Mesh Networking For Surveillance Takes Off

Mesh networking is emerging as a favored architecture for wireless surveillance networks in urban areas, particularly in the Americas, according to new study.

Mesh networking is emerging as a favored architecture for wireless surveillance networks in urban areas, particularly in the Americas, according to new study.

In its report, "The America's Market for Wireless Infrastructure Used in Video Surveillance," U.K.-based IMS Research (no link to report) finds that the market for wireless mesh networks is growing faster than the overall market for video surveillance.

"Wireless mesh suits the city surveillance market very well, and works best where there's high density," said Niall Jenkins, senior market analyst at IMS Research and author of the report.

"Mesh technology is where the interest is," said Bo Larsson, president and CEO of Firetide. "In public safety it includes a lot of applications: video, sensors, streetlights, backhaul services and WiFi access."

Wireless networks also allow data to be routed to police cars, fire engines and ambulances as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and other homeland defense and security agencies, Larsson said. "If mobility is the choice, there's no way to go but mesh," he added.

Suppliers of cameras and video management systems also report growing interest in mesh networking among their public sector customers.

Read the full article on mesh for surveillance by Steven Titch on SecuritySquared.