BOULDER, CO.–A new partnership has created an opportunity for those in the government, military, oil and agriculture industries to cost-effectively transmit mission-critical video footage over long distances.
A technology partnership between the networking company FreeWave Technologies and the sensor and surveillance firm McQ Inc. will create a combined solution designed to give industrial users the ability to transmit video footage over long distances with low power consumption. The system will also enable integration with the network edge within the unlicensed 900MHz radio frequency, the companies said.
The joint technology is set to be deployed as part of a U.S. government-funded international border surveillance project scheduled for summer 2018.
The partnership is a game-changer for industrial, commercial and government organizations operating in remote and rugged environments, said Scott Allen, chief marketing officer of FreeWave Technologies. “The ability to stream intelligent video has until now been cost prohibitive and time-consuming based on the need to install physical wire or deploy Wi-Fi,” he said.
Historically, RF technologies with low-power consumption did not often have the required bandwidth or power necessary to sustain streaming video. Technology from FreeWave allows for video to run over a radio frequency of 900MHz using the ZumLink Z9-PE radio. As such, Wi-Fi or cellular is not required at the camera. The system can be powered by solar, wind and fuel cells, which can help eliminate the recurring costs of cellular services and limited range of Wi-Fi, the companies said.
“Our joint solution will give customers the ability to reliably access video streaming technologies for critical missions in deserts, high mountain ranges, and other remote and physically challenging environments,” said Brian McQuiddy, chief executive officer of McQ Inc.
“For many of these customers, the ability to leverage these capabilities in practically any scenario might be the crucial factor in completing these critical missions and vital research,” he said.
Scenarios in which a solution like this might be viable include security surveillance, environmental monitoring and remote traffic monitoring. As well as the initial border surveillance project, FreeWave said the solution will be actively deployed within the oil & gas, water wastewater and agriculture industries as well.