MicroPower Ultra-Low Power Wireless/Solar Video Surveillance

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jan 05, 2010

MicroPower Technologies is a startup aimed at eliminating power wiring for wireless video surveillance cameras through radical reduction of power consumption for the wireless camera. Their first two planned product offerings include (1) a small form factor solar wireless camera that  integrates solar panels and batteries into an outdoor fix camera housing and (2) a wearable camera, completely battery operated for short term operation. For the solar wireless camera, they anticipate pricing of $1500 each and $1600 for the base station (supporting up to a maximum of 16 cameras).They project maximum throughput of 35-40 Mb/s and 1 mile transmission line of site using moderately high gain antennas.

The key enabling technology is to reduce the total power consumption of the camera/wireless transmistter. As the video below shows, they report power consumption of a few hundred milliWatts compared to traditional systems of 3 - 5 Watts. 

In their next generation version, they project reducing power consumption to a few dozen milliWatts.

The concept is intriguing as limitations in outdoor deployments and power supply are a key limitation in today's video surveillance systems. Most outdoor camera deployments are restricted to spots where power can be readily accessed (such as light poles or roofs of buildings). Sometimes this provides sub-optimal surveillance coverage. Other times it requires complicated permitting to tap into local power. While solar is possible with today's cameras, it often requires fairly large batteries and sizable/visible solar panels. If MicroPower can meet its objectives, it could significantly reduce the cost, complexity and overtness of traditional solar powered wireless cameras.

On the other hand, MicroPower Technologies will need to prove that no significant tradeoffs or flaws remain in the final implementation. Key elements to verify include:

  • Power consumption is truly as low as claimed
  • Wireless range and bandwidth availability is not significantly reduced compared to traditional offerings
  • Video quality is not compromised
  • Small solar panel array and battery size are sufficient
  • Pricing points are able to be achieved in production

MicroPower projects general release of products in mid-2010. They announced an angel investment in October 2008 and are currently considering further investment and/or OEM partners.

Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

April 2018 IP Networking Course on Apr 19, 2018
This is the last chance to register for our IP Networking course. Register now. NEW - 2 sessions per class, 'day' and 'night' to give you double...
Alarm.com Business Market Expansion on Apr 13, 2018
Alarm.com has millions of subscribers, but the company has traditionally been mostly a residential/home focused offering.  ADC's new Smart Business...
Axis Launches Mini Concealed IR PTZ on Apr 11, 2018
Axis has been a laggard in releasing IR PTZs. While the company released a laser focus PTZ (the Q6155-E tested) until now Axis has had no PTZs with...
ISC West 2018 Access Control Rundown on Apr 06, 2018
For ISC West 2018, what is new and interesting in access control?  This rundown will bring you up to speed on the exhibitors, what they are...
The 5 Major Lock Profiles Guide - Euro, Oval, KIK, Interchangeable Core, Mortise on Apr 03, 2018
Locks are used everywhere, but they are not all the same. In fact, even the shape of the lock changes, sometimes for no other reason than...
70+ New Products Directory Spring 2018 on Apr 02, 2018
We have compiled a list of new products for Spring 2018 in the categories: Video Surveillance Access Control Fire and Intrusion Other...
Owl Car Cam Tested - Disappoints on Mar 30, 2018
With $18 million in VC funding, and led by the former product lead for the iPod and the VP of Engineering of Dropcam, Andrew Hodge, hopes are high...
Wireless Networking For Video Surveillance Guide on Mar 29, 2018
Wireless networking is a niche in video surveillance applications, but it can be a difficult one to understand with proper wireless design,...
Network Racks For Surveillance Guide on Mar 21, 2018
In this guide, we look at network rack infrastructure, one of the fundamentals of IP video surveillance. Inside, we cover: What is a rack unit...
Rack Mounting NVRs Tutorial on Mar 14, 2018
Rack mounting recorders is common in professional systems, but manufacturers are making it difficult, with simple design failures causing multiple...

Most Recent Industry Reports

May 2018 Camera Course on Apr 20, 2018
Save $50 on early registration until this Thursday, the 26th. Register now (save $50) for the Spring 2018 Camera Course This is the only...
Global Real-Time Video Surveillance - EarthNow on Apr 20, 2018
A new company, EarthNow, with backing from Bill Gates, Airbus and more, is claiming that: Users will be able to see places on Earth with a delay...
Dedicated Vs Converged Access Control Networks (Statistics) on Apr 20, 2018
Running one's access control system on a converged network, with one's computers and phones, can save money. On the other hand, hand, doing so can...
April 2018 IP Networking Course on Apr 19, 2018
This is the last chance to register for our IP Networking course. Register now. NEW - 2 sessions per class, 'day' and 'night' to give you double...
Rare Video Surveillance Fundraising - Verkada $15 Million on Apr 19, 2018
Fundraising in video surveillance (and the broader physical security market) has been poor recently. Highlights are few and far in between...
'Best In Show' Fails on Apr 19, 2018
ISC West's "Best In Show" has failed. For more than a decade, it has become increasingly irrelevant as the selections exhibit a cartoon level...
Security Camera Cleaning Frequency Statistics on Apr 18, 2018
150+ integrators told IPVM how often they clean cameras on customer's sites and why.  Inside we examine their answers and break down feedback...
Worst Access Control 2018 on Apr 18, 2018
Three access control providers stood out as providing the most problems for integrators. In this report, we analyze the answers to: "In the...
Axis VMD4 Analytics Tested on Apr 17, 2018
Axis is now on its 4th generation of video motion detection (VMD), which Axis calls "a free video analytics application." In this generation, Axis...
Arecont CEO And President Resign on Apr 17, 2018
This is good news for Arecont. Arecont's problems have been well known for years (e.g., most recently Worst Camera Manufacturers 2018 and starting...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact