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City of Corning deploys wireless surveillance system with help from Fluidmesh

Fluidmesh enables Corning to connect security cameras the wireless way
CPE Interlink were able to install cameras without wiring thanks to Fluidmesh

When the City of Corning, New York and its Business Improvement District upgraded its current video monitoring system, their goal was to link five existing cameras in the Visitors Centre to the police department located four blocks away.


"The Fluidmesh antennas installed in a couple of hours, and we were able to install cameras without wiring. When you talk about spreading cameras around an entire city this is a huge cost savings for the customer. In addition, once a mesh network is in place, it can be used as a backbone for other applications such as VoIP or Wi-Fi coverage increasing the ROI of the system. The Corning Police Department is super pleased with the results," said Chuck Cordes, Integrator, CPE Interlink.

Project description at a glance:

When the time came for the City of Corning, New York and its Business Improvement District to upgrade its current video monitoring system, Requests for Proposals were reviewed and CPE Interlink of Elmira was chosen as the integrator for the project. Salvatore Trentanelli, Corning's Chief of Police, explains that: "CPE introduced us to Fluidmesh Networks, and after a demonstration of their capabilities, their system was selected to begin our network."

Fluidmesh was an especially good choice for the Corning P.D.'s needs because the Police could place cameras at key locations throughout the city without incurring the cost of hard wiring the system. The wireless mesh solution also reduced the installation time without sacrificing video quality or reliability.

Neither CPE Interlink or the Corning P.D. had worked previously with wireless mesh, but the technical support they could count on from Fluidmesh gave them the confidence they needed to proceed. "I cannot say enough about the technical support provided by Fluidmesh," states Chuck Cordes of CPE Interlink. "Impressive would be the best description."

Fluidmesh furnished CPE Interlink with a list of peripheral equipment required for connectivity, including routers, switches, and IP addresses for all equipment in the network. "The information provided by Fluidmesh made for a seamless install of all equipment required for the project," Cordes adds. After advising Fluidmesh of where the cameras were to be placed, Fluidmesh designed and engineered the system, provided the bandwidth recommendations, trained the CPE Interlink staff, and provided tech support during installation.

According to Cosimo Malesci, V.P. of Sales for Fluidmesh, wireless mesh was definitely the way to go for this installation because the cameras are located on different buildings across town and there was no way to wire or trench them back to the head end. "Because the system is located in a downtown environment, line of sight was a challenge," Malesci explains. "The flexibility of the Fluidmesh solution allowed us to create a wireless infrastructure capable of connecting the cameras to the Police Monitoring Station." The Fluidmesh 2200 was used in the system, which was designed as a structured mesh network with patch antennas. The frequencies chosen were 2.4, and 5.1-5.8 GHz.

"Our team was so impressed with the quality of the video and the professional installation that additional cameras were added to other locations in this project," Police Chief Trentanelli adds. "We saw immediate improvement with high resolution, real-time video. Having cameras in our business district and public areas has been very beneficial. We have used the system to solve vandalism and mischief complaints and to dispatch officers to incidents as we see them occur. The team is pleased with the system and its capabilities and is currently identifying other locations for additional cameras."

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