Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have been part of the surveillance industry for decades. Customers all around the world trust them and think that they are a crucial part of their security system. Internet protocol (IP) security systems function very similarly to CCTV systems with the only difference being they use ethernet ports and they function over the internet much like a computer or a phone would. Why get an IP system? These kinds of systems use HD coax systems that come with advanced surveillance recorders that allow you to view live footage 24/7 from any device you want.
Ensuring image quality
Image quality in security cameras is an integral part as you want to be able to identify faces through security cameras or sometimes even be able to identify a license plate. The image quality in surveillance cameras has changed rapidly over the last few decades. Analog security cameras still account for a large portion of the security cameras used in the surveillance industry. In spite of that, we are seeing more and more cameras pop up with a better resolution and far better image quality than ever before.
IP security cameras provide better image quality than any of its competitors in the market. Is that why they are so expensive you may ask. Partially, yes. IP security cameras are available in 1.3 MP which is four times the resolution of analog cameras. But they also come in 2 MP, 3 MP, 4 MP, 5 MP, and go as far as up to 8 MP which is also known as 4k. Would you really need to have the highest quality of cameras to ensure security? It can be argued that after a certain point, the benefits are marginal. But whatever resolution you decide to get, you should definitely get a camera that is at least 1080p and has additional features like motion detection, night vision, wide-angle viewing, and two-way audio.
Installing and maintaining cameras
Whenever it comes to upgrading your current system or buying a new one, one thought seems to plague the mind of every individual. How much work will you need to put in to correctly install the product? Well, it really depends on the kind of product that you buy. One thing that might ease your pains a bit is that most IP security systems these days are very easy to install.
If your business currently uses an analog system, you probably need a separate cable that transmits video signals back to a recording device and then another cable to power the system. That requires a lot of effort and resources to run properly. IP cameras, on the other hand, are plug and play. They allow you to connect your IP cameras to your network with a single cable and you only need to connect it to the nearest network switch.
Flexibility in terms of scalability
Analog security cameras used to use coax cables to transmit their video from the camera to a recording device, usually a VHS recorder or a digital video recorder. The issue with this system was that you are limited in the number of ports that your cameras can be plugged into. Why is that a problem? That is a problem because it limits how many cameras you can plug into your property.
IP camera systems come with cutting edge video management systems that lessen the workload involved with monitoring and controlling video feeds if you have a lot of cameras in your surveillance systems. It also comes with software that can help analyze activities that may be dangerous or suspicious. If the VMS picks up a face, a license plate, or any kind of motion, alarms can be raised in specific areas to ensure safety.
Analyzing the value
At this point, you, maybe wondering if getting an IP CCTV camera system is really worth it since purchasing, installing, and maintaining the system would cost you so much. Well, if we were to do a cost-benefit analysis, you would see that the security the system would provide you for years to come would definitely be worth the initial fee of entry. The system has more automation, it does not require as much equipment, and it also provides a lot more security. So ultimately, it provides you a lot more than analog cameras would.
Understanding the difference between Analog, IP, and HD-CVI cameras
This blog will identify key features of all the systems so you can see how they perform against one another and then you can make the decision for yourself.
- Analog systems are easy to install and you can purchase them for a very small amount of money
- They are very stable and have a very low maintenance cost
- They do not rely on your network so even if it is weak, your surveillance system will work fine
- The quality of images provided is not the best so it might be difficult to find evidence if an incident does occur
- They do not offer a lot of features for customization
- They do not have very high resolutions
- IP systems provide very high resolutions so you can see more details
- IP cameras can be very easily configured through your wireless network
- IP cameras can be connected via a single cable
- You can customize each of your IP cameras individually
- The installation process is simple
- If you want to upgrade, it is not difficult whatsoever
- These kinds of systems are the most expensive of the three
- They offer high resolutions just like IP systems but they cost a lot less
- They provide an alternative to IP systems if you are considering upgrading from analog
- The transmission distances these cameras have been longer
- These cameras are not customizable like IP systems are
- Power needs to be run to the HD-CVI cameras
Evaluating the three types of cameras might have given you some insight into what kind of camera might be right for you. Getting the correct surveillance system is truly an individual decision and what you purchase should meet your needs and requirements absolutely perfectly.