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Weather the Storm

There are several things to take into account when you are planning the installation of a CCTV system. We have talked about the design of a system before and being sure we take into consideration all factors before we invest in a system. However, there is one thing that I think we overlooked in that previous article that came to light over the past couple of weeks. It came to light when I was discussing with one of my customers that lives in a traditionally warm climate, even in the winter. His problem? They were having unusually cold weather for the area and he had several cameras that went down. The problem was when they were planning their system, they were looking for it to perform under “normal” conditions. Well, he now had conditions that were not “normal” and his customer was paying the price.

When planning a system and making decisions for outdoor cameras, take into account the worst conditions that the cameras may have to perform under. If you do this, you will not have the problem described above. There are two ways to accomplish this. One is to make sure the bullet or dome camera you choose has a rating to meet the worst possible conditions that could arise. Another choice, which is my choice, is to use a box camera with a weatherproof housing with a built in heater and blower. Not only do you get the flexibility that comes with a box camera and being able to choose the lens that meets your needs, but for about $30 dollars, you can weather almost any storm.

Brian Merritt

1 Comment

  1. Anthony Fost on February 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    The box camera and blower/heater housing combo is the best way to go. This is especially true if the cameras are going to be mounted in an extremely cold environment. Most analog cameras will not operate under 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

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