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Remote video surveillance is a critical component of nearly every industry. Whether you’re using it to optimize your workflow or protect your construction site from theft and vandalism, it’s important to be equipped with the right technology.
Since we’re talking definitions: You probably already know, but in case you don’t, video surveillance refers to any camera or systems of cameras used to watch your indoor or outdoor location to detect or record criminal or suspicious activity. With cameras, you can choose to go with analog (CCTV) cameras or digital (IP).
Note: While digital Internet Protocol (IP) camera systems are sometimes still referred to as “CCTV” due to common usage, digital cameras are the most common choice on the market today, thanks to the wide range of capabilities the technology offers.
Video surveillance is widely used to advantage across a number of commercial and residential applications for many reasons, including:
Fortunately, you have a lot of options when it comes to video surveillance these days. If you’re shopping around for a new system, you’ve probably heard of hosted video surveillance. Your two options there are typically fully hosted and hybrid hosted:
You’ve probably also heard of remote monitored surveillance and mobile video surveillance.
Remote monitored surveillance is an increasingly popular option for many reasons: it’s simple to implement, it’s cheaper than hiring security guards, and the technology is surprisingly efficient in preventing crime.
In the most basic of terms, “Remote Monitored Surveillance” means that someone is watching your surveillance feed from off-site.
In practical application, you have a camera, or multiple cameras, set up at your job sites, outdoor event, warehouse, or lot. Those cameras use a wireless internet connection to deliver video to a real-time video monitoring center, where it is constantly watched by trained security professionals for any suspicious or unusual activity.
There are many options available for the types of cameras you can implement, with capabilities ranging from crime-deterrent strobe lights to license plate detection and thermal sensors. You can see additional surveillance camera features here.
Some cameras will record continuous video, and some record time-lapse footage on detected movement with motion sensors. The system you choose will depend on your site’s needs and your budget.
The remote aspect simply means that someone is watching your footage from afar.
As far as the monitoring, that means that the professionals tasked with viewing your site’s live feed are doing more than viewing.
Monitored surveillance means that a trained security professional is watching your site for any number of unusual activities, whether it’s suspicious activity from an employee, unauthorized persons on-site or damage caused to equipment by a natural event.
Professional site monitors will log daily activity to have a written record of your events on-site. They will also be prepared to use the technology at their disposal to address the site and deter intruders or criminals and know when to dispatch law enforcement or local security to your site.
If you have any more questions about what remote monitoring could mean for you, check out this overview of how Mobile Video Guard clients benefit from remote surveillance.
Maybe you’ve also seen “mobile video surveillance” tossed around and assumed it was the same thing as “remote monitored” – they both imply “from a distance,” after all.
The simple answer is “no,” but the long answer is this:
Mobile video surveillance is not the same thing as remote monitored surveillance, but it does depend on remote monitoring.
Mobile Video Surveillance is a practical application of remote monitored surveillance designed to meet the needs of more challenging environments. This option works by outfitting rugged, wheeled trailer units with a pole attachment that hoists your cameras into the air for a birds-eye view of your site.
The challenges mobile surveillance trailers are designed to meet include:
These mobile units were designed with construction sites in mind, and work well to protect many kinds of sites, from parking lots and fairgrounds to warehouses and cell towers.
Deploying an independently-operated mobile video surveillance trailer to your site is a convenient way to achieve improved security for a short-term project or event – or even for the long-term as solution to places inhospitable to a standard surveillance solution.
Mobile video surveillance is a monitored site surveillance solution with several benefits for your business. The mobile trailer records the video and the built-in wifi sends the footage to the same real-time operations center that other permanent or VSaaS solutions use.
This means you get the same high level of professional security solutions for your site, without needing to hire security guards or monitor your site yourself.
While you can rest easy knowing professionals are guarding your site, you do have the option to monitor your site yourself if you choose! Mobile Video Guard’s remote video surveillance system allows you to download an app on your mobile phone so that you can view your site yourself from anywhere, at any time.
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