'Sticker' Surveillance Camera Developed (CSEM Witness)

By Robert Shih, Published Nov 16, 2018, 10:52am EST

The Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) has announced what it calls the:

world’s first fully autonomous camera that can be deployed like a sticker, opening up new possibilities for surveillance and IOT sensors. The patented Witness IOT camera is solar-powered and includes a specially designed CMOS image sensor consuming less than 700uW.

What is the commercial potential for this camera? We spoke with CSEM and obtained further details which we examine inside.

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Now there’s something innovative (finally)...

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"in surveillance it will most likely act as a motion sensing trigger that can be placed covertly for other security and surveillance devices to act upon."

...and the industry needs cameras with a new way to trigger motion events why?

I get the benefit of low power consumption, covertness, etc...and I am not discounting future potential applications for this (improved) sensor - but in its current state it delivers less than what is already available to solve the problem it currently solves.

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If the researchers can improve the efficiency of the solar cell to generate more than 1mW of power we can see more functionality out of this unit. Otherwise, even turning on the Low Energy Bluetooth ups the power draw about 10 times what it already uses when it transmits.

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right...

color VGA - more power.

auto off-loading of images (if they want to play with VMSs) - more power.

also, solar-only power (which is part of their 'niche') will further limit any applications to areas with significant - and consistent - sunlight.

 

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How hard would it be to fit a rechargeable button cell lithium into the package?  I can see this in construction being slapped onto walls inside, heavy machinery etc where all they really need is enough of a picture to tell if its a human vs a squirrel causing the alarm.  Could put Videofied on the run!

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Its like a Google Clip, Lite Edition

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