Case Study: Housing America

Wireless mesh radio networks protect housing complex facility wide


“One item of interest from our perspective as the vendor and general contractor,” Flores said, “was that due to the SW design and sensitivity of the cameras, it was necessary to have the three major vendors perform remote troubleshooting and then come to the site for a multi-vendor day-long session to optimize the network. Exacq Technologies, Arecont Vision and Fluidmesh Networks had technical representatives participate and with some excellent collaboration, the network was optimized and all three companies gained insight and made improvements to their solution sets as a direct result. It was a great example of ‘walking the walk’ by all three companies,” he said.

“This installation exemplifies how our wireless technology is able to handle a large number of megapixel cameras and still provide great video quality and network reliability,” said Cosimo Malesci, vice president and co-founder of Fluidmesh Networks, Buffalo Grove, Ill. “A network like this could have never been completed with a standard 802.11 based wireless system. Wireless technology has improved substantially over the last decade and is becoming a solid alternative to fiber for many customers.”

Vasiliou is satisfied with the system and the additional features and functions it provides. “Fluidmesh was fully committed to this project and to making this system work flawlessly,” he said. “The outcome is that we have a fabulous city-wide network to tie together various structures in the development and other technologies to move it to our headquarters.” Vasiliou explained that MRHP uses the technology not only for surveillance to protect their tenants, but they also use it to enforce lease agreements as well. “As a Housing Authority, we’re also concerned about finding activity associated with lease violation to get tenants to adhere to the lease agreement. We can see unauthorized dumping and vandalism in the common areas. We can also use the system during storms to make sure everything is okay or if we need to put in extra resources. I’m super pleased with the system, as are my maintenance and my leasing departments,” he added. “The wireless technology enabled us to restrain costs, place cameras in optimum locations and shift precious dollars to other areas of the project.”

The system has greatly improved tenant and visitor safety, helped MRHP manage their facilities and other subcontractors faster and more efficiently and has assisted MRHP and local law enforcement better manage crime. The underlying framework that allows the security system to operate around the clock, including the wireless links, must have a high level of availability and the system consistently operates at or near 100 percent

Valley Communications has begun an add-on order for MRHP, with 10 new cameras, including one new 1100 link from a high rise to a beach pavilion, where four new cameras will watch that area, the main park entrance, the pier and the parking facility. This part of the project is a joint specification between MRHP and the Milford Police Department.