System Maintenance Routines

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  • System Care

    As with all electronic component based systems periodic maintenance is needed in order to provide maximum system stability and reliability. If regular preventative maintenance is performed the system will have a long and reliable lifespan. Neglecting scheduled maintenance shortens the life span of the system and often results in costly downtime.

  • Environment

    Heat is often the greatest factor that impacts system stability. Surveillance systems operate 24/7, this builds up a significant amount of heat all on its own. It is critical to keep the system from heating up any further by keeping the system in a cool, dust free, grease free environment.

    Grounding the system and its cameras will reduce the risk of electrical shock hazard. The cameras are physically connected to the system through copper wire, directly through RG-59 to the capture card or through Cat5 to the network card. In the event of an electrical surge (through the power grid), or a static discharge (from thunder/lightning storms) the camera will divert all excess energy to its ground loop with an arrester. If this grounding does not exist the excess energy will dischagre to the surveillance system and damage vital components.

    UPS , or uninterrupted power supplies, are needed for the surveillance system. There are many caches/buffers which hold vital data that depend on stable power being supplied to the system. If there is a break in the power supplied to the system then these buffers/caches are lost and can lead to data corruption and data loss.

  • Best Practices

    Restarting the system periodically can be done manually or can be scheduled to happen automatically. Restarting the system safely clears all system buffers/caches including HDD read/write processes and any network connections that have not been terminated will be dropped. For maximum system reliablity it is best to restart at least once a week. The system restart can also give you early indications of potential issues that would otherwise go unnoticed.

    Regular cleaning of the system will prevent dust/grease build up that acts both as a thermal insulator trapping in heat and as a conductive material that can short out electronic components. Even a thin layer of dust can cause component damaging thermal stress and can create a path for electricity to arc across and short the circuit board.

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