There is no doubt wireless technology has permeated a variety of industries where cable data transmission used to be the standard. The same is true for how data is transferred from an elevator camera. While wireless technology may not be wholly adapted, it provides a number of benefits which traditional coaxial cables simply cannot provide.
One of the significant impacts the wireless elevator camera has made it is in terms of the initial installation cost. Installing a conventional coaxial cable for elevator security typically requires a minimum of three installers and will take 3 to 4 hours to complete. A wireless elevator camera can easily be installed by two people and often be accomplished within one hour. Along with lowering the installation cost, the initial acquisition cost is lower as well. Not only is the need for coaxial cable within the elevator shaft eliminated, a wireless elevator camera can eliminate the need for coaxial cable running to the security station as well.
Another significant difference can be seen in the average maintenance and repair cost of an elevator camera network. With a wireless elevator camera, the only maintenance is cleaning off the infrared lens on the data receiver once every two or three years. Additionally, there is no increased cost based upon the operation range because no cable has to be maintained or installed. With a traditional coaxial cable system, there are a number of maintenance and repair costs which are incurred. Not only is a regular maintenance check necessary, coaxial cable is easily damaged during regular elevator operation by the he created through friction. It is estimated that cable damage will occur once every eight months. Additionally, the height of the elevator shaft raises so do the standard maintenance and repair costs.
A final issue which wireless elevator camera technology has improved is overall safety. Coaxial cables can easily crack which causes intermittent video signal drops. This eliminates the possibility of a completely secure and monitored elevator. Additionally, poorly installed coaxial cable can become tangled with the elevator traveling cables which poses a significant safety risk. An added bonus of wireless elevator camera technology is the ability to receive DVD quality video transmission with no latency.
While wireless elevator camera technology has not been fully adapted within every establishment, its popularity is increasing quickly. In most cases, current coaxial cameras are replaced by their wireless counterparts during regular maintenance intervals because that is when the significant cost savings becomes evident.