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Saturday, March 26, 2011

MicroPower at AutoClub Speedway for Auto Club 400

Tomorrow I am leaving at 3am from San Luis Obispo to drive down to Fontana in order to be there by 9am. Why would I do this, you ask? For NASCAR.

MicroPower Technologies was asked by one of the race teams to outfit their pit crews with the MicroPower Mini-i camera. For those of you that haven't heard, the Mini-i is a ultra compact, wearable, always on IP camera that can stream VGA video at up to 30 fps for up to 14 hours without a charge.

So why do we need to go to the race before we install? "Discretion is the better part of valor." A couple of years ago HauteSpot provided wireless routers to Med Media who used them for emergency medical communications at the NASCAR race at the Poconos race track. We learned first hand that car racing is very, very high tech. There were radios on every conceivable frequency and there were a whole lot of them.

We saw radios used for Electronic News Gathering (sports broadcasting), video on the cars, video in the pits, audio between the pit crew chiefs and the drivers, audio to the cars, WiFi in the grandstands, telemetry to the cars, public safety radios, and who know what else. If there is one event that is fully saturated from an RF perspective, it is a modern NASCAR race.

So, we are going right into the center of the storm to check out the conditions. I am bringing with me a netbook loaded with analysis software, a WRAPDXCi-MN router that will be used for spectrum analysis and to act as a proxy for the MicroPower hub, a HauteSpot GPS device, a battery pack and miscellaneous parts. The idea is to check out the RF noise floor and make sure that we can come up with a plan to deploy the Mini-i cameras without being disrupted by the din of other devices and to make sure that the Mini-i does not disrupt some other critical service.

If all goes as we plan, we will have a complete characterization of the race event under real world conditions. Then we can plan for success, using an appropriate deployment strategy. Stay tuned. We will be crossing the finish line shortly.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

HauteSpot Networks Invites you to meet at ISC West

HauteSpot Networks would like to invite you to visit our Hospitality Suite in the Palazzo hotel during the ISC West show. Throughout the show days (April 5th to 8th) HauteSpot will be offering a set schedule of product demonstrations and informational training programs. Space is limited at each presentation to 10 people. We are accepting attendees on a first come, first serve basis. Each session is led by a HauteSpot engineer. If your company would like a private discussion, just book one of the sessions for a group of 10, or send us an email to sales@hautespot.net .

The sessions we have scheduled are:


Introduction to HauteSpot Networks Wireless Site Survey and Design - This brief, but informative overview, teaches effective approaches to designing HauteSpot wireless projects or systems. We will discuss beneficial design tools and what important information to gather in order for a HauteSpot engineer to construct a bill of material specific to your project. Getting the information right the first time will save you time and money, as well as making you look like a star to your customers! Sign up to attend this presentation here: http://www.hautespot.net/index.php/news/events/iscwest/isc-west-2011-introduction-to-wireless-site-survey-and-design
 
Introduction to TDMA Wireless IP Video - Learn about the advantages of using Time Division Multiple Access Wireless for IP Video instead of 802.11 or mesh based collision protocols. Are you tired of wireless systems that make your awesome megapixel cameras look terrible. We will review what the actual performance of wireless for megapixel cameras are and give a brief demonstration using protocols which are specifically designed for streaming video. If high definition is your goal, then poor wireless performance should not be a road block to achieving this goal. Sign up to attend this presentation here: http://www.hautespot.net/index.php/news/events/iscwest/intrototdma
 HauteShot microNVR
Introduction to and Demonstration of HauteSHOT microNVR - Be the first to see the future of video surveillance edge devices. We will demonstrate the capabilities of the HauteSHOT microNVR which combines a full feature wireless router with a full feature network video recorder into one compact, highly capable device. Put your applications at the edge of your network and reduce the costs and complexity of your systems. The microNVR puts application server and network router performance in a 4"x4"x1" micro box that can be placed anywhere. Sign up to attend this presentation here: http://www.hautespot.net/index.php/news/events/iscwest/micronvrdemo

