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Smarter Wi-Fi Video Camera Designs, Courtesy of InnoPhase IoT

By Alex Passett

Part of the Internet of Things’ (IoT) digital lifeblood is connectivity. It’s what puts the “smart” in smart devices, vehicles, homes, offices and smarter city infrastructure.

In a consumer-level environment without IoT, your smart fridge can’t let you know you’re out of milk, your fitness tracker can’t upload your active workout data to the cloud, and your self-driving car can’t access real-time traffic updates to suggest alternate routes, warn of nasty weather, or even send emergency data about your vehicle to the necessary resource if an accident occurs.

In IoT on an even larger scale, connectivity enables the massive amounts of data that IoT-compatible regularly devices generate to be collected, analyzed, and used to make decisions. Data from smart city sensors help manage traffic flow, conserve energy and improve aspects of public safety. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) settings see connected machines alerting operators to possible issues before they become hazardous problems, thus reducing undue downtime and improving long-term efficiencies on multiple fronts.

The long story short? In IoT, connectivity is key.

Enter InnoPhase IoT, a fabless wireless semiconductor platform company. With its specializations in extreme low power wireless radio connectivity solutions (e.g. its PolaRFusion digital radio architecture that dramatically increases battery lifetime by 50% in common use cases), InnoPhase has innovated again via two new Wi-Fi video camera solutions for its Talaria TWO product family.

For InnoPhase, the time of video cameras limited by clumsy wires, placement issues or the demand of constant battery change is no more. But with such limitations now on the wayside, these solutions create new opportunities for technologies involving smart video security, connected sensors and more.

InnoPhase’s new Talaria TWO products – the IoT Low-Power Wi-Fi Video Camera Reference Kit and the CE-Link Solar-Powered Wi-Fi Video Camera – enable super low-power, direct-to-cloud connectivity for developers of IoT devices in todays’ markets.

“Until now, untethered wireless cloud connectivity and an elusive long battery life were two major design barriers for video IoT,” said InnoPhase IoT President and Chief Operating Officer Wiren Perera. “In fact, approximately 10% of video cameras are currently battery-operated primarily because of battery-life limitations. Yet moving to a wireless format, however, wasn’t possible since ubiquitous Wi-Fi is inherently power hungry, rapidly draining video camera’s batteries. The possibility of adding even more features such as AI would have meant an even shorter battery life.”

But now, as Perera went on to describe, the new InnoPhase solutions “shatter outdated beliefs that Wi-Fi is too high-powered for battery-based video camera applications.”

InnoPhase’s IoT Talaria TWO additions support a lower-power model with a longer battery life, as well as 2K camera resolution and AI capabilities, and a helpful “Always ON, Always Connected” feature to enable low latency and mitigate image loss issues. It also lends ease of use (i.e. by provisioning Wi-Fi using integrated BLE) and other ultra-low power (ULP) benefits for more optimized (and less power-hungry) video IoT needs.

Learn more here.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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