IP CCTV Cameras


IP CCTV Systems


Mobotix IP CCTV device

IP based CCTV cameras are the future. They work by turning images and audio into data then transmitting this data over a network or Internet connection.

The ultimate benefit of IP monitoring systems over the traditional analogue systems is greater flexibility, better performance and easier installation.

Whilst these intelligent cameras have been available for around 10 years, it is only in the last few years that the technology has matured, leading to the developments in Megapixel IP.

Below is a summary on the benefits of using IP based CCTV systems over traditional analogue systems:

Greater Flexibility

Smart surveillance does not require local recording, they can transmit their images across Local Networks, the Internet and Wide Area Networks to a central location, where they can be recorded, viewed and managed.

ANALOGUE – An analogue surveillance system is designed to record security cameras locally only. This means that if you have 2 or more premises, then each will require a Recording Device, this makes managing larger systems harder and as cost effective as its intelligent successor.

Better Camera Performance

All images are converted to data and have no theoretical limit to resolution, providing the relevant bandwidth to transmit the images exists. This makes them very affordable compared to their analogue predecessors.

ANALOGUE – These based on PAL analogue technology and have a maximum possible resolution of just 414,720 pixels. This limits the amount of evidential quality images a single analogue camera can supply, or put another way the size of area it can watch. Resulting in an increase in the number of cameras required to watch an area, which increases costs and causes building aesthetics issues.

Easier System Installation

Run over existing IP networks, wired or wireless, makes wiring the IP CCTV systems very simple, causing less disruption, reducing the time required to install them and minimizing unsightly cables. For anyone familiar with networking, setting up an IP based system is simple with intuitive operation and evaluation. Simple 1 camera systems only require an IP Camera connected to a network/internet connection, and they can then be viewed by a PC using Internet Explorer. If POE (Power over Ethernet) IP cameras are used then no separate power is needed, they can be powered via the network cable.

ANALOGUE – Analogue systems have their own proprietary cabling. Each camera has to be wired back to the DVR or Monitor using RG59 cable or similar Video Signal Cable and each camera has to be connected to a power source. This makes new installations and additions to existing installations both expensive and slow to implement.

Better System Integration

By communicating using data, a unified connection on the same network/cabling as other IP based systems can be created. With proper infrastructure, the device can co-exist with Access Control and IP Phone Systems. Integration also means that these different systems can work together, for example an IP CCTV camera picking up movement will be able to transmit images of that movement to an IP Video Phone automatically. IP systems also allow the direct use of IP-based services as standard such as e-mail or image sending via FTP.

ANALOGUE – Closed circuit system means they do not integrate easily with Access Control, Intruder Alarm or other systems that are found in buildings. Each system requires it own cabling infrastructure and each device on each system is unable to communicate with other devices.

Better Value

Simple 1 camera systems only require an IP Camera connected to a network/internet connection, and they can then be viewed by a PC using Internet Explorer. Our range offers a very affordable range of cameras, with pricing equivalent to analogue CCTV systems. Plus with installation and setup requiring little time in single and multiple sites, IP CCTV Systems can work out to be far more economical than traditional Analogue Systems.

ANALOGUE – The general consensus is that IP CCTV is more expensive however this is not true for every scenario. IP CCTV represents an investment into a future technology and infrastructure, whereas analogue CCTV systems are based on old technology.

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Looking for a Smart Surveillance Systems?

Whether you are looking for one camera for you home office or 200 cameras for a nationwide organisation we have options to suit all business needs.

Using market leading, innovative products combined with our knowledge and expertise we can design the infrastructure, install and maintain your system. We can even help to train your staff to become experts in monitoring and surveillance.

To find out more about the products we use, follow the links to Mobotix and Ubiquti.

Want some help deciding which products are best for your business? Give us a call on 0808 178 3278 or email sales@openip.co.uk for an instant response.