Technology Makes Remote Jobsite Surveillance an Inexpensive Reality

Feb. 9, 2015

Charlotte, N.C. (January 20, 2015) – Construction is an ever-expanding and thriving industry which encompasses individuals ranging from executive investors and company owners to the crews digging out plots and pouring concrete. According to Jerry McSorley, president of Eye Trax, the construction industry alone has spawned an entirely new “black market” industry – construction theft. The Federal Crime Insurance Bureau estimates that construction theft has grown to generate over $1 billion a year in insurance claims, and over 90 percent of this theft happens directly from jobsites. Over the past decade, technology (including mobile devices such as tablets and cell phones) available to the industry has grown exponentially, but the use of new technologies in products and services within industry has lagged.

“The construction industry affects everyone in one way or another, whether it’s providing a source of income or having a location to rest your head at night,” says McSorley. “Because construction sites are often in brand new locations, literally being erected from the ground up, typically there is no infrastructure available to industry professionals to provide them with the building updates and/or jobsite security and surveillance. The need for remote security monitoring on construction sites is greater than ever, yet many contractors continue to struggle with finding the right method or equipment to successfully protect their investments. Which is why the lack of evolution in technology to coincide with the industry is baffling.“

Until 2011, construction site monitoring relied on large, tow-behind trailer type of equipment which held multiple solar panels and a single IP camera. This type of remote jobsite surveillance system required the need to be connected to the internet somehow, either Wi-Fi or direct CAT cabling. Over the years, this technology had evolved slightly by utilizing available cellular network, rather than a hard-wire internet connection. But, these oversized, and often overpriced, camera units still needed to be plugged into 110V electrical outlets for power.

Today, that has all changed, with the launch of Eye Trax Ranger Series Construction Cameras. According to McSorley, Eye Trax units take all the hard work and professional installation out of the picture. Utilizing a small 14-in x 14-in solar panel, which charges an internally housed battery, the completely wireless unit weighs only eight pounds. With the cellular capability to operate even down in the 2G coverage areas and still transmit HD quality pictures, all images are housed on a cloud-based server which can be accessed by any mobile device. Real-time alerts can be sent directly to system users via SMS text or email.

Eye Trax’s Ranger Series Cameras can be mounted to anything, requiring only four screws for installation and require no additional infrastructure to support them. To add to the versatility of the lightweight construction camera, Eye Trax has also developed a patent-pending Barrel Pole Mounting System that allows the camera to be moved around on the jobsite wherever the unit is needed.

“What makes Eye Trax products stand out from other surveillance systems is that we are the only truly outdoor wireless cameras on the market,” finishes McSorley. “Our products accomplish this by utilizing the available cellular network in order to transmit pictures, eliminating the need for the infrastructure of a computer, phone line, internet connection, router, and power which is required for the traditional wireless cameras. Eye Trax wireless, solar-powered construction cameras make remote area surveillance an inexpensive reality.”

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