As covered by Mike Freeman of UT San Diego…
Video surveillance has been on the rise in the U.S. over the past several years, as camera costs have fallen and technology has improved.
That market growth is fueling San Diego’s MicroPower Technologies, which specializes in making solar powered, wireless surveillance systems for hard-to-reach locations.
This week, the 20-employee firm won TechAmerica’s American Technology Award in the green technology category. TechAmerica, formerly known as the American Electronics Association, handed out awards to 15 products nationwide.
Though it won in the green-tech category, “we don’t do anything special with the solar,” said MicroPower Chief Executive Aaron Tankersley. “What we have done is develop a system that is so power efficient that solar becomes a viable way of doing video. You could do solar with traditional camera systems, of course. But you would need 10 times the panels and 10 times the batteries.”