Video surveillance has been used for jobsite monitoring for decades but rarely has met its full potential as a deterrent, loss prevention tool, criminal evidence, safety system or supervisory tool. While resolution improved dramatically with the introduction of digital cameras, the age old problem of intelligently capturing relevant content continues. The principal purpose of video surveillance is to capture "people activity." Obviously a property owner is going to be interested in "people activity" in a space where nobody is supposed to be. Spaces within a facility that are restricted to authorized personnel are also areas where "people activity" is of interest. Of course open storage areas like car lots or equipment lots pose special vulnerabilities being outside the protection of four walls and a lock. But hours, days or even months can pass before any legitimate "people activity" of interest occurs. The challenge has always been identifying the activity of interest and then, and only then, recording it.



When you look around a construction site, ask yourself where all of the material and equipment came from. Copper cables, cement, lumber, construction equipment and all the rest started their journey to the work site from secure warehouses and storage lots. The vendors who sold or own those items understand their desirability and the value of taking security seriously at their own facilities. But when these items hit the jobsite they are typically left unprotected. Surveillance video technology has made significant advances in the past three or four years and that includes the technology for remote video applications. Today most surveillance cameras are IP based providing vastly expanded control and response options over old closed circuit systems. Access to the images, control of the cameras, choices of alarms and notifications can now all be controlled remotely in a browser. What this means is when a camera detects motion of interest on a site in the middle of nowhere, those images can be instantly forwarded to a monitoring system, emailed to a project manager, or sent directly to a response force. In essence, remote surveillance video cameras can perform the same task in "raw environments" that cameras in fixed facilities do. And here's how:



Unfortunately the 21st century has ushered in an age of security threats to critical infrastructure like power generating plants, refineries, natural gas lines, airports and other key energy, transportation and communication centers across the country. On 9/11 what could only be imagined in nightmares became reality and we have been reminded daily that both governments and private industry are vulnerable to new, vicious attacks. Of particular concern are ports. Because of their unique vulnerabilities they represent special security challenges both in the prevention/detection of terrorism and identifying domestic criminal activity. Louisiana has over 30 ports in the state including 5 deep draft facilities and 8 shallow draft coastal ports. Maintaining security and safety at these critical infrastructures is a demanding task. Balancing Security with...



Now Municipalities and Government Agencies Can Safely Monitor Construction Site Equipment Overnight Have you ever driven by a construction site or vehicle storage center only to marvel at how many thousands of dollars’ worth of vehicles and equipment items sit there unprotected? These machinery items have long been prey to vandalism and theft, partly because municipalities have no way to protect these machines or tools due to lack of storage and the inconvenience of having to transport them every day to a protected location. Onsite Guardian now offers solutions for municipalities to safeguard these valuables, and it doesn’t involve having to install a ten-foot barbed wire fence. Any municipality that must store vehicles, construction equipment, tools and other job requirements either outsources with a security company to hire a live security guard, or they just leave them unattended and hope they will return the next day to find...



Onsite Guardian rises to the needs of better school security systems in the prevention of tragedies Sadly, it seems like more than just a passing trend that school shootings are too common in today’s society. The senseless and gruesome fatalities of the students at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Columbine, Virginia Tech and others have left a permanent scar on the entire educational sector. According to statistics found on StoptheShootings.org, there have been...