No matter how much we have progressed technologically in recent years, there’s only so much you can do to prepare for a chilly winter, whether it comes in the form of blizzards, sleet, or sub-zero temperatures. At best, ice and snow can be a mild travel annoyance, but at worst, valuable assets such surveillance equipment can malfunction or even become destroyed.

Thanks to advances in surveillance technology, businesses can save on repair and replacement costs by installing cameras that are able to withstand colder temperatures and moisture from winter storms.

Traditionally, when winter-related weather strikes a surveilled area, all bets are off in terms of monitoring business assets. Unless security cameras are specifically designed to withstand harsh weather, they could not provide high-quality video footage during heavy rain, sleet, snow or hail. Worse, outdoor cameras were frequently casualties of the storm.

Many newer video cameras can provide reliable monitoring even during the harshest storms. For one, the move from SD to HD and beyond has dramatically improved image quality. Improvements in low light performance, infrared illumination and wide dynamic range have greatly improved the ability to capture detail in challenging lighting conditions as storms impact street lighting. Elements that would have rendered the image practically useless in the past are now captured in crisp HD video. Many also have thermal imaging capabilities to provide high-quality images in even in the absence of lighting or in icy or foggy conditions.

There are camera models specifically built to function effectively in a wide range of operating temperatures and with fortified mounts that provide reliable protection against strong wind gusts. They are also designed to withstand ingress of moisture and rain. Some models can operate down at very low temperatures with heaters and blowers that also enable low temperature cold starts and de-icing.

What’s more, the switch from analog to IP Video Management Systems allows operators to monitor video footage remotely, which means that security and physical asset professionals don’t need to be on-site near inclement or dangerous weather, which allows them to monitor the situation safely.

With a keener understanding of how winter storms can impact video security assets on the ground, governments and businesses can adopt rugged surveillance solutions that stand up to the extremes of cold weather, continuing to protect people and property when it is most needed.

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