20 April 2013

Wavesight add to their already impressive portfolio of local authority fibre-to-wireless switch-outs with another urban surveillance project in the historic Welsh county of Monmouthshire.

UK, Luton – 20th April 2013. Wavesight are proud to have been selected to supply the communication infrastructure in yet another local authority fibre-to-wireless switch-out. This time, partnering with AVA Security & Communications, Wavesight were chosen to design a wireless CCTV network that would allow the council to transmit images from Caldicot, Monmouth, Chepstow and Abergavenny back to a central control room for monitoring.


In this period of austerity, all local authorities have been exploring ways of reducing costs while still maintaining high levels of service. None more so than Monmouthshire County Council, which has managed to achieve significant cost-savings by opting for wireless transmission as opposed to fixed-line leased fibre. The council requirement was for a fibre-integrated CCTV network that would allow it to utilise all existing analogue cameras and some new, IP PTZ cameras. Each town’s cameras will be connected wirelessly using Wavesight’s Ethernet bridges, with all images to be sent back to a single central location over a private digital fibre backhaul that exists between the four towns, where they are recorded and monitored


The council had already invested in a private fibre connection between schools and other council offices within the county, which would be utilised to ‘piggyback’ the CCTV images from each town. As a result, the council has total ownership of the entire network with no operational expenditure costs.

The overall infrastructure solution utilises more than 77 licence-exempt Wavesight Ethernet bridges to provide connectivity for around 29 cameras to the control room. The camera columns are located on narrow streets (in a hilly region) shrouded with buildings and trees, so none of the cameras have line of sight (LOS) to the control room. No special towers were erected for achieving LOS and existing camera columns, in combination with streetlight columns, were used to create a very reliable network that would be operating twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Wavesight radios are known for having lowest latency and are optimised for video transmission, which allowed multiple hops/daisy chained wireless links to be created. The end result is that the council will become the sole owner of a dedicated, highly secure, private infrastructure, capable of growing with future demands, if required, with the minimum of additional investment. The flexibility offered by wireless technology means that additional cameras can be connected in a very short timeframe and at a fraction of the cost compared with fixed cables laid in the ground.

Commenting on the project, Phil Grunewald, Managing Director at AVA Security & Communications, said:

“We decided to work with Wavesight for this project because we were confident that their experience and knowledge in urban-surveillance projects surpasses that of other Ethernet bridging vendors in the marketplace. We needed to partner with a company that could design a reliable wireless infrastructure solution which will give the client the ability to scale up their system if required in the future.”