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Trailer-based vs Installed video surveillance

Which type of video surveillance is right for your property? If you are looking for high-grade and professional video surveillance, you likely have a few questions. In this blog, we discuss the differences between trailer-based video surveillance and installed video surveillance systems.  We also break down the benefits and advantage of each system. Let’s get started.

Trailer-Based Video Surveillance Systems

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Trailer-based video Surveillance systems consist of  surveillance cameras that are attached to a mobile trailer.  Most trailer based systems also include sirens and warning lights.  They offer effective surveillance coverage for specific types of properties. These  units can be powered by solar energy or fuel, making them an ideal option for properties that do not have a permanent power source. 

One advantage of the trailer-based surveillance system is that it is movable. Not just from property to property but different spots on the same location. They can be solar-powered rather than powered traditional electricity, making them the perfect option for properties without a permanent power source.  Trailers are frequently used on  construction sites, parking lots, and agriculture sites. 
The trailer-based surveillance systems use the same technology and cameras as the permanently installed systems. The big difference is that one is mobile while the other is permanent.

Benefits of Trailer-based Video Surveillance

  • Perfect for unconventional locations 
    They bring video surveillance to unconventional places.  They continue to work in remote locations with rough terrain.  
  • Short term and long term use
    Mobile surveillance trailers can be used for as long or as short a time period as they are needed.  
  • The unit can be moved
    You don’t have to keep them in the same spot.  These units can be moved based as your focus areas change. 
  • Newest Technology
    Mobile surveillance trailers are a newer security solution compared to video cameras.  Most surveillance trailers are configured with the latest technology. 

  • Can be customized to handle multiple cameras 
    Mobile units can be customized to fit your needs.  Multiple cameras can be installed.  The additional cameras can provide a full 360 degree view . 
  • Visible crime deterrent
    Mobile surveillance trailer’s large body and flashing lights serve as a visible crime deterrent. 

Installed Video Surveillance Systems

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An installed video surveillance system differs from the mobile units in that the equipment installation is permanent. Installed cameras can be mounted to poles around your property or attached to buildings.  Installed cameras can also be used indoors. 

Installed systems use the same equipment and technology found in most mobile systems.  However, there are some companies that use outdated technology for their installed systems. 

Setting up an installed system should begin with a full evaluation of the property and building. Since each property is unique, that evaluation helps the installation company design your installed system to overcome your property’s surveillance challenges. The result is sophisticated video coverage that allows the monitoring company to watch every area of the property visually.

The Benefits of Installed Video Surveillance Systems

 • Can be installed indoors or outdoors
Installed units can be installed on any interior or exterior flat surface that has access to power.

Compact size 
Their compact size allows a great deal of flexibility.  Installed cameras can be installed where they provide the best coverage without being overly invasive.

• Most dependable surveillance option
Installed surveillance systems have fewer moving parts than trailers.  Fewer parts means that there are fewer things that could need repairs.  

  • Audible alarms
    Can be configured with audible alarms that sound when triggered.  

    Can be monitored remotely
    Most modern installed video surveillance cameras can be remotely monitored in real-time.

  • Can be combined to cover a large area
    Installed cameras can be combined with other units resulting in complete surveillance inside and out. 


Which Surveillance System is Right for You?

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The main difference between trailer based and installed video surveillance systems is that one is mobile while the other is stationary.  Choosing the best system for you comes down to your property’s unique challenges.
If you need long-term surveillance and have a permanent power supply, then the installed surveillance system is likely your best bet. However, not every property has those qualities. For properties that require a short-term solution or do not have power, the mobile unit will be the best option.

Disadvantages Of Installed Surveillance Systems

• Requires a permanent power supply

• Not movable — Once installed, the system remains where it is. Adding and removing cameras is possible, and camera placement configuration is optional but difficult.
• Not an ideal option for short-term goals.

Disadvantages of Mobile Surveillance Trailers

  • They do not blend into the landscape. You cannot hide their  presence
  • Not permanent.  Designed for short-term usage. 
  • Video coverage can be more generalized rather than more generalized than installed camera systems. 

Both systems contain the same high-tech equipment, cameras, and technology. They both offer high-quality video surveillance and can be customized to fit your location. As such, they both shine in different areas.   

Locations for Mobile Surveillance Trailers

  • Short or long term construction sites
  • Large parking lots
  • Events & festivals
  • Locations that need a 360% view
  • Remote areas

Locations for Installed Surveillance Systems

  • Residential communities
  • Multi-year construction projects
  • Warehouses
  • Office buildings
  • Parking garages
  • Any location with access to power

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