The Biggest Benefits of IP Cameras for Security Surveillance Systems

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Why might you want to invest in an IP camera setup? Find out how beneficial they are to surveillance systems.

Many of us have grown up in the world of analog CCTV cameras.  You know, the ones that require you to run coax cable as well as a power source to each camera?  These are now considered part of legacy surveillance systems just aren’t used very often anymore, especially not since the advent of IP (internet protocol) cameras. IP cameras are a popular option for many commercial security systems and make it easier to install and monitor an area that may be of concern. If you’re unsure of what advantages IP cameras have over older systems, read on to find out some of the biggest benefits of IP cameras for use within a security surveillance system.

System Costs

Individual IP cameras may not actually even cost more than analog cameras, but because of the way they can be configured, an IP camera system ends up being much less expensive overall. This is thanks to the fact that IP cameras have a large field of view and require less equipment to initially set up, meaning you can purchase fewer IP cameras overall while still covering the same amount of ground.

Video Resolution

In addition to better field of view, IP cameras also benefit from higher resolution, with many of the common options capable of shooting between 1 and 5 megapixels. They also have evolved to perform better in low light environments.  When it comes to security, clarity is incredibly important and the ability to make out someone’s face, for example, is critical. This stands in stark contrast to analog cameras, which typically only perform at about half of a megapixel.

PoE Switching

Analog security cameras must be hooked up to two devices: one that transfers the data itself (on coaxial cable) and another that works as a power source to keep the whole system running. This complicated setup isn’t just inefficient but takes up quite a lot of space and installation time as well. IP cameras, on the other hand, can be connected to Power over Ethernet switches on Cat 5 or Cat 6 standard data cabling, which take the place of those two devices and simultaneously send data while powering the device.

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