Outdoor Security Camera - Types: Benefits & Drawbacks
Almost all security cameras are installed outdoors, but there are many different ways of installing, powering and sending the video data when installing cameras for outdoor use.
There are 8 different types of outdoor security cameras:
We've sorted these solutions in this order: consumer commercial industrial government and traffic
1. Most Popular with Homeowners and HOAs: WireFree Outdoor Cameras
Wifi + Battery Powered = No Cabling Needed
Easiest to Setup, but also the most easily stolen.
Requires the cameras be in Wifi range.
Changing batteries can be frustrating, so we offer a small solar panel option.
2. Most Popular with Businesses (and Upscale Homes): Wired POE IP Cameras
Although time consuming, there's just nothing that will ever be as reliable as running a cable.
100% Uptime: 24/7 recording and remote viewing.
Never have to change a battery.
Not easily stolen.
Bullet style cameras are usually installed on a wall. Dome and turret style cameras are most often installed on the soffit.
3. Great for Remote Locations (OIl and Gas, National Parks, Properties with Gates that don't have Power, etc): Solar Powered Solutions
Sometimes Outdoor Cameras need to be installed in areas without power.
The solar panels power the camera and charge the battery during the day. The cameras are powered by the battery at night.
Expensive and difficult to setup: you need to measure the amount of light that your location receives and usually get an engineering study in order to get a permit to install the solar panels.
4. Great for Large Parking Lots and Roads: Lightpost Powered Solutions
Light poles are only powered at night, so these systems work like a solar system in reverse: the cameras and battery are powered at night from the light post and then the cameras use the battery power at night for the
5. Great for Traffic and License Plate Recognition: Rekor Edge + SCW Cameras
Some outdoor security cameras have very unique needs: specifically they need to be able to count and track vehicles by their license plates.
We partnered with Rekor (the parent company behind OpenALPR - Open Automated License Plate Reader) to build a solution unique for local government and private enterprise.
Inside our standard electrical box mounts is a machine learning processor and a 4G modem, which enables license plates to be recognized and transmitted.