Bradford smart city project installs Siklu millimetre wave technology

Wireless connectivity specialist Siklu has supplied the wireless part of a hybrid wireless connectivity network for Bradford as part of a smart city project integrating multiple information and communication technologies across the city.

Announcing the deal earlier in June, the company said that the project provides wireless connectivity for more than 300 surveillance cameras and two-dozen traffic management devices.

The system was installed by Bradford-based solution integrator Net View Systems.

In areas where 5GHz noise is high, the city is using the palm-sized EH-600 mmW (millimetre-wave) radio from Siklu, which operates in the interference-free 60GHz frequency band. Designed for installation at street level, the EH-600 mmW radio provides long-term gigabit capacity in a small, unobtrusive size.

The new Siklu-enabled network connects the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS) to surveillance cameras from Axis Communications, Bosch Security Systems and HikVision. The mmW system transmits data from hundreds of traffic junctions and 26 variable messaging signs that are used for traffic management, Siklu explained.

Additionally, the city is using Siklu EH-1200 80GHz (E-band) rooftop radios to deliver a backhaul network with 1Gb full duplex capacity and 256-bit AES encryption. The E-band links replaced a citywide infrastructure that relied on leased lines, and the EH-1200 80GHz is said to provide future-proof capacity with a predictive performance aggregation layer to ensure transmission free from interference.

“With the ever increasing capacity requirements associated with providing wireless connectivity we required a high capacity alternative outside of the congested 5GHz band,” commented Marc Hancock, managing director of Net View Systems. “Siklu’s Extended Range feature has allowed Net View Systems to deploy E-band hardware at link distance that would have never otherwise been possible.

“This has resulted in a huge operating expense saving to the Bradford City Council, as we can do away with licensed microwave links and their expensive annual Ofcom charges.”

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