Wireless video surveillance instantly deployed for the Boston Marathon.

Strix Systems wireless with Milestone IP video for public safety.
Strix Systems has announced the deployment of Strix Integrated Wireless Video System for the Boston Marathon event held April 21st, 2008. Strix Access/One(R) Outdoor Wireless System (OWS) provided the foundation for the rapid temporary deployment of multiple Integrated Wireless Video Surveillance Systems (IWVS) that delivered high quality Milestone video surveillance to a number of state and local public safety agencies.
 
The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest, most prestigious and widely viewed sporting event in the U.S. The 26 mile course runs through Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline, to the center of the city of Boston. This year the event attracted over 20,000 registered runners and more than one million spectators.

The magnitude of the event requires a dramatic increase in safety measures to provide event and crowd management, as well as to limit the potential for threats during such large events in one of the Department of Homeland Security’s designated Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) regions.

Galaxy Internet Services, having successfully built and managed the Brookline, Massachusetts, border-to-border wireless mesh network and Boston's metropolitan Wi-Fi network projects, provided secured access to video surveillance cameras utilized by law enforcement and public safety officials. Taking only minutes to deploy, install and operate, the Integrated Wireless Surveillance System (IWVS) powered by Strix Systems Edge(TM) wireless mesh network technology enabled "live" viewing and recording of multiple cameras during the event. In addition to feeding the video to various fixed and mobile command centers, Brookline's Emergency Operations Center served as host to several state and local public safety agencies.

The IWVS, a rapid deployment platform, supports 802.11a, 4.9GHz (DSRC-C), 802.11g and 99% of all available PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras. The IWVS radios are self-configuring and allow flexible radio assignment for any client/backhaul configuration desired with automatically secured/encrypted WiFi backhaul access to the wireless mesh network. IP video is switched at high-speed supported by Strix Virtual/One(TM) and Strix Priority/One (TM) capabilities providing high priority for video with Quality of Service preserved through the wireless mesh network.

Live video and recording management is enabled by the Axis IP video surveillance cameras and client-server application of choice: Milestone Systems XProtect platform.
 
Connectronics of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a Strix Systems value added distributor specializing in custom integration of products and enclosures, incorporated Axis Communications PTZ video surveillance cameras into the deployed Integrated Wireless Video Surveillance Systems (IWVS). Galaxy installed the IWVS on light poles and routed the video traffic over its WiFi network. Securitas, a worldwide leader in security, provided the integration of the Milestone Systems XProtect server hosted by the Brookline Police Department.

"Strix's IWVS camera systems were a resounding success," said Officer Scott Wilder, Director of Technology for the Brookline Police Department. "This will revolutionize the way we handle the marathon and other large events. We can quickly deploy these cameras for temporary use in key areas without the concerns that accompany other video surveillance solutions."

"The ability to easily and quickly deploy high quality video systems virtually anywhere within Brookline highlights the value and the capability of the network," said Sandy Bendremer, Vice President, Galaxy Internet Services.

"In the municipal, public safety and other markets, we continue to see an increasing number of life saving and business-critical applications requiring robust high performance wireless broadband," said Martin Levetin, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Strix Systems. "Strix Access/One is the industrial-strength wireless platform for critical applications like video surveillance, voice and high-speed mobility. These are requirements that only Strix Systems Access/One can truly fill."

Galaxy Internet Services Inc. is a Massachusetts based Internet service provider which has been providing Internet and IT Solutions to the public, private enterprise and government municipalities since 1995. Galaxy's mission is to enable wireless broadband access coupled with intelligent Internet services everywhere through innovative joint partnerships with government municipalities and the private-sector. Galaxy's services include a wide range of Internet connectivity, hosting, wide area networking and professional services. Galaxy operates the border-to-border wireless service in Brookline, Massachusetts, servicing public safety, municipal, commercial, and residential users . Galaxy has also taken a prominent role in the Wi-Fi pilot projects undertaken by the City of Boston and the recently formed non-profit, tasked with building a wireless network for the City. For more information please visit www.gis.net or call 617-558-0900.

Connectronics of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a value added distributor for Strix Systems that specializes in distribution to VARs, WISPs, and system integrators, offering a broad range of wireless and wired connectivity solutions. For more information about Connectronics, please visit http://www.connectronics.com.

Milestone Systems is a global developer of open platform IP video management software. XProtect™ gives users a powerful surveillance solution that is easy to manage, reliable and proven in more than 35,000 customer installations.  With support for the industry’s widest choice in network hardware and integration with other systems, XProtect provides best-of-breed solutions to “video enable” organizations - reducing costs, optimizing processes, and protecting assets. Milestone software is sold through authorized partners in 90 countries.  Download a free 1-camera license of the software at www.milestonesys.com

Strix Systems is the worldwide Leader in Wireless Mesh Networking, in market share (according to Heavy Reading, Infonetics and In-Stat) and technology (Iometrix). Strix's Access/One products are the industry's only modular (chassis-based) mesh systems, delivering the largest capacity, highest throughput and best scalability. This new generation of products provides the broadband mobility and reach to support voice, video, and data applications. Sold globally by a network of first-class distributors and integrators, Access/One solutions have been deployed in hundreds of networks worldwide, outdoor and indoor, for service providers, metropolitan, public safety, government, energy, manufacturing , transportation, hospitality , education, enterprise, and residential markets. For more information about Strix Systems, please visit www.strixsystems.com.