The Ultimate Guide to Remote Surveillance for Businesses in 2018

Submitted by: Susanna Chu

Each year, companies spend billions on securing their car dealerships construction sites, concrete ready-mix facilities, logistics yards, mines, equipment rental inventories, telecommunication fields and more.

Typically, roving security guards are utilized to protect these valuable businesses from intruders and thieves. However, there are many new ways of securing such environments in 2018.

 

Table of Contents

What is remote surveillance?

New technological advances in remote surveillance

General outlook for remote surveillance of businesses in 2018

Why Static Security Guards Will Soon Be A Thing Of The Past

How Remote Surveillance Helps Keep Certain Businesses Secure

What Typically Unfolds When Remote Surveillance Is Installed

The Three Main Methods Of Video Surveillance

Why Number Of False Alarms and Arrests Is Important When Selecting A Remote Surveillance Provider

Car Dealership Security

Construction Site Security

Security For Equipment Rental Or Heavy Machinery Lots

Securing Your Concrete Ready-Mix Area

Security For Your Trucking And Logistics Site

Radius Security’s Remote Surveillance Solutions


Learn More About Redhanded™ Remote Guarding

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What is remote surveillance?

Remote surveillance (or remote monitoring) uses an internet connection to take still and video images captured by multiple cameras at your facility and send them to an external remote monitoring station. These stations are engineered to respond rapidly to any suspicious activity in an effort to protect your business and your property from criminal theft or damage.

When suspicious or unusual activity is detected by the remote surveillance system, the live feed of the incident will display on the screen at the remote location of trained security professionals. These security experts will then actively monitor the video or photographs of the incident, and manipulate cameras as needed by zooming and maneuvering them to achieve the best view possible.

When your remote surveillance partner strategically positions multiple cameras, there are no blind spots in which criminals can hide. Some remote surveillance companies also recommend talk down speakers and strobes that are installed for communicating with intruders, deterring their actions and causing them to flee.

However, be wary of speakers and strobes that cause intruders to run away. When this happens, the police cannot make apprehensions and catch perpetrators. Apprehensions are a future deterrent and police say that one apprehension can prevent up to twenty-five future crimes from happening.

Regardless of the presence of a loudspeaker, emergency services will be notified by your expert off-site security team along with anyone else you wish to be notified.

remote surveillance by camera

New technological advances in remote surveillance

In 2018 we predict that drones and robotics will have further advances in remote monitoring of outdoor asset sites. Powered by advanced robotics and artificial intelligence, hovering and roaming drones now provide the added advantage of aerial awareness and monitoring of your entire premises.

Drones integrate seamlessly into your existing security infrastructure and can be operated by your remote surveillance company. An advantage of drones over stable cameras is their mobility and capability of moving and zooming in on an area needing investigation.

General outlook for remote surveillance of businesses in 2018

This year will bring further advances in technology coupled with an eagerness to cut security costs, while still maintaining superior protection of businesses with outdoor assets.

Because of this combination of a desire to cut costs without jeopardizing security will cause business owners, CFO’s and facilities professionals to turn toward newer methods of security. Remote monitoring and advances in robotics and drones will continue to drive up demand for off-site surveillance services.

Static standing security guards will soon be a thing of the past for most businesses with outdoor assets, primarily because of the costs and less desirable outcomes outlined below.

Why Static Security Guards Will Soon Be A Thing Of The Past

Static security guards come with high costs and innate handicaps to your overall protection and theft-prevention goals, thus making them antiquated options for securing businesses with outdoor yards and assets.

In most cases remote surveillance costs significantly less than paying multiple human roving guards. Some businesses choose to complement a guard’s presence with remote surveillance, either for added security or because a security guard is only present on weekends.

In contrast to the many advantages a remote surveillance service brings, roaming security guards present many disadvantages to ensuring the security of your business’s valuable assets and property:

  • Roaming guards cannot be everywhere at once
  • Guards are limited by what they can see with their eyes
  • Human guards can be learned from and tricked or strategically pinned to be out of the area when thieves pounce
  • Human guards are limited to their ears and eyes versus utilizing intrusion detection technology and security advancements
  • Human guards can fall ill or be inconsistent, requiring a constant re-learning of your business and environment

In addition to these disadvantages, plus the added cost of roaming security guards, more and more businesses are turning toward remote surveillance to protect their valuable property.

How Remote Surveillance Helps Keep Certain Businesses Secure

Any business with an outdoor inventory and equipment that is stored outside presents unique vulnerabilities when it comes to security. Preventing theft and protecting fields or storage areas can be challenging and expensive.

