Thinking about switching to an IP camera based system but you’re not sure if it’s right for you or, if the added features are beneficial enough to outweigh the time, money, and effort you may need to spend?

In this post and the ones to follow in the next few days we will be explaining the features and benefits, the various components of IP cameras and where IP video is used, and we’ll outline how to wade through the difficult process of selecting the right camera.

High-resolution, Megapixel IP Cameras

Megapixel IP cameras produce high-resolution images that provide greater image detail and accuracy over their analog CCTV counterparts.

Consistent image quality, regardless of distance

Analog video signals become weaker the longer that they have to travel.  Digital images need no conversion and resist degradation over any distance traveled.  And in fully digital IP surveillance systems, digital images are more easily stored and retrieved as opposed to analog video tapes.

Power over Ethernet (PoE)

Increasing reliability and providing substantial savings, Power over Ethernet (PoE) enables IP cameras to receive power from the very same Ethernet cable that transports the video and audio data.  No separate audio, RS-485, or electric cabling is required. 

Ethernet cables on an IP network carry data commands too giving full access to camera settings and system adjustments and even camera functionalities such as pan, tilt, and zoom.

Wireless Capability

When it’s too costly, time consuming, or prohibited to run cables, Wireless IP Cameras offer a flexible and cost-effective solution.  Wireless is mobile and can be installed in transportation applications (buses, trains). 

Flexible and Scalable

With analog systems a dedicated coaxial cable must be run directly from each camera to a viewing and recording station.  In addition if audio is required, separate audio cables need to be run to and from the cameras.  Network based IP cameras can be placed anywhere they are needed, at any time, and they can hop on the same wired or wireless network that’s already in use for communicating data.

Look for more information to follow but if you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to call us at 866-885-4853.



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