The Benefits of IP Video Surveillance
The advantage of IP Video Surveillance includes superior image quality, remote accessibility, distributed intelligent video capabilities, easy installation and integration, and better scalability, flexibility and cost-effectiveness.
The benefits of an IP-based system are clear to understand, After all, the whole point of a Video Surveillance System is to see exactly what is going on. But there are far more benefits than a crisp digital picture. Below are the top ten benefits and reasons for why IP-based video surveillance systems are taking over from analogue CCTV solutions.
10 Ten Reasons
- Resolution: A typical analog camera equates to about 0.4 MP (megapixels), whereas a standard IP camera offers 2 MP, which is more than five times the analog resolution. With some IP cameras ranging up to 10MP, it’s easy to see how the technology can cut down on the overall number of cameras required. A typical example would be replacing pan, tilt and zoom cameras (PTZs) on a garage forecourt with one IP/MP camera.
- Remote Access: You can login into a secure server remotely, using a web-based interface to view real-time footage on PCs or Macs, as well as on mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and Android-based devices. Programs such as TeamViewer also allow for remote support and end-user training.
- Analytics: The dramatic improvements in hardware have been matched by powerful analytics software. Video Management Systems (VMS) can be combined with other software to allow for applications such as licence plate recognition, people counting, and motion detection.
- No New Wires: Existing coaxial cables that are used by the analog system can connect IP cameras to the network video recorder (NVR). AXIS T8640 PoE+ over Coax Adapter Kit. AXIS T8640 PoE+ over Coax Adapter Kit lets you reuse hard-to-replace or long-range Coax cabling when you replace your analog cameras with Axis network cameras. And you can integrate Power over Ethernet over Coax for efficient power management.
- Power: IP cameras can be powered by a number of methods. If the IP camera is replacing an analog camera, the existing power source can be reused or Ethernet cables which allow for Power over Ethernet (PoE) can be deployed. Furthermore, if re-wiring would prove too costly, then a device which can allow data and PoE over coax cable can be used.
- Hybrid: High-end NVRs, allow existing CCTV cameras to be incorporated into the IP system. This can significantly reduce the initial costs, and allow a phased approach towards a complete IP Surveillance solution.
- Scalability: Utilising edge processing, and individual camera licensing, it is possible to scale from a single camera up to thousands.
- Redundancy: It is possible to record simultaneously to a NVR. This offers an additional safety net to recover footage in the event of damage/corruption to data on the main NVR.
- Lossless Playback: Footage can be reviewed with multiple zoom on playback, even on fixed lens cameras, with no degradation of the image. This alleviates a common problem with analog systems, where high levels of compression can often leave the image unreadable.
- Wireless: If it’s possible to get a line-of-sight between the camera and the server’s location, it is possible to reduce cabling costs by transmitting the data wirelessly.