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NY Waterway Ferry Adds Video Surveillance

System is supported by Interlogix, Pantascene and Fluidmesh

NY Waterway ferries transport 8 million passengers annually on New York Harbor, which is now protected by a video surveillance system transmitting data via a wireless mesh network.

LINCOLNTON, N.C., and BUFFALO GROVE, ILL.— Commuters that travel the New York Harbor on NY Waterway ferries are now protected by a new video surveillance system featuring hundreds of Interlogix IP and analog cameras.

These transmit from ferries to a land-based security command center via a roaming wireless mesh network based on multiprotocol label switching by Fluidmesh Networks.

NY Waterway is the nation’s largest privately owned commuter ferry company, transporting 30,000 riders a day between 22 landings and terminals along a 100-mile corridor in the Hudson and East rivers and upper New York Harbor.

The security solution, paid for through a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, deployed Interlogix cameras connected via Fluidmesh’s MPLS-based wireless mesh network. The network spans the service area and provides connectivity to transmit video from the ferries, terminals and landings for review by security personnel.

“With this system we can now share information quickly, accurately and in real time with our port partners — New York City Police Department, New Jersey State Police and federal agencies — which is really the key to an effective emergency response,” said Robert Matticola, director of homeland security for NY Waterway.

A dome camera from Interlogix monitors one of the 22 landings and terminals. A.A.S. Technologies, the system integrator, specified Interlogix TruVision analog cameras onboard each ferry to monitor the passengers and crew. The cameras chosen were weather- and vandal-proof, day/night dome cameras with infrared capabilities for low-light situations. These, along with TruVision digital video recorders and IFS switches, also from Interlogix, provided the open-source platform.

The IFS switches connect each TruVision DVR to the MITO and ENDO Series radios from Fluidmesh, which support Fluidity technology. The geography presented challenges for RF technology because the location includes water, ice, three major nearby airports and changing sight lines. Fluidmesh’s MPLS-based technology created a system that delivers up to 100 Mbps of usable throughput onboard.

Pantascene also provided Web-based dashboard control software that integrated the systems.

A similar camera-transmission pattern using Interlogix TruVision IP cameras is repeated at the ferry line’s landings and terminals.