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On Better Security Management: Power and the Environment

As video surveillance becomes an integral part of the contemporary world, uninterrupted power sources are more vital than ever. Although it is now common place to install CCTV cameras in public and private spaces, system vulnerability to power surges, spikes and blackouts is often overlooked.  In Australia, lightning strikes especially pose a threat to electronics. According to the National Climate Centre in Melbourne, 55% of Australian annual lightning registrations are recorded between the months of December and February alone. So how can you protect your security system from electrical damage, especially during monsoon season? This is where UPS comes into play. 

What is a UPS?

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is an electrical device that supplies back up power from its internal battery in case of an outage or voltage drop. The UPS will protect your equipment long enough to safely shut down. UPS run times vary and depend on the size and design of the device and the type of CCTV cameras in use.

Why does your CCTV system need a UPS?

Since security system components are electrically sensitive, your system is at risk anytime the regular power current is disrupted. Additionally, surveillance systems rarely feature a backup battery due to increased power requirements. As such, your system may have already been damaged without your knowledge, posing a serious safety threat. A UPS can easily solve this problem. In the event of an unexpected power failure, the UPS will provide short term power to your cameras and digital or network video recorders, i.e., where your video capture is stored and managed. Even if your camera itself is damaged, the video recorder will be saved. It is also recommended to connect your Internet modem and router to the UPS to make sure you can remotely access your security system at all times.

What are additional benefits of UPS?

  • Automatic reset for video recorders
  • Avoidance of downtime
  • Extra battery runtime
  • Notification in case of power outage (if available)
  • Reduced cost of repairs and replacements
  • Uninterrupted monitoring
  • Voltage regulation

How can Ultimate Security safeguard your security system?

Ultimate Security partners with leading brands within the industry to deliver appropriate security solutions. Since we strongly advocate the concept of surge protection, we supply and install a variety of the latest UPS back up units to suit your needs and ensure that your system remains online 24/7. Contact us today for more information.