Not mounting outdoor cameras where they may be exposed to frigid elements may not be practical. Outdoor surveillance needs in the North Dakota Oil Patch, for example, leave no alternative in many cases except to install outside in the extreme elements. "Heaters", by any other name, are essential in these environments because surveillance is also essential.
Ring of Fire Camera Housing Examined
With much of the world seemingly frozen over, icy cameras are a concern. If they are covered by ice, what hope do they have of collecting video? Well, all is not lost. One manufacturer takes its ice-proofing claims to the next level: the Dotworkz Ring of Fire Enclosures.
Indeed, the company claims extreme frigid temperatures and ice are no match for these housings. We take a look at the claims in this note.
Dotworkz housings are very rugged, as well. I don't have any real data, but I did whack one against a desk pretty good once.
They're plastic, not metal, and customer observation data indicates they hold up to all sorts of harsh enviroments (I've sold housings to customers along the Jersey Shore, and they have these housings mounted on the boardwalk itself, an enviroment that usually eats camera housings). I've literally never had a customer complaint about a Dotworkz housing.
Where at the Jersey shore specifically? As rugged as they may be they surely didn't last through Sandy...
The buildings these cameras were installed on were destroyed during Sandy- in many cases, the entire boardwalk had been wiped away- and no one bothered checking if the cameras were still functional. Although I asked a bunch of times.
We have 33 cameras in an industrial park in the canadian oilpatch installed for the past 2 winters all are working fine. The issue we had on this one is that they are solar and wind powered and heaters would draw too much power. We used a Hikvision mini vandal dome with no heaters. Temperatures have been as low as -44 farenheit on multiple occasions.
We have used these cameras in other applications since and are very happy with the performance.
I have been selling loads of the Dotworkz units for very hot areas with their speicial cooling system for Morrocco harbour areas and they work perfect. No problems at all.