Tessco Technologies has worked alongside Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to successfully install a new video streaming application on the police boats that monitor Chesapeake Bay, US.
The solution was developed and delivered by Tessco in collaboration with IT staff at the DNR’s Natural Resource Police and RAD Data Communications. The installation follows four years of planning and product testing.
Based on RAD’s Airmux mobility system, the new solution offers more than 4Mbps throughput per boat while travelling at up to 20k across distances of up to seven miles.
Tessco solutions development and product management vice-president William Moten said: "Tessco’s product managers have been working with the DNR for four years to find a complete mobility solution that would result in real-time, uninterrupted streaming video from police boats.
"We are very proud to work with the Maryland Natural Resource Police and MLEIN to implement an application that will do so much to improve the safety and security of the Chesapeake."
Prior to installing this application, the video feed from craft-mounted cameras was only able to be stored locally and content was downloaded when the boats returned.
The new system is now completely incorporated into the DNR’s leading-edge Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network (MLEIN) with the help of eight towers that have been placed so far.
Currently, DNR’s 140 vessels cover the Chesapeake Bay’s 64,000 square miles and carry out several duties that include homeland security operations, search and rescue teams, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round-the-clock basis.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s programme to protect the Chesapeake has supported this new development.