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Firetide® and Thales Portugal to provide Mumbai Metro with surveillance network
Firetide® Inc., a leading provider of wireless infrastructure mesh networks, announced a partnership agreement with Thales Portugal S.A., a leading global technology systems integrator, to deploy a real-time, wireless mesh video surveillance network in Mumbai, for Mumbai Metro One (MMOPL). The network will be deployed to provide onboard video surveillance and broadcast of text message to onboard display.
Mumbai, formerly called Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India, and is the second most populous city in the world, with a population of approximately 14 million. Mumbai lies on the west coast on India and has a deep natural harbor. “Thales Portugal selected Firetide for the Mumbai metro over other wireless vendors because their wireless infrastructure mesh network equipment is uniquely capable of providing the high-speed bandwidth and reliable performance necessary for real-time video streaming in such a harsh network environment,” said João Araújo, Thales Portugal S.A. chairman and CEO.
The Mumbai metro is a three-line, high-capacity subway system spanning 40 miles that is being built in Mumbai, the financial capital of India. The first phase of the metro is scheduled to be completed in 2010.
Firetide mesh nodes will be placed on the trains, as well as along the tracks at intervals of 500 meters. The system will allow 10 Mbps speed between the train and ground nodes at all points of the track at a speed of 50 mph. The ability to provide zero packet loss during signal handoff between ground nodes was critical. The system also has to support all security features, including AES encryption, WEP and WPA2 and encapsulation of IP layer data.
Three attributes of Firetide’s mesh infrastructure equipment that contributed to Firetide’s selection over the competition include: the proven mobility controller supports inter-mesh and intra-mesh roaming scenarios, meeting stringent performance requirements; Firetide’s AutoMesh™ routing protocol provides link redundancy in various scenarios of metro operation; and the system’s modular feature and product design allow customers to plan, design and easily build out large-scale mobility solutions.
“Thales Portugal, S.A.’s selection of Firetide further demonstrates our leadership in providing wireless mesh infrastructure solutions for highly challenging mobility and real-time video applications in difficult environments,” said Bo Larsson, CEO of Firetide. “We look forward to working with Thales on this exciting and groundbreaking Mumbai metro wireless system.”
Published in Public Safety IT, Jul/Aug 2010
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