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Wireless surveillance network for La Rochelle port

Proxim Wireless : 12 May, 2008  (Application Story)
Busy French port gains wireless networking for enhanced security including surveillance systems, voice over IP and access control.
Proxim Wireless it has supplied broadband wireless equipment to the Port de La Rochelle in France to ensure enhanced security of the port facilities.

The Port de La Rochelle, located on the west coast of France, is one of the largest commercial ports in Europe. The 470 acre site receives more than 3,000 visits per day and has 10,000 badge holders. In order to increase security for the port, the authorities reviewed a surveillance solution based on fibre, but the cost and lengthy deployment was prohibitive.

CTV, a Proxim Wireless certified partner, proposed to the Port de La Rochelle Authorities a full wireless IP-based solution, which was not only less expensive but also easier and quicker to install than the fibre alternative. CTV conducted RF and site surveys and recommended deploying Proxim Wireless equipment. The wireless solution had to be 100% secure and provide: video surveillance; personnel and vehicle access; control of shipping traffic; and IP telephony.

CTV implemented a wireless fibre ring using the Point-to-Point Proxim Tsunami QuickBridge.11 for the backhauling of the video surveillance cameras and access controls. The system connects all of the port entry points and provides redundancy in case of link failure. In addition to wirelessly enabling transmission from the cameras, the system can also remotely grant or prevent access to visiting vehicles. The Tsunami QuickBridge.11 provides WiMAX capabilities and secured links using the Proxim Wireless protocol WORP (Wireless Outdoor Router Protocol), which is designed to optimise the performance of outdoor wireless Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint links.

"We are extremely impressed by the wireless solution, which has operated without interruption in some adverse weather conditions. And we're also really pleased that the wireless solution cost so much less than the fibre alternative we had envisaged," stated Dominique Colson, Port Security Officer at the Port de La Rochelle.

"We specified Proxim's products because we knew how robust they are. We believe that they are the only wireless products on the market that would be capable of withstanding such potentially hostile coastal conditions. We also consider Proxim's equipment to deliver a high performance/cost ratio," explained Jean Michel Maillet, Branch Manager at CTV.

"It's great to prove that wireless can be as effective as fibre and yet so much less costly and quicker to deploy. A wireless security solution allows a virtually unlimited number of video surveillance cameras to be deployed quickly, easily and cost-effectively. High resolution, real-time video can then be transmitted wirelessly back to the security centre where the wireless network remotely controls the cameras. We're enjoying a lot of success providing wireless IP-based surveillance systems at ports across the globe," declared Simon Snowdon, Regional Sales Manager for France, Benelux and North Africa at Proxim Wireless.

The Proxim Tsunami QuickBridge.11 Series operates in the 2.4 GHz, 4.9 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands. The QuickBridge.11 features QoS support for converged video, voice and data, enhanced security with AES encryption, high-performance with Dynamic Data Rate Selection and WORP, as well as a high power 5 GHz version for extended range.
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