 HauteWRAP WRAPSTALC5N
Introduction to and Demonstration of HauteSpot MIMO Routers - MIMO technology is now ready for outdoor applications. MIMO takes advantage of reflection and refraction to improve range and throughput. While not a panacea, it does help in many situations. HauteSpot has packaged a reliable, cost effective solution that delivers amazing performance for megapixel streaming video. See a demonstration of HauteSpot MIMO routers and learn how, and when, to use this new technology effectively in video surveillance applications. Sign up to attend this presentation here: http://www.hautespot.net/index.php/news/events/iscwest/mimodemo


Introduction to and Demonstration of SentinelAVE Augmented Visual Earth - Change the way you look at surveillance video. Don't just watch a flat matrix of images, immerse yourself in a virtual world where you can tell exactly what you are looking at and where your intruder is. We will show you the amazing SentinelAVE system which overlays video cameras, sensor and control data directly onto 3D models creating a completely immersive video management environment for large campus or municipal environments. Think of it as Google Earth with live video embedded into it. A great application for central station video monitoring, campus and facility security, and much more. Sign up to attend this presentation here: http://www.hautespot.net/index.php/news/events/iscwest/avedemo


Wireless Project Design Lab - Do you have a really complex video surveillance deployment where you want to use wireless, but just are not sure how to do it? Do you have a project that requires wireless but you don't have any experience in designing wireless networks? Come let the HauteSpot wireless engineers help you design your project. During the lab, all of our engineers who are attending the show will be available to meet with you and review your projects making specific, actionable recommendations on your wireless network design for IP video surveillance.There is not cost for this, just a willingness to partner with HauteSpot to win business. To reserve a time in the Project Design Lab sign up here: http://www.hautespot.net/index.php/news/events/iscwest/designlab

Of course we would also be happy to schedule a face to face private meeting with you to discuss whatever topics you may wish. Just send us an email or call so we can work our a time that is agreeable for both of us.

We look forward to seeing you at ISC West.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

ISC West 2011 Show


Next month, April 5-8, is the ISC West Show 2011 (International Security Conference) in Las Vegas at the Sands Convention Center. This year, like every year since HauteSpot Networks started in 2005, we will be attending. This year we are forgoing a booth in favor of a hospitality suite at the Palazzo hotel where we will have a complete test lab set up including various megapixel cameras, our wireless routers and our new microNVR wireless NVR.

Getting away from the show floor allows us to have more productive time with our customers where we can talk without the din of the crowds and where we can spread out to show our products in action. If you would like to get together to see our new products or discuss your project requirements, just send a note to sales@hautespot.net with times that you are available.

Live Wireless Demonstrations
We will be demonstrating our new TDMA Like Protocol (TLP) version 2 running on our WRAPSXC and WRAPDXC routers, proving interoperability with several megapixel cameras including the Arecont AV10005 10 megapixel and AV8180 multi imager MJPEG megapixel camera (both of which represent the most challenging wireless cameras to support in the industry), the new ClearPix line of megapixel cameras from DVR Distributors and more.

Cool New Products - microNVR
We will also be announcing and demonstrating the new microNVR wireless NVR. This amazing new device is only 4"x4"x1", runs on 12VDC, consumes only 10 watts, yet combines our full feature HauteRouterOS router capability, embedded high capacity storage (up to 500GB), and your choice of Windows or Linux operating systems with complete Video Management System (VMS). We built this product for law enforcement to install on motorcycles or to be worn. But the applications for it are immense.

By combining a complete wireless router (which is capable of bridging, routing, meshing, providing user authentication, monitoring system health, and much more) with a complete PC operating system platform we are delivering a solution that is unlike anything else in the industry. It is ideal for mobile and distributed edge applications. The system has an integrated 1080p capable video adapter so you can display your high resolution video on any high quality monitor.

We are in the process of testing the microNVR with a number of different megapixel cameras and Video Management software solutions. Many of these will be on display at ISC.

Cool New Products - H.264 Wireless VideoPhone Camera
We realized that the microNVR needed a wireless camera that could be paired with it. The new IPCamVGA is a compact, light weight, fully wireless H.264 camera with integrated SIP VoIP support. The camera runs from 12VDC and consumes only 2.5watts, making battery power practical. What is really unique about it is that it is a fully functional Voice Over IP device. So you can integrate it into VoIP phone switches. This is ideal for use by police, fire, ambulance and public transit agencies and can be directly integrated into VoIP dispatch systems or bridged to Land Mobile Radio systems.

