The Avenidas Plaza and the Galleria area are two areas in Houston that are magnets for tourist and locals alike. With large crowds and critical infrastructure, the City of Houston as well as local private businesses determined a secure, high resolution video security system was necessary for both locations.
Implementing a comprehensive video security system in an area with existing buildings, streets and daily use and doing it with no disruptions was a steep challenge. Using existing fiber infrastructure as leased lines would have resulted in a monthly Opex that could not be supported. Laying new fiber was not an option not only due to the disruptive implementation but the cost was estimated to be in the millions of dollars, numbers that were not affordable.
When the City and Private business turned to wireless, they found existing sub 6GHz networks as well as public and private WiFi networks had created areas awash in radio interference.
The City of Houston was familiar with 60GHz mmWave wireless solutions from past work with Siklu which had been used to connect existing, lower capacity 5GHz networks. Siklu designed and implemented both a street level access network using Siklu’s MultiHaul products as well as the higher capacity rooftop backbone deploying the EtherHaul point to point solutions.