Aug 08 2013

Cisco’s Versatile Surveillance Cameras Can Handle Extreme Cold for a Cool Price

Motorized focus and zoom features make these cameras strong contenders for businesses seeking video security.

When the temperatures start to drop below freezing, many surveillance cameras are iced out of commission. But the Cisco Systems line of 6000 Series IP video surveillance cameras can operate in temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius, says Eric Kong, product line manager for IP cameras, Cisco Connected Safety and Security.

This is especially critical for cities in the Northeastern United States or Canada, which frequently see chilly temperatures in the winter months.

The 6000 Series includes the 6000P box camera, 6020 and 6030 dome cameras and the 6400 bullet camera, which features an integrated infrared (IR) illuminator for night vision. Except for the indoors-only 6020 model, all of the cameras will operate both indoors and outdoors; and all, including the 6020, support 1080p display resolution.

For users with more extensive outdoor requirements, Kong recommends Cisco’s 7000 Series models, which offer 5-megapixel video and an integrated IR illuminator.

Kong says two the most notable features of the 6000 Series cameras are the motorized focus and zoom (MFZ) and extended temperature range. He says MFZ has a significantly positive impact on installation costs.

“Imagine being up on a 20-foot ladder in the wind, one hand on the lens, the other with the portable video monitor,” Kong explains. “With an MFZ lens, the installer can mount the camera, and then fine-tune the focus and zoom from back on the ground. This makes installation faster, easier and more accurate.”

Another MFZ benefit: Should a camera ever go out of focus, an IT worker can fix it remotely through any Internet connection.

Taking an overall view of the Cisco 6000 Series line of IP cameras, these devices offer a stellar mix of price, performance, features and ease of use.