By Bill Romano
Threats can happen anywhere, even in those areas where roads and power lines are scarce.
Construction sites, mining operations and other areas where power is non-existent or spotty at best are still targets for thieves and saboteurs. In those instances, integrators and their clients are looking to deploy security measures that can operate without a traditional power source or connectivity.
On a construction site, where power may still be under development but contractors want to protect their investment in supplies as well as ensure that no one is trespassing at the structure, options such as battery-powered, wireless video systems can give an adequate picture of the site that can be viewed by the developer or transmitted to a central station for more traditional monitoring.
In most instances, setting up remote surveillance to monitor critical operations whether it’s a field of grapes in California, a remote mining operation or valuable property and resources in the desert, requires a custom solution developed through a partnership with the integrator, the end user and the technology provider because of the unique nature of these less conventional locales and the need to operate in extreme conditions.
While video surveillance leads the list of needs for securing remote sites, access control capabilities and asset tracking are also considerations. Heavy equipment at a construction site that is equipped with a tracking system, for instance, can inform the owner if machinery is moved after hours or leaves a designated area.
As the business world expands to tap into assets in all corners of the United States, remote security capabilities are rising to the occasion, offering the reassurance that you can still know what’s going on, even if you can’t be there.