Construction surveillance system is the backbone of a robust site security. It’s imperative to always have your cameras running in optimal conditions to ensure tight levels of security on your site at all times. Any failure can lead to serious security gaps on your site.
Every day, your construction site experiences a host of activities, many of which you probably didn’t plan for. Even during off-seasons, a lot can still happen on your construction site – intruders and soon-to-be site thieves sizing up your site for a potential hit.
A construction camera system gives you a firmer grip on activities in your site.
To prevent costly gaps in your security system, you need to get everything right from the onset and take proactive measures to identify and eliminate issues before they grow more complicated. An efficient surveillance setup allows you to scale and adjust your system according to rising needs as your site progresses.
In this guide, we’ll examine some common installation mistakes that undermine your camera’s performance, plus tips for easy and effective surveillance camera maintenance.
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Construction Site Cameras
All construction sites are not created equal, hence camera systems need to be configured to the unique needs of each site. As a site owner, you’ve probably done your homework on your site’s surveillance needs, but you could still fall for some generalizations and miscalculations that could prove costly down the road.
Here are some common mistakes that site owners often make when setting up their camera systems.
Choosing The Wrong Cameras
With a wide variety of cameras to choose from, each with their pros and cons, you need to be very selective and pick cameras with qualities that fit your unique needs.
For instance, cameras with top-draw resolutions are ideal for parking lots and entrances. But for indoor spaces like storerooms, lighting capabilities should be prioritized over resolution, hence infrared cameras are a better option. You only need the cameras to cover the room, and not a wider area like a parking lot.
Placement and Positioning Mistakes
Your camera coverage is as good as the camera’s positioning. You need to mount cameras at a good angle for maximum coverage. The camera’s position can also help deter would-be intruders, reminding them that the cameras are rolling.
If you’re on a tight budget, it can be challenging to place every part of your building under your cameras’ watch. Focus on the most vulnerable areas like entrances and exits, rooms with valuables, driveways and walkways, etc.
Ideally, you should have a camera placed xx meters apart from each other to make sure their visual fields overlap with no blind spots.
Also, it’s important to place your cameras as high as possible to keep them out of the reach of intruders and vandals. If possible, use tamperproof encasements for extra protection. It’s common for intruders and vandals to target cameras first. If they can’t reach to unplug the power cords and cables, they can black out the cameras with spray paints.
Using Poor Security Camera Software
Your construction surveillance system software is as important as the hardware. Some site owners focus more on the hardware, neglecting the software running them. Even if your cameras have the most advanced specs, you’ll still run into lots of quality issues if your software isn’t up to scratch.
No Backup Plans
You’d want to ensure your cameras run nonstop on your site, because you’ll never know when criminals will strike or workers will steal from you. Your cameras need to stay active even during power outages or natural disasters. Burglary and site crimes thrive during such emergencies.
With proper backup plans including backup power sources, you’ll ensure that your camera system is locked and ready for any event, even when criminals try to disable it.
Starting out with a Small Recorder
Your site’s surveillance needs will change as your site progresses. Using a sizable recorder from the start offers you the flexibility to adjust your surveillance system with relative ease. For instance, when you add new floors, you can easily add new cameras to monitor them without having to purchase another recording system to accommodate them.
Failing to Weatherproof your Hardware
Your outdoor cameras will be battered by the elements, insects, pest, etc. Leaving them unprotected is a sure way to reduce their lifespan.
Choose cameras with high weatherproof ratings (IP66 and above), and protect them with extra enclosures where possible. Getting weatherproof protection for your cables also helps prevent you from having to replace your cables too frequently.
Checklist for Construction Surveillance System Maintenance
Once you’ve set up a solid surveillance system, maintenance becomes easier. You’ll have much less to do to keep your cameras running in full capacity than if you fell for the common mistakes discussed above.
Here’s a quick checklist for maintaining your construction surveillance system effectively
-Keep your camera lenses clean from dust and grime buildup, and ensure they’re focused on the important parts of the space. Make sure nothing is blocking their visual field and all the camera lens functions are working (like the pan and zoom).
-Inspect your hardware physically regularly. Check for worn components or signs of tampering.
-Check for loose cables and wear and tear on the cables. The condition of the cables can affect the image quality.
-Inspect your control hardware, from monitors to DVRs, switches, etc. Make sure the contrast and brightness settings of the footage are properly adjusted and the time and date stamps accurate.
-Check for security updates and firmware updates. Some products provide automatic security patches that roll in periodically. But always check to ensure that any pending updates are properly installed.
-Use camera downtime notification features to get alerted when any of your cameras go offline.
We’ve outlined some common mistakes that can prevent your cameras from functioning optimally down the line – using the wrong cameras, placement mistakes, lack of backup plans, and using a small recorder.
With a well-rounded camera system, you can keep your cameras rolling constantly year in and out with easy maintenance checks. You just need to carry out a physical inspection once every few months to ensure the lenses are clean, the footages standard, and the hardware and cables in good condition.
At Aclarity, we can provide deep technical expertise to help you set up and maintain a robust surveillance system on your construction site. Reach out to us to key into our steep professional CCTV maintenance expertise.