CCTV Maintenance, Camera Systems Need Maintenance Too
Everyone has had something break and has had to repair it. In many cases the repair of the machine can nearly exceed the cost of a new one. The repair or replacement of the part that failed causes downtime increases costs and provides frustration to the owner. CCTV systems are no different. CCTV maintenance reduces costs and eliminates both downtime and frustration.
Your car requires periodic preventative maintenance; you change the oil and filters. You follow the service recommendations in the owners’ manual. This is periodic maintenance. The CCTV system needs periodic CCTV maintenance also. The mounts that the cameras and monitors are hung from need to be inspected to insure bolts are tight and the mount is safe. The camera housing needs to be inspected to insure that it is watertight. The fan for cooling the inside of the housing and the heater to heat the housing must be checked to make sure that they are working properly. A camera that becomes too hot or too cold will have a shorter lifespan than one that is kept in proper operating temperatures.
The video signal from cameras can be compromised if the cables that are exposed to the environment are not inspected periodically. The insulation on the cables can become cracked and broken allowing rain or moisture to enter the cable and change the characteristics of the cable. The head end equipment must be cleaned and the heads on the video tape recorders cleaned. Should the heads on the recorder become clogged there will be no video signal transferred to the tape and consequently the tape will be blank. Dust and dirt can cause vent holes to be clogged and cooling fans to overheat. This also leads to a shorter service life of the equipment.
Most providers of CCTV systems will offer their client a CCTV maintenance contract. This maintenance contract will include periodic inspections of the equipment and a thorough cleaning of the equipment. Just as a car requires periodic preventative maintenance so does the CCTV system. The CCTV maintenance contract will also provide for no/low cost replacement of any component in the system that fails.
Choosing a CCTV maintenance contract is a valuable asset for the owner of the CCTV system. The cost of the maintenance contract is often far less than the cost of the replacement of the component that failed. With a CCTV maintenance contract in place the owner of the CCTV system can be certain that not only is his equipment being maintained but that the cost of replacement of a failed component is minimal.
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