What Typically Unfolds When Remote Surveillance Is Installed

  • An intruder attempts to enter the premises by hopping a fence or simply walking onto the property
  • If a video surveillance system has been strategically positioned and installed on the property, operators can verify the intrusion via CCTV, specialized cameras
  • These cameras mainly protect the perimeter of the property so they can detect intruders from any entry point
  • The alarm(s) indicates which camera has been triggered
  • Operators verify the intrusion by viewing the live feed from the remote surveillance cameras
  • Operators respond according to client instructions, including notifying police
  • In some cases, with video surveillance solutions, police can apprehend intruders in the act

The Three Main Methods Of Video Surveillance

  1. Motion – this involves video cameras that trigger a human response when motion on the site occurs. This is a cost effective way but every bit of wind, flag movement or innocent activity alerts a designated person. Because of the number of false alarms, the recipient of the notifications can soon easily become numb and disregard all the triggers – even real events and miss them.
  2. Camera Surfing – this is just moving the guard indoors. Depending on the operators’ number of cameras and number of sites they have to monitor, intruders can be easy to miss. They can only view each camera area a small percentage of the time.
  3. Analytics – cameras are doing the guarding for you at all times. They eliminate the false alarms and the operator only receives an alarm when the cameras detect a vehicle or a person on the site. This is the most effective method but only a few providers have perfected this method .

There are some specific industries in which remote surveillance offers the perfect solution. These industries are outlined below.

Why Number Of False Alarms and Arrests Is Important When Selecting A Remote Surveillance Provider

Whenever you’re selecting a remote surveillance provider, make sure any company you’re considering tracks their false alarm rate and apprehension rate. If they don’t track these rates at all, or they do and it’s high for false alarms or low for apprehension rates, then move onto another provider.

Associations such as the Partnership For Priority Verified Alarm Response (PPVAR) ensure video and audio verified alarms are regarded by law enforcement as crimes in progress, sending police immediately to your property to stop the criminals in the act. Apprehensions are critical for effective video surveillance and continued rapid response by your local law enforcement.

Car Dealership Security

A roaming security guard can only do so much on a large car sales lot. These large and vast areas of space, often times not gated, are tempting areas for theft and damage.

Setting Up Remote Surveillance At A Car Dealership

security camera watching luxury vehicles

Utilizing poles and surrounding buildings, strategic positioning of video cameras that track every area of entry of a car dealership lot are the most strategic and secure option for protecting your valuable inventory.

Roof jacks, such as those installed by Design Roofing, can be a key asset in positioning cameras on roofs of existing buildings. This option is much better than installing cameras on the sides of the building where it can be challenging and disruptive to the business to do wiring to a central panel. More importantly, cameras on the roof of a building have much better line of sight

Items At Risk Of Theft At A Car Dealership

In many cases, it’s not the big-ticket items such as the shiny new truck that causes thieves to enter car dealer lots. But rather, it’s the smaller value items that thieves are looking for, such as:

  • Tires and tire equipment
  • Rims and luxury wheels
  • Repair and car service equipment
  • Car washing materials and solvents
  • Road salt or lot maintenance materials

Take this video, for instance, where Red Handed remote surveillance services were utilized to capture a thief trying to steal tires:

 

 

Before the intruder can arrange to carry the tires out of the lot, Radius Security alerts the police that there is a crime in progress, and law enforcement arrive quickly on site.

Thieves are quick but with remote video surveillance that’s manned in an off-site facility, the police can be called and arrive on the scene before damage or theft occurs. This protects your car dealership from damage that would otherwise only be uncovered at the start of the workday.

Short video clips and GPS data can be delivered directly to first responders in real-time as a crime in progress unfolds.  Officer safety, situational awareness and proper use of resources are key drivers in why the experts Radius Security partners with such as Police Priority, Inc. have developed a solution for all law enforcement agencies.

Construction Site Security

Construction sites present thieves with thousands of dollars worth of equipment and materials for the taking. However, protecting your construction or job site with remote video surveillance protects everything from wiring, tools and other materials from theft. Crane climbing is another new trend where people are needlessly putting their lives at risk.

construction site surveillance system

Does Video Surveillance Protect From Fire?

A surveillance system cannot smell fire or see smoke inside a building. At this time analytics cannot pick up these signals, although technology advances may offer protection in the future. Currently, however, with the speed at which a fire grows video surveillance is not a reliable option for fire protection.

What If My Construction Site Has No WiFi?

When internet access of a router is not available on a job site, it doesn’t mean remote surveillance isn’t an option. A video surveillance company will always provide their own internet service, as well as often recommend a second service as a back up should one go down.

How Can Video Surveillance Protect My Construction Site From Water Damage?

Water leaks can cripple a construction project. The impact of leaks that cause water damage, construction delays and financial liability can cost a contractor or property manager millions.

Noah is Radius Security’s revolutionary leak detection and control technology. It monitors water flow rates and alerts Radius’ central monitoring station whenever a leak is suspected. Operators visually verify, via our remote guarding cameras, whether tradespeople are still on site. If the building is empty and the leak verified, the water is remotely shut off to the building and the remaining water is drained in the plumbing stack above the leak.

