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Safeguard a Security System:
Protect it from Damaging Electrical Surges

Security systems are indispensable in protecting property, people and assets from various threats. But if your customer's security system goes down for any reason, for even a brief period, it can't protect anyone or anything. That's why it's critical to ensure uninterrupted operation.

Like anything connected to the electrical grid, a security system can be easily compromised by electrical disturbances, particularly power surges. Surge events pose a significant threat to the integrity and functionality of security systems, potentially leading to devasting and costly consequences.

The most harmful surges are happening more often

A surge, also known as a transient voltage spike, is a short-lived increase in voltage that exceeds the normal operating levels of an electrical circuit. Surges can be categorized into two types: internal and external.

Internal surges are generated within a facility, often stemming from the operation of heavy machinery or large electrical loads. External surges originate from external sources like lightning strikes or utility grid disturbances. Both types can inflict substantial damage to security systems if left unprotected.

The most damaging are often smaller voltage surges that go unnoticed. These blips on the electric grid are happening more frequently — sometimes daily — as as population growth and other factors put increasing strain on the electrical grid. That's a concern because the accumulation of these often unnoticed, frequent smaller surges creates wear and tear on devices and systems, impacting their lifespan or causing them to quickly go offline.

A surge protective device (SPD) is a protector of the sensitive security system and all its components from those silent zappers. SPDs help ensure the equipment runs as it should for as long as it should.

The vulnerability of security systems

Security systems have sensitive electronic equipment and if that equipment is damaged — even slightly — it can lead to large-scale problems. All of the various components, such as cameras, access control panels, alarms and networking equipment are susceptible to damage from surges. A surge event can lead to equipment failure, data corruption and compromised security operations. A worst-case scenario is that surge-related issues can leave the premises vulnerable to security breaches. The bottom line is an unprotected security system can lead to expensive downtime, data loss or complete system failure, which results in the system being unable to perform the fundamental security tasks the system was designed for.

A simple solution

Integrating surge protection into security system designs is essential to maintain operational continuity and ensure the efficacy of security measures. SPDs serve as crucial components in safeguarding security infrastructure against transient voltage spikes, offering a proactive solution to mitigate these risks and uphold the reliability and longevity of security infrastructure.

Surge protective devices are engineered to divert excess voltage away from sensitive equipment and deflect transient energy, thereby safeguarding systems from damage during surge events. By providing a low-impedance path to ground, SPDs effectively dissipate surge energy and limit voltage to safe levels, thereby shielding connected security systems from harm and keeping them up and running.


A surge protective device is protective insurance

The best time to install a surge protective device is when a security system is initially being implemented, but SPDs can easily be introduced to a system at any time.

Incorporating a surge protective device into the security system package is often considered a best practice. It shows the customers that the installers are looking out for them and their investment. It's also a relatively inexpensive safeguard to ensure the security system functions to its full potential and for its promised expected lifespan.

Compared to the potential costs of repairing or replacing a security system or its expensive components, surge protection is a relatively low-cost investment, and it's generally a one-time expenditure, with a good SPD protecting the security system for many years.

What's right for your system?

There are several types of surge protective devices available. Hardwired SPDs can be installed directly into the electrical panel or distribution board to protect entire circuits or electrical systems from surges. Data line surge protectors can safeguard communication and data lines and prevent surge-induced damage to networking equipment.

When selecting surge protection for security systems, consider the system's voltage requirements, the level of surge protection needed, environmental conditions, and compliance with industry standards and regulations. Also, it's critical to note that proper installation and maintenance are crucial to ensure the effectiveness of SPDs over time. Installers should be familiar with local codes and standards to ensure compliance with safety and electrical regulations.


Protection for your customer's security system

Surge protective devices play a vital role in preserving the integrity and functionality of security systems. By installing DITEK SPDs, security professionals can mitigate the risks posed by surges, and also uphold the reliability of critical security infrastructure.

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