Based on data from Florida DOT, the initial costs of a CCTV video camera site ranges from $16,550 to $27,550. Pole height, site spacing, and other design and maintenance issues factor into the life cycle costs.
Made Public Date
06/24/2004

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Florida
United States
Identifier
2004-00077
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Summary Information

This white paper includes an examination of design factors for closed-circuit television (CCTV) video camera sites and how the design and maintenance issues impact the life cycle costs. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) reviewed studies on this subject and collected information from similar projects in other states. Pole height and effect on camera system performance, site placement and spacing, coverage area, environmental impacts and use of camera lowering devices are detailed in the report.

The costs of several alternatives based on pole height and mounting with/without camera lowering devices are compared in the report. The table below detailing surveillance camera site cost data is excerpted from the report. The camera system consists of the camera assembly ($3,500), encoder ($4,000)1, and Ethernet switch ($2,000)1 for a total cost of $9,500. The fiber cost per site is $1,550 and includes: fiber optic splicing ($950), fiber optic termination ($300), and fiber optic drop and FDU ($300).
 

Description
Alternative 1: 47-Foot Mounting Height with no CLD
Alternative 2: 50-Foot Mounting Height with CLD
Alternative 3: 60-Foot Mounting Height with CLD
Alternative 4: 70-Foot Mounting Height with CLD
Camera System
$9,500
$9,500
$9,500
$9,500
Camera Pole
$3,000 2
$5,000
$6,000
$7,500
Camera Lowering Device
$3,000
$3,000
$3,000
Fiber Connection
$1,550
$1,550
$1,550
$1,550
Pole Site Installation
$2,500
$3,000
$5,000
$6,000
Per Camera Site Installed Cost
$16,550
$22,050
$25,050
$27,550

 


A simple life cycle cost comparison of each alternative was developed for a 10-mile highway segment using a 7-year project life (see table below). The useful life of a camera system is 7 years and for the camera lowering device an average of 25 years. The life cycle cost was calculated to correspond with the camera lifetime of 7 years. The report notes that the analysis is conservative and based on average costs provided by FDOT Districts. Additionally, the project calculations did not consider the time value of money, or consider quantifying user delays due to lane closure during maintenance.

 

 

Description
Alternative 1: 47-Foot Mounting Height with no CLD at ½-mile Intervals
Alternative 2: 50-Foot Mounting Height with CLD at ½-mile Intervals
Alternative 3: 60-Foot Mounting Height with CLD at ·-mile Intervals
Alternative 4: 70-Foot Mounting Height with CLD at ¾-mile Intervals
Site Density
203
20
15
13
Initial Site Cost Each
$16,550
$22,050
$25,050
$27,550
Total Project Initial Costs
$331,000
$441,000
$375,750
$358,150
Annual Maintenance Per Site
$3,6004
$5005
$5005
$5005
Total Maintenance, 7 Years
$504,000
$70,000
$52,500
$45,500
Total 7-Year Life Cycle Costs
$835,000
$511,000
$428,250
$403,650


As can be seen in the above table, the overall life cycle cost for the 70-foot mounting height is the lowest although the individual initial cost per camera site is the greatest. The cost savings are found in the fewer number of sites gained through the use of greater pole height, and in the use of camera lowering device.

Footnotes:
1 Source: Palm Beach County Contracting Pricing, Jack Hoffman.
2 Source: District 1, Peter Vega.
3 Based on ½-mile intervals as typical spacing for this mounting height as cited in various state DOT projects.
4 Information obtained from Transcore for seven FDOT Districts and District 2 separately.
5 Information obtained from American Dynamics; Transcore; Beaufort County; Mississippi; and Blackhawk Enterprises.

 

System Cost

Camera site, initial costs: $16,550 to $27,550. Camera system, life cycle costs: $403,650 to $835,000.