One of the fastest growing uses of technology in the construction industry, and one with so many practical applications, is the use of construction cameras on site. According to a report published by Dodge Data & Analytics, 79% of construction firms and 38% of specialty trades are currently utilizing cameras on their jobsites, and that percentage is only growing. In this blog post, we will we will highlight construction camera options and considerations at a high level. For a deeper dive into how to select the best camera for your jobsite, download our full Construction Camera Buyer’s Guide.
What Type of Camera is Right for Your Project?
Construction cameras are specially designed for use on the jobsite. They are rugged and weatherproof and will fulfill the specific needs of a variety of different projects. Here are some of the hardware options you can choose from:
- Fixed-Position Cameras: With the highest resolutions and widest viewing angles, these cameras allow for the clearest, most stable images.
- Pan-Tilt-Zoom Camera: The robotic capabilities of a PTZ camera allow you to move the picture via a remote web interface. These cameras can pan 360 degrees, allowing a view of large jobsites that would be impossible with a fixed-position camera. Additional options include the ability to store PTZ coordinates for preset views, optical zoom capabilities, as well as the ability to capture time-lapse footage of multiple areas simultaneously.
- Indoor Construction Camera: Smaller and lighter than their outdoor counterparts, these construction cameras are much easier to mount and move.
- Solar-powered Camera: An option for when electricity is not available on a jobsite, solar power will be stored in an onboard battery. These cameras are also capable of internet connectivity via cellular service.
- Mobile Trailer Camera: Solar-powered, lightweight, and easily maneuvered, this is your wireless solution for DOT projects and unique jobsite situations. A mobile trailer camera will also allow for time-lapse, round-the-clock security recording, and live streaming.
How Will You Use the Camera?
Different jobsites have different requirements for security and documentation. Consider what your unique application needs are when choosing a construction camera.
- Security Recording: Construction cameras are essential for jobsite security. Upon installation they will provide a visual deterrent, but in the event of a security incident, your construction cameras will capture and record detailed, high-quality evidence in the form of time lapse images or recorded video.
- Video Surveillance: Live-streamed video enables project managers to remotely check in on the site, maximizing efficiency and accountability on site.
- Project Management: Providing real-time insight into jobsite activity enables project managers to monitor progress and stay informed on possible delays or setbacks as soon as the issues arise.
- Documentation: By accurately documenting your project from start to finish, managers can better plan and prepare for new projects.
- Communication and Collaboration: By using these technologies on your jobsite, collaboration is improved between everyone involved, from onsite workers to remote stakeholders and communication is at maximum efficiency.
- Marketing and Investor Relations: Firms that utilize video are more likely to rank higher and be found in search, gaining the attention of more customers.
What Characteristics Should You Look for in a Construction Camera Vendor?
Choosing the right vendor is just as important as selecting the right cameras with the right features. Not all vendors are created equal. Here are some things to consider during the vendor evaluation process:
- Equipment: Ease of installation is important. Look for solutions that are ready to go, out-of-the box and don’t require much assembly. The vendor should provide all mounting hardware included so the camera is easy to power up and connect.
- Software: It’s important to choose a camera solution that offers integrated software security measures and cloud-based storage for reliable backup. A subscription-based model may be more economical, as software updates are seamless and included in the subscription fee. Make sure the solution comes with mobile capabilities, to enable anytime, anywhere access to live footage.
- Support: The vendor should provide round the clock customer support and a warranty on equipment. Some vendors provide on-site help, if needed. Be sure to understand the process of exchanging the equipment, should it fail.
Construction Camera Buyer’s Guide
A solid understanding of available solutions and their applications will help you make informed decisions as you evaluate and choose construction cameras for your projects. Check out our Construction Camera Buyer’s Guide for additional information and recommendations. To learn more about TrueLook construction cameras, watch a live demo.