Ten Steps to a Successful IP Surveillance Installation: Step 6

Wireless networking options for surveillance video transmissions

"Because all of the network cameras were set up outdoors, running data cabling to each of them would have been too costly and difficult to maintain," said Jeff Holewinski, president of AIS. "With a wireless connection, the cameras can transmit images no matter where they are, even from the top of light poles."

Using the wireless IP surveillance system, AIS deployed a wireless option and later discovered an extensive drag racing operation that was using the industrial park late at night for races. AIS worked with the Chicago Police Department, which was able to bust the ring, impound more than 100 cars, and make more than 300 arrests.

While wireless networks have many benefits, there are still a few drawbacks. Wireless networks can affect the frame rate and latency of video delivery, and bandwidth is affected by the distance from the device to the access point. Wireless networks are also susceptible to interference by other wireless technologies and systems.

However, wireless networks allow for cameras and other devices on the network to be moved quickly and easily without the need for expensive cabling. While there are still limitations and security concerns, they can still prove advantageous when used correctly for installations that would otherwise be too difficult or costly with wired networks. It is important to understand the benefits and challenges and analyze whether a wireless solution will meet your organization's demands before installing the network.

About the author: As the general manager for Axis Communications, Fredrik Nilsson oversees the company's operations in North America . In this role, he manages all aspects of the business, including sales, marketing, business expansion and finance. He can be reached via email at Fredrik.Nilsson@axis.com.