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Reference platform simplifies wearable security camera designs

Feb 16, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 823 views

Intrinsyc announced a reference design for wearable law enforcement and security cameras, featuring a Snapdragon 410 SoC running Android and a 13-MP camera.

The wave of reports of police shooting unarmed minorities over the past few years appears to be partly due to the greater number of smartphone cameras in circulation. Many observers agree that this alarming trend could be countered, in part, by increasing the use of body cameras worn by police and security personnel. The cameras not only provide evidence, but can be used for training purposes and other law enforcement work such as surveillance.

Open-Q 410 Wearable Camera Reference Design board-set and block diagram
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Now, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 SoC, which drives many of the smartphone cameras that have spotted alleged police brutality incidents, is being applied to body cameras as well. Intrinsyc’s “Open‐Q 410 Wearable Camera Reference Design” goes beyond police work, to target applications including fire safety, emergency medical response, security, and military applications.

Open-Q 410 wearable camera reference design enclosure
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Intrinsyc’s kit is based on its Open-Q 410 computer-on-module, built around a quad-core, Cortex-A53 Snapdragon 410 clocked to 1.2GHz and backed up with a Hexagon v5 DSP and an Adreno 306 GPU. The module includes 1GB LPDDR3 RAM, 8GB eMMC 5.0 flash, as well as 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, and a Qualcomm WGR7640 IZat Gen 8C GPS chip.

Open-Q 410 COM front (left), and back showing board-to-board connectors
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The body camera carrier board adds to this base feature set with an option for a Telit LE910 LTE 4G modem, and integrates a 13-megapixel MIPI-CSI camera with support for 1080p @ 30fps H.264 encoding. Other features include a microSD slot, a micro-USB 2.0 device port, and a micro-USB based UART debug port. There’s also a digital microphone and a speaker-out jack.

Open-Q 410 wearable camera reference design board-set details
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The 95 x 67.4mm carrier, which is powered by either micro-USB or a 5V DC jack, is housed in a case with six exposed buttons. These include power on/off, record, playback, stream, covert mode, and bookmark for in-field tagging.

Intrinsyc firmware automatically connects the camera via WiFi or the optional 4G modem to a remote FTP server where it uploads all media and log files. The camera can also stream live video to remote displays, laptops, and mobile devices. Developers can add hardware features such as a lithium-ion battery pack, or a docking station for overnight charging and data collection. The platform also supports the addition of advanced security features including encryption, says Intrinsyc.

Further information

The Open‐Q 410 Wearable Camera Reference Design appears to be available now, at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at this Intrinsyc announcement, which links to a product page with a full spec sheet.

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