For the construction industry, jobsite cameras provide workers in the office with insight as to what is going on at a job. These images and video could, however, offer up more value in the form of data, linking this content with other systems in the office.

There are a number of reasons construction cameras are used on a job: improved communication, and the ability for contractors to watch the jobsite, being among them. But, even more than that, many construction companies are also giving project stakeholders access to the footage, allowing them to keep an eye on the progress of the job.

For example, the OxBlue, www.oxblue.com, Atlanta, Ga., Construction Cameras are being used during construction of the Deep Green Residence Hall at Kentucky’s Berea College, www.berea.edu, St. Berea, Ky. In this case, the cameras are being used to keep donors informed throughout the build.

But rather than simply viewing the images and video, what if this data could be integrated into operations and financial systems in the office as well, tying photos and videos to ERP (enterprise-resource planning)?

Computer Guidance Corp., www.computerguidance.com, Scottsdale, Ariz., and OxBlue look to answer this question with an integrated product offering that has live views of projects, alongside a financial summary.

Yesterday, the companies announced a partnership to integrate the OxBlue construction camera technology with Computer Guidance’s business operations dashboard, which gives project managers, jobsite superintendents, and other stakeholders a view of the financial performance of the project.

Now, with the integrated capabilities, users will be able to view both current and historical views of jobsite progress, as well as financial data, through the operations dashboard.

In addition to comparing videos and photos of the financial data, construction cameras additionally give construction teams the ability to improve project management, communication, and documentation on a job.

For construction teams looking for an easy setup, TrueLook, www.truelook.com, Winston-Salem, N.C., announced last week a cellular construction Webcam. Construction companies can use a cellular Webcam on jobsites with or without Internet connection. This particular camera’s footage can be viewed and controlled remotely via any device with TrueLook’s cloud-based software, and works with both Sprint, www.sprint.com, Overland Park, Kan., and Verizon Wireless, www.verizonwireless.com, Basking Ridge, N.J. One of the big benefits of a cellular Webcam is the easy setup, according to TrueLook.

The content gathered from construction cameras could offer new opportunities for construction companies, especially when the data is tied into backoffice processes.