MicroPower makes surveillance truly wire-less

With $6.5 million from Motorola and a private fund, solar-powered wireless camera firm readies for masses

From Motorola's perspective, the investment in MicroPower doesn't mean they're preparing to buy the company (although that has happened on occasion in the past with investments from Motorola Solutions Venture Capital). According to Mel Gaceta, the investment manager for Motorola, "A lot of the technology they've got fits directly into our focused verticals, such as public safety, retail and industrial. We started working with them about two years ago and came across them through some discussion with our public safety business unit."

For now, Motorola is placing a $6.5 million bet that the ability to take video surveillance truly wire-less while retaining a small form factor is a winning opportunity.