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Envisage Technology, UK


Provide high bandwidth, high throughput wireless solution to fully exploit the power and features of their 21-mega pixel security cameras.


Utilised the Wavesight’s high performance WaveMAX wireless bridges to deliver an industry leading surveillance solution.  Envisage Technology Ltd is a high-end CCTV distributor for the UK and Europe, with an emphasis on original products that fill niches conventional CCTV cannot do justice to.  Envisage Technology have earned their reputation through combining innovative products with smooth system integration.

Next generation CCTV

An example of this is SentryScope - a 21 million pixel digital CCTV camera, unique in its class, capable of monitoring large areas with its 90-degree angle of view.  It can effectively cover areas up to 256 feet wide and 160 feet deep.  This provides industry-leading performance and resolution for the security market.

SentryScope uses line scan camera technology and is supported by top of the range, state of the art software.  The system uses special compression settings to allow the footage to be played back smoothly.  During playback you are able to zoom in up to 50 times on any part of displayed image without loss of image quality. 

The wireless challenge

But the system was only as good as the means to transfer the data.  Envisage Technology realised the benefits and flexibility of wireless transmission, but needed a radio system with the bandwidth, throughput and flexibility to do their cameras justice and enable them to offer acomplete solution to their clients.

Envisage tested a number of Wireless bridges but found they either limited the performance of the camera or had outputs that prevented their use in the UK.  This is where Wavesight came in.  Their WaveMAX wireless bridges were found to be more than a match for camera’s performance, with throughput up to 80 Mbps available.  Being designed and built in the UK, they met the output requirements for the home market as well as EMEA.  Furthermore, WaveMAX’s use of OFDM providing near line of sight or where conditions allowed, no line of sight (NLOS) capability, providing a flexible, high performance solution. As Robin Hughes of Envisage Technology puts it:

“A number of town centre projects arose with a requirement for high end wireless links which needed a solution fast, having been let down by another supplier.  Wavesight were able to quickly adapt their WaveMAX product to work seamlessly with the SentryScope well within the time restrictions imposed on the project, with no loss of speed or quality of image, despite achieving distances of 2 km.  Between the SentryServer DVR and the network nodes, the same product can achieve distances up to 10km wirelessly. We are very pleased to add WaveMAX to our product line-up”

Envisage Technology is now able to offer a one-stop solution that delivers all the benefits of their cameras with the lower costs and flexibility of the wireless format – a real winner for them and their clients.

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