Home and business owners have two main options when choosing an ideal video surveillance system: IP camera systems and analog camera systems. The early adopters were disadvantaged since only analog camera systems were available at the time. However, with the rapid growth of IP technology, IP surveillance camera systems have become the better option.
How IP Security Cameras are Superior
Megapixel Resolution: IP Cameras offer HD-quality images, with resolutions ranging up to 10 MP. This is much better compared to the SD-quality images from analog cameras, measured in TV lines.
Maintenance Free: IP CCTV Systems do not come with the bulky equipment associated with analog camera systems. As such, the IP systems require little or no maintenance, apart from the annual routine servicing and maintenance.
Scalability: The size of analog camera systems is limited, with regard to the number of cameras that can be incorporated, depending on the number of channels available on the DVRs. IP surveillance applications, on the other hand, can support an unlimited number of cameras, with the option of having some cameras in remote locations.
Flexibility: IP Cameras can be incorporated into existing analog security systems to create a hybrid system. This is beneficial to small business owners who may have an analog system already in place and may not have the resources to replace the entire system at once.
Wireless Support: It is much easier to incorporate wireless IP Cameras in video surveillance applications as compared to analog applications. As such, users can deploy more complex surveillance applications, having cameras installed in remote and hard-to-reach locations.
Remote Access: IP technology allows users to access their security footage remotely. All that a user requires is a computer and an Internet connection. Users can also view their security feeds in real time, on their iPhone, smartphone, or any other compatible device.
Obsolescence: Analog technology is basically outdated, and is being replaced with IP technology. As such, investing in IP camera systems ensures that you have the latest features and functionality.
Application Integration: IP surveillance systems are easy to integrate with other applications including POS, ATM, intrusion detection, alarm systems, and access control.