Siklu High-Capacity Wireless Links Power the Surveillance Network in Lincoln, United Kingdom

Siklu’s wireless radios have now been deployed in the City of Lincoln in the United Kingdom to provide surveillance for the city. A network of IP based CCTV cameras are supported by 14 high capacity wireless data links provided by Siklu.

The new wireless network is part of the Vision 2020 project announced last year. It is a three-year plan to build a Smart City. This includes improving the city's infrastructure, roadways and parks and investing in a new transportation hub. Previously the cities CCTV system was transmitted back on traditional analog fiber circuits; these were both costly and bandwidth limiting.

To install the wireless network, the City of Lincoln Council worked closely with security systems integrator Videcom Security Ltd, a company specializing in large multisite Town and City Centre public safety CCTV systems. Videcom chose Siklu as their wireless partner following previous successes in Watford, London Borough Richmond, Ipswich and Cambridge City where Siklu hardware had already been successfully deployed, demonstrating the best cost and performance solution.

The project involved installing Siklu's mmWave EtherHaul E-band radios to deliver 1 Gbps full duplex capacity for the main backhaul resilient ring over the 80 GHz frequency. Utilizing Siklu's Layer 2 switch functionality to deliver resiliency and diversity routing, the network provides 'mission critical' up-time with automatic fail-over. In addition, Videcom installed Siklu's 60 GHz V-band frequency radios to connect 300 cameras at the street level including city wide Urban Traffic Cameras.

Ultralow latency combined with high reliability and accurate forecasted uptime and resilience, added weight to the tendered design and installation. Significant cost savings on transmission and reduction in maintenance have also helped to reduce the total lifetime cost of the CCTV system.

The extended CCTV camera coverage, including the creation of a Safe Zone, utilizing Siklu radios connecting high specification Dahua cameras is already providing significant results, both proactively and reactively. Spare transmission bandwidth is allowing the planning of smart services to the City as well as Wi-Fi connectivity and car park data sharing.