Wireless Mesh Technology Helps Protect French Buildings

Garonor, one of the most famous business and services center located in the Ile de France region, needed a security system to monitor its buildings, which are located between two airports, the Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget.

But finding a creative, cost-effective CCTV solution presented several challenges. Among the difficulties: the distance between the buildings (some of them near the Charles de Gaulle airport and others next to Le Bourges Airport) and network constraints such as interferences due to the radars coming from the airports.

“We were able to meet the client’s needs and cover the distance and line of sight issues with the most creative and cost-effective solution,” said Francois Bellini, Fluidmesh sales manager in France.  “That solution was wireless mesh technology. We also had to tune and change the radio frequencies of the products to avoid the network interferences caused by the airport radars”.

Video Engineering, the distribution company that managed the project, worked with Bellini to provide the best system configuration to meet Garonor’s needs.

The project is progressing in three phases. During the first two, five FM1100 and four FM2200 Duos were installed. One of the FM1100s is being used to connect the control room while two of the FM2200s Duo serve the NVR connection to the entire network.

“We set up a mixed network that allowed us to mount both the Fluidmesh 2200 radios and the Fluidmesh 1100 units,” Bellini said. “This will also enable Garonor and Video Engineering to expand the system using five additional FM1100 MITO units and a FM3100 MITO device. The client and the installer addressed the challenges this particular installation presented, and recognized one key factor working in their favor -- they had line of sight,” he adds.

Video Engineering staff relied on Fluidmesh technical support to streamline its design of the model: a mixed network to cover the distance between Garonor’s buildings that provides a wireless infrastructure with a much higher level of redundancy compared to traditional wireless technology. With Fluidmesh, the radios can be part of an integral network designed for Garonor that can be easily expanded in the future.

The third phase of the project is completion of an advanced configuration and is targeted for the end of this year.

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