The Importance of Weatherproof Cameras in Challenging Outdoor Environments

LVT’s wireless solar security systems are built to withstand extreme weather so your security is truly 24/7

Last Updated:
January 23, 2024
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Meg Moore
Marketing Writer


Weather. It’s one topic all Americans can discuss over Thanksgiving dinner without incident. From record-breaking temperatures and disastrous precipitation to gale-force winds and the ever-elusive thundersnow, professional storm chasers and armchair meteorologists alike love to watch the sky and talk about the elements.

Outdoor enthusiasts often say there is no such thing as bad weather, only poor clothing choices, and the same idea applies to surveillance cameras for businesses. No matter the forecast, preparation is key, and all-weather wireless solar security systems withstand harsh environmental elements including high winds, torrential rain, monumental snowfall, and extreme temperatures.


Extreme weather disasters cause staggering losses each year in the United States. So far in 2023, there have been 24 such events, each resulting in more than $1 billion in property and infrastructure losses, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Since 1980, there have been 372 events, totaling more than $2.6 trillion in losses.

As these devastating weather events increase and losses mount, business leaders and asset protection experts know it’s imperative that security plans account for the worst. This includes deploying weatherproof solar surveillance cameras across all kinds of locations, not just remote areas, as more area codes now experience challenging and harsh weather conditions.

Off-grid solar security systems have large smart generators that withstand electrical outages when extreme weather events knock out power. These kinds of cameras are also weatherproof, which helps to reduce the normal wear and tear of the components by keeping dust, snow, or rain from damaging their interior parts.

Keeping surveillance cameras online, no matter the weather is especially important to continue to deter criminals in inclement conditions. One study revealed most criminals look for surveillance cameras and half said they would move on if they saw them outside a business.


Surveillance cameras adhere to an international standard of ingress protection that designates the camera’s ability to withstand harsh conditions. The IP rating system illustrates how a camera fares as it faces:

  • Blowing dust in an exposed windy area
  • Melting snow from a roof
  • Tampering by bad actors
  • Touching, accidental contact by employees, tools, or machines
  • Rising water, either in a flood, hurricane, or cyclone

An IP rating has two numbers. The first indicates dust (solid material protection) resistance and is on an increasing 0 to 6 scale. The second number demonstrates water resistance (moisture protection) and ranks from 0 to 9.

Every LVT Unit has an IP rating of at least 54, meaning:

  • The first number “5” indicates the level of dust resistance (solid particles)
  • The last number “4” indicates the level of water resistance (spraying, dripping, submersion)

Our standard IP rating of at least 54 means that LVT Units are protected from dust and against splashing water. The head units and the battery boxes are rated separately. Each is completely sealed from the top, and will not fill up with water or other particles. In the rare event that water does make it past the seals, the head unit and battery box are constructed with drains in the bottom allowing moisture to drain rather than pooling inside the housing. And some of our mounting structures that are tied into direct power (wall mounts and pole mounts) are rated even higher and have an IP rating of 66.

LVT Units can take extreme weather. In fact, after a 150-mph tornado picked up a unit and tossed it on its side, it continued to record and never went offline. We do recommend stowing LVT Units when high winds above 60 mph are forecasted, but our tests show our equipment withstand these harsh conditions.


LVT Units help businesses and local governments secure events and their properties during and after natural disasters, even when power wasn’t available, by:

  • Maintaining security when power goes out
  • Not relying on Wi-Fi or hardwired power
  • Deploying rapidly
  • Possessing an IP rating of at least 54
  • Withstanding winds up to 60 mph
  • Working off-the-grid with solar panels and a backup smart generator

Agencies and companies are using LVT to:

  • Protect storefronts and surrounding property
  • Monitor flood conditions on remote waterways
  • Secure emergency clinics
  • Protect humanitarian supplies
  • Monitor bridges and key infrastructure points
  • Protect government buildings and parking lots
  • Increase situational awareness for first responders

Our customers trust LVT’s solar-powered security systems to withstand tough conditions to defend their sites—no matter the weather. From reliability and flexibility to easy deployment and no need for dedicated wiring, self-sustaining LVT Units provide a stellar remote security solution in the face of adverse conditions, even in rural locations. Contact our team today to discuss your challenges and schedule a demo.


LVT Is Built For Nature's Extremes

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