Bob's Adventures in Wireless and Video Headline Animator

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Greetings and Solicitations

What I am going to try to do here is chronicle my daily experiences in designing, building, installing and trouble shooting wireless and video applications. We may wander through the world of video, RF, construction, mobile, lighting, police, perimeter security, fire fighting, DOD, EMS and who knows what else.

For those of you who don't know me, I am engaged in two different companies at present: HauteSpot Networks, who makes wireless routers for video and voice streaming; and MicroPower Technologies who makes ultra power efficient wireless cameras (really small and really wireless -- no power cord).

HauteSpot has been something that I have been working at for almost 5 years now. We started by trying to sell high performance wireless IP routers to the TV broadcast market. We built low cost routers (relative to COFDM solutions that were available at the time). Unfortunately we were about 4 years ahead of the market. Broadcasters really didn't need the performance that we offered.

About 2 years ago, the video surveillance market started to really adopt IP cameras and we shifted our focus to this market. The early offerings in IP surveillance were bandwidth hogs and used transport protocols that were impossible for standard wireless technologies such as WiFi to handle well. Having a lot of experience in moving video without jitter (delay variation that makes video unreliable and full of artifacts), we were able to deliver great performance for video over wireless when our competitors fell down.

Now we are seeing broad adoption of our wireless routers in the public safety, commercial security, homeland security and more. So the market is finally catching up with us.

One gap that we identified was battery/solar powered and wearable operations. Particularly in building wireless solar powered cameras there really were no good options. Our routers, while delivering excellent performance, were not designed for low power. So solar panels are large, batteries are large, construction costs are get the idea.

This led me to MicroPower, who has an excellent technology for running wireless IP cameras at very little power. I associated myself with MicroPower in a business development role and started using my years of experience in the surveillance market to build up MicroPower's position.

So now I am immersed at the center of the storm of wireless and video, with contemporary technologies (some might say bleeding edge). I would like to think that I have become a trusted source for technical information to my customers.

So now that you know me, I will move forward with my world of learning...Call me out if I am wrong, pat me on the back if I help you.

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