CCTV cameras are manufactured in many varieties with varying functions and capabilities. The installation of a CCTV system requires the decision between the use of analog or IP/network cameras.
Also known as network cameras, IP cameras connect to a server through an IP address and can be viewed from a computer that has access to the local network. IP cameras are the future of CCTV surveillance technology. These cameras boast high resolutions to provide quality images, are user-friendly, and can be viewed from any computer that has access to the network.
High Resolution – The picture quality of an IP camera greatly surpasses that of analog. IP cameras provide a crystal clear image — faces, license plates, and other small details can be viewed and recorded.
User Friendly – When IP cameras are connected to a network, camera functions and settings can be easily managed from a computer. Instead of accessing each camera individually in its physical location, IP cameras offer easy management within a straightforward interface.
Remote Viewing – Live feeds, past footage, and camera settings are accessible from any computer with an internet connection. Any user with authorized credentials can log in and view the system at any time. Many systems offer mobile applications for viewing live feeds on a smartphone.
The other option for a CCTV system is analog cameras. These cameras are cost effective however they lack many of the IP camera advantages. Although it is possible to purchase a quality analog camera, the resolution will still not be as clear and crisp as IP. Analog cameras are also more difficult to manage. The camera’s feed can be accessed from a computer network however the settings of the camera cannot be changed remotely. It is important to be aware of the limitations of analog cameras and understand that future upgrades to your system and technological advancement may eventually require a migration to IP equipment.