Security at a major Mexican port has been enhanced by installing wireless broadband connectivity for video surveillance.
A new closed-circuit camera (CCTV) system was installed at the port of Guaymas, in north western Mexico, to minimise the risk of theft and drug trafficking.
InfiNet Wireless deployed a video surveillance solution at the port to replace a legacy wired system that was inadequate for the port environment as it was severely affected by environmental factors such as hurricanes and corrosion, due to the presence of sea salt in the air.
It installed broadband wireless connectivity for CCTV around the multimodal port, which has rail links to Mexico and south west US.
This robust system enables managers to monitor the perimeter areas to avoid theft and prevent drugs and weapon trafficking. It also helps improve the safety and well-being of employees within the port.
It did not want another cabled system because the standard UTP cabling reduced the viewing range down to just 100 m for security officials.
Guaymas port management considered a fibre optic solution, but thought this was too expensive, so selected a more cost-effective wireless solution that could reliably operate in adverse weather conditions.
InfiNet Wireless’s regional partner and system integrator Global VoIP deployed InfiNet’s InfiMAN 2×2 point-to-multipoint system, installing several high-capacity base stations to feed data and video streams to a central control room.
Guaymas port IT expert Axel Humberto Perez Flores said there were major benefits from having a wireless network for security video.
“Our operations team is able to remotely and dynamically monitor all activities in and around the port area, to keep people safe and to prevent trafficking of all types,” he said.
“This has allowed our security staff to have wider visibility of the port and enabled them to pre-empt criminal activities and even to apprehend potential criminals much quicker than ever before.”
The port of Guaymas is on the Pacific in northwest Mexico. This multimodal port has a specialised facility for handling grains with a capacity of 68,000 tonnes of storage and a row of 72 silos. It also has facilities for handling container ships and car carriers.
InfiNet Wireless has installed broadband wireless access systems in 130 countries for sectors including transportation, government entities and in the oil and gas industry.