SURGE PROTECTORS! Yes I know, but Florida.
The company I work for has for years had problems with lightning taking out multiple cameras and surveillance DVRs on several occasions. The last severe storm knocked out a bunch of equipment in 12 locations, leaving us to replace almost 50 cameras as well as 4 DVRs and 2 HDTVs that we use to monitor the cams.
We have these cctv surge protectors
that apparently didn't work. After the fact, we were told that they are only for protecting the DVR, although we asked specifically for cam protection as well (from the third party that installed them) and the description from Ditek themselves says it's for camera protection. Even though there was a major failure on the part of either the equipment or installation, nothing is covered due to the third party claiming it came from other sources like the HDMI line - the HDTV that is connected as the monitor (plugged into a surge protector as well!?!).
What we want to know is what we can do to minimize lightning damage to the surveillance systems. Each DVR has a UPS, the Ditek cctv protector strip grounded to our telecom ground, network surge protectors
(these work great, by the way - saved our VOIP phones!) and whole-building surge panels on the breaker box.
We've looked at these inline cam surge arrestors
but before we spend $4000 for as many as we'd need I'd like to know if anyone has experience with them? And does anyone have any ideas on HDMI surge protection?
So, hive, does anyone have any advice on what we'd need to do to save our equipment? We've looked at lightning rods but they don't attract lightning so a strike in the parking lot would not be protected against. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!