PV Security System Shines Light On Bad Guys

Solar energy technologies have been used to heat and pump water, lower electricity bills and power off-grid lighting systems. FutureSentry, a Miami-based developer of motion detection solutions for security systems, says that off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) technology can also be used to prevent crime.

FutureSentry has partnered with Sun Surveillance, a South Carolina-based wireless security technology provider, to develop a solar-powered security system for off-grid locations. The FutureSentry First Responder unit is a security system intended for use in areas unfit for traditional security systems, due to their limited access to power, cabling or trenching equipment. Even in conventional applications, the use of  PV panels allows the system to be deployed cost-effectively, the company says.

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The FutureSentry First Responder is an automated detection device “designed to mimic the actions of a security guard to stop crime before it occurs.” The device uses built-in motion sensors to automatically identify moving objects within 1,000 feet, shines a high-intensity LED light on the object, and continues to track its movement until the object or person is no longer detected.

Although the FutureSentry First Responder falls short of notifying the cops – or chasing down a burglar (like you would expect from a real human security guard) according to FutureSentry – the system is proven to reduce crime in real world applications, the company says.

Lauren Craig is a writer and consultant living in Seattle, WA. She holds an M.S. in International Development from Tulane University, and is co-founder of Sustainable Systems Integrators, LLC., an employee-owned solar energy design and installation firm in New Orleans, LA. She is also certified in PV design and installation by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).