Tropos Unhooks New Orleans

Tropos Networks supplies metro-scale WiFi equipment to the City of New Orleans for use in its wireless video surveillance project

April 20, 2004

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SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Tropos Networks, a leading supplier of equipment used to build metro-scale Wi-Fi networks, today announced that the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, has selected the company as its supplier for metro-scale Wi-Fi equipment for use in the city’s surveillance camera project. New Orleans will use Tropos equipment to build a city-wide wireless video surveillance network.

The surveillance system will use the Neighborhood WatchCam, developed by Active Video Solutions of New Orleans, Louisiana. It will be deployed by Southern Electronics, of New Orleans, Louisiana, with Verge Wireless Networks, Inc., of New Orleans, Louisiana, serving as the integrator and installer for this unprecedented wireless network system.

“The video surveillance capabilities enabled by the Tropos metro-scale Wi-Fi network help make citizens throughout New Orleans safer,” said C. Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans. “Quickly giving our police department, in effect, extra eyes to patrol our city will deter crime and help apprehend perpetrators when incidents do occur.”

The Tropos metro-scale Wi-Fi network will operate in areas where video surveillance cameras are deployed. It will quickly and economically supply network connectivity to video cameras in locations where there is no access to the city’s wired network. It can also provide broadband wireless data connections for police officers, allowing them to view surveillance camera video while in the field.

“New Orleans is at the forefront of cities that will combine metro-scale Wi-Fi networks with video surveillance technology to make their streets safer,” said Ron Sege, President and CEO of Tropos Networks. “Adding video to the broadband mobility provided by the Tropos system quickly and cost-effectively takes the benefits of wireless networking in public safety to a new level. Network-enabled video surveillance will allow faster dispatch of officers to incident sites, permit officers to assess the situation at an incident scene prior to arrival and help apprehend suspects by providing clear images of them to officers in the field.”

The New Orleans network will employ Tropos 5110 Wi-Fi cells, an outdoor-optimized and ruggedized node based on the 802.11 standard, on a city-wide basis. The Tropos 5110 quickly and economically uses the intelligent Tropos Predictive Wireless Routing Protocol (PWRP) to provide pervasive coverage over metro areas. The Tropos PWRP routes traffic wirelessly, eliminating up to 95% of the wired backhaul associated with traditional access point solutions. Tropos Wi-Fi cells form a wireless mesh, dynamically routing traffic along the highest throughput path to a wired gateway. This intelligent routing negates effects of radio frequency (RF) interference, wired backhaul failure and node failure. PWRP also scales to thousands of nodes with the lowest routing overhead in the industry.

“Based on our other metro-scale Wi-Fi installations, we know that a Tropos system can be deployed over a multi-square-mile scale in a matter of days,” said Carlo McDonald, president of Verge Wireless. “Because Tropos equipment is based on the 802.11 standard, there is no need to install expensive, hard-to-maintain, proprietary client hardware and software in the surveillance cameras or the in-field computers used to monitor them. The resulting network provides an outdoor mobile broadband experience that is indistinguishable from indoor wireless and wired experiences.”

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