Can Construction Solutions Provide Progress and Security Monitoring?

There are absolutely construction solutions that can do both; however, progress and security considerations are usually quite different. With productivity monitoring, you want to see the entire site and each elevation of the build with a focus on progress, accuracy and avoidance of rework. In this case, you would not focus coverage on entry/exit points or materials and equipment. For security, the focus would be reversed with optimal coverage on entry/exit, materials and equipment, and other areas of interest around the site perimeter.

That being said, there are 5 key areas that contractors can achieve additional simultaneous value from the better construction solutions available today:

1. Productivity – Busy Project Managers can access cameras from any location, on any Internet-enabled device, reducing travel costs and time driving from site to site. This real-time, multi-site remote access allows for progress and compliance monitoring, helps avoid costly rework and delays with as-built documentation and collaboration, and simplifies workflow with integrations with today’s most popular construction applications such as Procore®, AutoDesk® BIM360, PlanGrid and more.

2. Collaboration – Site cameras allow project managers, trade partners, owners and other stakeholders to communicate and collaborate with ease. Remote viewing, live video streaming, image compare and markup, automated as-built documentation and even public URL’s can be used to promote transparency and build trust.

3. Security – Construction sites are often the target of theft and vandalism. As discussed above, security cameras can be used to receive critical real-time intelligence 24/7. Motion detected event notification alerts are pushed to an email or mobile device (via SMS/text) including a video clip or images of the triggering event for rapid review and response. 

4. Risk & Safety – Capturing visual documentation of day-to-day site activity, incidents and near misses, as well as conducting real-time site monitoring enables managers to quickly assess compliance with safety requirements and monitor where workers, equipment and materials are in transit to identify potential safety issues. Alerts can easily be setup for entry of restricted access zones.

5. Marketing – Savvy GC’s and developers utilize automated 4K time-lapse video and public URL’s to market and promote their work quality, integrity, environmental responsibility and completed projects. 

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

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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