Internet protocol-based cameras are the present and future. Commonly known as IP CCTV, they function by converting captured images and audio into a data and then sends it to an assigned Internet-connected network or locally connected network. IP CCTV cameras are mostly used for various advantages they give along with time. Its best benefits are enhanced performance, greater flexibility, and simpler installation.
Even though IP CCTV is in the picture for the last few decades, it is only the last few years that they have been gaining prominence in the world of security cameras. Let’s see how IP CCTV functions.
How IP CCTV functions?
- These cameras convert audio and video into data.
- The camera is connected to an allotted network or directed to a router that transmits the recorded data onto the system.
- The data can be accessed through an authorized computer or smartphone in high-quality video and audio over the Internet or locally connected network.
- It comes with recording software that allows viewing and recording up to 64 cameras on the authorized computer.
Uses & Applications of IP CCTV:
There are many uses of IP CCTV; let’s look at them one-by-one:
- In Business: Allows scrutinizing office premises day and night. Connects electronic speakers for two-way audio (useful for business meetings). It monitors and records live video from any corner of the business premises and even alerts via email when someone enters the office when it is closed with the motion detection technology. A large chunk of the area can also be monitored outside the office premises for detection of any criminal activity or vandalism.
- At Home: Alerts on the smartphone or remote computer if there is any motion when no one is at home. It helps to keep an eye on infants, senior or pet without having it to be there physically. Deter criminal activity by holding a vigil on valuable possession.
- In Retail: Get crisp quality images for easy identification. Scrutinize large area like atriums, parking, etc. in HD quality. Catch any misbehavior or dishonesty between employees. Motion detection helps to alert when the store is closed.
Difference Between IP CCTV and Analog CCTV:
IP CCTV: IP CCTV can record and transmit images across the Internet, local networks and wide area networks.
Analog CCTV: Analog CCTV can only record through local security cameras and will require an external recording device, making it heavy on the wallet.
IP CCTV: IP CCTV uses Internet Protocol that allows integrating with alarm, access control or any other IP based system. Integration with mobile devices is also possible. Direct use of IP based services like e-mails; image transfer via FTP is also possible.
Analog CCTV: Analog CCTV have limited usability; this means integration of alarm, access control or any other system is not easy. Each system needs its cable setup and every device connected to it, cannot be communicated with other devices.
IP CCTV: In IP CCTV, images are converted into data that leaves no restrictions to the resolution, giving the same quality when it was recorded. They even offer more megapixels, resulting in broader area coverage and 3x better content than of analog cameras.
Analog CCTV: Analog CCTV uses PAL analog technology that gives only 414,729-pixel resolution maximum. As a result of the image quality is limited from a single camera or area it can watch. This results in buying more analog cameras that evidentially increases the costs and cause invasion of buildings aesthetics.