Most construction sites have some sort of camera setup for security purposes, with video recordings that can be accessed and reviewed later as needed. But real-time monitoring of your construction site via webcam can enhance your site's safety, security, and productivity. Let's take a look at some of the reasons you'll want to consider upgrading the cameras on your latest construction project:
The benefits of a webcam for your construction site
There are many advantages of being able to livestream the work being done on your construction project, but here are the top ones for you to consider:
Safety. A safe construction site is one where workers follow proper protocol at all times. Camera technology enables construction managers to monitor workplace procedures more efficiently and step in with corrections as needed. While adhering to a construction timeline is important, it should not come at the risk of workers getting hurt on the job.
Security. This is likely the foremost reason you want a webcam on your construction site. A camera set up may be enough to dissuade perpetrators -- both internal and external -- from stealing tools and materials or engaging in any illegal activity. But in the event that something shady is happening on your site, you'll be able to see it in real time.
Productivity. According to PlanGrid, construction professionals spend 35% of their time on nonoptimal activities, which added up to a whopping $177.5 billion in labor costs in 2018 alone. The ability to remotely check in will give you and other key members of your construction team to see how work is progressing and determine what adjustments to the workflow are needed to keep to the construction timeline.
Some things to consider
Although there are many advantages to having a webcam on your site, there are some potential drawbacks to consider, too:
Cost. The larger your construction site, the more cameras you will need. This will increase your investment cost on device installation, but it will be money well spent.
Technology. It's all well and good to have cameras installed where you want them, but what about getting the data? You'll have to back up all those electric eyes with reliable technology that offers an adequate bandwidth to ensure they all stay online.
Cyber-security issues. While the webcam is indeed keeping your construction site secure, it can open you up to another kind of safety issue: cyber crime. Make sure you choose a reputable technology firm that has sound measures in place to keep hackers at bay.
The bottom line
While a webcam isn't an exact replacement for onsite monitoring by a human, it is an excellent method of supervision. With the amount of time and money invested in a construction project, it is worth the additional investment for the ability to livestream the work.