What do retail stores and construction sites have in common? How about city fairs and shipping ports?
I’ll give you a hint: It starts with “securi-” and ends with “-ty.”
Each of these enterprises need flexible, reliable security solutions for a variety of situations, from deterring theft and other crimes to scanning a crowd for a missing child.
The LVT mobile security unit fills the gap in wireless security camera systems for businesses. This portable, self-contained setup doesn’t require utilities or Wi-Fi to operate, and contains cameras, loudspeakers, and strobe lights. It sends its message loud and clear: This location is not an easy target.
LVT Units can be used in all sorts of situations in a number of industries, but there are five industries in particular where this portable security unit really shines.
Security has been an issue in the retail industry for as long as retail has been around. Over the years, the stores have increased in size and scale, but the issues with theft and security have increased right along with them. Retail security systems can help address this problem, at least in part, as concerns about shrink continue to grow.
Customers’ retail experience begins and ends in the parking lot, so it stands to reason that security should do likewise. Unfortunately, parking lots are notoriously difficult to secure: they’re large, open, and often without utilities.
Designed for exactly such spaces, every LVT Unit is self-contained. It has solar panels as its main power source, it connects to the cloud through the cellular network, and its cameras are mounted directly to the unit. With its towering camera mounts and flashy (literally, since it has strobe lights) design, there’s nothing subtle about these mobile security units. They instantly set the tone for a safe shopping experience.
Fully deployed, LVT Units take the space of a single parking stall, allowing customers and employees to park as close to the cameras as they want to. A recent six-month study of two U.S. cities showed that shoppers felt safer and more confident when parked near an LVT Unit, and that’s not a result to be taken lightly.
“Ensuring customers and associates feel safe while in the parking lot is a sales enabler, and deploying technology to help in that effort is a brand enhancer,” said a senior manager in corporate asset protection.
Retailers using LVT Units reported a 70% decrease in parking lot incidents and a 69% decrease in shoplifting events.
Just as its name implies, critical infrastructure is—well—critical. The industry covers bridges, dams, energy, water, tunnels, pipelines, and more, keeping people healthy and society functioning. Naturally, this important role puts a large target on this industry: there are more than 100 attacks on critical infrastructure every year.
While critical infrastructure plays a vital role in everyday life, the bulk of the actual infrastructure tends to be out of sight in remote locations. Couple these remote locations with the attacks, and security becomes a major concern that seems difficult to address at first glance. Round-the-clock guards at every infrastructure point is unrealistic (not to mention insanely expensive), and these locations aren’t equipped for much of anything else.
That’s where the LVT Units come in: these mobile security units don’t require outside utilities to operate, and they don’t need a human counterpart on location with them. They’re able to work in remote areas on any terrain in just about any weather.
Thanks to the advanced detection and remote viewing capabilities available with these systems, users are notified immediately if something abnormal occurs within the perimeter, allowing them to check their livestream to know if law enforcement or other personnel need to be sent to the scene.
“Because our locations are so remote, response time for local law enforcement is the better part of an hour,” said Phil Brophy, the head of security services in the USA and Canada for ENEL North America. “The cameras not only give us a preliminary view so we can decide if we need to call the police, but also help us deter crime.”
Encompassing everything from police departments to governments to schools, the public sector might just be the most versatile industry on this list, and it has the diverse security needs to match.
Public places, such as parks, are meant for everyone to enjoy, but while they are meant to be community spaces for recreation and enjoyment, their open access and free spaces can be a magnet for unsavory activity.
Unfortunately, the open nature of parks pose similar problems to that of parking lots with unrestricted access and limited utilities. Fortunately, however, LVT Units work just as well in these public spaces, providing a self-contained, always active monitoring system. As many parks experience their darker side during nighttime hours, it’s important to note that LVT Units can be equipped with night vision and thermal vision, allowing the system to perform just as effectively in the dark.
Parks aren’t the only public space to attract trouble, though the next is more where you’d expect to find dirty dealings: the dump. Illegal dumping costs cities millions each year, but it is difficult to catch and monitor. While the signs advertising hefty fines for unauthorized use are a start, it’s awfully difficult to enforce without video evidence of who actually did the unauthorized dumping.
In addition to acting as regular fixtures in public spaces, LVT Units can be utilized as the mobile security units they are by being brought to wherever they might be needed.
As large, noticeable fixtures, the units instantly call attention to the fact that those in the area are on camera, prompting better behaviors all around. The presence of an LVT Unit can reduce crime by 62% and other unwelcome behaviors by 50%.
“LVT fills the monitoring gap that we had for significantly less than 24/7 human surveillance,” said Sgt. Peter Quittner, the emergency manager at Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
While law enforcement personnel work hard to secure events and other public gatherings, they aren’t always able to be everywhere, see everything, and do everything. Mobile security helps to bridge some of that gap, particularly when the event is thousands of people large, such as a state fair or other festival.
The units can even be used in the case of a missing child, with the operator scanning a much larger area much more quickly than people in the thick of the crowds would be able to do.
Owning property—especially property currently in development—sounds like a profitable move, until you take into consideration all the risks you own with it. Presenting themselves as easy marks, empty lots, commercial spaces, and quiet construction sites tend to attract trespassers, vandals, and thieves.
In fact, the construction industry, which is a particularly high-value target, loses up to a billion dollars in just equipment thefts every year.
While a number of security measures can be taken to protect those assets left in the open, the addition of a construction site camera—especially one obviously placed—can help deter theft and vandalism drastically.
“We have millions of dollars worth of equipment in a very remote location,” said David Boyden, a managing partner at Wohali Partners. “It is a high target for general malfeasance, but because of LiveView Technologies, we have had zero vandalism.”
Using advanced detection, LVT Units instantly alert the proper parties in the case of unusual activity, allowing them to respond quickly. Even faster, however, is the unit’s own response, instantly blaring lights and loudspeakers that often serve to scare off any intruders.
LVT Units augment perimeter security as well as support any in-person security teams already in place. In the unfortunate event a crime still occurs, all footage captured by the cameras is stored safely in the cloud, ready to serve as evidence.
The presence of mobile security units can help resolve liability claims and meet insurance requirements as needed. The available time lapse function can even serve as a marketing tool or a project progression gauge.
The transportation industry—covering everything from logistics and warehouses to ports and trucking—is constantly on the move. With all of that coming and going of valuable merchandise, however, comes the very real risk of merchandise being moved by the wrong parties.
Despite what the Fast and the Furious would have you believe, most thefts in the transportation industry don’t occur while the goods are already in motion; rather, the thefts occur at the stops in between.
With so much product constantly moving in and out of the scene, it makes sense that the best warehouse security system solution would also be mobile. Able to move as shipments take up different spaces on the property, LVT Units can be placed in the best vantage points for each project, letting someone who isn’t concerned with the immediate task of moving inventory keep an eye out for security risks. The LVT Units can be positioned to target key access points as well as the main center of activity to watch each incoming and outgoing shipment.
These units also increase the safety of drivers and workers, monitoring areas for any suspicious activity and acting as a deterrent to unwanted behaviors.
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