However, the features, functionality, and use cases for each device type are very different.
A mobile surveillance unit is a camera designed to provide flexibility of deployment, whether that is moving the camera from location to location as surveillance requirements change, or for temporary usage at short term projects.
A fixed security camera is for permanent surveillance applications, such as securing the entrance to or inside of a commercial property.
When considering the differences between mobile surveillance units and security cameras, application and use cases is everything.
The experts at WCCTV look at the features and functionality of both cameras and how a mobile surveillance unit is the ideal solution for all applications.
Both systems contain high-quality cameras and technology. They both offer high-definition videos and can be customizable for your needs. As such, they both shine in different areas.
Over the years, the quality of fixed security cameras has typically been superior, however that is no longer the case, and a WCCTV mobile surveillance unit can offer functionality and quality that is equal or superior to a fixed camera.
Fixed security cameras can be utilized for both indoor and outdoor application, but wherever you deploy them they will need a fixed power source and internet connectivity.
Once a fixed camera is installed, the cabling they rely upon means that there is no simple way of moving them – hence the term ‘fixed’.
This means they are only suitable for surveillance application where the requirements, field of view, and risk is a permanent one.
Mobile surveillance units are valued for their flexibility, ease of installation, and portability.
They are often power autonomous or can be powered via an existing utility pole.
Once they are installed, they can be quickly taken down and moved to another location.
This makes them ideal for surveillance applications where the risk is temporary, such as at construction job site, or crime hotspots where the problem is more transient (i.e. will move to a new location over time).
WCCTV recently published an article on What Are Mobile Surveillance Cameras, where we take an in depth look at the main features and benefits associated with mobile surveillance units.
Investing in mobile surveillance units rather than a fixed camera set up is likely to give you many longer-term benefits.
Firstly, mobile surveillance units are often available on a rental basis, meaning you have no initial capital outlay and only pay for the cameras when you really need them.
The expense and labor involved in fixed security camera installation is often a barrier to many people who are considering security options.
Similarly, if you install a fixed camera and the surveillance requirement changes, either because the problem is solved or the crime has moved elsewhere, you could be stuck with an expensive and redundant system.
Fixed security cameras are great for inside applications, mobile surveillance units are often a much better option for outdoors applications.
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