How Analytics Software Coupled With Job Site Video Cameras Help Detect Human Intruders

Watch the video below and see how Radius Security and the analytics software that is used can protect your construction site:

 

 

Security For Equipment Rental Or Heavy Machinery Lots

Landscape equipment, road repair vehicles or other heavy machinery equipment is often housed in an outdoor lot vulnerable to theft. Heavy machinery fleet owners are moving toward video surveillance more and more to protect their valuable inventory.

Unlike construction sites, equipment rental and heavy machinery lots often have both the power and wifi required to easily set up video surveillance cameras and remote monitoring security cameras.

How Remote Surveillance Strategically Protects Heavy Machinery & Equipment

With millions of dollars invested in equipment, you cannot afford to have damage or theft. Video remote surveillance cameras strategically positioned throughout your rental or storage lot will ensure you’re protected.

Here are a few key things to keep in mind when choosing a video surveillance company:

  • The security company’s relationship with police is everything. If you select a reputable video surveillance company, when the police are called, they know it is a crime in progress and they show up.
  • They’ll be sure to not miss any areas of your lot, especially outlying spaces.
  • Cameras positioned in storage and maintenance areas to prevent theft of valuable equipment that is easier to steal than large heavy machinery.
  • A company with experience in the equipment rental or heavy machinery industries will provide guidance and expertise as to where common areas of theft occur to ensure ample coverage.
  • Remote surveillance companies with superior analytics software will help reduce the number of false calls to police caused by animals or approved staff.

Security for your equipment rental and heavy machinery lot doesn’t have to be difficult. We work hard to make it easy for you.

Securing Your Concrete Ready-Mix Area

Concrete ready-mix and cement supply yards are rapidly growing areas for thieves. Lured by the value of the equipment and the easily accessed materials, these properties and storage yards are rapidly becoming issues for security.

Rather than the high cost of a roaming security guard, more and more concrete businesses are turning toward remote surveillance solutions for protecting their valuable cement assets and equipment.

Video surveillance is a sound way to secure such areas from thieves.

Security For Your Trucking And Logistics Site

All types of storage yards and parking areas for trucking and logistics companies present security issues for owners.

The following types of businesses have the opportunity to advance their security measures through remote surveillance:

  • Trucking companies
  • Rental trucks
  • Moving companies with fleets of moving trucks
  • Shipping companies
  • Storage yards for trailers of cargo and freight

With video surveillance and advanced security analytics software, your security company will see unusual activity like theft from warehouses, distribution centers, trucks, and trailers of cargo and freight.

Adding an automatic gate with integrated access control adds significant visibility to your business operations and keep unwanted people out.  When integrated with a security system such as Radius Security’s Redhanded Remote Guarding, after hour deliveries and site users can access the site while under the close supervision of the monitoring station and entry exit data is easily available to the customer.

Protect your commercial supply chain trucking, cargo, logistics, warehouse, or truck yard business with remote surveillance solutions.

Radius Security’s Remote Surveillance Solutions

As a full-service security company, Radius Security provides end-to-end remote surveillance solutions for any commercial application, including video surveillance and intrusion detection.

Whether you operate one storefront or multiple complex facilities, your security strategy begins with intrusion detection. To adequately protect your property, equipment, inventory, employees and clients, we help you first determine your vulnerabilities. And then we secure them using advanced remote surveillance equipment, analytics and solutions.

How RedHanded™ Is Different

Redhanded™ video analytics software never sleeps and allows the monitoring of your site from anywhere in the world.

Redhanded™ relies on Radius’ proprietary Human Detection Technology™ Solution, which utilizes state-of-the-art video analytics software as just one piece of the solution:

  • With multiple video feeds, Redhanded™ covers more of your site in real time than one or two security guards can. You can even check on your site directly via Internet anytime.
  • Human Detection Technology™ software sees, analyzes and identifies every potential threat in real time. With a memory bank of more than 50,000 objects, it filters out non-threats like wildlife, weather and outdoor conditions.
  • Specially trained security officers immediately assess all security alerts. They monitor the situation, verify any threats and take prompt action, as needed. Their tools include live audio feeds, silent police dispatches, on-site sirens and strobe lights.
  • Thanks to the Internet, Radius Security personnel—and you!—can remotely monitor your property via intelligent security cameras that pan, tilt and zoom at anytime, anywhere in the world.
  • Video verification reduces false alarms. About 98% of burglar alarms turn out to be false and they drain scarce police resources. When we verify crimes in progress by video, police assign our calls top priority. Redhanded™ means faster response times and virtually eliminates false alarms.
  • Redhanded™ boasts an apprehension rate greater than a 50% and for every two police dispatches, the police will catch at least one perpetrator. This rate of protection is unheard of in the industry.
  • Redhanded™ costs far less in time and money than insurance claim recoveries, high deductibles or blanket exclusion policies. At a fraction of the cost of live on-site security patrols.

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