GovComm outdoor network cameras are designed to protect against power surges and transients when installed correctly. Part of the design is a shielded network cable between the power sourcing equipment (i.e. AC powered power injector with ground connection) and the camera to ensure for a path for the power surge to reach ground.
The installation of GovComm cameras using a shielded cable and properly grounded power sourcing equipment has been tested to comply with industry immunity standards levels such as surge protection.
For installation on a building, the camera must be bonded (that is, provided with a low impedance connection) to the building’s structural earth ground system. For installation on a metal pole with a proper ground system at the base, the camera must be bonded to the pole. For installation on a non-grounded or insulated support, the camera must be grounded with an adequate ground strap or wire between the camera and a nearby ground system, or to a ground system installed at the base of the support. Failure to adequately ground the camera may lead to failure of the camera. This applies to low voltage (i.e. PoE cameras) as well as to 115 VAC cameras.
It is always recommended to use a “clean” power source such as an uninterrupted power supply that also blocks surges and stabilizes transients.
Failures due to surges are not covered by the warranty, as they are not due to defects in material or workmanship, and it is the installer’s responsibility to meet these grounding requirements.
Cameras sold as “IP66 rated” and / or “outdoor” are the only cameras that can be installed in uncontrolled environments. Any outdoor installation of a camera that is not specifically rated for outdoor use will void the warranty and leave the unit at risk.