New York Citywide Wireless Surveillance Network

Sept. 14, 2006
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PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan ( ) will host a complimentary eBroadcast on Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 2 p.m. EDT.

Frost & Sullivan and a panel of industry experts will explore wireless video surveillance and the benefits of this evolving technology in today's market landscape. The panel will be taking an in-depth look at exploring how the Ventura County Office of Education as well as the City of New Orleans (pre and post Hurricane Katrina) have leveraged Wi-Fi Video Surveillance technologies.

Program attendees will be briefed on the current market landscape of wireless video surveillance and be presented the benefits, including reductions in acquisition cost, enhanced reliability and remote surveillance. Audience members will be able to share and exchange their own challenges, experiences and concerns with video surveillance during an interactive question and answer session.

Today's announcement by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on creating a Citywide Mobile Wireless Network (CMWN) for city agencies and public safety personnel is a momentous step for the wireless market.

"A Citywide Mobile Wireless Network was always going to be an eventual reality for establishing a state-of-the-art security and emergency management response system for New York City," says Frost & Sullivan Industry Manager Karthik Nagarajan. "It is definitely the most aggressive step taken by any U.S. municipality. A robust wireless network backbone is the ideal way to leverage advances in video surveillance as well as other emergency response technologies. In the absence of such a network, the investment in technologies like intelligent camera systems or large search engines can be viewed as pointless."

The new wireless network that will be rolled out over the next 5 years and operational in lower Manhattan, will enable a paradigm shift in terms of the resources available to the city's Office of Emergency Management. This will definitely have a telling effect in the efficiency of the NYPD and FDNY's operations and response time says Nagarajan.

The key to optimal implementation of these new technologies is an effective network backbone that supports the overlying system in speed, security and reliability. Wireless platforms are much more advantageous than cumbersome co-axial or Ethernet cables; and offer unparalleled benefits in simplicity and flexibility. However, are wireless video surveillance platforms cost efficient? How does a wireless platform ensure data security? To what extent can interference be mitigated? How are video bandwidth and latency concerns addressed? How have local and state government municipalities leveraged all this technology themselves to address their own security needs?