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Wirelessly powered video surveillance: is it the future?

Wirelessly powered video surveillance: is it the future?
The use of wireless power in video surveillance cameras has the potential to transform the security surveillance industry.
Not many radical innovations are seen in the video surveillance industry often. Of course, there is the natural evolution toward better cameras and AI, but thinking out of the box isn’t always this industry’s strength.
But a new surveillance camera that works on wireless power changed this perception at the recently concluded CES 2023. Ossia, the company behind FCC-approved Cota Real Wireless Power — the patented technology that delivers power over the air, at a distance, and without the need for line-of-sight — showcased the world’s first wirelessly powered security system - ARCHOS Cota Wireless Power Security Camera.
Speaking to, Jennifer Grenz, Chief Revenue Officer at Ossia, explained that many stores, shops, cafes, or homes do not have the luxury of having wiring available or convenient to plug in a security camera network.
“And re-charging existing batteries or replacing disposable batteries are not convenient or environmentally friendly,” Grenz said. “With wireless power, you can install an entire security camera network anywhere in your space without having to worry about running wires or batteries. You can also move those cameras at any time throughout the shop freely while they are continually being powered wirelessly.” 

What change can wireless power bring to surveillance?

The introduction of wireless power in video surveillance cameras has the potential to revolutionize the industry, as it provides a more flexible, efficient, and cost-effective solution for surveillance systems. This innovation allows cameras to be installed in areas that were previously inaccessible, making it possible to monitor larger areas with fewer cameras. In this way, wireless power-enabled CCTV cameras offer an innovative and exciting approach to security surveillance that could change the way we think about monitoring and protecting our communities.
“Wireless power will fundamentally change video surveillance and most all IoT applications worldwide,” Grenz said. “The ability to place cameras anywhere and move them freely without having to worry about costly installation, wires, or batteries will allow owners much more freedom to protect their space. It will also enable camera manufacturers to innovate on the design of cameras if power is always available.” 
Making things even more appealing is their wide application potential. Wireless-powered products, including security cameras, can be placed in the home, coffee shop, cafe, retail store, or much more widely in smart cities, industrial spaces, offices, building infrastructure, etc. 

Working with AI for efficiency and sustainability

AI technology enables cameras to detect and respond to specific situations, such as suspicious activity or unauthorized access, with greater accuracy and speed than ever before. Combined with wireless power technology, cameras can become even more efficient and eco-friendly.
“As cameras have access to smarter AI, they can innovate on design and ease of use for the user,” Grenz said. “Coupled with wireless power, the battery can be reduced or eliminated altogether to provide freedom in design that has never existed before. The cost of running wires in an environment can be too high for small businesses or homeowners to shoulder. Traditional wired options are usually very challenging unless it is being wired in new construction or extensive remodeling. Wireless power allows for camera placement anywhere.” 

Limitations of this technology

The use of wireless power in surveillance cameras definitely shows potential. However, this technology is not without its challenges. For instance, wireless power may be affected by a range of environmental factors, such as distance, interference, and obstructions.
“The challenges are accommodating different environments and allowing for multiple cameras simultaneously based on their unique power needs,” Grenz said. “Some live-stream video cameras require higher power, which would work with wireless power but would require a battery in the device to store power while it is being used. There is much development happening to improve on power delivery continuously across all use cases.” 
Batteries have the inherent challenges of either needing to be recharged or replaced. With reduced reliability on batteries, wireless power helps customers overcome this challenge. Wireless power increases reliability and reduces ongoing maintenance needs. 

Final word

In conclusion, the use of wireless power in video surveillance cameras has the potential to transform the security surveillance industry, offering a more flexible, efficient, and cost-effective solution for monitoring and protecting our communities. While there are challenges associated with this technology, including reliability in certain situations, the benefits outweigh the risks.
Wireless power-enabled cameras allow for more strategic camera placement and greater coverage. Integrated with AI technology, these cameras can enhance accuracy and speed in detecting and responding to security threats.
Furthermore, wireless power reduces the need for environmentally harmful batteries and electrical wiring, making it a more sustainable solution for surveillance systems. As the industry continues to innovate and explore ways to overcome the challenges of wireless power, we can expect to see even more exciting developments in the field of security surveillance.
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