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The Benefits of Long-Range CCTV for Large Sites and Empty Spaces

The Benefits of Long-Range CCTV for Large Sites and Empty Spaces
The Benefits of Long-Range CCTV for Large Sites and Empty Spaces

CCTV cameras are commonplace in many commercial environments – they’re proven to be a highly visible, highly effective form of advanced security.

However, a drawback of many standard CCTV cameras is that they have a limited scope of vision and may be unsuited to larger areas, expanses of land between a business and a perimeter, or open, empty spaces such as warehousing units or construction sites.

Combined with 24/7 alarm monitoring services, a set of CCTV cameras and the appropriate signage are a robust deterrent and can supplement the security protection provided by other controls such as guard patrols and alarm systems. But what about CCTV for large empty sites?

In this article, we explain the contrasts between conventional and long-range CCTV, why it adds an extra layer of protection to particular sites and layouts, and the types of CCTV assets you can implement to enhance the efficacy of your surveillance.


What Is Long-Range CCTV?

As the name suggests, a long-range CCTV camera can see over an extended field of vision. These cameras have a wider scope of coverage and the functionality to pan, tilt and zoom in and out (PTZ) to verify whether suspicious activity requires further attention.

For many businesses, a short-range camera is only suited to contained, smaller areas, such as an entry area or reception desk, an access gate to a business car park, or a secure room such as a server storage space.

Fixed CCTV cameras can be a great way to demonstrate that your site or facility is under surveillance. Still, if those cameras are limited, cannot cover blind spots, or don’t extend to the edges of your property boundary, they may have limited use.

As surveillance technology advances, there are a number of ways to introduce longer-range coverage to your security surveillance systems. Most long-range cameras are engineered for outdoor usage with casings, components and lenses that continue to function perfectly even during wet or stormy weather and with infrared vision to continue working throughout the night.

Unlike a generic indoor camera, a commercial-grade long-range CCTV unit has exceptionally high resolution. It can capture footage and images in crystal clear definition, even at a distance and in poor weather conditions.

What Types of CCTV Offer Long-Range Vision?

Our security consultants can provide more tailored recommendations on request. Still, the first step is to consider the area of the space you need to protect – and whether you need a surveillance set-up to provide comprehensive coverage around corners and the sides of buildings.

The next step is to think about resolution and whether you need CCTV to be functional around the clock, only during hours when your business is closed, or over weekends and evenings when the risk of thefts, intrusions and break-ins is commonly higher.

CCTV cameras with infrared vision use a built-in light which illuminates the scene being recorded. A long-range outdoor camera can record objects, vehicles, people and movements in complete darkness up to around 45-50 metres.

One of the most popular solutions is a solar powered CCTV Camera Tower, designed specifically for long-range coverage and without any reliance on a mains power connection.

Clearway CCTV Tower on site

These Solar-powered tower cameras are ideal for larger areas. They are used for events, development sites and open land, where the six-metre-high camera unit is distinctly visible to any prospective trespassers.

We combine a series of eight remote, wire-free PIR sensors in strategic locations around your site, facility or perimeter that integrate with your CCTV tower. This combination ensures that movement is detected up to an approximate 30-metre range, with each sensor able to be positioned up to 100 metres away from the tower.

If movement is detected, your CCTV system can zoom in, focus and capture the cause of the alert.

Can Long-Range CCTV Cameras Offer Advanced Functionality?

CCTV is often seen as a deterrent but can be a proactive way to stop an attempted break-in in its tracks or verify that an alarm activation was caused by harmless wildlife to avoid deploying security teams or emergency services unnecessarily.

Businesses, landowners, agricultural professionals and event managers commonly opt for rapid-deployment long-range CCTV towers since a smaller unit simply wouldn’t be appropriate to cover the full scope of their property. However, these innovative cameras also have optional additional smart features that broaden their use cases:

  • Automatic number plate recognition, or ANPR, is used for sensitive or restricted access bases and compounds alongside public facilities such as car parks and retail centres. Cameras can quickly raise an alert if a logged number plate is detected or be used to assist with investigations into vehicular thefts.
  • Analytical cameras utilise AI tech to help with enhanced safety protocols, tracking objects, movements and patterns, signalling an alarm when something happens that is outside of the norm, and prompting a security response when an object or piece of equipment is missing.
  • Introducing time-lapse recording ensures that site supervisors and managers can evaluate any changes between intervals, assisting with health and safety management, monitoring of environmental risks and other supervisory requirements.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss the relevance of advanced CCTV analytics for your business or site.

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What Are the Benefits of Long-Range CCTV Cameras?

Long-range CCTV cameras improve your security coverage and can capture recordings and images from a far greater distance than a standard CCTV unit, preventing criminal activity and recording evidence of an incident to help with further investigations or prosecutions.

Using CCTV cameras mounted at height, either on a mast, tower, or the side of your building, provides improved visibility where your cameras can oversee large areas of land or the full perimeter of a space, ensuring there are no blind spots or areas outside of the scope of coverage.

Installing one long-range CCTV camera is also considerably more cost-effective than investing in multiple cameras. It means that security supervisors or your monitoring service can manage one feed rather than splitting their time between numerous cameras.

Finally, a long-range camera designed for superior coverage provides fantastic versatility, whether you need to cover a car park, construction site, warehouse, event or open land with multiple potential mounting options depending on the risks you need to protect against.

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