A construction site is undoubtedly among the most difficult areas to keep safe and secure. This is so for several reasons. By definition, it’s incomplete, meaning that would-be thieves will often have little to stop them walking into the middle of the site and taking whatever they find. Since construction projects involve many different specialists coming and going, there are often plenty of unfamiliar faces to provide cover to would-be-thieves. Sorting the authorised people from the unauthorised is tricky – and proving wrongdoing after the fact is often trickier still.
Fortunately, wireless security technology provides us with a means to address all of these problems – and it does it at limited cost.
Wireless security systems are protected against sabotage
One glaring problem with traditional cameras and alarms is that they require a means of receiving power and transmitting data. This means it comes in the form of a cable, usually running along the wall that the camera is mounted to. This means that with the help of an inexpensive pair of pliers or wire-cutters, a resourceful thief can render even the most sophisticated wired-camera system inoperable.
This problem is especially vexing on construction sites, where we don’t have the luxury of building our security systems behind walls, protecting them against such sabotage. In such contexts, a wireless solution makes a great deal of sense.
Wireless security systems can work silently
Tag Systems wireless TagAlarm systems are able to emit ear-piercing screeches, sure to terrify any intruder and alert any passer-by that something is amiss. While this might be the appropriate response in some instances, there are others where this might be less so. Since TagAlarm systems are connected constantly to a manned control centre, which is in turn in contact with local response teams, catching an intruder red-handed is more than possible. This provides a better chance of prosecution, a stronger deterrent against intrusion, and therefore more effective protection for your site.
Wireless security systems are portable
For many projects, and especially construction projects, the need for surveillance is only temporary – sites must be protected until the project is complete and a more permanent security system is put into place. All-in-one wireless security systems allow for this; since there aren’t any cables to worry about, the system can be simply wheeled into position and activated. They can thereby provide an effective deterrent with the minimum amount of work – and you’ll be able to re-use your security system again and again at different sites, thereby slashing costs.
Wireless security systems are cost-effective
As well as saving site operators money on the cost of installation, we should also consider that cable itself is a cumbersome thing, whose expense can quickly escalate if the project is sufficiently large. Wireless systems dispense with this expense. This virtue is what’s enabled Tag systems to work so effectively with the British Transport Police; when you’ve got miles upon miles of track to monitor, the cost of cabling can quickly escalate. By contrast, wireless systems are simple to deploy, require no phone lines, and can be easily relocated to where required.
As well as the direct savings that can be achieved through wireless alarm and surveillance, we should factor in the insurance savings such systems will afford you. Many insurers will look for proof of your security arrangements before offering you a good deal; a wireless security system can constitute a significant chunk of such proof.
Wireless security system are flexible
Construction sites vary tremendously in terms of layout. This makes things tricky from a security point of view. If you’ve gone to the trouble of installing wired security systems, and then suddenly a new wall springs up that blocks the view of a camera, you’ll have a lot of expensive adjustments to make. What’s more, since cables are constantly being installed, having extra ones can easily lead to a confusing mess.
One of the chief virtues of a wireless security system is the ease with which it can be tweaked. So if you need to move a camera from one wall to another in order to cover the same area, you’ll be able to do so without a problem.
Since there’s no need to connect cameras to a mains power supply, and the motion detectors are completely portable and require no base station to link to, it’s easy to arrange (and rearrange) your security system according to the needs of your site.
Wireless security systems work constantly
Wireless security systems provided by Tag Systems are, as we’ve mentioned, constantly monitored at a central location. This means that even when your staff have taken a break for their annual leave, or the site is closed due to poor weather, or it’s Christmas Day, there will be a pair of eyes monitoring your site, keeping it safe and taking appropriate action when it isn’t.
Wireless security systems are all-inclusive
When you choose a wireless security system from Tag Systems, you’re not only paying for the monitoring service and the cameras themselves, you’ll also get a team of qualified engineers to install your cameras and alarms and train you and your staff in how to use them. This means that you’ll be able to get the best from the technology, however you choose to employ it.
Wireless security protects and incentivises your staff
Of course, security cameras aren’t just useful for the security they offer. As well as observing intruders onto the site, you’ll be able to monitor the performance of your staff. And, since your staff will be aware that they’re being watched, their performance will be accordingly improved. This isn’t to say that a wireless security system will transform your work environment into a miniature Orwellian surveillance-state; but by providing a sense of supervision, you’ll make your staff far less likely to indulge in obviously unproductive or even dangerous activities. In this way, you’ll be able to offset the modest cost of a wireless security system with an increase in productivity.