IP Security Camera Systems

IP security camera systems have become one of the most popular forms of video surveillance. Providing an alternative to analog systems, they are able to send and receive data via the Internet or a computer network more directly. In other words, you are able to personally monitor your home or business from any location where you have access to the Internet.

Wired and Wireless

First things first – IP cameras can be both wired and wireless. Both of these camera types have their own distinct advantages and which you choose depends on your security needs, required camera placement and accessibility to network connection sockets.

Benefits of Wired IP Systems over Wired Analog Systems

As wireless IP cameras and systems have been covered in earlier sections, here we will focus on the benefits of using wired IP cameras over their wired analog counterparts.

Flexibility
Wired IP camera systems provide users with a simpler deployment in commercial sites. This is because, unlike wired analog cameras that need to connect all the way to a DVR, IP cameras are able to connect to any point in the local IT infrastructure network that is connected to the NVR (network video recorder).

An NVR is a software program that records video in a digital format to a disk drive or other storage device. The fact that IP cameras work with existing data networks makes them very flexible.

High Quality Footage
IP cameras excel at capturing high definition images as the images are digitised directly from the sensor. IP cameras act as mini computers, because of this increased computing power over analog systems, they are able to perform more advanced functions such as sending email notifications when motion detection is triggered.

Enhanced Security
IP system streams can be encrypted, making them difficult to intercept. Whereas analog signals can be intercepted as well as being viewable by anyone who has access to the cabling infrastructure.

Expansion Potential
A clear benefit of IP cameras is their ability to integrate with wireless networks and be expanded upon. Introducing additional cameras is as simple as plugging it into a network connection and you’re up and running. Analog cameras aren’t as flexible, requiring a multichannel DVR to connect to, and as a result are limited to the no, of channels available on the DVR.