Firetide Unveils New Mobility Controller

The device completes Firetide’s HotPort 7000 wireless infrastructure platform.
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Firetide Inc. says its new Firetide Mobility Controller appliance and HotPort 7000-900 MHz wireless infrastructure completes Firetide’s HotPort 7000 wireless infrastructure platform that can be used for the transportation video surveillance market.

With the addition of those products, the 7000 series provides customers with a flexible wireless mesh platform that allow users to add more functionality, performance and new applications as needed, Firetide says in a written statement.

Single-platform infrastructure mesh for a variety of fixed and mobile applications With the HotPort 7000 series, Firetide customers now have a complete “pay-as-you-go” wireless infrastructure solution to meet a variety of needs in fixed and mobile environments. For example, customers can use 900 MHz links for non-line-of-sight communications and line-of-sight (2.4, 4.9 and 5 GHz) MIMO mesh for highest-capacity backhaul, then add mobility later on, Firetide says.

“These new capabilities contribute to the performance and economic advantages of using Firetide technology in metro-wide wireless infrastructure for a variety of applications on a single network,” said Bo Larsson, Firetide chief executive officer. Firetide infrastructure mesh is the solution for large-scale, multi-service municipal, transportation and utility networks, which is growing in use, he added.

In addition, transportation is one of the fastest growing end-user industries in the video surveillance market, and video surveillance cameras are increasingly being installed on school buses, transit buses, trains and police vehicles, according to Niall Jenkins, senior research analyst at IMS Research. Historically, these video streams are recorded onto a mobile DVR, located on the vehicle. However, as wireless infrastructure penetrates the video surveillance industry, real-time video streaming from mobile cameras will become a viable option for more and more transit agencies and police departments.

The Firetide Mobility Controller (FMC-2050) is an all-inclusive, easy-to-use and high-capacity solution for advanced wireless infrastructure mobility. With the mobility controller functionality, Ethernet-enabled devices such as IP video cameras, Wi-Fi access points, RFID readers, and laptops can maintain network connectivity while traveling at high speeds across multiple Firetide mesh networks.