Firetide

Firetide, an American provider of wireless mesh network technology, has installed a new wireless surveillance system in Makati City, the financial centre of the Philippines.

The new traffic management centre offers real-time, high-definition video monitoring of major intersections in the Central Business District (CBD), allowing quick detection of traffic trouble spots by the city’s administrators.

The system, which was designed by Facilities Protection, the local Firetide Premier Partner, also helps Makati City’s administrators take proactive measures to alert and divert drivers.

More than 600,000 vehicles travel through downtown Makati City every day, with traffic congestion reaching a critical level in recent years.

The Makati City CCTV Network Project (CCNP) team had sought an advanced traffic surveillance and response system in order address the increasing traffic congestion.

Firetide’s advanced mesh network, based on its patented Automesh technology, offers edge-of-network support to over 100 high-definition cameras while providing reliable wireless backhaul.

Facilities Protection president Ariel Dela Cruz said that 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 Centre.

"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," Cruz added.

"More than 600,000 vehicles travel through downtown Makati City every day, with traffic congestion reaching a critical level in recent years."

Phase 1 of the Makati City project covers major streets, including Ayala Avenue, Sen. Gil Puyat (formerly Buendia) Avenue, Makati Avenue and JP Rizal Avenue, with two zones created to cover these four major avenues.

Zone 1 (Ayala Zone) comprises ten intersections including a total of 47 cameras and 14 Firetide mesh nodes with 11 multi-hops. Zone 2 (Makati Zone) covers 15 intersections and includes 68 cameras and 22 Firetide mesh nodes with 19 multi-hops.

Under the project, major intersections were provided with four fixed-focus cameras and one pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera, which will ensure continuous, full-video coverage of each intersection.

A total of 115 HD cameras were installed, requiring a minimum of 30 Mbps bandwidth for non- multiple input / multiple output (MIMO) links, and 150 Mbps bandwidth for MIMO links for the mesh radios.

The Firetide 7000 series provides a viable option or complement to fibre, delivering equivalent reliability and redundancy without the associated costs of installation and maintenance.


Image: Firetide’s advanced mesh network, based on its patented Automesh technology, can provide edge-of-network support to over 100 high-definition cameras. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.