When shopping around for a surveillance system, you may often hear the term “remote monitoring” being advertised as a special feature. But what does this term mean and what cameras are capable of this? In this post, we will go over what this concept is and what products are capable of this so you can decide if remote monitoring is the ideal system for you.
What is Remote Monitoring?
Remote monitoring is also commonly referred to as remote surveillance. In this process, the images and video recordings captured from the security camera are sent to an external monitoring station through internet connection. In other words, remote monitoring allows users to access their security camera footage from anywhere they are. Since all of the recordings are online, the user does not need to be at the same physical location as their surveillance system. All of the recordings can be accessed through any device with internet connection, such as a smartphone or computer.
Since remote monitoring requires internet connection, many people opt to use IP cameras. IP cameras send video recordings to an NVR for processing and storage through the internet. NVRs are video recorders that store video recordings. If the IP camera is not connected to an NVR, the recordings will not be kept and stored so the IP camera will just act as a live-streaming device. This means that users will not be able to playback their recordings; they will only be able to see what is happening in real-time.
A common misconception is that analog cameras are not capable of remote monitoring because they do not require internet connection to send recordings to a DVR for processing and storage. While it is true that analog systems don’t need internet, they are capable of remote surveillance. In order to do this, the user will just need to connect the DVR to the internet with an Ethernet cable. Now that the system is connected to the internet, the user will be able to access those recordings online.
Remote monitoring is a feature that allows users to view their video recordings at any time and from anywhere. It’s a convenient way of monitoring property, especially for people who can’t always be on-site. There are many products and systems that are capable of this, so you can get this added feature with almost any product you choose.