Narad Networks Inc., instead of having a client spend money on completely new infrastructure and wiring, is making good use of existing Hybrid-Fiber Coax (HFC) assets to enable a video surveillance application for New Yorkâ€™s Co-Op City, a large cooperative housing community with about 50,000 residents.
The company announced this week that its Ethernet over Coax solution will power a network of surveillance cameras throughout Co-Op Cityâ€™s expansive community of more than 15,000 residential apartments, 35 high-rise buildings, seven townhouse clusters, multiple community and shopping centers, and six schools. Co-Op Cityâ€™s management group will also use the IP resource to enable additional services including high-speed data and IP telephony.
â€œThis application with Co-Op City is a great illustration of the cost savings available to property owners and managers as they implement video surveillance applications,â€ said Michael Collette, CEO, Narad Networks. â€œNaradâ€™s highly secure, broadband Ethernet over Coax solution provides ample capacity for very robust, high resolution video feeds while typically leaving room for additional in-building services such as voice and data. By taking advantage of the existing cable thatâ€™s already installed in the building, project costs for signal distribution can be reduced 50-75%.â€
Naradâ€™s switches, some of which weigh 25 pounds and hang outside on telephone poles, make use of existing coax cabling by transmitting at a higher frequency (between 908 and 971 MHz, and between 1.02 and 1.08 GHz). Using Naradâ€™s switches and modems can add up to 100 Mbps upstream and downstream of additional bandwidth, which allows for high quality transmission of data that could be used for a variety of functions, including access control or high resolution video surveillance.
Since Narad sends the transmission over coax point-to-point instead of broadcast, Narad Networks' V.P. of Business Development Louise Wasilewski says the technology is inherently more secure because you wonâ€™t have data packets going where they arenâ€™t needed.
The company is also making inroads in the residential market with the ability to provide 50 Mbps x 50 Mbps bandwidth.