Can Security Cameras Work Without Electricity?

There is a difference between electricity and power. All cameras need some source of power to run but not all need electrical hookups.

Last Updated:
January 24, 2024
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Brian McFadyen
Mid-Market Account Executive in Mid-Market Sales
LiveView Technologies

There is a scene in The Avengers: End Game where Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are in the ship waiting for Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) to go down and scout out the planet to see what they face in confronting Thanos. Black Widow can see that Cap is focused and maybe a bit concerned. She looks at him and says, “This is gonna work Steve.” He then responds, “I know it will, ‘cuz I don’t know what I'm gonna do if it doesn’t.”

Sometimes I feel so much of what we do in security resonates from that same place. It’s not always as dire as saving the planet or getting back half the population of the universe…but it’s still important to us, to our careers, to our personal sense of well being. 

Let’s say I own a business. I want to protect that business, its employees, and its assets. So, I install some security cameras, maybe an alarm system, and in my mind I'm thinking, “This is going to work...I know it will, ‘cuz I don’t know what I’m gonna do if it doesn’t.”

When you look at security cameras and systems, the vast majority require direct power. This means that, wherever you want to set up cameras, you have to make sure power is located at that position. If it’s not, you have to run power to that location. In many cases (I’m thinking parking lots and remote areas) you have a rather large expenditure to get power to that location. Then you have to hope the power doesn’t go down. Let’s face it...power fails when you’re on the power grid.

GOOD NEWS. Not all security systems are created equal. There are some security cameras that work without electricity. However, this doesn’t mean they all require the same power sources or consume the same amount of power. In fact, using a system like LiveView Technologies D3 Mobile Security Unit, you don’t need to worry about electricity or even IT/communications capabilities.

No, electricity is not required. Power...yes. Electrical power that you have to run and provide...NO.

Unlike any other security system on the planet (Captain Marvel can confirm if you’d like), these security units are totally self contained from a power and communications perspective. They use top of the line technology on the edge, solar panels feed battery backups which keep the system power. Using the edge controller, they have the most optimized power consumption model in the market enabling them to discover, detect, defend your people and property year round, regardless of what mother nature is doing. That’s security, safety, and peace of mind you can count on because, “This is gonna work!”

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