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Lincoln Council selects high capacity wireless links for Smart City

Lincoln Council selects high capacity wireless links for Smart City

Siklu Inc., a global market leader in mmWave solutions, has announced that its wireless radios have been deployed in the City of Lincoln, United Kingdom. These 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 in 2017. Vision 2020 is a three-year plan to build a Smart City improving the city’s infrastructure, roadways and parks and includes investing in a new transportation hub. Previously, the city’s CCTV system was transmitted back on traditional analogue fibre circuits, these were both costly and bandwidth-limiting.

To install the wireless network, the City of Lincoln Council worked closely with security systems integrator Videcom Security Ltd, a company specialising in large multisite town and city centre public safety CCTV systems. Videcom chose Siklu as their wireless partner following previous successes in Watford, London Borough Richmond, Ipswich and Cambridge City where Siklu hardware had already been successfully deployed, demonstrating the best cost and performance solution.

The project involved installing Siklu’s mmWave EtherHaul™ E-band radios to deliver 1 Gbps 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 citywide Urban Traffic Cameras.

Ultralow latency combined with high reliability and accurate forecasted uptime and resilience added weight to the tendered design and installation. Significant cost savings on transmission and reduction in maintenance have also helped to reduce the total lifetime cost of the CCTV system.

“At Videcom we have always been impressed with the level of support and in particular Siklu’s commitment to training of our engineers and the ongoing direct support offered,” said Bill Mead Managing Director of Videcom Security. “We are pleased to work closely with Siklu and are looking forward to the next project.”

The extended CCTV camera coverage, including the creation of a Safe Zone, utilising Siklu radios connecting high specification Dahua cameras is 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.”