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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bob's Adventures in Wireless and Video: Saving Lives with GER and the eWRAP

Bob's Adventures in Wireless and Video: Saving Lives with GER and the eWRAP: Seniors in the path of Irene being evacuated, like those helped by GER. (Winston-Salem Journal)
Yesterday morning I received a phone...

Saving Lives with GER and the eWRAP

Seniors in the path of Irene being evacuated,
like those helped by GER.
(Winston-Salem Journal)
Yesterday morning I received a phone call from a very tired Stan Kuzia, the CEO of Global Emergency Resources. Stan and his team had been working all night long monitoring the evacuation of many seniors from nursing homes in the path of hurricane Irene.

Global Emergency Resources (www.ger911.com) delivers a complete solution for patient tracking and incident management for emergency first responders. Part of their solution is a router built by HauteSpot Networks known as an eWRAP (Emergency Wireless Routing Access Point).

Stan told me "The EMTs set up 6 eWRAPs around the nursing home where power had failed and land line communications were down. They flipped the battery power switch, and immediately they had a working wireless communication network." Stan continued, "The system worked flawlessly and we were able to track the movement of all of the patients using HC Standard. It was exactly the performance under fire we wanted to see."

Needless to say we are very pleased that the eWRAP was able to help GER deliver reliable communication as infrastructure for HC Standard, which in turn contributed to saving lives in the face of the coming flooding and storm damage.

Of course it is the bravery and dedication of the EMTs on scene who really are the ones to be credited, but if the eWRAP helped them better organize their response and data flow, then we are happy to have helped.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Time Flies When You are Busy

I could not let August slip away without at least one blog post. It has been busy, to say the least.

Fighting Crime the microNVR Way
The microNVR continues to be the focus of a lot of activity. Between law enforcement, home owner associations, and mobile broadcasters, we have seen a lot of interest. In fact, one investigator solved his first crime using the microNVR in a covert application. The microNVR was hidden in a plenum with pin hole cameras routed to an encoder. The cameras recorded at 30fps VGA using H.264. The microNVR recorded all of the "action" in the facility using record on motion. When certain high value merchandise went missing, the video files were reviewed remotely over the Ίnternet. Evidence was gathered and prosecutions are under way.

Mobile Wireless Video Streaming
We have recently seen a huge increase in mobile video applications. It is amazing to us that it took so long. We are now working with some partners on recording video on buses, trains, trolleys, police cars, and ambulance. Most of the projects involve local recording using the microNVR and other NVR systems. Then the video is either being viewed live using 3G/4G wireless through a HauteSpot WRAP router, or being transferred in batch once the vehicle arrives back in the maintenance yard. One system is even setting up an access point on the vehicle so that supervisors can roam up to the vehicle with a laptop and view the video from up to 1500 feet away combined with 5GHz MIMO to do very rapid file transfers in the yard.

We have been building mobile high speed wireless systems for video since 2005, and it is only now that we are seeing the market actually adopt this technology. With the advent of the microNVR, we now have a super compact solution that can be used in almost any mobile application. Just plug in an IP camera and away you go.

Always On Remote Control
One new feature that we are providing to a couple of customers is remote wireless power control. This allows a remote user to turn on and off electrical devices over a long range wireless link. This capability is useful for turning on or off higher power devices such as cameras, NVRs, switches, PTZ controllers, etc at sites or on vehicles that are concerned about constant power load (battery or solar). This feature can be implemented using our standard OFDM wireless which will consume about 400mA for always on service, or we can implement it as 802.15.4 or Zigbee which can run with as little as 100mA for always on service. A clean web interface, SNMP trap, or TCP API controls the relays remotely.

microNVR version 2
We are working on the next generation of microNVR, together with our partner SentinelAVE. This new product will be completely revolutionary. If the think the microNVR was cool, "gen 2" will knock your socks off. By combining an open video processing platform with state of the art wireless and wired networking capability into a super compact, super power efficient appliance, HauteSpot is allowing customers to distribute video processing and video data gathering at the edge. Literally you will have a full function server, wireless router, system health monitor, and video processing engine in a box that is smaller and draws less power than your car stereo (stock car stereo, not a ground shaker).

We might even have something to show at ASIS.

BTW, I will be going to ASIS, together with Mike Baron. If you would like to meet either of us and discuss projects, new products or whatever else, please send us an email.