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models. A complete monitoring system ranges in price from $2,000
to $4,000, depending on the camera model and features. Rental
options that average around $200 per month are available for contractors that don't want to purchase the system outright.
Another convenient feature of these cameras is their portability.
"You can move them from one project to the next without any problems," Gaw says. "If a customer has a few weeks between projects, he
can suspend the connectivity service and we archive all project information in the cloud for the duration of the project, plus one year."
The information is stored in Sensera SiteCloud. It is a cloud-hosted, web-based application for configuration, control and monitoring. It offers a variety of features for viewing and management of
archived camera images and video.
It supports both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity and provides
hosted web application, secure storage and backup of project
data, live public URL, video streaming relay, time-lapse video
generation and cellular data communications. Sensera SiteCloud can be
purchased for a monthly fee or
for the duration of a project.
To improve user experiences with the cloud, Sensera
Systems released a new
app this year. Its SitePOV
mobile app extends
and cameras to
its mobile photo management tool. "The entire team can collect
images," Gaw says. "These are in addition to
what your fixed cameras are collecting."
Team members have the ability to capture
construction progress images from around the jobsite and share
them with each other through their smartphones or tablets.
The images are fully automated by SiteCloud.
As soon as they are uploaded, SiteCloud instantly organizes
them alongside fixed camera time-lapse images. The app is
available for both Android and Apple devices.
Sensera Systems offers different camera systems for different uses. They fall into two categories: security cameras and
"There's a laundry list of uses," Gaw says. "Some people are
interested in safety and site security. Others may want to use it
for marketing purposes to share construction updates with their
shareholders. A project manager can use them to look in on when
things are delivered and to see what's happening day to day."
For those concerned about security, the Sensera SiteWatch
SiteWatch-PRO2 camera is a powerful surveillance camera system
that offers live view, DVR Edge recording and cloud-based camera
management. The camera, which Sensera Systems released this year,
has a thermal-based motion detector that operates 24/7 and can
send real-time alerts via text or email.
"It can detect people or a vehicle coming on-site," Gaw says. "When
those events are detected, the camera takes action depending on how
you set it up."
The SiteWatch-PRO2 combines thermal, low-light
and color cameras with video analytics, NVR, solar
charge management and 4G/LTE communications
into one integrated system. "Basically, it has three
cameras inside," Gaw says. "One is
for daylight, one is for night and the
third is for thermal detection."
The SiteWatch-PRO2 with
SiteCloud service is designed to be a
complete end-to-end advanced remote
surveillance system for construction sites
without power and internet. Small and
portable, it can be installed by one person.
Gaw says that this camera system can
also be customized to act as a security alarm
panel. "This is a specific custom configuration
that we built," Gaw says. "But you'll see us going
more in that direction."
In addition to its thermal detection, the camera
system can be connected to wireless sensors that
are placed throughout a certain perimeter throughout a jobsite.
"Infrared beams can be placed around the
perimeter and they will be triggered if someone enters," Gaw says. "Normally, you would
need an alarm system for that. But if I deploy
those beam sensors, the camera can do the
job of a security system."
For those who want to document, manage
and maybe even promote their projects for investors, the MC88 site camera is a good option.
With the click of a button, it will keep team
members, clients and investors informed of
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