When it comes to security solutions for businesses, properties, assets, personnel, or infrastructure, there are a myriad of ways to go about it. Preventative measures can run the gamut from the latest technological advances like cameras and artificial intelligence to more traditional options like security guards and patrols.
Yet, what happens when what needs to be secured or protected is miles away in a remote area? Challenges in geographical terrain, distance, and access to reliable electricity that is limited or non-existent can all be problematic barriers to safeguarding valuable assets. As a result, the more secluded or rural the area, the more emboldened criminals can become. Often, the remoteness of these locations can be indicative of just how important the assets are. Hard to reach areas can include everything from critical infrastructure like water and energy sources and pipelines, to farmland and fisheries. Also, it can include barren areas turned into temporary construction sites before they are rapidly developed. It’s in these locations that continuous monitoring and security is most needed but it’s potentially the most logistically challenging and expensive.
In recent years, attacks on critical infrastructure is steadily rising. This can be attributed to soaring costs of materials like wires, copper, and other highly sought metals which can make them attractive targets. And that doesn’t even begin to measure the cost or impact of disabled or damaged systems that might affect services for customers.
Construction sites in remote areas are also subject to large scale theft of high-ticket items including utility vehicles, equipment, building supplies, and generators. According to the National Equipment Register, the U.S. construction industry loses about $1 billion dollars every year to theft. With so much equipment and construction vehicles that logistically need to be housed at the remote job sites they service; they can be sitting ducks for those looking to score big with minimal resistance.
However, that doesn’t mean that a remote location is a hopeless location when it comes to security. Many industries are finding solar powered security systems as an emerging solution with big advantages to help safeguard those areas off the beaten path which we will cover below.
One of the biggest challenges when it comes to surveillance and protecting remote areas is the lack of access to things we take for granted like electricity and internet connectivity. Mobile units that run on solar power energy are a standalone system that are easily mobilized and self-contained. By harnessing the power of the sun and converting it into electricity to run surveillance cameras and systems, it removes the need to rely on traditional power sources.
Additionally, it also eliminates the need for electrical cords or extraneous wires or cables—removing another access point where things can be damaged, compromised, or even tampered with.
Similarly, with wireless solar security systems, surveillance data doesn’t need to rely on internet connectivity to transfer images or videos. This can be a huge asset in many areas that have spotty, unreliable, or non-existent signals. Many off-grid solar security units can capture and transfer images with through remote accessibility. This ensures that the area is always monitored and protected.
Solar power is one of the fastest and largest growing sectors of alternative energies. Part of the allure is that it is a renewable energy source which makes it clean, reliable, and abundant. Advancements in solar panel integration in security systems ensures energy can be produced even in sub-optimal conditions. This allows power to be consistently produced even if it is cloudy or when the sun isn’t fully out. Additionally, solar power is easily transferred and stored in rechargeable batteries which permits energy to be constantly available during evening hours or days where solar energy isn’t readily produced.
This can be particularly useful during extreme weather conditions, power outages, and natural disasters. Solar energy and the ability to store it when needed assures you that your business and assets are protected 24/7 even if the power grid or electrical lines are affected or knocked out.
Solar energy is renewable and easily accessible. This helps us to avoid depleting fuel resources while keeping our carbon footprint low.
Another environmentally friendly impact solar security units provide is how they leave no trace. When a client no longer needs the unit or wants to move it to a different location, the unit can be packed up in minutes. It doesn’t leave wires, cement, or any other indication that it was there besides tire tracks.
There is a misconception that advanced technology is expensive technology. However, in many ways advances in technology can translate into more efficiencies and even more money in your pocket. We all know that renewable energy is more cost effective than conventional electricity sources and can add up to long-term savings. Yet, mobile security systems coupled with less wires and no reliance on traditional power grids and Wi-Fi networks, there is less installation, maintenance, and labor. This translates into less dollars spent. Furthermore, the ability to move the units and mobilize them with ease also gives you flexibility to meet your changing demands. When it comes to remote locations that are more temporary in nature, such as construction sites, it can be a savvy way to cut costs by not having to invest in expensive setups that will only need to be removed. With mobile units, it can simply be transported with minimal effort or fuss.
It's indisputable that remote locations have many disadvantages when it comes to security. However, commercial solar powered security solutions are certainly leveling the playing field and making it easier to monitor, secure, and protect assets than ever before. No longer are remote areas synonymous with unprotected areas for those looking for an easy target. Solar technology bridges the gap and reduces response times while providing reliable around the clock surveillance.