Wi-Fi Certified HaLow IoT security cameras

Feb. 8, 2023
Wi-Fi HaLow wireless IP cameras stand to deliver 10x farther reach than traditional Wi-Fi 6 cameras operating at 2.4GHz and 5GHz.

Morse Micro (Sydney, Australia), a fabless semiconductor company focused on internet of things (IoT) connectivity, and electronics manufacturer Chicony Electronics (Taipei, Taiwan) have this winter announced a strategic partnership to deliver Wi-Fi Certified HaLow IP cameras to market.

The companies say the collaboration will significantly improve the range and reliability of wireless camera equipment, and represents breakthrough in IoT security.

By incorporating Wi-Fi HaLow technology into the designs, the companies say their new best-in-class wireless IP cameras will deliver 10x farther reach than traditional Wi-Fi 6 cameras operating at 2.4GHz and 5GHz.

Wi-Fi HaLow, based on the relatively new IEEE 802.11ah standard, operates at frequencies below 1GHz, which allows for better Wi-Fi penetration through walls and other obstacles.

Mandy Tsai, GM of Chicony VIP BU, remarked:

“For IoT environments, not all Wi-Fi is created equal. No other protocol comes close to meeting the unique requirements of power-sensitive wireless security cameras as effectively and efficiently as Wi-Fi HaLow. By partnering with Morse Micro, we aim to scale the design and production of Wi-Fi HaLow connected cameras to meet growing global demand for robust, long-range connectivity. Next-generation Wi-Fi HaLow video cameras will reach farther with sub-GHz signals, operate longer on batteries and will be easier to deploy than existing cameras that connect in the crowded 2.4 GHz spectrum.”

Leveraging FCC-certified reference designs, anchored by Morse Micro’s MM6108 microchip, Chicony’s Wi-Fi HaLow cameras come to market as a global first. The companies note the new cameras will support both indoor and outdoor environments, allowing users to monitor entire locations without the need for cabling or Wi-Fi extenders.

Thanks to its ultra-low power consumption, the technology will also enable battery-powered IP cameras to run for years. Wi-Fi HaLow cameras will also include state-of-the-art WPA3 security "for peace of mind at every angle," said the firms.

Michael De Nil, co-founder and CEO of Morse Micro, concluded:

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Chicony team to bring the first Wi-Fi Certified HaLow IoT security cameras to market. With its broad product offerings and global reach, Chicony is the perfect partner for this milestone agreement and will support Morse Micro in achieving scale for our Wi-Fi HaLow technology. Chicony’s expertise and authority in the IoT security market are proven, and we are excited to have gained the team’s endorsement of Wi-Fi HaLow to enable greater reach and reliability for their products. Our collaboration with Chicony builds on the excitement and momentum of Wi-Fi HaLow across the globe as we expand our portfolio and accelerate the use of our technology across a range of applications.”

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