Making mistakes when designing a perimeter surveillance system can be costly. However, many of the most costly mistakes can be the easiest to overcome. This infographic highlights a few tips to help make your camera design successful.
Consider the Terrain
In addition to obvious obstructions such as trees and buildings, do not forget to consider terrain variations, such as rolling hills, ditches, culverts and even fences.
Understand Your Camera
Selection of a camera is often the easiest and most difficult aspect of the design. Understand the lens, resolution and imager size.
A Camera Worksheet is Key
Capture equipment and mounting details in a simple camera worksheet and keep it updated. It will save hours of time both during and after installation.
Get an Image
A picture is worth a thousand words. If possible, try to get an image from each proposed camera location, mimicking the intended view.
Use a Camera Layout Tool
Use Google Earth, Autocad, PowerPoint or a vendor supplied tool. The objective is to get a visual representation of the perimeter protection.
Look to the Future
Plan for growth…real growth. How is that sampling going to impact your design in 5 years? Does the facilities department plan to add a shed next year?
Don’t Get Stuck in the Dark
The limiting range factor in all perimeter designs occurs in the evening hours. The choice of thermal, IR or ambient illumination will determine the maximum detection range.
Check Your Blind Zone
Every camera has a blind zone which must be addressed by a second camera. Most blind zone mistakes occur at the corners of the perimeter.
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