Solar Secure Takes 911 Off The Grid

A Seattle-based electrical, security and communications contractor has developed a product designed to provide video surveillance and wireless communications in almost any location. Cochran’s Solar Secure off-grid emergency assistance station (EAS) systems can provide security and Wi-Fi coverage in places such as remote parks and trailheads, urban parking lots and bus stops, or educational, corporate and healthcare campuses.

Cochran claims that the Solar Secure is the first off-grid solar-powered security product to offer video surveillance, LED lighting and alert capabilities in the case of a tsunami, earthquake or other disaster. The unit features a small photovoltaic (PV) system backed up with hydride fuel cells. Unlike common EAS systems, Solar Secure products do not require trenching or extensive site preparation.

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“Based on our experience working with large enterprise customers, we realized that the chief barriers to installing emergency assistance stations and surveillance cameras in these areas is the environmental impact and high cost of trenching to supply the necessary power and data connections,” says Ryan Foucault, Solar Secure product manager. “We are excited to provide our customers with the ability to extend security coverage beyond traditional limits with a solution that is not only better for the environment, but is easier to install and more cost-effective than conventionally installed systems.”

Solar Secure is available in three models: SunStation, SunBench and SunTower (pictured). Additional information about customization can be found here on the company’s website.

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).