From powering to lighting, connectivity, and storage, construction surveillance video camera systems are made up of several moving parts that may break down at some point. The best approach to running such a multifaceted system is preventive maintenance – planning for any potential issues ahead of time to ensure that your surveillance recordings run interrupted 24/7.
To implement an excellent backup plan for your outdoor security camera system, first, you need a solid power backup plan for your cameras and internet connectivity. You also need to backup your storage for scalability and easy file recovery.
Read on to find out all you need to know about the elements of an excellent backup plan for camera surveillance systems.
Power Backup Plan
Caption: LiFeP04 can power surveillance systems for up to 8 hours after power outage
For starters, it’s always advisable to use battery-powered cameras in place of those that are only powered directly. Batteries can serve as the first line of defense against power outages in cameras. However, if you still need to run with direct-power models, your best power backup solution is a UPS (uninterruptable power supply).
But you need to pick a suitable UPS size that matches your system’s current load and also makes room for expansion. Ideally, your UPS should have an extra 20% capacity to support scalability.
Here’s how to determine the optimal output watt capacity for your UPS:
– Create a list of everything that will be connected to the UPS (cameras, network video recorders or NVRs, routers, etc.).
– Note down each component together with its wattage.
– Increase the total wattage of the components by 20% or any future expansion rate that you project for your camera system.
The next crucial factor to consider for your UPS is the projected runtime – the average duration you expect your UPS to run until power is restored. One challenge you’ll find when considering this factor is that the capacity is usually inversely proportional to the runtime. That means that it might be difficult to find a UPS that provides both high output wattage and lengthy runtimes.
However, you can always trade-off runtime for more capacity. Runtimes of 20 – 30 minutes can be quite expedient. If power goes off for any reason, you’ll have your surveillance system running at full capacity throughout those first few moments of the emergency (for instance, a burglary or theft where the intruders turn off the power) – which will most likely yield significant evidence that may be needed in subsequent investigations.
For greater runtime, you can consider other alternative power solutions like the LiFeP04 lithium battery, which can power surveillance systems for up to 8 hours after power outage.
Nonetheless, the best way to maintain constant power for your camera surveillance system is to prevent power outages from happening in the first place.
– Protect your electrical installations from physical threats with enclosures, locks, etc.
– Reinforce your electrical system against natural disasters like fires, floods, etc.
– Work with a professional electrician to optimize your electrical system by reducing internally-induced outages – for instance those caused when multiple equipment that are plugged into the same outlet disrupt each other’s power connection.
Storage Backup Plan
You can use either cloud or local facilities to store your surveillance camera’s footage. Local storage entails the use of micro-SD cards or external hard drives like NVRs, while cloud storage involves the use of remote servers run by cloud service providers.
The best storage option is one that combines both cloud and local storage, with each option complementing the other.
IP security cameras are becoming increasingly popular thanks to their support for hybrid storage. They can save your footage both on your local hard drives and a cloud server – so if an assailant manages to whisk away evidence on local files, you’ll still have copies that are accessible anytime, anywhere.
The major challenge in setting up cloud backup storage for your construction site surveillance IP cameras is finding the right service provider. There are lots of them out there providing a variety of offers at different price ranges for homes, businesses, jobsites, etc.
Backup Plans for Your Internet Connectivity
As noted earlier, you need a backup power plan that covers your surveillance system’s connectivity. You can connect your modem, router, wireless access points, and other connectivity devices to a UPS to ensure that your connection downtimes do not result from power outages.
However, if your connection shuts down due to power, downtimes on a particular network, etc., you can use your smart devices can as a swift, reliable backup solution for your surveillance system’s connectivity. Most smartphones and tablets come with Wi-Fi tethering functionalities that power internet connections in multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
Your smartphone’s tethering functionality can replace your modem, router, or any other device that distributes Wi-Fi connections in your building. It involves quite a simple process that makes it easy to improvise when your connection is down and to return to the normal setup when the connection is restored.
All you need to do is to turn off the router/modem/ Wi-Fi device, turn on your smatphone’s tethering feature and adjust the settings to connect all your cameras, and that’s it. You can simply turn off the tethering feature and turn on your modem/router when the connection is restored.
With these backup plans in place, you’ll hardly miss a beat of your security footage no matter what happens. You’ll always stay ahead of intruders who want to tamper with your surveillance system to destroy evidence as well as other unforeseen circumstances that might lead to security breaches.
At Aclarity, we can help you get a reliable UPS with a capacity that supports scalability as well as good runtimes of between 30 minutes and a few hours. We’ll help you set up both cloud and local storage to enhance the security and accessibility of your footage. Also, we’ll also help you keep your surveillance system connected to the internet when dedicated Wi-Fi devices like modems lose their coverage.