Untold Told Radio: Bill Powers - Design and Development Outdoor, Self-contained, Battery Operated, Covert Surveillance Cameras
Jan 14 2021
William specializes in the design and development outdoor, self-contained, battery operated, covert surveillance cameras and live streaming video systems. These systems are designed for long-term use to monitor remote sites without power or wired Internet. He has over 35 years’ experience in electronic and software design and specializes in the design of wireless covert unattended video surveillance systems and sensor detection technology.William has worked with many local, state, and federal agencies to design custom covert camera systems for remote surveillance applications. These agencies include but are not limited to the US Border Patrol, Homeland Security, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (AFT), US Military, National Parks Service, and many State and Local Police Agencies. William has also worked with the following wildlife agencies: Wildlife Federation (WWF), Animal Planet, The Discovery Channel, and National Geographic. In 2017 our cameras were used in the first live wildlife production titled "Earth Live" by NatGeo hosted by Jane Lynch and Phil Keoghan.William founded PixController, Inc. in 2003 designing motion-activated outdoor/remote camera system products and sold the company to CSE Corporation in 2017. PixController, Inc. was started with the idea "how to capturing wildlife photos/movies" using unattended cameras with a line of multi-purpose motion-based controller products for animal scouting and wildlife research.Today this type of technology is ever present in hunting stores and catalogs selling inexpensive "digital trail cameras", but at that time the only commercial systems available were 35mm based, and were very expensive. At that time this type of technology was out of the reach of most consumers to purchase.At the close of first year in business, with several thousand controller boards in the field worldwide, PixController attracted the attention of a local hunting distributor, Penn's Woods Products. In 2002 PixController, Inc. designed a digital trail camera for Penn's Woods Products called the "Digital-Scout". This camera was sold through large distributors such as Cabela's. Later in 2004 PixController, Inc. developed the Video-Scout, a Sony camcorder trail camera for Penn's Woods Products which was also sold by Cabela's.PixController turned its sights on being the first company to release a wireless cellular transmitted digital trail camera, the CellularEye™. The CellularEye™ incorporated a custom designed set of electronics that captured photo and email it to the user upon motion detection.PixController, Inc. will release another first, the DVREye™, which will be the first "Digital Video Recorder" game camera on the market. This video recording unit features a unique full color by day footage and stealth IR footage at night recording mode. The DVREye camera system captured the two largest wildlife discoveries ever. In 2007 our video system enabled researchers from WWF-Malaysia to capture the first ever Sumatran Rhino on video. Then in 2008 researchers from WWF-Indonesia capered a rare Javan Rhino on video. Both discoveries made international news and were broadcast on all of the major US television networks. PixController, Inc. also designed custom remote HD camera controllers which enabled Dave Sirak, news operations manager WFTV Television of Orlando, FL to capture the first ever NASA Space Shuttle launches in HD. The NASA HD camera project was nominated for an Emmy for "Technical Achievement" in 2008. PixController camera system has also been featured in the History Channels hit series MonsterQuest.On October of 2009 PixController, Inc. was contacted by TV producers Ping Pong Productions from LA about being involved with a new series for Animal Planet. This would involve an on-camera role and require us to travel to several of the filming locations. In June of 2010 the series was approved by Animal Planet, and...