Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2018.


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Ramesh Abhari


RealSense is an emerging technology owned by Intel. RealSense cameras are unique in the sense that they have depth sensing abilities allowing for object tracking and identification. Due to the wide range of applications RealSense cameras are found in a multitude of different environments. As with any new technology these cameras experience technical issues that can affect performance. It was the goal of this project to solve the particular problem of RealSense cameras freezing. RealSense cameras are data collection devices, often times the continuity of that data is extremely important and any downtime is to be avoided. Physical resets require someone on scene to unplug and plug back in each failing camera. This can be time consuming and ultimately costly. Often the data collected by the camera is operated on in a location thousands of miles from the actual physical location of the camera. In order to solve this problem we designed a interface Printed Circuit Board (PCB) that can be controlled via secure shell (SSH) from anywhere in the world and switch the power to the camera using a metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET). This particular board has a capacity of five RealSense cameras operating independently. After considerable design and manufacturing the boards did not pass the functionality test. Power control performs as intended, however, the SuperSpeed signal lines that pass the data from the RealSense through the PCB did not function as intended causing the cameras themselves to not function.