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Power Line Camera and Sensor System

The United State Air Force seeks a partner to license and commercialize a sensor system that mounts to, and inductively draws power from, power lines

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 The US Air Force has developed, tested, and patented a multi-sensor camera system that draws power from the power lines to which it attaches.  Any of a number of sensors and communication systems can be incorporated for 24/7 capabilities anywhere there are power lines.
The US Air Force has developed, tested, and patented a multi-sensor camera system that draws power from the power lines to which it attaches. Any of a number of sensors and communication systems can be incorporated for 24/7 capabilities anywhere there a
The Technology: 

The US Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate has developed and tested a patented technology to mount multi-sensor units on power lines.  The unit attaches externally and draws power inductively from power lines for persistent, real-time, 24/7 operation without duration or power limitations imposed by batteries.  The base induction power system provides a steady power supply capable of driving a number of digital still and video cameras in visible, infrared, and other wavelengths, along with various acoustic devices and other sensors.  Additionally, the device can transmit data via a variety of methods, including cellular telephone networks.

Safety and security monitoring applications are numerous across multiple industries.  Examples include monitoring city streets or remote stretches of highway, site security, wildlife management, construction project monitoring, and energy infrastructure security.

Benefits: 
  • Mobile & Autonomous:  Capable of continuous temporary or permanent operation anywhere there are power lines
  • Broadly Applicable:  Myriad applications in industries from public safety to security, project management, and infrastructure monitoring
  • Fast Installations:  Previous users have installed units in less than 10 minutes
  • Real-Time, Multi-Sensor Versatility:  Inductive power system provides an inexpensive, persistent base that can accommodate multiple sensors and communication techniques in order to meet the particular needs of a given application
The Opportunity: 
  • US patent available for license:
  • Potential for collaboration with the US Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate
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