It’s a given that security systems need some sort of power source in order to function. It’s not a given that you will already have a power source readily available when you go to install your new security system—especially if you need security cameras in remote areas like parking lots or construction sites.
But for every problem, there is a solution. In this case, the answer to those power source woes is the hottest commodity in our solar system: the sun itself.
Solar-powered surveillance cameras have revolutionized the way we protect our businesses, allowing us to bypass traditional infrastructure, save money, and do our part to go green in the process.
To shine a light on why solar is the future of business security, we’re exploring four reasons why you should consider using solar power in your security system setup.
Security cameras are all about connection: the ability to connect with your security camera’s video feed makes a world of difference in your ability to secure your property.
Traditional security systems wired into the power grid may be able to connect you to your camera feeds, but they also have the unfortunate side effect of needing too much connection: the wires that keep those cameras connected to electrical power require costly infrastructure and are difficult and expensive to reposition.
Mobile security camera units equipped with solar panels, on the other hand, allow you to remain connected to your video feeds while removing the physical tethering of wires. Solar panels enable to you to place your unit anywhere the sun shines without the need for costly infrastructure. The self-contained nature of solar-powered mobile security units eliminates the massive expense and headache of running power lines to anywhere you might need a camera—something that is especially helpful if you need to reposition that camera for any reason.
The mobility and flexibility of solar-powered units is particularly helpful when it comes to securing remote areas, parking lots, construction sites, and event grounds.
If you are looking for a completely free-standing solution when choosing your security system, be sure to check that your solar-powered surveillance camera is able to connect directly with the cloud via cellular connection instead of depending on Wi-Fi.
The mobility of mobile security cameras is convenient in terms of time savings and flexibility, but it also offers massive cost savings in terms of installation, maintenance, and power bills.
Without the need for infrastructure connecting your security system to the power grid, you save on labor, equipment, and materials that would otherwise be needed to get your system up and running. (You also won’t lose business by having to block off your parking lot for weeks during installation.) You don’t need a professional installation team (LVT Units can be fully deployed within minutes), and you aren’t stuck with major renovations if you need to change your camera’s positioning.
Maintenance costs go down thanks to durable, weather-resistant systems like LVT Units, and limited external wiring means fewer replacements and fewer opportunities for tampering.
And, while they do require the upfront investment of the solar panels themselves, solar-powered systems draw their energy from free sunshine—meaning your increased security won’t increase your monthly power bill.
For security systems, reliability is imperative. Any minute your system isn’t working is a minute too long, which is a major problem for security systems reliant on the power grid when it comes to power outages.
If there’s one certainty in life, it’s that the sun will rise in the morning and set in the evening. (Or at least by the time it doesn’t, we’ll be long gone.) Granted, there are certainly cloudy days and short winter days to consider, but quality solar panels should still be able be able to produce power even on the less sunny days.
Solar-powered surveillance cameras are designed to be energy efficient and should come with battery storage to keep the cameras operating even during the night. (If you are worried about long periods of inclement weather and other less-than-ideal conditions, LVT offers the addition of a smart generator for just such situations.)
It’s hard to think of a more sustainable and renewable resource than the sun, making solar energy an optimal choice for companies looking to go green. Relying on solar panels to power your security system rather than the traditional power grid allows your company to reduce its carbon footprint, and, by extension, the carbon footprint of humanity in general.
By using solar-powered mobile security cameras, you also avoid burning even more fossil fuels via heavy machinery during the infrastructure process.
Interested in your own cost-saving, environmentally friendly mobile security unit? Contact LVT today. Each LVT Unit is equipped with the full package: security cameras, camera mounts, cellular connectivity, and—of course—solar panels.