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What You Need To Know About Harsh Climates and SPDs

Harsh Climates and SPDs

Surge protection starts with protecting your outdoor devices from damaging surges. When most people think about which devices need surge protection, they imagine a lightning strike hitting their security camera or light fixture and destroying it, perhaps even sending a massive surge along the network and damaging or destroying other essential devices. Though lightning strikes are a less common source of surges, considering the weather is a necessary part of choosing a surge protective device (SPD) to ensure the safety of your outdoor devices.

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MOV vs. SAD vs. GDT

MOV vs SAD vs GDTWhen evaluating surge protection for your networked devices, its essential to choose the right product to do each individual job. There is more to surge protection than simply hooking up a device – in fact there are several different types of surge protection, each engineered with differing core components performing the “dirty work” of dissipating surges away from your critical devices. The three most commonly found core components are MOVs, SADs, and GDTs; most surge protectors are built around one of these three and are defined by the capabilities of that component. There are also hybrid, multi-stage models available that contain multiple components for better coverage.

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Surge Protection for the Healthcare Industry

18-Healthcare-sm.jpgFrom heartrate monitors to medication pumps, much of what keeps patients alive and healthy in hospitals is dependent on a steady flow of power. However, there are other critical systems in healthcare facilities that require the highest level of protection from power disruptions as well – the video surveillance and access control systems. Should these stop functioning, the results could be catastrophic or even fatal. For that reason, it is essential in healthcare facilities to protect these systems from damaging power spikes and surges.

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Risks and Liabilities Associated with Downtime in Stadiums

Stadium Lighting Surge ProtectionStadiums and other event venues are complex facilities, featuring multiple systems that all must work in tandem during concerts, sporting events, conventions, and any other large scale public gathering. A stadium needs lighting systems, security, point-of-sale, ticket collection, video displays, and many other systems in order to create the right environment for fans, players, performers and personnel. A power surge that damages electronic systems can be catastrophic for the stadium, causing interruptions, downtime and destruction of equipment.

Should one of these systems go down, it creates issues beyond the loss of the system functionality. A point-of-sale system not functioning during an event means that sales cannot go through, resulting in massive losses in revenue from concessions and merchandise. Should ticket collection mechanisms not properly function, tickets could be counted inaccurately, resulting in unauthorized persons sneaking into an event or authorized persons not being granted access.

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IP Camera Dealers Checklist

16 IP Checklist smAs an IP camera dealer, you work with clients who come to you for help in protecting their organizations. While you might recommend a networked video surveillance system integrated with other systems to provide a complete solution for your client, you would be remiss if you do not also advise them about surge protection. Every device that runs on power is susceptible to power surges and spikes, but networked devices like IP cameras are at an even greater risk as they are connected to other vulnerable devices as well. Surge events can damage or destroy expensive cameras, cause costly or hazardous downtime and increase risk by disabling your clients’ security measures.

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Protecting Your Warehouse from a Meltdown

15 Meltdown smMany businesses that need to keep a large array of merchandise on hand maintain and operate immense warehouses with significant infrastructure requirements. For many of these warehouses, refrigeration is an essential function to keep produce and other fragile products fresh. With advanced refrigeration technology these devices now have a great deal of complex operability—some can maintain temperature to a tenth of a degree, allowing storage of much more delicate products, and many are now networked to enable remote management and monitoring.

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Know Your Surge Protection Terminology

14 Terminology smPicking the right surge protectors for the valuable electronic equipment you depend on throughout your organization can be a challenging process. The first step is having a thorough understanding of what type of surge protection is necessary for each of your systems, and what devices can provide the protection you require.

Learning the terminology can help you to make an informed decision about which surge protectors will provide optimal protection for your devices and give you peace of mind that they will continue to operate and not be damaged in the event of a surge or spike in power.

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Tips for Deciding Between Non-Modular and Modular Surge Protectors

12 electrician smallWhen protecting your critical devices from power surges, choosing the correct surge protector is the first step. It’s important to consider surge protection as a preventative measure, preserving the functionality of both your devices and the systems they run on. Downtime is costly for all systems, and a surge event can cause long-lasting downtime by damaging or destroying devices-- and networked devices can carry that surge through an entire system.

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Three Tips to Reduce Downtime for the Surveillance Industry

13 Three Tips smWhen surveillance systems experience a power surge, there are three possible negative outcomes: damage, destruction, and downtime. Video surveillance systems are under constant attack-- not just by criminals with evil intent, but by fluctuations of power. Surges can come from a multitude of sources-- lightning strikes are actually by far the least common source, and surge events are mostly caused by normal fluctuations of power. Virtually every video surveillance camera is at constant risk of going out of service temporarily, or permanently. As video surveillance becomes more and more integrated into the everyday workings of your business, it’s essential to keep downtime to a minimum, and to do so, you must protect your devices and your system from surges.

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Protecting Your IP Surveillance Cameras

10 Protecting you IP Surveillance SystemAs intelligent, networked IP cameras become the industry standard, protecting them from damage and downtime has become a crucial part of any security system. IP cameras can deliver constant analytic information, such as the routes customers take through a store, in addition to providing the round-the-clock surveillance necessary for protecting your business. Should an electrical surge event occur, unprotected cameras can easily become damaged and require maintenance or replacement, which is costly both in price and in downtime of critical systems. It is more necessary than ever to safeguard the consistent functionality of your IP cameras by installing surge protection.

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