Security Systems Need to be Secure from Surges


In preparation for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, 60-mile walk, I have been training every weekend and mornings before work. As I was out for an early morning walk last week, a storm rolled in quickly with 75-mph winds and torrential rains. As I ran through the park, the sirens blared, warning me of the eminent threat from the lightning. I couldn’t help but notice the security camera mounted on the pole in the park next to the siren (and flashing lights).

When I got to work, I started thinking. The IEEE Emerald Book recommends that every copper conductor that penetrates a structure be properly surge protected. This includes high-voltage AC power and low-voltage data lines. Transients caused by lightning strikes usually get a lot of attention this time of year, especially on the high-voltage AC lines. However, the need to protect all susceptible low-voltage lines like CATV, telephone and data & network cables is just as critical. This includes those within a security camera system. The CAT5/6 network or coax cables that connect the cameras to the head end units and recording devices in a facility are often overlooked. But these can serve as a path for destructive backdoor transients in a facility.

I found this great solution. Emerson Network Power Surge Protection can cost effectively protect your security system investment with their EDCO Brand of surge protective devices (SPDs) which guard sensitive electronics and protect your investment from the devastating effects that surges can impose.

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One Response to Security Systems Need to be Secure from Surges

  1. w said on
    August 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Agreed on the need for protection, however with POE to cameras the task of providing full protection is more difficult. Products are available, but choose carefully.

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