The Growing Opportunities for Mobile Video Surveillance

When people think of mobile video surveillance, they usually think “sites with no infrastructure.” That is, sites without electricity or WiFi connectivity – like those typically found in construction, agriculture, oil and gas exploration, etc.
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And that’s too bad, because this traditional view does not do justice to the potential of mobile video surveillance. For example, many businesses with permanent (or fixed) video surveillance in place have blind spots that could be eliminated quickly and easily by simply dropping in mobile surveillance units.

Others have temporary security needs that don’t warrant the time, effort and expense of running electrical cables and setting up infrastructure for permanent surveillance. Some examples of these use cases could include:

  • Certain Dealerships

    A car dealer using overflow lots to hold trade-ins and other vehicles that they would prefer not to have on the main lot. These lots are often in open fields or other areas with limited or no infrastructure.

  • Businesses Under Construction

    A business undergoing renovations where permanent surveillance cameras are blocked or unpowered, or where valuable assets need to be moved beyond the line of sight of the existing surveillance infrastructure.

  • Buildings With Blind Spots

    That same business discovering that the renovations have created some blind spots in their existing surveillance coverage that could easily be fixed by mobile.

  • Vacant Lots

    Unoccupied commercial property and other dark sites where owners want to keep people out of the parking lot and away from the building until it is occupied again.

Mobile Meets Many Needs

In all of the cases above, dropping in mobile video surveillance is an ideal solution. Beyond the obvious security benefits, mobile also requires only minimal installation time and effort, so it can be implemented in a matter of hours.

And, unlike permanent surveillance systems, which require a long-term contract to defray the upfront costs of installation, mobile can be deployed on a short-term basis – you use it when you need it and send it home when you’re done. 

This also makes mobile an excellent choice for businesses that already have a surveillance infrastructure in place, but need broader coverage. Rather than go through the time, effort and cost of extending the permanent infrastructure, you can just drop in some mobile units and PRESTO! you’re done.

Finally, for businesses that aren’t sure if they want to commit to permanent video surveillance infrastructure, mobile gives them a great “try before you buy” option.

You can deploy the units quickly, see how they work over a few months, and then decide if you want to commit to a longer-term surveillance investment. 

For all of these reasons and for the myriad benefits mobile video surveillance provides (flexibility, affordability and so much more), when you think about your video surveillance needs, it’s always a good idea to ask the question “permanent or mobile?” – even when there’s plenty of infrastructure for either. 

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