Site survey considerations

Site survey framework

When planning your surveillance system, the physical location and the customer’s needs make up two of the building blocks of the site survey. A joint review with the customer of the existing security procedures and rules can help you identify areas for improvement. Doing a risk assessment to identify surveillance needs is a requirement, but it will also help you identify what the customer is trying to prevent and/or protect.

Other building blocks of the site survey include defining the overall requirements, specific areas to monitor and why, and the necessary levels of security. Another important aspect is the current infrastructure, such as the existing equipment, available lighting, cabling, and camera mounting conditions.

The site survey helps you identify areas of interest, some of them which may have been overlooked by the customer. Typical areas to monitor include the following:

  • Entrances
  • Emergency exits
  • Car and pedestrian gates
  • Cashier areas
  • ATM machines
  • Waiting areas & lines
  • Reception areas
  • Loading bays & delivery entrances
  • Hallways
  • Perimeter areas, fences, windows
Camera selection and positioning