MicroPower seeks to assist schools through a partnership that partially addresses today’s common financial limitations MicroPower Technologies Inc., an award-winning provider of surveillance solutions optimised for rapid, cost-effective deployment, announced recently that it will offer its SOLVEIL integrated solar, wireless surveillance platform to K-12 schools through a newly developed grant programme designed to help schools better address threats and further strengthen security efforts. Enhancing school security Faced with the growing threats of violence, vandalism and attacks, today’s schools must ensure a safe environment for students, faculty and staff, while protecting infrastructure and assets. With continued budget restraints, investments for security expansions can be limited. MicroPower seeks to assist schools through a partnership that partially addresses today’s common financial limitations. MicroPower will select one school per month over the next 10 months to receive the hardware, software and additional equipment necessary to implement SOLVEIL HD. The SOLVEIL package includes a megapixel surveillance camera, solar panel, lens and RF radio, lithium ion batteries, a pole mount adapter, one Hub and one Ethernet connector. MicroPower will collaborate to identify a certified systems integration partner to assist the school with the installation. “Today’s educational facilities face a growing number of challenges that can hinder the open environments that best support learning. Today’s schools need open video surveillance solutions that can help address risks in outdoor and perimeter locations,” said Aaron Tankersley, CEO, MicroPower. “The grant program is one way that MicroPower hopes to give back to communities and schools that need added security, but are unable to fully commit to updated technology because of budget constraints.” SOLVEIL HD platform The SOLVEIL HD surveillance platform is a powerful and highly reliable megapixel camera that allows users to achieve high-resolution video coverage in perimeter and outdoor areas for enhanced security and operations monitoring. Its integrated wireless and solar-power capabilities eliminate the need for power, network and transmission cabling, reducing up-front costs and installation complexity. Operating on a nominal ¾-watt, the SOLVEIL solution can capture and transmit live video up to a half-mile away and provide reliable performance for up to five days on a single charge of its integrated, long-life battery pack. SOLVEIL is ONVIF Profile S conformant and easily integrates with today’s leading video management systems.
McConnell will spearhead technology strategy and development and lead the engineering team MicroPower Technologies Inc., an award-winning provider of surveillance solutions optimised for rapid, cost-effective deployment, announced recently the appointment of Tim McConnell as Vice President of Engineering. In this new role, McConnell will spearhead technology strategy and development, and lead the engineering team as it further develops rich feature-sets and increased functionality for the company’s advanced technology portfolio. McConnell brings more than 25 years of product development, engineering, executive-level leadership and corporate strategy experience to MicroPower. Additionally, McConnell has extensive experience in the areas of digital video, smart grid and mobile wireless development, all of which correlates strongly with MicroPower’s core technology strategy. Prior to joining MicroPower, McConnell served as Vice President of Engineering for 3D Robotics, where he helped develop unmanned aerial vehicles for consumer and commercial use. Previously, he held the role of Executive Vice President of Engineering at Solekai Systems. McConnell holds a Master’s of Science and Bachelors of Science in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “As MicroPower builds upon its leadership in wireless and solar-powered surveillance solutions, we look to add key members to our leadership team that will help drive continued success,” said Aaron Tankersley, CEO, MicroPower Technologies. “Tim’s expertise will help create new capabilities on our next generation surveillance platform, which allows users to increase security and safety, and optimise operations in a wide variety of applications.
MicroPower Technologies won an award in the Green Technology category MicroPower Technologies Inc., an award-winning provider of surveillance solutions optimised for rapid, cost-effective deployment, recently announced that it was selected as the winner in the American Technology Awards (ATAs) Green Technology category. Sponsored by TechAmerica, the ATAs honoured 15 products and services out of 100 entries as category winners. The awards were announced at the ATA Showcase last week in Washington, and winners will be honoured in June during a gala evening at the Ronald Reagan Building. MicroPower’s solar-powered, wireless cameras offer an environmentally sustainable and low-maintenance surveillance solution that consumes much less power than traditional systems. It also can be deployed and operated for a fraction of the capital and operating cost expected with comparable video surveillance platforms. The cameras use ½ watt of power to transmit streaming video from ½ to two miles without the need to trench for cabling requirements – thus reducing the need for additional infrastructure and minimising environmental impact. In remote locations, such as electrical power substations, the system’s design allows users to create a video local-area network. This approach enables users to transmit video only upon an alarm or an event. MicroPower’s systems provide a solution to an important dilemma: how to evolve technologically while remaining environmentally conscious. A growing number of large institutions that consume massive amounts of energy currently seek out ways to reduce their environmental footprint. Since 2008, MicroPower has invested in extensive research and development to use the existing concepts of solar technology, wireless networking and power reduction to make its surveillance system highly reliable and scalable. “Solar energy itself is not a new concept, but using it specifically as surveillance and security solution is a significant step forward in innovation,” said Aaron Tankersley, CEO, MicroPower Technologies. “Our unique and cost-effective approach to video surveillance also revolutionises the way our customers can leverage video for operational purposes while maintaining an environmentally-positive corporate culture.”