IP Cameras (Internet Protocol cameras) have been used in Singapore for more than 10 years. It is
only in recent times that the take-up rate has overshadowed that of analogue camera systems. The figures for both home and enterprise IP based camera systems seems to indicate this.
IP Cameras started off with much higher resolution than their analogue counterparts. In recent years, analogue cameras have also tried to catch up in terms of resolution. However, IP camera will still be able to provide superior image quality over analogue cameras.
Benefits of IP cameras over traditional analogue cameras:
- Resolution: IP cameras typically come with higher resolution than analogue cameras. The much higher resolution actually allows a customer to replace an existing analogue PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera with a High Definition IP Camera
- Remote Access: You can view the real time footage directly over the internet with a web browser or a phone application. While newer analogue systems support remote access via the DVR, the features are much more limited compared to an IP Camera.
- Analytics: Advanced monitoring and identification capabilities via software such as Video Management Systems
- Backward compatible for cabling: New technologies allow you to install new IP cameras via an existing Coax cabling backbone.
- Power: Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) IP cameras are used where power for the camera is supplied
via the data cable instead of a power point. Saves on cabling costs for multi-camera deployment scenarios
- Hybrid systems: Higher end NVRs allow you to have analogue and IP cameras to coexist
- Scalability: As IP Cameras tap onto the data network, it is relatively easier to add cameras in an IP camera setup then in a typical analogue system
- Redundancy: NVRs offers RAID configuration where the video footage is recorded simultaneously to a system of hard disks. This systems allows you to retrieve footage in the event of physical failure of any single one of the HDD.
- Wireless: Wireless IP camera for easy deployment when data cabling is not possible. This will also be useful in a low cost deployment scenario.
In a nutshell, IP cameras have evolved over the years to offer a high value proposition over existing analogue systems. You will be able to benefit from the technological improvements made with the
IP camera and have a smoother migration plan to a next generation platform. Also, costs of
maintenance will be significantly reduced, as prices of IP cameras have been coming down steadily.