E-One aids public safety with wireless in Columbus

Friday, August 1, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Funded by local nonprofit Columbus Compact Corp. and deployed along East Main Street by systems integrator E-One Companies, a wireless mesh system from Firetide has networked surveillance cameras here that deter crime while improving the area’s image as an inviting place to do business and shop, according to business leaders.

East Main Street, in the Near East neighborhood of Columbus, is an older city business corridor that declined in recent decades but is now on the upswing. In recent years, the public, nonprofit and private sectors have invested more than $9.7 million in new retail and residential developments. Revitalization efforts require public safety systems to keep pace, hence the choice to deploy wireless video surveillance.

Said Jonathan Beard, president and chief executive officer of Columbus Compact Corp.: “The technology works and it is affordable. People are calling in criminal activity and mobilizing around the visible concerns in the area.”

“With the Firetide network, we are able to connect cameras along the street while sidestepping sticky issues of running cable building-to-building,” said Curtis Davis, president of E-One Companies. “Going wireless means dramatic savings in time and costs for Columbus over wired networks.”