Combining the microNVR with the IPCamVGA into a wireless video system allows you to create innovative and cost effective solutions for mobile, nomadic and small fixed wireless surveillance solutions. For example the microNVR can be mounted on a police motorcycle with the officer wearing a battery powered IPCamVGA and a couple of IP cameras or even USB Webcams mounted on the bike. The officer could roam away from the bike and still have live video recorded and backhauled to supervisors. When the officer returns to the police station, the HauteSpot high speed wireless would automatically transfer the day's video wirelessly from the bike to the station.

For public transit the microNVR and IPCamVGA could be quickly and easily installed on buses without any wiring. Same for small stores, homes, or almost anywhere.

Cool New Products - WRAP STATION LC 5N
Adding to the tremendous success of our WRAP STATION LC line of low cost, all in one (antenna and router) station routers for wireless video, we will be demonstrating the new 5GHz MIMO version. This solution delivers excellent performance when paired with one of our WRAPSXC or WRAPDXC base station routers. Ideal for megapixel camera networks and it uses our TLP protocol for reliable video performance.

Super-Cool New Products - SentinelAVE

We will also be demonstrating the SentinelAVE (Augmented Virtual Earth) 3D visualization product. This amazing tool allows live video and data to be overlaid onto 3 dimensional maps and models, creating a highly intuitive and fully immersive video information management interface. You have to see it to believe it.



Meet The HauteSpot Team
We are bringing several of our team members with us, so that our customers can meet our team in person. Mike Baron and Max Bateman from Technical Support, Charlotte Powell from Sales Operations, Charlotte Chang from Marketing, and Wes Simpson from Business Development will all be there. We invite our customers to arrange for meetings with any one of our team members. Come up to the suite and relax. It is just a short walk from the show floor and we will have refreshments and snacks too. Again, if you would like to get together to see our new products or discuss your project requirements, just send a note to sales@hautespot.net with times that you are available.

We hope to see you at ISC West. Please let us know if we can meet you there.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It ain't easy to push streams

Mobile IP cameras need some help. Here is the deal: Let's say you have a camera that is connected to a 3G cellular modem. You want to stream the video from that camera to a web site like Sensr.net or LiveStream. Sounds easy right? Just set the IP address of the destination you want to send the video to, put in your user id and password. Voila! Nothing.

IP Cameras assume that they are connected to a NVR locally. They assume that they have a reliable, high speed connection with a consistent IP address (from DHCP). But this is far from true for mobile cameras.

If you attach your camera to a 3G modem, which a few cameras now support, you have no router between you and the public network. You need the camera to handle all of the issues of making a reliable connection. Unfortunately 3G networks are not that reliable. They are good, but when they get saturated with other users they go down. You will get disconnected. You will have fluctuating bandwidth. You will need to reconnect. Your IP address with change.

NVRs need to pull video from cameras. RTSP, HTTP and all the other existing methods of communication from cameras to NVRs all require the NVR to initiate the communication. So how does the NVR find your camera? The most common answer is to use Dynamic DNS. DDNS is a service where the camera tells a central server it's IP address periodically. The NVR then asks the DDNS server for the address and a reconnection is made.

The problem with DDNS is that it takes time. Sometimes a lot of time. The camera has to determine that a connection is lost, re-establish connectivity, re-register with the DDNS server. Then the NVR has to determine that the camera connection was lost. Then it has to look up the DDNS entry for the camera, make a connection to the camera and request the stream to be restarted. That can take up to 10 to 15 minutes. In the mean time your camera is off line.

What is needed is a persistent push configuration. Unfortunately, there are no ready solutions on the market today. We are working on making a new type of camera specifically for this situation. The camera will make an outbound connection to the server, register with the server, and start a push stream. If the connection goes down, the camera simply reconnects to the server and keeps going. This should cut the time of outage from minutes to seconds. Your video may get interrupted, but at least the down time will be very short and the camera will make best efforts to reconnect.

This is the way IPTV streaming works:


Notice that all the arrows move from left to right. Mobile live surveillance needs something just like this.

More on this later...