Mesh vendor Firetide announced the Dallas Police Department has deployed the company's mesh networks for video surveillance to combat crime throughout the downtown business district. The city selected a solution from BearCom, a Dallas-based wireless system integrator, which included Firetide wireless mesh nodes, Sony IP cameras, and BridgeWave transfer units. The wireless video surveillance network was funded by a grant from the Meadows Foundation.
Interestingly, in a recent conversation I had with Motorola's mesh folks, quite a bit of wireless mesh network deployments are being justified by video or video is a significant component of the solution--more so than general access. Video has certainly proven that it can keep constituents safer and reduce manpower costs for public safety.
For more about Firetide's deal with the Dallas Police Department:
- read this release from Firetide