15 May 2018
City of Lincoln Council has deployed Siklu’s mmWave (millimetre wave) radios as part of its Vision 2020 smart city project.
Announced last year, Vision 2020 is a three-year plan to improve the city’s infrastructure, roadways and parks, and includes investing in a new transportation hub.
Previously, Lincoln’s CCTV system was transmitted on traditional analogue fibre circuits which, according to Siklu, were both costly and bandwidth limiting. The new radios will be used to provide 14 high capacity wireless data links in support of a modern IP networked CCTV system, primarily to provide surveillance for the city and public spaces.
The council worked with Essex-based integrator Videcom Security to install the wireless network. The project involved deploying Siklu’s mmWave EtherHaul E-band radios to deliver 1Gbps full duplex capacity for the main backhaul resilient ring. Utilising Siklu’s Layer 2 switch functionality to deliver resiliency and diversity routing, it’s claimed the network provides mission critical uptime with automatic failover.
E-band frequencies include 70-80GHz and are said to offer wide spectrum and channels that enable very high capacities. Videcom also installed Siklu’s 60GHz V-band frequency radios to connect 300 cameras at street level, including city wide traffic cameras.
The company adds that spare transmission bandwidth is allowing Lincoln to plan for smart services as well as Wi-Fi connectivity and car park data sharing.