No strings attached: Wireless video surveillance

Wireless video surveillance extends range of IP-based systems

Mesh network topology extends the range of traditional LANS and WLANs and provides advantages over direct line-of-sight implementations because it can better adapt to changes and is not dependent on a single node for operation. These nodes act as simple routers and transmit a low power signal to neighboring nodes, each of which transmits the signal to the next node until the data arrives at its destination. Nodes can be readily added and removed or their location changed and because of this flexibility, cameras and video servers can now be placed virtually anywhere within range of the wireless mesh network infrastructure.

Wireless video surveillance has the potential to revolutionize the way we think of and use video surveillance and security. Unified communication is a new term being used in the telecommunications industry to represent the integration of voice, video and data for business and personal use. It's not a stretch of the imagination to apply that same terminology to the 2008 world of video surveillance and security where IP and wireless solutions will encompass the same video, data and audio to deliver improved security and help to grow network deployment use and adoption. In 1908, wireless technology was in its infancy but its potential was not lost on the dreamers and entrepreneurs. A century later, wireless maintains its revolutionary potential and it's up to us to take advantage of it.

About the author: Cynthia Freschi is President of North American Video, one of the security industry’s leading systems integration companies providing best-in-breed solutions for a wide range of clients around the world. Since founded in 1995, Ms. Freschi has expanded the range of markets serviced by North American Video to include gaming, education, and government, military, financial, retail and corporate/industrial. North American Video employs over 150 employees in offices located in New Jersey, Las Vegas, Mississippi, New York, Washington and Macau.