition video, and  the ease of installing IP security systems.

Adding to the ease of installation is the widespread use of Power over Ethernet (PoE) products. Most of LightPointe's wireless bridges for security backhaul utilize PoE, for fast and efficient installation and low power consumption. Traditional AC power wiring is often not available or easy to install.  PoE has emerged to allow devices such as networked cameras and wireless bridges to receive power over the same cable that carries data.




Industries & Sectors:

  • Enterprises (facilities/building monitoring)
  • Shipping/Ports
  • Transportation (Airports, Train Stations, Mass Transit)
  • Airports
  • Borders
  • Military
  • Government (Local, State, Federal)





Keeping networks safe from intruders is a top priority for all Enterprises, including government agencies. With today's Enterprises operating networks at speeds of Fast Ethernet and higher, IT professionals face constant pressure to balance LAN improvements and security to ensure the integrity of day-to-day business operations and protection of confidential information. Enterprises transferring large amounts of voice, video or data need secure ultra-high bandwidth building-to-building connectivity that does not carry enormous costs of fiber-optic cable. 

Camera Backhaul / Application Scenario

Scenario
An Enterprise (business, school, government agency, airport, etc.) wants to install cameras at another building or site. Optionally, the Enterprise wants to extend its LAN to the new site and provide GigE/GbE Ethernet connections. 

Potential Challenges

  1. Running fiber optic cable is not possible due to rights-of-way issues, high cost, inability to trench, or installation delays.
  2. Existing cable cannot handle high definition camera/PTZ requirements such as low latency and high bandwidth operation.
  3. Alternative wireless solutions are prone to eavesdropping, too slow, too expensive, or are not possible due to RF congestion or licensing issues.


Solution
The Enterprise installs a Gigabit-capacity LightPointe 4th generation Free Space Optics bridge, providing both the capacity for HD cameras and optional LAN extension.

Benefits

  1. Easy to install, and ability to deploy more cameras: No trenching and no rights-of-way issues—while providing “fat broadband pipe” for multiple HD cameras.
  2. Fast installation: No delays in providing video security and network access to remote building up to ~600 meters away (~half-mile).
  3. Lower costs: No recurring monthly lease-line costs. No trenching and cabling/fiber costs. License-free (no regulatory start-up or recurring fees).
  4. High security: Wireless laser transmission cannot be successfully intercepted (no eavesdropping), making it the perfect counterpart to advanced security products. Also, the Enterprise owns/controls their data/camera feeds (no sharing).
  5. Immunity to radio frequency issues: Optics technology is immune to RF congestion and RF interference—and doesn’t require RF licensing.
  6. Lowest latency possible of any wired or wireless technology, for speed-of-light transmission of security video and PTZ commands.