Construction Site : A Comprehensive Guide to Surveillance Solution for the Different Stages of Construction


Construction site needs evolves with the site. It’s possible to use the same set of cameras to secure your construction site from start to finish. But in most cases, the requirement for adequate security evolves with the different stages of a site. At some point, certain cameras will be of more use than others.

You most likely won’t need a full overhaul of your camera system every time you move to another phase of construction. You might only just need to change the components or configurations.

For instance, you might need cameras that serve the extra purpose of time-lapse recording at some stage.  Figuring out all of that ahead of time can be daunting.  Especially with other equally demanding aspect of your site competing for attention.

This guide is designed to help you understand and prepare for the different surveillance camera needs that you might encounter at the different stages of construction site.

Phase I: The Ground Work

This phase includes clearing the  construction site, erecting boundary walls, excavating the ground, pouring the foundation, and setting the frames. The bare land begins to witness an increasing influx of building materials, a development that calls for tighter security. However, the lack of structures and amenities minimizes your access to security options. Limiting you to just guards and skeletal surveillance systems.

Mobile camera systems offer the most convenient option at this stage. They usually consist of cameras mounted on a rig with an onboard power source.  Usually solar panels, wired or wireless connectivity, and sometimes armed with strobe lights and alarms. Whether or not there are amenities like generators, internet connectivity and walls, you can count on mobile surveillance systems for round the clock surveillance.

If your mobile camera system has wireless connectivity, you can opt for remote monitoring – streaming either to your mobile phone or a remote viewing center run by surveillance experts.

Phase 2: The Main Building Phase

Construction site really begins to pick up steam, with the construction of drywalls, stairs, roofing, ceilings, etc. It also includes the installation plumbing, conduit wiring, insulation, heating and vent systems, and other permanent fixtures


At this stage, security cameras can lend themselves to use not only for security but for other site management purposes like tracking inventory, monitoring employee productivity, and recording site progress. They’re also useful for dispute resolution and ensuring compliance with health and safety standards.

A mobile camera system can still of use at this phase. But now that you have most of the permanent structures up in place, you might want to begin considering your longer-term options. If you do, your choices will be mostly between fixed cameras and PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) cameras.

Each type has their advantage, but it’s best to go with a mix of both. Fixed cameras are cheaper and better-suited for purposes like time-lapse photos and inventory management. They’re ideal where there’s need for coverage over a fixed field of vision.  You can use them in storage/inventory rooms and certain points along the perimeter fencing for time lapse recordings.

PTZ cameras can be rotated to adjust their field of vision. They’re ideal for monitoring heavily trafficked areas like entry/exit points, walkways, and hallways.

You also want to consider the casing of your cameras. With a flurry of activities on site and lots of open-air spaces. Your cameras may be seriously exposed to debris and the elements, increasing risk of wear and tear. You’d want to ensure your cameras come with sturdy cases – metallic cases are ideal, or at least make provisions for enclosures of sorts for extra protection.

Phase 3: The Finishing Phase

After the concrete structures and roofing comes the finishing . The electrician comes around to fix power outlets and lighting, technicians fix the HVAC and insulation systems, plumbers the bathtubs, faucets, and kitchen sinks. Painters and interior designers finish up interior and exterior spaces.  Here, surveillance cameras may need to serve an even wider range of purpose. They’ll serve security as well as time lapse recordings, coordination of on-site professionals, monitoring inventory, etc.

At this point, you’ll be open to more camera system options. Now’s the time to consider wireless systems. If you prefer a wired system, you need to decide on it at this stage so you don’t have to rip through walls later.

But wireless cameras may be necessary in some instances. Residential developments usually begin showing real-time images of the development to prospects at this stage, near the completion. Wireless cameras that allow for remote viewing are needed for this.

Also, wireless cameras can enable remote team members to collaborate by streaming the site’s video footage on their devices.

Wireless systems also give you the option of outsourcing your site monitoring to remote surveillance teams.

Now, after deciding between wired/wireless systems, you’ll also need to choose between PTZ and fixed cameras. As with the previous stage, highly trafficked points are better monitored with PTZ cameras, while fixed cameras are better suited for time-lapse recordings.

Wrapping Up

To run a robust detection and deterrent surveillance system on your site, you may need to adjust your camera system from time to time. You can start out with a mobile system at the groundbreaking stages, and then transition to a more standardized system with either fixed cameras or PTZ cameras. As your site progresses towards the finishing stages, your window for installing a wired camera system narrows. But wireless cameras can help serve a wider range of purposes at this point.

Still undecided about what cameras to use at your site? Seasoned site surveillance experts at Aclarity are always happy to help you design and implement air-tight, dynamic security camera system for your site. Talk to us today.

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