If you have an existing video security system in place, you already know the value of being able to pull “tape” on an incident that occurred at your business. You put the system in place in order to protect and maintain your assets, whether they are your property or human capital under your employ. How effective, though, is that old analog camera system anymore? No doubt, it was top-of-the-line when you first made the investment in your business security. However, with the constant evolution of technology, as well as the evolution of the potential threats to your security, you may want to consider the possibility that an upgrade is in order. You might consider looking into what today’s technology in video security services, specifically an IP camera system, has to offer.
IP Versus Analog
We are all familiar with the grainy videos of suspects which have made the evening news, accompanied by a pleas for anyone who can offer information leading to capture of the perpetrators of the crimes. How often have you wondered how anyone could make any kind of positive ID with such poor video quality? Granted, not all analog cameras turn out video which looks that bad, but when compared to what IP camera systems can do, the analogy is not far off considering analog cameras are a 50-year-old technology.
IP cameras get 6 to 20 times higher resolution than their analog counterparts. They can cover more area per camera and can transmit over larger distances as well. Installation for IP camera systems are easier than analog, as well, due to the fact that they transmit video and power over Cat5e network cabling (which is probably already present), as opposed to the separate cables needed for power and video for analog. Furthermore, if you are using an NVR (Network Video Recorder), you can add cameras one at a time to expand your surveillance as opposed to purchasing DVRs in multiples of 4 to accommodate the analog cameras in the system.
IP camera systems offer immense flexibility. You can get remote access to them via nearly any PC, smart phone or tablet. You can obtain a live stream of video, or set them up to record on an NVR “in the cloud.” This gives you the freedom to access your video files from the office down the hall, from across town, or from across the country if needs be. If your business necessitates travel, being able to access files via mobile apps and over the internet is definitely a benefit to going with IP camera systems.
The misconception is that obtaining the NVR and IP camera deployments are so expensive that they become prohibitive. When you take into account the fact that multiple analog cameras are necessary to cover the same amount of ground that an IP camera can cover, as well as the fact that DVRs can only handle analog cameras in fixed numbers (usually 4, 8 or 16), the cost comparison begins to lean further in favor of going with the future-proof NVR/IP camera option.
Whether you are looking for a brand new video surveillance system or you are contemplating the end of life of your current analog/DVR components, it is definitely worth exploring the IP cameras. The benefits of such a camera system far outweigh the liabilities, especially when you consider added extras that are available through a security service provider. Contact Bates Security for more information about their professional design, integration and installation of turn-key video security solutions.