Colorado Department of Transportation Deploys Exalt Microwave Backhaul Systems for Highway Video Surveillance
All-Outdoor Systems Deliver High-Resolution Video of 30-Mile Highway Section between Denver and Boulder
CAMPBELL, Calif., May 25, 2010 – Exalt Communications, the company that is reinventing microwave backhaul, today announced that the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has deployed Exalt microwave backhaul systems to support a video surveillance and traffic statistics collection system on a 30-mile stretch of US Highway 36 between Boulder and Denver.
When another vendor’s Wi-Fi-based radio systems failed to deliver the distance, capacity or reliability required to backhaul high resolution video traffic from cameras placed along the route, Exalt partner KNS Communications of Denver recommended Exalt all-outdoor microwave backhaul systems. The Exalt systems proved reliable from the day they were activated, and they now deliver high resolution video from the distributed camera system on US Highway 36 back to the CDOT operations center in Golden, Colorado.
“We were initially told by the first wireless vendor that their radios would reach up to 22 miles, but due to the topography they required us to deploy 18 hops to cover the distance,” said CDOT project engineer Jill Scott. “The Exalt systems cover the entire project with just seven hops, despite the curves and hills on the route, and the video we see in our operations center is high quality – you can’t tell that it’s not coming in over fiber.”
The Exalt microwave backhaul systems are ideal for video surveillance applications because they feature throughput symmetry control, which allows network operators to assign most of the aggregate bandwidth from the cameras in the upstream direction on each link to the operations center without waste. These links are configured for aggregate capacity of 100 Mbps Ethernet. Once received by the operations center, CDOT uses the video and traffic statistics to populate a public traffic conditions web site operated by CDOT and to enable real-time monitoring of highway conditions for situational response by CDOT crews if necessary.
“As demonstrated by the Colorado Department of Transportation and hundreds of other Exalt customers, Exalt microwave backhaul systems deliver fiber-quality performance and reliability at far lower costs and with much faster and easier deployment,” said Amir Zoufonoun, president and CEO of Exalt Communications. “We build mission-critical reliability and performance into every one of our systems, so they are not only a better choice for applications where fiber doesn’t exist, but also for situations where fiber cuts, frozen ground, and other issues plague fiber deployments.”
The Exalt Microwave Backhaul Product Portfolio
All Exalt microwave backhaul systems offer guaranteed link availability, guaranteed throughput and low, constant latency. Systems are available in world bands from 2 to 40 GHz and in capacities from 10 Mbps to more than 1000 Mbps per channel, providing a range of options to fit countless network applications. Designed to enable a smooth transition to IP, they offer native support for both TDM and Ethernet, and are fully software configurable and upgradeable. For easy and secure management using third-party network management systems, Exalt systems support SNMP v1, v2c and v3. Data security is provided by available FIPS 197-compliant AES 128-bit and 256-bit encryption that adds zero latency to the transmission. To simplify installation and maintenance, all Exalt systems feature an embedded manual and most include a built-in spectrum analyzer.
About Exalt Communications
Exalt Communications provides next-generation microwave backhaul systems to service providers, government organizations and enterprises worldwide. Exalt systems are designed to solve the network bottlenecks associated with the growing demand for IP-based voice, data and video applications and the resulting migration from TDM to IP-based networks. With a flexible architecture and universal product platform covering multiple market segments, Exalt provides a full range of microwave radio systems that meet the demand for cost-effective and flexible alternatives to fiber and leased lines. www.exaltcom.com