Smart Cities, which were initially defined as municipalities connecting low data rate sensors, have been evolving to demand high-capacity connectivity at gigabit-per-second speed. This high-bandwidth network infrastructure is needed to support new applications such as video security, public Wi-Fi backhaul and private city network deployments. As municipalities move to support an increase in public safety cameras and improved municipal connectivity, the networks are being upgraded. All of this serves to help fuel economic development for residents, cost savings for the cities and improved security for all.
A key challenge with so many services to be supported is to implement a single, city-wide network that can provide enough capacity for all these services today, as well as to scale up as more connected devices and locations are added in the future. While fibre is a core portion of these citywide networks, fibre does not have nearly the ubiquitous coverage that can be achieved with mmWave wireless. Extending the fibre network with trenching and new fibre can be costly and time consuming. Using fibre where it is available, but adding the capacity and latency of fibre networks with Siklu solutions to virtually any location, gives city planners the ability to have 100 per cent coverage.
Examples of Smart City projects using Siklu include the Burnley Town Centre project, which installed 18 high capacity point-to-point mmWave EtherHaul 500TX and 600TX links from Siklu to deliver interference-free connectivity for 40 newly installed HD IP CCTV cameras.
In the City of Wichita, Siklu’s radios are connecting 72 fixed bullet, dome and PTZ cameras to protect its Old Town district. The multi-gigabit capacity network can run multiple applications on the same wireless network simultaneously. Interference in the 5GHz band was a significant concern for the City of Wichita and mmWave addressed this potential problem.
Dover Castle, an 11th century historic location popular with tourists, sought improvements in its network connectivity throughout the site. Having to support POS data, public access Wi-Fi, CCTV and corporate LAN extensions, a number of Siklu EH-600TX links were deployed around the castle grounds, most with a camouflage vinyl wrap to ensure the radios blend in with their surroundings.
Siklu has long been an industry leader in gigabit wireless connectivity, positioned with the largest choice of reliable wireless fibre radios and delivering up to 10Gbps Full Duplex throughput in PtP and almost 2Gbps in PtMP configurations. Siklu has recently extended its interference-free portfolio to offer the breakthrough SmartHaul Wireless Network Design Engine (WiNDE), which accelerates smart cities’ time of deployment by automating complex mmWave network designs.
WiNDE is part of a complete SmartHaul SaaS Application suite, including a Financial Analysis Calculator and a Range Estimator tool. The apps gives customers the tools they need to plan a mmWave network from a business case perspective all the way to an actual network design. Siklu customers enjoy a true comprehensive end-to-end solution from planning to deployment.
‘Today there is an increasing acceptance of Siklu’s mmWave technology, and people are starting to recognise the benefits our solution provides when compared with installing new fibre or a traditional Wi-Fi-based wireless infrastructure network,’ said Eyal Assa, Siklu’s CEO. ‘Crossing the 100 Cities threshold, Siklu is building urban resilience and providing steady multi-gigabit infrastructure which cities can rely on and have confidence in their ability to scale up in the future.’
Siklu’s End-to-End solution will be showcased at IFSEC 2018, June 19-21, Excel, London, Milestone pavilion C340.
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