Video Surveillance and WiMAX- a great marriage or not meant for each other? Four companies weigh in!

In the past couple of weeks I've interviewed executives at Cradle Technologies (Suhas Patil), Videonetics (Basant Khaitan) and Proxim (Robb Henshaw) regarding their companies use of broadband wireless technologies for video surveillance. I also am in the process of scheduling an interview with a SPRINT customer to learn how they're deploying video surveillance over SPRINT's 3G/4G network

Suhas would love mobile WiMAX to be available in India, where his company currently sells its products- a networked video server with client VPN software to access it. He sees tremendous demand from store owners, bank branches, factory floor, and shopping mall security managers who would like to keep tabs on operations while on the go. Those people want to see video images from one or more sites on their notebook PC while travelling in a car, bus or train. The manager sets up an IP VPN connection over WiFi/3G/ Mobile WiMAX to watch the videos. Mobile WiMAX is the best technology for that, according to Suhas who is eagerly awaiting the 3G/BWA auctions in India early in 2010.

Basant's company has deployed video analytics software to control traffic lights in Calcutta. They are also selling their video analytics capabilities throughout India and think that having WiMAX available will broaden their market. However, he thinks the jury is still out as to whether or not WiMAX will be a commercial success, especially compared to 3G.

Robb's company sells point to point and point to multipoint fixed broadband wireless equipment to video surveillance end users. It is a proprietary technology that delivers higher speed and distance than either IEEE 802.16d or e can provide. Proxim designs its own RF and baseband silicon to realize those advantages.

Sprint is very optimisitc about video surveillance over mobile WiMAX they are reselling from Clearwire as an MVNO. Here is what a Sprint marketing communications manager wrote:

"The benefits of Sprint 4G to remote streaming video are significant and we’re already seeing 4G used for remote video monitoring. Law enforcement officials are no longer hampered by slow downloads with real-time streaming video. For example, the Annapolis Police Department, a current Sprint customer, is partnering with Sprint to create remote monitoring solutions using Axis 214 PTZ cameras paired with Sprint’s MBR1000 router and 3G/4G U300 mobile broadband card. The solution enables law enforcement to remotely monitor locations and to capture criminal evidence and share back to police headquarters, even as an officer is being deployed."

Here is a good reference on the potential and promise of WiMAX for video surveillance. Do you think that potential be realized?

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