The objective for public safety project for Texas A&M University, Commerce was to provide police and administrators with IP video surveillance visibility in high-rise dormitory elevators. Jamie Bradford, LENSEC Systems Solutions Director, served as the integrator on the project, which began in October, 2010.
Coming up with a cost effective technical solution was a major concern, because there was no pre-existing IP connectivity to the elevator cars. Wireless connectivity had to be attained inside the elevator shafts in order to connect the cameras mounted in the elevator cars to the larger campus network. A definite need existed for video in the cars, but wired connectivity was difficult and very expensive, because of the high cost of traveling cables and the labor rates elevator manufacturers and service companies charge for access to the elevator shaft.
Wireless mesh proved the best way to go for this installation. LENSEC prepared two estimates for the client – one wired, and one wireless. The wireless option was the most cost effective from both equipment costs and installation labor. It also made for a quicker installation and less downtime on the elevator. The installation, Bradford reports, took less than four hours per elevator. The costs savings, he says, were about 35 percent less than standard wire line and attributed to the labor cost savings. The complete security solution included Fluidmesh solution, Axis IP Camera Systems, and LENSEC Video Management System Software. The Fluidmesh radios were used in a point to point configuration. The team placed radios in the elevator penthouse control room shaft, and fixed corresponding radios to the top of the elevator car.