When it comes to cameras for construction projects, there's a lot of information to wade through and important decisions to make.
There is a wide variety of camera solutions marketed to construction professionals, and it's important to understand what each solution is designed to do and, just as important, what they do not do.
For example, there are:
With such a diverse selection of camera solutions aimed at the construction market, it's no surprise that there is misinformation and confusion surrounding these solutions, their proper application, and how they effectively fit into the construction industry.
Let's take a closer look at one of the BIGGEST misconceptions about cameras in the construction industry — the infamous construction camera versus security camera misconception — as well as the defining characteristics of the two (because I promise they’re not the same).
You might want to sit down for this one…not every construction camera is a security camera.
You read that right.
Construction cameras are designed to accomplish a variety of purposes on a job site. From live-streaming HD video to high-resolution photos and 4K Ultra HD time-lapse movies, construction cameras offer a multitude of benefits to users for photo documentation, remote project viewing, marketing purposes, and more.
On the other hand, security cameras are specifically designed for security-related instances — meaning they include specific features designed towards catching (or hopefully preventing) theft from occurring on a job site after hours. They ultimately have a singular purpose: security.
As you can see, based upon how they're put to use on job sites, as well as what they actually provide to users and the construction projects they're installed on, the two couldn’t be more different.
Now that we have a basic understanding of how construction cameras differ from security cameras, let's take a closer look at the defining characteristics and features of both.
Construction Cameras are helpful tools that nearly all construction professionals can benefit from when utilized on a job site.
Professional-grade construction camera solutions provide:
At the end of the day, construction cameras are multi-faceted tools that deliver a variety of applications and benefits to a diverse group of construction-based professionals.
As opposed to the multi-faceted solutions construction cameras provide, security cameras are focused on one thing: security.
Traditional security camera solutions:
Some construction cameras, such as iBEAM's iBEAM Fixed 4K and iBEAM PTZ 4K cameras, have the option to record video 24/7. Some security cameras can let you view live video. But the truth is that there’s no singular solution that does EVERYTHING perfectly.
Instead, it's important to define and prioritize what you and your company need to accomplish in order to select the type of camera system that will meet your specific needs. This way you’ll be setting yourself up for success from the start of a project.
Once you have your needs defined, it's usually clear what type of camera solution you need. But if you’re still on the fence about whether a construction camera will suit you best, contact our team of camera specialists today. They’ll help answer any questions you may have about construction camera systems and help point you in the right direction.
Alternatively, you can use our quick and easy one-question camera worksheet below to help guide you toward the right camera solution for your next construction project.
1. What is your top priority?
Until next time, keep what's really important in focus.
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