iBEAM Insights

Construction Cameras Aren’t Just for Executives Anymore

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Not that long ago, a construction camera was considered a luxury that only the largest companies and builders had the privilege of using.

A breakthrough technology for the construction industry that found its stride in the mid-2000s, early construction cameras allowed company executives and other upper-level managers to stay up-to-date with their projects from the comfort of their leather-lined offices. Construction cameras weren’t yet seen as the crucial photo documentation, live-streaming, and marketing tools they are recognized as today.

Instead, construction cameras were seen as a bulky intrusion at job sites or a cool new "toy" for a privileged few to play with.

Fast forward to 2019 and that couldn’t be any further from the truth!

Construction cameras have become an integral part of nearly every successful construction project, and they are cost-effective enough to be utilized on nearly any type of project, by any type of builder.

Let’s take a closer look at the real-world applications and benefits of construction cameras provide for builders, project owners, subcontractors, and more:

1. Become more efficient — saving time and money.

In today’s fast-paced world, time is money, and if you’re wasting time, well, you’re wasting money.

With a construction camera installed at your project, your management team will make fewer unnecessary site visits because you and your team can easily log in to your camera web page and see if the ”problem” is actually an issue or just a simple misunderstanding. And with a clear view of the issue, you can solve the problem quickly and get your project back on track.

4K UltraHD resolution ensures impeccable detail on all of your captured images, an important consideration when you rely on your construction cameras to provide indisputable visual evidence that can help you avoid and resolve work disputes or litigation.

2. Always be in the know, wherever you and your team are.

With a construction camera, you and your team always have access to your project(s) so you can stay in-the-know and see exactly what’s happening.

A construction camera provides 24/7 access to your project(s), as well as a real-time live video feed of exactly what’s going on. These features are great for owners, investors, shareholders, taxpayers, and the like because they provide the opportunity for regular, timely photo or video updates of the project.

All iBEAM Construction Cameras are mobile-responsive and adapt to whatever device you’re using, so you can keep tabs on all of your projects regardless of whether you’re at the office or in the field.

3. Make more out of limited resources.

With labor shortages continuing in the construction industry, construction cameras are the key to making the most out of limited resources.

With a construction camera, you can help keep crews efficient and on schedule by quickly spotting issues ahead of time. Having construction cameras on all of your projects can allow a single project manager to oversee multiple job sites.

A construction camera also helps to keep subs on schedule and honest, since they know their efforts are being documented. Consider this, an iBEAM customer saved $90,000 on a project after using their construction camera to verify that a subcontractor had not performed the work they claimed!

4. Jump start your marketing.

Perhaps one of the greatest but most under-utilized benefits of construction cameras is the ability to jump-start your marketing and take it to the next level of success.

On-demand 4K UltraHD time-lapse videos and high-resolution photos of your projects give your marketing team endless material with which to put your company in the spotlight.

With a construction camera, you can:

  • Create weekly time-lapse video updates and share them with stakeholders or taxpayers via email
  • Share daily project photos on social media
  • Embed the current photo from your project on your website for automatic timely project updates
  • Share broadcast-quality time-lapse videos of your completed projects to showcase the work your team delivers
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5. Deter theft.

A bonus benefit of using construction cameras is the fact that they act as a theft deterrent at the job site.

A visible camera is a deterrent to any wannabe thief. It can help reduce the risk of theft, as well as provide visual evidence in the event that an incident does occur*.

iBEAM Construction Cameras offers an optional internal video recording add-on for our OnSite 4K line of construction cameras to capture 24/7 activity on your job site, even in low light conditions.

With a variety of benefits that can help to positively impact the bottom line of your project, construction cameras are the solution contractors and builders need to help keep projects on schedule and under budget.

If you’re in need of a construction camera for your next project, be it an exterior or an interior job, we’re here to help. We even offer short-term construction camera rentals, which is a great low-cost, low-risk way to try out a camera on one of your projects to see if it’s a good fit.

Our team of construction camera specialists are here to help answer any camera questions you may have, so don’t hesitate to contact them by email or give them a call at 800.403.0688.

 

Until next time, keep what’s really important in focus.

 

Vicki Robertson
Vice President
iBEAM Construction Cameras

Doing the right thing, for every client, every time.