CCTV vs IP Based Security Cameras

Whether you’re looking to monitor your employees or dangerous behavior on your property, there are two types of security cameras that you should consider: Closed-Circuit and IP-based. While both of the cameras function differently depending on the users’ specific needs, when it comes time to decide on which type of video surveillance camera you need, there are a number of factors that come into play: cost, convenience, video clarity, and remote monitoring to name a few. CCTV and IP-based security cameras can prove to be a solution to potential dangers at your place of business, but each system has its pros and cons. We will take a close look at each type to help you make a well-informed decision for your company.

What is a CCTV Surveillance System?

CCTV stands for a closed-circuit television in which a surveillance system transmits the feed of its security cameras to a specific location and are not publicly distributed to outside receivers. The system is comprised of a network of security cameras and collectively functions and is monitored from video feeds on an internal system of monitors. CCTV surveillance systems have developed and modernized throughout the years, allowing the video feeds to be recorded on a separate digital video recorder which has also created the possibility of remote viewing if the DVR is connected to the Internet. CCTV surveillance systems are most often used to monitor large areas such as retail stores, banks, and other institutions, but they are also used in surveilling various public spaces, such as parks and highways. Law enforcement professionals also use CCTV surveillance systems to monitor public behavior, traffic patterns, overall public safety, and commercial buildings.

What is an IP-Based Security Camera?

IP stands for Internet protocol which allows for security cameras to be turned into digital video cameras that transmit video footage via a computer network. IP-based security cameras typically feature better video quality and advanced recording features such as digitally storing footage using a network video recorder. Additionally, IP-based security cameras have flexible capabilities in terms of connecting with additional systems and because of their wireless and remote viewing capabilities, IP-based security cameras can be used in a variety of business settings.

Choosing the Right System for Your Business

Whether you’re trying to monitor suspicious activity or simply want to know what is happening at your business at all times, installing a video surveillance system you can trust is of the utmost importance. While both CCTV and IP-based surveillance systems have advantages and disadvantages, CCTV security cameras have proven to be the clear favorite for a number of companies. Because of the fact that IP-based security systems operate just like a computer does, they generally require more time to set up and also need routine network maintenance to ensure they are working properly. IP-based surveillance systems also require a built-in network video server and dedicated IP addresses to transmit video surveillance. When it comes to CCTV surveillance systems, the lower price point, reliability, lifespan, and ease of use is what sets it apart from an IP-based system.

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