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The Difference Between Mobile Surveillance Units and Fixed Security Cameras

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We outline the differences between mobile surveillance units and security cameras, applications, and use cases is everything.

What are the differences between a Mobile Surveillance Camera and a Fixed Security Camera?

The core principles of mobile surveillance units and fixed security cameras are very similar. Both systems are designed for video recording and crime prevention.

However, that's where these similarities end, and each device type's features, functionality, and use cases are very different.

When considering the differences between mobile surveillance units and security cameras, application, and use case is the most crucial factor. We'll take a look at the features and functionality of both cameras and how a mobile surveillance unit is the ideal solution for you,

What is a Mobile Surveillance Camera?

A mobile surveillance camera is designed to provide deployment flexibility, whether moving the camera from location to location as surveillance requirements change or for temporary usage at short-term projects.

Features and Functionalities of Mobile Surveillance Cameras

Mobile surveillance units are valued for their flexibility, ease of installation, and portability. They are often powered autonomously or can be powered via an existing utility pole. Once installed, they can be quickly removed and moved to another location.

This makes them ideal for surveillance applications where the risk is temporary, such as at construction job sites or crime hotspots where the problem is more transient (i.e., will move to a new location over time).

When considering the differences between mobile surveillance units and security cameras, always bear in mind your circumstances and whether or not you will need to relocate the security camera or solar surveillance trailer overtime, you don't want to be in a situation where you have expensive equipment that becomes redundant.

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What is a Fixed Security Camera?

A fixed security camera is for permanent surveillance applications, such as securing the entrance to or inside a commercial property.

Features and Functionalities of Fixed Security Cameras

Fixed security cameras can be utilized for indoor and outdoor applications, 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 there' is no simple way of moving them – hence the term 'fixed.'

This means they are only suitable for surveillance applications where the requirements, field of view, and risk are permanent.

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Why you should use Mobile Surveillance Cameras

Investing in mobile surveillance units rather than a fixed camera setup will likely 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 needed.

The expense and labor involved in fixed security camera installation are often a barrier to many people considering security options.

Similarly, if you install a fixed camera and the surveillance requirement changes 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 internal applications; mobile surveillance units are often better for outdoor applications such as construction job site security.

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