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Siklu mmWave wireless radios deliver Wi-Fi backhaul and enable interference-free video surveillance at Vail’s ski resort

Published on 8 January, 2016
 Siklu mmWave radios deliver interference-free Gbps to future proof Wi-Fi and CCTV services
Siklu’s mmWave Gbps radios extend fibre reach for the municipal network
at the resort

Siklu Communication Inc., the global market leader in millimetre-wave radios, recently announced that its 60GHz and 70/80GHz wireless radios were deployed to enable gigabit wireless backhaul and to cost-effectively extend the town of Vail’s underground fibre infrastructure for communication and surveillance.

Vail ski resort

One of the largest ski resorts in the world and a prime venue for concerts and music festivals, Vail, Colo., has almost 2 million visitors a year. Details such as security, capacity-rich Wi-Fi, and environmental aesthetics are of utmost importance, but also a tall order in this challenging geography with its advanced infrastructure. The town’s underground fibre optics connect the town buildings, facilities and surveillance cameras, and Ruckus Wireless access points deliver advanced, high-speed free Internet.

Aspen Wireless sought a wireless solution to extend the reach of the municipal fibre network, as in many locations, terrain challenges made fibre laying a physical impossibility. The solution needed to provide copious amounts of bandwidth without congesting the Wi-Fi service. The town was also looking to add new megapixel cameras and to upgrade analogue surveillance cameras to IP.

Siklu’s mmWave radios

“Who cares about 100’s of megabits when everyone wants Gigabit,” said Jim Selby, Aspen Wireless Technologies, Inc., when considering a solution for the town’s wireless POPs that are connected to a 10Gbps backbone. Selby selected Siklu’s mmWave radios to deliver interference-free Gbps to future proof Wi-Fi and CCTV services, and enable speedy and foolproof recovery. Aspen Wireless deployed the links within days and were delighted with the ease and speed of installation “Siklu’s solution is just so easy to deploy,” added Selby.

With its diminished latency, and interference-free Gigabit capacity, Siklu backhauled the selected cameras; SurroundVideo®, cutting edge, multi-sensor panoramic cameras from Arecont Vision, and HD megapixel dome cameras from Axis Communications, to provide high resolution video surveillance. Aspen Wireless integrated the new cameras with Milestone’s Xprotect® Expert version VMS to create a reliable surveillance network ready to handle today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.

Wireless backhaul

Today, the Vail network utilises 60, 70/80GHz frequencies for wireless backhaul, with the whole of the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrum free to service end-user Wi-Fi devices. The network reaches speeds and performance quality far beyond expectations. Wireless backhaul capacity has soared from 20-50Mbps to Gbps and the new cameras have improved video quality from low-rate standard resolution to multiple megapixels at 30fps. Ruckus ZoneFlex™ 7762 outdoor dual-band Wi-Fi access points and ZoneFlex 7782 Series carrier-class 3x3:3 2.4/5 GHz outdoor APs, featuring integrated antennas with patented BeamFlex™ technology for unprecedented performance in high-density, high-capacity applications, perform at top throughputs of over 100Mbps per end user device, while apps run without a snag.

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