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Analog Security Cameras VS IP Security Systems

Whether they are used to monitor progress, keep businesses running smoothly, or provide a measure of security; video surveillance systems are the eyes and ears of many a business owner.

The security industry is dominated by two types of video surveillance: analog security cameras and Internet Protocol (IP) security cameras.

When it comes to what is what and which one is best, it’s time we took a closer look at the facts.

Analog Security Cameras (CCTV )

The old school method and original concept as far as security cameras go, these devices have been around since the 1970s. They work by capturing video and transmitting a signal through a “TV line coaxial cable” to a TV monitor. This is known as a closed-circuit live broadcast; basic but useful for many years.

While this concept is becoming more and more outdated, these cameras do have some benefits, especially if you’re struggling with a tight budget and you need to keep your costs down.

Because of their simplicity, CCTV security systems can be quite affordable, depending on the initial video surveillance installation and how many cameras you need.

In truth, they exist to perform one function and one function only: to capture video. There are no added bells or whistles, so it is fair to call them a one trick pony.

Some points to think about:

  • In order to record a live broadcast from the analog signal and use it, you need to purchase quite a few accessories. This ancillary tech includes a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) which is needed to convert the original and mostly outdated analog signal to one of the more modern signals we use today.

  • This tech has limited resolution capabilities; because the frame rate of analog cameras is lower, they’re not ideal for high-motion areas. Images generated by these cameras are not particularly sharp and may appear grainy or blurry. You also can’t zoom in digitally like you can with the more modern cameras available on the market today.

  • Finally, because of their close range limitations, you may find yourself having to install many cameras to get the coverage you need, instead of only a few.

At the end of the day, if simple video capture is all you need and your starting point is modest, an analog system is the reasonable way to go.

However, it is important to note that this system is being overtaken by bigger and better devices. Technological advancement is the name of the game, and you don’t want to be stuck with an outdated surveillance system when the going gets rough.

Let’s take a close look at the newer kid on the block:

IP Security Camera (Internet Protocol Security Systems)

The first centralized IP camera knows as the Axis Neteye 200, was released in 1996 by Axis Communications. It changed the face of video surveillance in one fell swoop.

Instead of using the original closed-circuit method including cables and monitors, this new system consisted of a multifunctional digital camera equipped with WiFi and an SD slot. The camera captures a digital signal and saves it onto its own built-in storage system.

Because of its many enhancements, this camera comes with numerous benefits including the following:

  • IP cameras are wireless, which means they don't use any kind of cable to transfer their data. In truth, all you really need is an SD card and an internet connection. Ip cameras run on power over ethernet systems, where you only need one cable. This is a better improvement from analog cameras in that it provides both power and data transfer capabilities simultaneously.

  • They have a ‘remote access’ feature which allows authorized persons to access the footage at any time, from anywhere by simply inputting the required passwords.

  • IP footage doesn’t need any ancillary tech to convert the signal received because all footage is automatically captured in modern digital signals.

  • Probably the best feature of these cameras is the sheer quality of their video and image capture. Their resolution capabilities far outweigh any other security camera on the market and unlike most analog substitutes, they are adept at capturing HD quality even if there is a high level of motion involved.

  • Modern smart systems include features like motion detection and text notifications. Your security system can not only capture a security breach but notify you of any issues in real time.

With enhanced capabilities that far outweigh simple video capture, its true that this system does have a few drawbacks. It can be costly, and cannot be installed by just any vendor. However, the sheer quality and functionality afforded by these systems make them more of an investment than a short-term purchase.

At the end of the day, the question you need to ask when looking into security systems is this: Are you looking for something gets the job done for a short while, or something that will be a lasting security investment?

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