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IP Ratings: What do they mean & what do you need?

IP Ratings

IP Ratings: What do they mean & what do you need?

There is a lot of complicated information and industry jargon that goes with working in the world of fleets, telematics and camera solutions. We here at EchoMaster are determined to make sure you understand what you’re purchasing for your fleet of vehicles. The IP ratings system for weatherproofing is attached to any camera system worth its salt and is a seal of quality ensuring it will be capable of withstanding anything you throw at it.

But I am sure a quick look through our wide selection of cameras throws up even more questions. Most of our camera systems are rated IP67 and up but there are a whole host of IP ratings that we do not use because they simply do not reach our high standards for quality. So lets break down the numbers to explain why.

IP simply stands for Ingress Protection, therefore an IP code is a rating for protection by mechanical and electrical casings against intrusion of dust and water.

Now we come to the numbers, the first number is a rating for foreign object ingress graded from 1 to 6.

  • 0. Not Protected
  • 1. No objects larger than 50mm
  • 2. No objects larger than 12.5mm
  • 3. No objects larger than 2.5mm
  • 4. No objects larger than 1mm
  • 5. Dust protected, not sealed
  • 6. Dust tight, no ingress


The second number determines the amount of liquid ingress the product is protected against, it is rated between 0 and 9K.

  • 0. Not Protected
  • 1. Vertical Dripping Water
  • 2. Dripping water when tilted up to 15 degrees
  • 3. Water spray when tilted up to 60 degrees
  • 4. Water splash
  • 5. Water jet 6.3mm
  • 6. Powerful water jet 12.5mm
  • 7. Immersion in water up to 1m
  • 8. Immersion beyond 1m
  • 9K Protection against High-Temp/High-Pressure Jet Sprays.


On some products you may see an IP69K rating, this is the highest possible IP rating that can be achieved.

If there are any more industry terms like IP Ratings you do not understand feel free to reach out to our customer support team who will be happy to help.

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