Security cameras protect construction sites from theft, arson and vandalism. But what key features should you expect when selecting cameras for your job sites?
Security cameras are undoubtedly the most effective way of protecting construction sites from theft, trespass, arson, and vandalism.
An on-site surveillance unit helps construction companies prevent, catch and record any criminal activity, and mitigate any liability due to losses, accidents, and injuries on-site.
But every construction site has unique security challenges, so what should buyers be looking for when selecting the best security camera for their job sites?
Below, WCCTV outlines the essential vital features of any effective job site surveillance camera. WCCTV's experience comes from providing managed security cameras to construction job sites worldwide for over 20 years.
1. High Definition Quality
Construction sites can be dark and poorly lit, and on-site incidents may occur at a distance from the camera.
A standard-definition camera will not deliver the detailed video evidence you need.
WCCTV security cameras record and stream at 1080p HD, delivering a video quality unmatched by most other construction site security cameras.
Check out the images below to see the quality WCCTV's cameras deliver in all conditions.
2. Multiple powering options
With the nature of construction sites in mind construction sites, it's always wise to select a security camera with flexible powering options.
Sites may not have permanent or continuous power availability, so autonomously powered security cameras are a popular option.
WCCTV provides security cameras that work regardless of on-site power availability.
Our pole-mounted security cameras can run directly from a 110v power source if you have power.
We can supply the WCCTV Solar Surveillance Trailer if you don't have power. This completely autonomous mobile surveillance unit runs entirely on solar power.
3. Easy to Install and Portable
Job sites are constantly changing as building works progress, so having a security camera that is easy to install and can be moved around the site to address new surveillance requirements is critical.
WCCTV's Mobile Surveillance Units deliver plug-and-play convenience and can be installed and fully operational in minutes.
Fix a WCCTV Pole Camera to an existing utility pole or building, add power, and the units are ready.
Don't have anywhere to mount the cameras? We can supply you with an all-in-one solution pre-mounted to a pole or provide the autonomous WCCTV Solar Trailer.
As your sites expand, assets move, and new security challenges emerge, they can easily be moved around the site to accommodate these changing requirements.
4. Integrated Cellular Connectivity
Cellular transmission is essential for all mobile video surveillance units as it allows remote access to the cameras without running the cabling.
Construction sites are temporary locations; it is impossible to install cables to transmit videos to rip them up once the project is done. It's expensive, disruptive, and unnecessary.
At WCCTV, we manufacture our own cellular modems for delivering live and recorded video surveillance images. We integrate these modems into our security products, including Pole Cameras and Surveillance Trailers.
5. Remote Access From Any Device
You should be able to remotely access your construction site security cameras 24/7/365 from a range of connected portable devices.
Utilizing the integrated 4G LTE transmission, site managers should be able to access a camera using their authorized laptops, smartphones, or tablets - removing the requirement to be tied to a desk when reviewing videos.
WCCTV provides its mobile viewing software to all clients free of charge and completely unlicensed. This includes smartphone and tablet apps and a range of solutions for laptops and PCs.
6. Remote Monitoring and Response
Mobile Video Surveillance cameras act as a visual deterrent and allow for the investigation of criminal activities.
But when professional video monitoring services back surveillance cameras, they become virtual security guards - always awake, always on guard, and always protecting your sites.
The security professionals at WCCTV's partner ISOC will immediately verify alarms raised by the security cameras at your site and then take appropriate action - despatching mobile guards or contacting Law Enforcement to ensure your sites are protected.
The video below demonstrates the effectiveness of this process in action. If unwanted intruders attempt to access your sites, WCCTV will Deter - Capture - Record.
7. Local Recording Capability
Your security cameras must provide more than just a live video stream; they should also feature local recording capability.
Accessing recorded footage allows law enforcement personnel greater opportunities to investigate any criminal activity on your sites.
The footage gathered on your sites can also assist with insurance claims, remote project management, and investigation of accidents and injuries.
The video below, taken from a WCCTV job site camera, shows a freak occurrence of lightning hitting a power transformer. This video evidence helped our client avoid an extended insurance and liability process.
8. Infrared - Night-Time Capability
Most construction sites will lack a fixed or ambient lighting facility for night times, making infrared cameras an ideal choice for construction site security.
Infrared allows for video recording and intruder detection in standard, low, and zero light.
All WCCTV security cameras have built-in "Smart IR" that automatically adjusts the illumination intensity that the camera's infrared LEDs provide based on the proximity of objects (such as people) approaching the camera.
A WCCTV security camera captured each image below between 2 am - 4 am on job sites with zero ambient lighting. In each case, the intruder was arrested or deterred from the site.
9. Video Analytics
Video analytics is ideal for construction site security. It provides automated detection of intruders onto the site, meaning cameras don't have to be continually monitored for activity.
WCCTV's security cameras contain edge video analytics optimized for 24/7/365 outdoor usage.
WCCTV's video analytics are straightforward to configure and allows users to create a virtual fence around a remote construction or oil and gas site.
When the video analytics platform detects an intrusion, an alarm is raised directly to the site manager or our partner monitoring station, who can take swift action to protect your sites.
We can even provide intelligent thermal analytics, allowing advanced detection and classification at the most remote and complex sites.
10. Customizable Feature Sets
Every construction site will have its own unique set of security challenges. That's why WCCTV has designed its security cameras to be fully customizable to meet a range of applications.
As well as boasting HD quality, 4G LTE transmission, multiple powering options, free viewing software, on-board storage, infrared capability, and video analytics, our security cameras can also be provided with any of the following additional feature sets:
This range of market-leading features, experience, and customizable product set is why we firmly believe WCCTV has the highest quality security cameras, specifically designed to provide proactive, autonomous job site security.
WCCTV - Managed Security Cameras for Construction Job Sites
WCCTV is the USA's leading supplier of mobile surveillance cameras for construction job sites.
We provide market-leading security cameras backed by a fully managed service, including equipment installation, video monitoring, maintenance, and ongoing technical support.
Our rapid-deployment cameras provide construction sites with multi-application benefits, including security, time lapse video filming, and remote project management.
Our customizable solutions can accommodate any site and efficiently function whether you have power or are dependent on solar energy. Our units contain 4G LTE transmission technology – allowing these solutions to operate autonomously.
No matter the site, we have a solution that we can create for you.