Outdoor CCTV Systems

Outdoor CCTV systems feature cameras specially designed to endure the elements, such as harsh weather, vandalism and tampering attempts. Like indoor CCTV systems, these systems have the capacity to support numerous cameras wired to a central indoor location for recording, viewing and analyzing video. Closed circuit television is a reliable technology that the security industry has depended upon for decades. Modern technology enables CCTV systems to analyze video and perform other advanced functions.

The main thing that separates outdoor CCTV cameras from their indoor counterparts is the housing in which they are encased. IP66 and IP67-rated housing protects exterior cameras from rain, humidity, corrosive environments, dust, snow and wind. IP66 and IP67-rated housings are dust-tight and extremely water resistant. IP67 provides the utmost in water protection, as it protects the camera even when immersed in water. Many outdoor CCTV cameras can operate in extreme temperatures and some high-end models feature built-in heaters and blowers to prevent fogging. Also, outdoor CCTV cameras are built durable, making them suitable for areas especially at risk for camera tampering or vandalism. Dome style cameras are especially resistant to vandalism and tampering attempts, and some fixed CCTV cameras are available with optional outdoor casing.

Many outdoor CCTV cameras are capable of day/night video with infrared (IR) technology. An IR cut filter enables a camera to produce color video during the day and black and white video in low light and complete darkness. Using near infrared light invisible to the human eye, day/night cameras are ideal for variable light conditions and around the clock surveillance. Additionally, some day/night CCTV cameras come with integrated IR lights to bolster night surveillance capabilities.

Outdoor CCTV camera systems are well-suited for monitoring the exterior of buildings, parking lots and entry ways. Exterior cameras can be placed visibly to help encourage security and deter illicit activity, or they can be placed to provide discreet surveillance. Outdoor CCTV cameras are ideal for retail, home, businesses and other applications where reliable surveillance and a low start up cost are priorities. Additionally, outdoor CCTV systems can be used for hazardous indoor scenarios, such as warehouses, laboratories and industrial sites.

In addition to rugged cameras, outdoor CCTV camera systems require one or more monitors, cabling and a digital voice recorder (DVR). Operators use monitors to view video footage from an indoor monitoring station. Coaxial cabling transmits data from to a DVR, enabling it to record video. DVRs are essentially computer hard disks which convert analog video data into digital video data, making storage easier and faster to search as well as more space efficient. In addition to storing data, DVRs are preloaded with software for archiving and analyzing video. Some DVRs enable users to access video remotely over the internet through a web browser or cell phone.

Outdoor CCTV systems offer video surveillance in tough conditions. Durable housing, IR technology, and digital conversion make these systems incredibly capable while still maintaining the virtues of CCTV video surveillance: affordability and reliability.