Interlogix, Fluidmesh and Pantascene Technologies protect NY Waterway ferries

Interlogix, Fluidmesh and Pantascene Technologies protect NY Waterway ferries

Extensive, state-of-the-art video surveillance system has been installed on the NY Waterway ferries to protect the 8 million annual passengers traveling the New York Harbor. The safety system includes hundreds of Interlogix IP and analog cameras, transmitted from moving ferries to a land-based security command center via a fast-roaming wireless mesh network based on multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) by Fluidmesh Networks. Interlogix is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

NY Waterway is the nation's largest privately owned commuter ferry company, has always placed a high priority on security, monitoring real-time events on 35 ferries traveling up to 45 miles per hour, often in harsh weather conditions, can be a major challenge.

The solution is to deploy Interlogix cameras connected via Fluidmesh's MPLS-based wireless mesh network. The network spans the service area and provides seamless connectivity to transmit live video from the ferries, terminals and landings for review by company security personnel.

A.A.S. Technologies, the system integrator, specified Interlogix TruVision analog cameras onboard each ferry to monitor the passengers and crew weather and vandal proof, day/night dome cameras with infrared capabilities for low-light situations. These cameras, along with TruVision digital video recorders and IFS switches, also from Interlogix, provided the open-source platform for real-time, high-quality images that the application demanded.

The IFS switches connect each TruVision DVR to the MITO and ENDO Series radios from Fluidmesh, supporting patented FLUIDITY technology for fast-roaming applications. The New York Harbor location includes water, ice, three major nearby airports and constantly changing sight lines, all in one of the most densely populated cities in the country. Fluidmesh's experience in providing broadband connectivity with its award-winning FLUIDITY MPLS-based technology for moving vehicles resulted in a system that delivers up to 100 Mbps of usable throughput onboard, while supporting Interlogix video, voice and data.

Pantascene provided dashboard control software that integrated the various systems. “Running in the cloud and being completely Web-based, the Pantascene platform gives NY Waterway the capability to access and share their security assets with other agencies anytime, anywhere,” explained Andrea Orioli, CEO, Pantascene.

A similar camera-transmission pattern is repeated at the ferry line's landings and terminals. In those facilities, Interlogix TruVision IP cameras were installed. The TruVision cameras have proven to be well-suited for the harsh marine environment, including water spray, diverse temperature ranges and adverse lighting conditions.

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