In today’s technology driven world, almost everything is connected by the Internet Protocol, more commonly known as IP. When you draw cash from an ATM, help your child research a school project, check the news and weather or simply just make a phone call, you are more than likely using IP, and now we are seeing this more and more in the world of video surveillance. IP based systems are predicted to become the dominant technology used in Video Surveillance in the near future thanks to some of the significant benefits they provide such as:
  • Higher resolutions, many times that of Analogue systems with cameras promising pictures in the high megapixel range. This gives IP Surveillance systems the ability to provide far grater detail than even the best high definition televisions. The key benefit of this is the ability to zoom in digitally on both live and recorded footage. Higher resolution can also help to reduce the number of cameras required.
  • Lower cost installations thanks to a single cable. In IP Surveillance, everything including power, video signal, audio and PTZ control are handled with a single CAT5 or CAT6 cable. Power is handled using industry standard power over Ethernet (POE) 
  • Integration with other systems such as fire and access control is made easier and tighter.
  • There are far more options available for wireless video transmission thanks to the use if industry standard technologies such as Wi-Fi.
An IP Video Surveillance system consists of one or more IP (or Network) cameras, connected to an IP network infrastructure, with recording, viewing and analytics performed on either an embedded Network Video Recorder (NVR) or on a PC with Video Management System software (sometimes called a PC based NVR).