IP Surveillance is an IP network application that is being rapidly adopted by SMB and large enterprise organizations. Prior to IP Surveillance solutions, organizations relied on CCTV with its separate infrastructure. Like VoIP, Network Storage Devices, and a host of other applications, IP Surveillance can now be accomplished using one network – IP.
A lower total cost of ownership: especially where new installations are being considered (not having to install a CCTV network cabling infrastructure in addition to the data network avoids an added CAPEX investment).
Flexibilit y: moving IP surveillance systems (if moving locations) is easy – installation at the new location simply plugs into the data network.
Expandability: - adding additional IP cameras is a matter of simply plugging them into the data network. Power doesn’t even need to be present as IP Cameras support Power over Ethernet (PoE), so with PoE switches they are fed by the Ethernet cable.
Remote placement: - there are IP Cameras that operate over WiFi so companies with a WLAN infrastructure can place cameras without running Ethernet cables.
Enhanced security – security and interference issues are reduced with IP-based systems, whereas wireless analog cameras have problems with interference and are unencrypted – anyone can view the signal – a real problem where privacy legislation mandates the protection of client data
More options on component placement: - with IP technology, recording devices do not require direct connection to cameras, enabling cameras to be place at any point within or outside the facility that is connected to the network. Network video recorders, virtual matrix software and viewers can be located where they can best be serviced and used, not just at the end of a camera’s coax cable.
Image quality: - the image quality of IP-based surveillance systems is substantially superior because the IP camera can be multi-megapixel and are not restricted to analog NTSC or PAL standards
Future proofing – ongoing R&D is a reality with manufacturers of IP Surveillance systems. Selecting IP over CCTV will present new opportunities for surveillance applications and advancements in system features and functionality. In the same manner that VoIP offers Computer Telephony Integration to generate productivity savings and enhanced services, IP surveillance promises to enable video data to integrate with other applications for analysis leading to operations improvement, marketing analysis, training development programs and employee reviews.