What Security and Safety Alerting Tech is right for You?

There are two main use cases for ‘alerting’ technology on today’s jobsite: Security and Safety.

Security: Security specific cameras should have a richer set of capabilities that include motion detection, low-light video and image capture, continuous video recording, and alerting. The most reliable solutions will also include battery backup and cellular service. 

  • With these advanced cameras, detected motion will trigger the camera to record, capture images (or both) and send an email or text/SMS alert to specified users. 
  • The best solutions will include a video clip or image with the alert to better inform the appropriate response. In addition, cameras equipped with battery backup can continue to record video in the rare case the system is taken down or stolen. If it also has cellular service, the video can continue to be viewed and the camera located for recovery and evidence.   

Risk & Safety: The same technology that is used to secure your jobsite can also be used to achieve safety compliance. For example, you have heavy equipment or crane work taking place in a particular area and you’ve restricted cross-traffic and worker movement in that particular zone. Using area “masks”, you can setup motion-based alerts on entry of the restricted zone so safety managers or supervisors are alerted when a worker is in an area they shouldn’t be.

It’s important to note that camera type and placement are very important to achieving security and safety objectives. Using solar/wireless cameras allows you to place cameras where they are best suited for your use case, not where power or network may be convenient.  Furthermore, construction sites are dynamic, and so you may need to move cameras as the project progresses. Solar/wireless models greatly simplify these moves.

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Tip 3: Leveraging Your Camera’s Interface for Success

If you’re monitoring your construction site remotely, there are some features that you may find particularly useful. Knowing how to leverage these features can save you time and money.

Live Video Streaming
Your camera interface should allow you to easily live stream from anywhere and on any internet enabled device. Live video streaming allows you to watch the site in real-time without interrupting critical automated/scheduled image capture or video recording. This feature is particularly useful for multi-site management and oversite.

Video and Image Sharing
Some cameras allow for user defined Public URL access pages and permission-based user options. These capabilities can enable you to share your visual site documentation or live stream with owners, law enforcement or other stakeholders effortlessly. Taking advantage of these features to assist in the rapid sharing of critical intelligence to equip first responders arriving on scene, or with the recovery of damages or assets, can be a game changer.

Dashboard View
If your camera interface includes a dashboard view with the option to see all of your cameras, on all of your job sites at once, you hit the jackpot! The ability to view and access all your cameras from a single page will give you powerful insight into your jobsites and keep you informed about any potential risks, delays or security issues.

In this time of uncertainty, our greatest strengths are resilience and adaptability. Site cameras offer a practical remote monitoring solution to owners, GC’s and project managers who want to protect their construction sites and emerge from this crisis in the strongest position possible. If you currently use Sensera Systems cameras, check out our article View Multiple Cameras with the SiteCloud Dashboard for setup tips.

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3 Tips for Protecting Your Construction Site During a Shutdown (Part 2)

Tip 2: Optimizing Your Camera’s Features for Surveillance

Site cameras have many great features that can vary by brand and model. It’s important to know which features and capabilities your camera has and how to use them effectively for remote monitoring and security.

Video Motion Detection (VMD)
Cameras with VMD should be configured to alert you immediately to any motion detected on site so you can respond rapidly to trespassers. This is accomplished through push notifications via email or SMS text and can include user defined image and/or video clips to better inform your rapid response. This is key as law enforcement will often request video footage during their investigation of incidents of theft and vandalism.

Low-light Video and Image Capture
Cameras that include illumination and low-light capabilities provide an additional level of protection to nighttime site security, when jobsite and laydown yards are most vulnerable to crime. Leveraging these capabilities in conjunction with continuous video recording means comprehensive site coverage, day and night.

Continuous Video Recording
Cameras equipped with edge recording capability, such as a built-in digital video recorder (DVR), provide high-quality video documentation when sufficient ambient light is available (daytime or well-lit sites). As discussed above, site cameras intended for 24-hour security often offer motion-activated illumination, which allows your DVR to capture events at night or low-light scenarios. If 24-hour surveillance is a priority, consider upgrading to a security camera.

Still Image Capture
Most jobsite cameras include the ability to schedule still image captures. Schedule your camera to capture a jobsite overview image every 15 or 30 minutes for general monitoring. Still images provide visual markers to help you decide if you need to take a closer look. If your camera is equipped with a DVR, you can review the time period in question for more detailed intelligence.

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