Getting to Know Security and Surveillance Applications – Part 1

Alarms, DVRs and cameras are a few of the electronic devices that the average person may use on a regular basis. Radar Systems, encryption gear and high-powered lasers are some of the electronic devices that the average solider may use on a regular basis.

Increased Need for Cooling Solutions

Over the past decade, the increased focus on national security has in turn increased the demand for state-of-the-art security systems. The electronic components of these security systems generate high levels of heat and need to be able to withstand unpredictable environmental conditions in remote locations. As a result, these systems require high-performance cooling solutions that are reliable and equally capable of withstanding harsh conditions.

Security and surveillance systems typically encounter two main problems:

1)   Thermal overrun temperatures are one of the leading causes of failure and reduction in MTBF. This is due to the increased computational power and communications bandwidth the systems require. Since the systems must operate in high ambient temperatures, the removal of the generated heat is a primary concern.

2)   Many of the systems use rack-mounted electronics originally designed to operate in air-conditioned rooms. When the systems are subject to temperatures of 120° F a multitude of problems can occur.

It is very important that we understand the specific application of the equipment so we are able to tailor our solutions to the specific needs of our customers.

How does EIC improve Security Systems in Real Life Situations?

“Before many municipalities were advocating for the use of air conditioned electronic enclosures, apartment complexes and businesses had many issues with the effects of heat and humidity on fire panels,” says Josh Liegel, an EIC sales engineer. “Fire alarm systems could throw false signals, go off erroneously, or not go off in the event of an actual fire.”  Now, many municipalities mandate the use of air-conditioned boxes to house Fire Panels.  The built-in thermoelectric air conditioner ensures a cool, dry, and functioning product to avoid a dangerous, pricy, or unexpected outcome from Fire Panels.

The increase in domestic security over the past few years is driving the overall demand for the increase sensitive electronics performance.  In order for EIC to uphold our vision, “To provide our defense and industrial market customers with the world’s best high-performance solutions to house, protect and cool mission electronics,” we have made it our mission to protect sensitive electronics.