Australia Local Government To Deploy Country’s Largest Municipal Wireless Video Surveillance Network


Using funds from Australia’s Federal Government’s Safer Cities project, Moreton Bay Regional Council has contracted with Link Security Group to deploy the most extensive wireless IP video surveillance network in Australia, with 130 square kilometers of mesh coverage.

Moreton Bay Regional Council is the third largest local government in Australia, with an estimated population of 370,000. The system integrates wireless infrastructure mesh from Firetide, network cameras from Axis Communications and video management software from Milestone Systems.

Link Security Group was selected based on their proposed solution’s ability to overcome challenges in the design and deployment of the surveillance network. Chief among those were designing a completely wireless high-bandwidth video solution that would not be affected by weather conditions, rust, corrosion or vandalism. Most importantly, the system needed to be built under a critical timeline and meet the requirement to transmit high-resolution and HDTV live video feeds.

The extended coverage area and stringent performance specifications were the major factors in selecting wireless product for this project. Link decided to use Firetide’s wireless infrastructure mesh network that could meet these requirements and provide industry leading performance and reliability. Forty-two Firetide outdoor mesh nodes form the infrastructure backbone of the project, supporting close to 50 outdoor IP video surveillance cameras.

In addition to all-wireless infrastructure, the project is also the first in Australia to incorporate Axis HDTV cameras alongside Firetide’s wireless infrastructure mesh technology. Link chose Axis Communications rugged outdoors cameras for the installation, including pan-tilt-zoom Q6032-E cameras for their impressive optics package, and fixed HDTV P1344 cameras for the ability to transmit video at 30 frames per second in HD resolution. Milestone XProtect open-platform video management software supports multiple server applications and unlimited IP cameras. The benefit of the Milestone VMS in this project is that although the Council’s initial requirement is to support the IP cameras, there is an opportunity for the Milestone platform to integrate the Council’s existing large population of existing analog CCTV cameras.

“Firetide represents the very best in cutting-edge wireless technology, with its wireless infrastructure mesh optimized for the transmission of surveillance video,” said Alex Baulden, senior network engineer of Link Security Group. “Firetide clearly has the best in class hardware for the project of this size. The security and reliability of communications were critical, and performance we’ve seen in the field is impressive.” The network is currently ahead of the project delivery schedule, and Link intends to transfer system ownership to the Council within months.

“Where image quality is the key consideration it is important to have full frame rate video streaming so that activities in a scene and fast-moving objects can be easily seen and captured,” said Wai King Wong, country manager ANZ of Axis Communications. “Our HDTV cameras are compliant with the SMPTE standards in resolution, frame rate, color fidelity and aspect ratio to ensure that a rich viewing experience with excellent image detail is achieved.”

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