|[September 03, 2013]
Makati City, Financial Center of the Philippines, Deploys Firetide Mesh Network to Alleviate Traffic Congestion
CAMPBELL, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Inc., the technology leader in private
wireless broadband networks based on advanced mesh technology,
announced the successful deployment of a state-of-the-art wireless
surveillance system in Makati City, Philippines. The new traffic
management center provides real-time, high-definition video monitoring
of crucial major intersections in the Central Business District (CBD),
enabling city administrators to quickly detect traffic troublespots and
take proactive measures to alert and divert drivers.
Firetide's (News - Alert) advanced mesh network, based on its patented Automesh(TM) technology, emerged as the only technology that could deliver edge-of-network support to more than one hundred high-definition cameras, while at the same time providing reliable wireless backhaul. (Photo: Business Wire)
On a typical weekday in Makati City, more than 600,000 vehicles traverse
the downtown area. Traffic congestion in Makati City has reached a
critical level in recent years due to the influx of multinational and
local companies. Rush-hour traffic can cripple this financial center of
the Philippines - distances that pedestrians typically walk in 15
minutes to 20 minutes can sometimes require 30 to 60 minutes in a
vehicle at peak rush hour.
To address the mounting traffic congestion, the Makati City CCTV Network
Project (CCNP) team specified an advanced traffic surveillance and
response system with the following key requirements:
A high-bandwidth network capable of handling a cluster of five
high-definition cameras, four fixed cameras, and one pan-tilt-zoom
camera at numerous major intersections
Relay stations for locations without line of sight
Interoperation with existing fiber on certain locations, without
degrading overall performance
Rapid deployment with minimal downtime and disruption during
Firetide's advanced mesh network, based on its patented Automesh™
technology, emerged as the only technology that could deliver
edge-of-network support to more than one hundred igh-definition
cameras, while at the same time providing reliable wireless backhaul.
"The Firetide AutoMesh technology is crucial for rapid identification of
traffic problems because it can handle the incredible amount of traffic
generated by 115 high-definition cameras and deliver a jitter-free video
feed to the Makati City Command Center. The Firetide local team was also
instrumental in supporting our engineers for this successful rollout,"
said Ariel Dela Cruz, president of Facilities Protection Inc., the local
Firetide Premier Partner that designed and installed the system. "Since
the new system was placed into service, city administrators have been
able to respond to accidents immediately and take steps to mitigate
congestion by providing live traffic updates to city residents and
workers via the Web and social media."
Commenting on the city's advanced wireless network infrastructure,
Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay Jr. said: "The primary
function of the new traffic monitoring system is to alleviate traffic
congestion, document traffic law violations, and detect criminal acts.
But the advanced wireless network that underpins this system can deliver
other important benefits for the city. For example, during the recent
typhoon Maring and monsoon rains, we were able to better monitor the
flooded areas of the city and make decisions to evacuate residents and
Firetide provides the high-speed wireless network infrastructure for
Phase 1 of the Makati City project focuses on major streets that include
Ayala Avenue, Sen. Gil Puyat (formerly Buendia) Avenue, Makati Avenue
and J.P. Rizal Avenue. Two zones were created to cover these four major
avenues. Zone 1 (Ayala Zone) covers 10 intersections comprising a total
of 47 cameras and 14 Firetide mesh nodes with 11 multi-hops. Zone 2
(Makati Zone) covers 15 intersections and comprises a total of 68
cameras and 22 Firetide mesh nodes with 19 multi-hops. Main
intersections were provided with four fixed focus cameras and one
pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera. These cameras will ensure continuous,
full-video coverage of each intersection. The PTZ cameras can also be
used for other purposes such as zooming in on critical areas that
require detailed monitoring. A total of 115 HD cameras were deployed,
requiring a minimum of 30 Mbps bandwidth for non-MIMO (multiple
input/multiple output) links, and 150 Mbps bandwidth for MIMO links for
the mesh radios.
Designed for today, upgradeable for tomorrow
The Firetide 7000 series offers a viable alternative or complement to
fiber, delivering equivalent reliability and redundancy without the
associated costs of installation and maintenance. For Makati City, a key
benefit is that the system is inherently future-proof - a useful
attribute as city administrators are planning to augment the coverage of
the system to include additional areas of the city, with video
surveillance of the entire city planned for the future.
"The successful implementation of the Makati City project represents
another important milestone for Firetide in the Philippines and the
Asia-Pacific sector. Firetide continues to lead in providing
mission-critical networks where delivery of real-time, high-definition
video and real-time PTZ camera controls is critical but technically
challenging for wireless networks. We will continue to deliver higher
performance next-generation solutions in a cost-effective way to serve
major cities worldwide," said Jeremy Koh, vice president of sales,
Asia-Pacific for Firetide.
Firetide has applications in government, commercial and industrial
Wireless mesh network infrastructure supports video surveillance,
mobility, wireless backhaul offload and process automation for
applications such as public safety, transportation and smart grid.
Unique to Firetide's solution is its patented AutoMesh™
technology, which enables businesses, governments and industrial
customers to view live, high-bandwidth video feeds reliably, securely
and with low latency.
About Firetide Inc.
Firetide, headquartered in Silicon Valley, is the technology leader in
private wireless broadband networks based on mesh technology. The
company has more than 10,000 customers in 40 countries around the world,
including Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit, the City of Chicago, the
world's longest mesh network at the Thailand Royal Irrigation
Department, and a citywide Intelligent Transportation System that covers
185 square miles in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, visit www.firetide.com
or follow Firetide at @firetide.
Firetide and AutoMesh are trademarks of Firetide Inc. All other company
and product names are the trademarks of their respective owners.
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