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What is IP CCTV?

IP CCTV systems do not necessarily require local recording, and work by turning images and audio in to data that can be transmitted over your company’s existing network infrastructure or internet connection to a central location or PC anywhere in the world. Digital technology means crisp clear images that do not degrade on playback, recording or onward forwarding, and gives the modern day Security Manager greater flexibility to view and manage CCTV images.

Superior image quality
Image quality is one of the most important features of any HD CCTV system, and is frequently called upon for police evidence. IP cameras use megapixel technology for excellent image quality at up to 3 x the resolution of the best analogue cameras on the market. Analogue cameras have a maximum 400,000 pixels per frame, whereby IP cameras record at 1.3 million megapixels and up to 10 megapixels per frame. Unlike traditional CCTV systems where the quality of the recording can degrade when copies are made, with IP CCTV, there is no loss of image quality on playback, recording or onward forwarding.

Easy to set up, easy to use
IP CCTV is incredibly easy to install, set up and use. You can install a reliable surveillance system all by using modern high bandwidth network infrastructure. Traditional analogue CCTV systems required dedicated cables for every camera, with separate cables for power, and camera control. IP cameras use a single standard network cable to simply connect the camera to your network. The single network cable can be used for power, control, video and data meaning less disruption to your workplace, and less time to install them. The graphical user interface is incredibly intuitive to use for ease of operation, with features such as single button image archive and back up operation. You can display multiple cameras in a single drag and drop operation and can view any combination of cameras from a single workstation.

Use existing CCTV investments
Users can easily integrate existing analogue CCTV cameras in to an IP surveillance solution. Video encoders enable analogue video to be digitized, transmitted and viewed over an IP network, thereby giving the user all the advantages of IP surveillance, such as viewing live images using a web browser or any local or remote computer on a network. However, resolution is limited to that of the analogue camera. You can simultaneously access images from analogue cameras as well as any IP CCTV cameras that are added to the system.

Cost effectiveness
You can migrate from analogue CCTV to IP at your own pace, as they can run alongside each other as long as needed, allowing you to plan and budget your surveillance system over a period of time. You can record the images in a central location, so do not have the cost of requiring local recording devices at each of your properties. Higher resolution images provided by IP cameras mean that fewer cameras are needed to cover the same area that traditional cameras could cover.

Multi camera / Multi site remote accessibility
An IP-based surveillance system will give you the ability to record, view and manage images transmitted from your cameras remotely from anywhere there is a networked computer. You can set up authorised viewers from different locations to simultaneously access images from the same camera, and have the ability to view any combination of cameras on a single workstation.

Smartphone compatibility with real time alerts and information
You do not even have to be in the office – IP surveillance systems give you the ability to view live and recorded images of any camera on your Smartphone, as well as receive alarm and fault conditions via email and SMS. Remotely checking the status of your protected premises, night or day, has never been easier.

IP CCTV systems do not require local recording as they can transmit their images across Local Networks, the Internet and Wide Area Networks to a central location where that can be recorded, viewed and managed on standard IT storage systems. Storing large amounts of data is nothing new in IT, and if you are a multi site organisation, this presents real cost saving and simple management of all your CCTV across many sites.

Future proof
An IP network CCTV system can be expanded quickly and easily by adding more network cameras, enabling you to scale the system at any time to meet your growing needs. Strict adherence to industry standard open protocols means that it has the future ability to integrate with other equipment such as access control and building management systems.

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