Evolving Site Surveys: Traditional vs Remote


A site survey is an important step that needs to be conducted before any installation work takes place. It provides a comprehensive report as to the current status of the site, and what the requirements will be for a successful project implementation to take place. This contributes to the overall efficiency and productivity of the process to ensure the most appropriate use of time and resources. Site survey specialists are trained professionals who have the skills, experience, methodology, and equipment to do the job. 

Traditional and Wireless Site Surveys  

The process of surveying the site prior to deployments, installations or general work has been a standard process in order to effectively evaluate the site before any additional investment. This procedure helps the team to understand the parameters they will be working under, and also to gather as many details as possible for planning purposes. Items that help in this endeavor include geographically referenced photos to help the team visualize the site.  Traditional site survey methods involve on-site visits by field service specialists, however, more methods are being tested to potentially bypass this approach altogether.  

Site Surveys the Traditional Way

For a traditional site survey, a specialist physically visits the site in question to conduct a thorough evaluation of the location. They use various pieces of equipment to make topographical surveys, visualizations, calculations, all to put together in a survey report. This can include trained surveyors conducting access point placement determinations and testing. They identify, verify, and analyze the site’s current status and what will be required for a deployment or installation to be implemented successfully.

Survey reports summarize all requirements, explain potential RF interference sources, and recommend installation areas. Comprehensive services may also include signal coverage testing and performance testing. Site surveyors coordinate with project managers and the client to relay back the findings from the survey so that the team can put together a plan of action with an appropriate timeframe.

Modern Site Surveys Emerge

There are new developments that are cited in the site surveillance niche market. According to PR Newswire, two global leaders in manufacturing and technology have recently launched another technological breakthrough. The partnership between DJI and Datumate aims to deliver site surveys through a fully automated solution.


Numerous site surveyors and project managers are now opting for more modern approaches to site surveys by integrating their systems with modern and advanced technology to boost the quality, speed, and accuracy of their work. Modern site surveillance tools include drones, software, and app packages to expedite survey work and minimize costs. The use of emerging technology or existing technology used for different purposes, such as drones, apps, and software simplifies the surveying task and mapping procedures. Most importantly, they maintain accuracy while conducting the survey remotely. Aerial-imaging companies have designed a solution that could generate site visualizations, working models, analytics, and planning with cost effective digitized methods.

Site Survey Innovations for Business Network Connectivity

Increasing numbers of businesses are becoming the beneficiaries of modern wireless site surveys. In Lancaster, PA, site survey specialists conducted a comprehensive diagnosis of business wireless networks and connectivity using hardware and software tools. According to recent news, site surveillance also identifies dead zones, network capacity as well as optimal access points.

Traditional site surveys are still widely used for site evaluation, however, the development of hardware, software, and devices to cover the majority of the work remotely will drastically improve efficiency.  Developments in wireless technology will allow clients, project managers and site surveyors to conduct surveys more quickly, across more sites, while still maintaining an accuracy of reporting.  The innovation and adoption of this kind of technology will also allow reduction of costs associated with traditional approaches, to the benefit of client and customer alike. 

There are many benefits to the company of using a ‘white label’ provider to offer additional services to its customers.  Working with a partner to develop or deliver additional services includes:

·         Reduced costs (or none) of development

·         Speed-to-market

·         Learning new skill sets and market knowledge

·         Keeping focus on core offerings

·         Adding value to the customer

A ‘white label’ partner is often smaller, more nimble, and/or has a different core focus than the primary company.  If the company would like to deliver Security Services, but their core offering is around networks, they won’t already have security experts.  Some might argue that they need to build the offering themselves, but the go-to-market process for an in-house offering, often due to red tape and budgets, would likely be months if not over a year.  Another argument is that the service offering is already a proven commodity to the provider, with existing staff, who have the technical experience and the marketing knowledge to deliver effectively. 

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