What Is An IP CCTV System, And How Does It Work?

Posted by Global Vue on 24/07/2015 15:14:00

Whilst traditional CCTV cameras still offer excellent service for most purposes, including retail and domestic situations, IP CCTV systems are a more modern and updated version that an increasing number of buildings are choosing to take advantage of. This is particularly true for offices and larger organisations, where the advantages of an IP security system overlook the few disadvantages that these designs currently possess.

Of course, with technology advancing all the time, Internet Protocol CCTV systems will soon become the norm for most purposes, as their disadvantages are overcome. Surprisingly, IP CCTV has been around for around 10 years, but it has only been in the last few years that they have become a viable security system for both commercial and residential.

The Advantages Of An IP CCTV System

Unlike analogue cameras, IP designs turn the images and audio that they record into data, which is then transmitted over a closed network or an internet connection. The ultimate advantage of this is the system's increased flexibility, more reliable performance and much easier installation process.

As the names suggests, IP CCTV cameras communicate through IP, which allows them to integrate and co-exist on the same network/cabling as other IP-based systems. These can include certain access control, general security and various IP phone systems; all systems which are typically found in a retail or office environment anyway.

IP systems are also unique in that they allow the direct use of IP-based services, including email and image-sharing via File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

The Disadvantages Of An IP CCTV System

The main drawbacks of a modern IP CCTV system generally involve the cost of the surveillance solution. This technology, whilst much more effective than analogue cameras, can be very expensive, particularly if you have to monitor a large area. Currently, most IP cameras also suffer from a degree of latency, typically regarded as a delay, in the reception of live images as the chip within the camera converts the video signal into Internet Protocol.

Just like with all IP systems, the ongoing support and maintenance costs can also be much higher than an analogue alternative – they can also require a greater degree of technical experience on the behalf of the user. Whilst easier to install, they can be more difficult to maintain after their installation.

Choosing The Best CCTV For Your Needs

If you're looking for a way to improve the security of your business and the safety of your employees, or even just to refresh your home's surveillance, then an IP CCTV system could be perfect for you.

For more information, or to enquire about the different forms of CCTV security that we offer, contact our specialist security team today on 0844 544 3955 or email us directly at sales@globalvue.co.uk. Alternatively, you can use our online contact form, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

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