Are you looking to keep your site secure? Well, you will want to invest in the right technology. CCTV cameras, alarms and motion sensors, can all help your security staff do their jobs much more easily and in some situations, they can even do the work on their own, providing a constant deterrent against any wrongdoing whilst capturing the evidence to help secure the well-deserved persecution.
Devices like these can also be powered in a few ways, we have concluded that solar-powered solutions are becoming increasingly popular by the day, as they are sustained partly or solely by the power of the sun.
Let’s examine this innovative technology, and see how it might benefit your site.
Wiring can be one of the biggest struggles whilst installing a CCTV system. Sometimes you might wish to install a camera in a given location, only for you to run into the difficulty of threading a mass of cables to the vantage point in question. This might even subsequently waste the time, energy and money of getting those cables up and attached to a suitable surface.
Especially when looking at construction sites, wires can be incredibly troublesome, as the landscape is constantly shifting. Your surveillance needs to be easily adjustable to cope with these constant shifts, and unfortunately, construction sites are known to be one of the most vulnerable areas for crime as they are more open and easy to intrude, which offers many unwanted faces to help blend in and take a plethora of high-value goods.
Not only are cables impractical for easy installation, but they are also vulnerable to sabotage and wear and tear. However, they also represent a tempting target to thieves as they can be easily severed, stripped and sold for scrap.
It is for these reasons that wireless data transmission is now becoming more used. But, as solar panels incorporated directly into the camera itself can help eliminate the cabling issue too. The camera’s battery will simply charge throughout the day, meaning you will not need to worry about the power supply being interrupted.
We have already spoken about the fact that wireless cameras are much easier to install. But, over time you might wish to move a camera from one location to another, which is where the option of a solar-powered camera comes into place.
A solar-powered camera allows you to move any camera you want, easily, without the headache of having to consider where the wires will have to go.
If you are running a construction site, or a series of them, then this is especially advantageous. Consider how much energy and effort you will have to commit if you decide to choose wired cameras, it is unnecessary when you think about it. Especially if you are engaging in a multitude of builds a year.
A wireless, solar-panelled camera, by contrast, can firstly be moved easily from one site to another but it can also reduce the amount of unnecessary labour, that will more than likely result in additional costs.
It is always worth considering the cost of the electricity itself because the average security camera will use around five watts and be actively constant. Throughout a lifetime in which it is drawing in power every day, this can amount to incredibly significant expenditure. However, if the camera is powered entirely by the sunlight, this is an expenditure you do not need to worry about.
If you factor in the cost of the installation, the wiring and the time consumed with additional labour cost, compared to the financial case for solar-powered security systems, it becomes self-evident. In the long run, making the switch to a solar-powered system will save you money.
Now, let’s think about the impact that traditional cameras and alarms have on the environment. It is a known fact that a solar panel will confer an environmental cost when its manufactured, as the silicon wafers from which each panel is made, are sandwiched between sheets of plastic, which must be extracted from the ground and processed before construction. For a panel to be considered environmentally friendly, then we should look to offset the cost.
By switching to a solar-panelled security system, we can eliminate many other environmental burdens which are deemed to be inescapable. Just think of the quantity of plastic required to put a length of cabling together and how much of it is used in a single site security system.
With all of this protective shielding, it must be pulled out from the ground, processed, and shaped, all of which requires tremendous energy. We should consider the conductive material inside, which, too, must be spun into a long length of cable running in either direction. If you’re going to be using your cable outdoors, as security cameras often necessitate, then you’ll need to use strong cabling to avoid replacing it, which means that a tough protective sleeving must be used. All of this amounts to a significant environmental burden.
Secondly, there is then the environmental cost of draining energy from the grid, as paying for power won’t just place a strain on your wallet, but it will also mean that somewhere out there, the fossil fuels are more likely to be consumed to help the system running.
However, a solar-powered security system avoids all of this, because once the panels, cameras and alarms are in place, then it will be entirely self-contained and self-sustained.
In conclusion, solar panel technology has long represented an attractive alternative to other traditional security systems, but it has only been in recent years that the technology has become more efficient and more affordable to represent a seriously attractive alternative. If you are looking to invest in the long-term of your security system then solar technology is surely an option worth examining carefully.