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Video Surveillance Solutions in Wintery Conditions


Installing and maintaining video camera systems throughout winter comes with additional challenges posed by cold weather, snow and low-light to ensure they function optimally. ADI’s vast product assortment from leading brands ensures installers have the correct products for the environment they operate in. Below we look at specific camera requirements to be considered:

  1. Weatherproofing - To withstand cold temperatures and harsh weather conditions look for cameras with an IP67 or IP68 rating, the higher the IP rating the more extreme conditions the camera can withstand. Cable connections should also be weatherproofed by using suitable junction boxes.
  2. Low-Light Performance - With longer and darker nights cameras need to function in low-light conditions to maintain nighttime surveillance. Select cameras with infrared (IR) capabilities, IR cameras can capture quality images in complete darkness. Some cameras also now come with additional warm or white light modes which activate only when a subject is in view, this reduces the need for other supplementary light and reduces light pollution.
  3. Resolution and Quality - Opt for high-resolution cameras to capture clear and detailed imagery, even in snowy or dark conditions. Full HD (1080p) or even 4K or Ultra High Definition (UHD) cameras 3840x2160 pixels.
  4. Thermal Imaging - Consider incorporating thermal imaging cameras into your surveillance system. These cameras can detect heat signatures, making it easier to spot intruders or wildlife in the dark or during snowfall and extreme weather.
  5. Remote Access – Cloud connectivity and remote monitoring enables customers to monitor live and access recorded footage from a smartphone or computer, so monitoring can be done away from site.
  6. Installation and Maintenance – When installing cameras positioning is all important, winter throws in more positioning considerations. Installers should avoid potential obstructions due to snowfall and angle to avoid glare from reflective surfaces like snow and ice. Maintenance is especially important during winter to ensure components are working correctly and not hindered by the elements.
  7. Power and Back Up Power – Ensure your power supply is reliable as extreme cold can affect battery performance. Install back up power sources to ensure your video system continues to operate during power outages which can be more common in winter.


By addressing these considerations installers can ensure their customers are installing the correct video surveillance system for the environment and it remains effective and reliable throughout the winter season, helping to enhance security and surveillance for residential and commercial premises or public spaces.

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