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XPONENTIAL 2018: Freewave

New Technology from FreeWave


FreeWave brought new technology to XPONENTIAL, enabling remote video streaming at just 900Mhz, this being demoed for the first time on booth #4004. The solution allows industrial users to transmit video footage over long distances with low power consumption, integration with the network edge and at feasible price point.

According to FreeWave CMO Scott Allen, “industrial customers have long wished for a solution that allows them to stream intelligent video in environments where it’s virtually impossible and cost prohibitive to lay physical wire or deploy Wi-Fi. LORA and other low power options don’t have near the bandwidth or power to sustain streaming video.”

Freewave’s new solution offers a low cost, low solution for use cases that include:

Security Surveillance: The first real deployment of this technology will be in Eastern Europe for border security, but could work equally as well for farm security surveillance where there is real theft and virtually no barriers to prevent it currently.

Environmental Monitoring: For keeping tabs on volcanic activity, agriculture and more.

Remote Traffic Monitoring: For identifying problems along roadways that do not have physical wires or close access to Wi-Fi technology.

FreeWave can run video resolution over a radio frequency of 900MHz, so it doesn’t require Wi-Fi or cellular at the camera (endpoint). It can be powered by solar, wind or fuel cell, eliminating the recurring costs of Wi-Fi and cellular.

On 26 April, the manufacturer of industrial, secure Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) networking solutions, announced a technology partnership with sensor technology and remote monitoring and surveillance firm McQ Inc. The combined solution will give industrial users the ability to transmit video footage over long distances with low power consumption, while enabling integration with the network edge within the unlicensed 900MHz radio frequency. The joint technology will be deployed in a US government funded international border surveillance project scheduled for the summer of 2018.

The partnership between FreeWave and McQ Inc. is a game-changer for industrial, commercial and government organisations operating in remote and rugged environments. The ability to stream intelligent video has until now been cost prohibitive and time-consuming based on the need to install physical wire or deploy Wi-Fi,” Mr. Allen explained.

Historically, RF technologies with low power consumption did not have the required bandwidth or power necessary to sustain streaming video. FreeWave, however, can run video over a radio frequency of 900MHz using the ZumLink Z9-PE radio, so it does not require Wi-Fi or cellular at the camera, and can also be powered by solar, wind, and fuel cells, eliminating the recurring costs of cellular services and limited range of Wi-Fi.

Our joint solution will give customers the ability to reliably access video streaming technologies for critical missions in deserts, high mountain ranges and other remote and physically challenging environments. For many of these customers, the ability to leverage these capabilities in practically any scenario might be the crucial factor in completing these critical missions and vital research,” Brian McQuiddy, CEO of McQ Inc. concluded.


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