Why IP CCTV Is Superior To Analogue ?
As any concerned business owner will tell you, any type of CCTV is better than no CCTV at all. It keeps themselves and their products safe, reassures customers of their own safety and generally leaves everyone with greater peace of mind.
However, as technology advances ever faster over time, the quality of surveillance systems rises with it. With so many new possibilities within the reach of most business owners, analogue CCTV systems are a thing of the past. The future is in IP CCTV instead.
Although that’s the most basic function of an IP camera system, by no means is it the only one. For instance, ever since 2005, such cameras have been capable of hosting content analytics programs, allowing them to detect certain events such as a passer-by crossing an invisible line or a vehicle
making unusual movements.
As well as this, the resolution of these cameras has been rapidly improving over recent years, enabling users to identify perpetrators with greater clarity.
The second is decentralised IP cameras which, as you’d imagine, do not require a central system, instead being able to record such data directly onto other media platforms, for instance, an SD card.
Other key differences also include the way in which an outdoor IP camera can transmit signals and use security features.
In a nutshell, they perform better, have more functions, and they provide better value for money. They’re also arguably easier to install than their analogue counterparts. Among the many advanced benefits that put them above and beyond analogue systems, IP cameras can:
– Allow users to view images from multiple remote devices, for instance, from a smartphone as well as a CCTV monitoring office, thereby enabling business owners to keep on top of security while getting on with other daily tasks.
-Give users far more options through features such as two-way audio systems. Such functions can be tailored to the needs of specific businesses, for instance, allowing fast food drive-through staff to converse with customers while simultaneously keeping an eye on them.
– Use Power over Ethernet (PoE) to keep themselves running without the need to access a central power supply. Combined with the advent of improved renewable energy systems, such technology is rapidly reaching the point where it can effectively run itself.
These are the headline features – the specific functions that a PTZ IP camera can boast of that analogue cameras can’t.
As well as these, there are also more generalised benefits to using such modernised systems. Here is how they weigh up against the best that analogue can offer.
1. Better value for money
On the face of it, the cost of many IP systems is higher than that of their analogue counterparts, although you can occasionally find a cheaper version of the former.
However, when assessing value for money you have to take into account the wider costs involved. Given how easy they are to install and the fact that they can be connected to various devices rather than specialist equipment only, in the long run with IP cameras you get more for your money.
Not to mention you are also investing in a more up-to-date technology that you as a business can do far more with.
2. More flexible options
With analogue cameras, if you want to record an area, you need a recording device system for that specific location.
IP cameras, however, can transmit any images they collect across the Internet, allowing such information to be collected, analysed and used anywhere in the world. This technology allows users to access their systems wherever they may be, relieving them of the need to be tied down to any one location at a time.
3. Better overall performance
Analogue CCTV cameras have their limits, especially when it comes to resolution power. In this area, their IP superiors can outperform them by a factor of three to one. As technology continues to improve, this difference will become even wider.
4. Well-integrated system
Analogue cameras do not integrate well with other systems; the clue is in the name “closed-circuit television.” As a result, if your company requires a multitude of different systems – for instance, intruder alarms could be a separate one – you would need individual cabling infrastructures for each one.
IP CCTV systems, however, are built to work harmoniously alongside others. Using Internet protocol, they can easily coexist on the same connection as other similar systems. This enables them to not only detect movement and actions quicker but to send them, have them analysed and allow someone to respond to them as quickly as possible.