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Wireless storage and surveillance for Milwaukee.

Pivot 3 : 27 February, 2008  (Application Story)
Pivot3 and Wi4Net combine to deliver wireless video surveillance and distributed storage technology to the US city of Milwaukee.
Wi4Net and Pivot3 have announced that the City of Milwaukee has chosen Wi4Net for the provisioning and deployment of wireless surveillance cameras and a network monitoring facility. The solution is featuring Pivot3's industry-leading storage system. The first phase of the project includes a wireless 4.9 GHz-based backhaul network throughout the city's 97 square miles. Initially connecting 15 cameras, the network is designed to scale to more than a hundred cameras in the future. Video is streamed to a centralised monitoring center, including a highly scalable storage solution from Pivot3 equipped with 18 terabytes of raw storage capacity.

"While still in the deployment stage, the Milwaukee Police Department was able to catch a criminal in the act, and arrest this person within 30 minutes," said Leonhard Korowajczuk, CEO of CelPlan. "This shows just how powerful of a tool the system is for solving crimes. We are very proud to support police departments throughout the United States in making their cities a safer place."
The system uses Wi4Net's FlexiRadio wireless platform for backhaul communications, camera connectivity and localised mobile access. The FlexiVideo product suite provides for the hardened, stainless steel wireless camera units with battery backup for continued service in case of a power outage, and leading edge camera technology featuring 35X optical zoom. Each camera streams real-time high resolution (4CIF) video to a state-of-the-art centralized monitoring system where the video is securely maintained on the Pivot3 high-definition storage system.

The Pivot3 storage architecture used in the City of Milwaukee deployment is a high-performance storage cluster. Video images are distributed and protected across multiple storage nodes, called Databanks, and data is never lost if a disk drive or Databank fails.

"A key value of the Pivot3 storage for cities like Milwaukee is the inherent flexibility and scalability," said Jeffrey Bell, vice president of marketing at Pivot3. "Customers can pay as they grow, without investing from the beginning in storage capacity that they may not need right away. When they need to add more storage, they just plug in another self-configuring storage node - Databank - for enhanced data management and protection."

"We are honoured with the award of this high-profile contract," remarks Jasper Bruinzeel, vice president of marketing and sales for Wi4Net. "The availability of licensed 4.9 GHz spectrum enables cities to implement citywide broadband applications, such as video surveillance, in a reliable, secure and affordable manner."
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