The Future of Construction Site Security

The Future of Construction Site Security

Technology set to enhance site security in time ahead

The Future of Construction Site SecurityAdvanced alarm systems and flexible CCTV equipment have already made a big difference to construction site security, but as with many industries the march of technology is set to have a significant impact in years to come.

Technologies such as AI (Artificial Intelligence), IoT (Internet of Things) and Big Data will likely have a role to play in helping construction companies guard and protect their sites.

Camera technology

CCTV tech has already moved on apace with highly sophisticated and versatile CCTV cameras in use by specialists providing construction site security, but this is an area set to benefit from technological advancement.

It’s possible that more construction sites will benefit from cameras designed to cover multiple uses, such as being able to detect movement, and thus possible threats through providing a complete 360℃ panorama of the area.

Fast action pan, tilt and zoom functions will help follow the incidents and these types of cameras – through being multi-function and omni directional – will mean fewer of them are needed per site to cover the area, so involving less cabling and ongoing maintenance work.

Higher resolution cameras are already in use; expect this tech to improve still further.

Software advances

Tech such as AI, incorporating machine learning means the systems that operate cameras remotely and process images will involve more automation and will also be able to account for certain factors that might otherwise lead to false positives – the flagging of intruder incidents that turn out to be nothing suspicious.

There will likely be improvements in software control for the CCTV cameras and facilities such as alerts being made when movements against certain pre-defined parameters are detected.

For example, a routine foot patrol or ‘known’ site entry – a scheduled late night delivery or similar – won’t set alerts off since the system ‘learns’ what’s acceptable and what should be reported through machine learning and AI.

Faster data speeds and IoT

The advent of faster data such as 5G makes transmission of information including high resolution video footage quicker and so easier to view and act on, and faster data means more efficient integration of security equipment devices that can ‘talk’ to each other through IoT.

Face recognition

This tech is already in general use in smartphones, and it could feature in construction site security as cameras become more sophisticated.

It means site access could be controlled quickly and easily allowing approved people in and checking them out whether by day or night. It will also provide high quality images of facial close ups for evidence in the event of a site break in.

Data and the cloud

High resolution film uses considerable storage space, and big data means more information is collected and recorded such as movement logs and footage, so an efficient and economical way to store huge amounts of information is necessary.

The cloud is already a popular option for organisations storing an ever-growing pile of data; it could figure more in site security monitoring and archiving.

Site management

Advances in construction site security means tech such as CCTV can become more than a security facility and more an overall site management system; the tech can control day to day access quickly and easily such as through face recognition as discussed above.

Access to certain areas of the site can be controlled quickly and easily such as opening up a section when a delivery is made, securing it again after, and building an easily-accessible video ‘library’ of comings and goings and other incidents that can be used to assess security and evidence of wrong doing.


Possible ways construction site security might evolve in months and years to come; advances in CCTV and use of major tech such as AI, machine learning and IoT.



The Future of Construction Site Security