Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 74
Technology: Streamline Your Business | iBEAM CONSTRUCTION CAMERAS
had been completed. Additional photos
were downloaded monthly to supplement
progress photos taken by the contractor,
USC Senior Project Manager H. Rick Sendele notes.
Cameras are also often used during
school construction projects to take progress
photos that are shared with the community.
Another recent iBEAM customer saved
$90,000 on a project after using a camera
to verify that a subcontractor had not performed work. "The value in our cameras is
in the ability to look back and see what has
or hasn't been done," Sales Manager Sara
Harris says. "It's great for accountability."
iBEAM cameras help create valuable
marketing materials, including photos
and time-lapse movies that can be used on
company websites and social media. "Timelapse movies can be used during training
to show employees different processes, and
we've also seen them used at trade shows,"
Seeing the Difference
There are a number of differences between
iBEAM's cameras and typical security cameras sometimes seen on a construction site.
The first of these is the quality of the images
iBEAM cameras produce. The company
Clients receive cameras fully
and in their enclosures.
recently transitioned to cameras with a
minimum 4K resolution, which allows for
greater detail in movies and photos and
more editing possibilities for time-lapse
movies. "We start with cameras that have
superior quality optics to produce photos
with more detail, particularly in low light or
shadows," Robertson says.
All iBEAM cameras use a 16:9 widescreen
aspect ratio, which allows images and videos to display properly on modern computer screens. Images from iBEAM cameras are
also saved for a longer period of time than
on a standard security camera. "Security
cameras typically save information for
only a short period of time," she adds. "Our
cameras save information for a longer
period of time - for example, you can have
a photographic record of an entire project
going back five years or more."
iBEAM cameras and enclosures are
designed to withstand real-world job site
conditions. Optional solar power kits are
custom-sized for each project to ensure
power year-round. "We want to make sure
our cameras are going to work as well in
January as they do in July; solar kits must
be properly sized to power the cameras
consistently," Robertson says. "We look at
our clients' location, weather conditions
and hours of sunlight instead of taking a
'one size fits all' approach."
OnSite PTZ features live
video with remote control pan/
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