IP CCTV – Everything You Need to Know About IP CCTV
What is IP CCTV?
Standing for Internet Protocol, IP CCTV is a modernised version of CCTV. It refers to digital video cameras that send and receive data through the internet rather than a digital video recorder, requiring nothing more than a network connection (either wireless or via an ethernet cable) in order to transfer images and video recordings.
How Does IP CCTV Work?
IP CCTV cameras are independent devices that can operate either in centralised or decentralised modes, sometimes both. Whereas centralised cameras are linked to a network of security cameras and a network video recorder (NVR) which stores video recordings from all devices, decentralised IP cameras are stand-alone devices that hold their recordings in their own storage medium, such as a hard drive or SD card, which can then be accessed by any other device on your local area network (LAN).
Benefits of IP CCTV Camera Systems
Remote Viewing and Accessibility
Since IP CCTV cameras are connected to a network, as long as you have access to the internet, you’ll be able to securely view your devices’ recordings at any time and from anywhere in the world. You can also tilt, zoom and focus the camera remotely from your phone, tablet or laptop.
Alerts and Alarms
Undoubtedly one of the biggest benefits of IP CCTV is that the cameras can be programmed to immediately alert you if and when an alarming movement or intrusion is detected, enabling you to take swift action. They also have very advanced motion analysis algorithms that help to reduce the number of false detections.
Images obtained by IP cameras can be compressed, stored and reviewed with almost zero loss to image quality.
The cameras are a versatile solution solely requiring Wi-Fi connection – there is no need for any cables, a computer station or wired electricity (if battery powered) – so can be easily and freely installed or moved around your property. This also makes them ideal if you’re only wanting a temporary CCTV solution set-up.
Intelligence and Analytics
IP cameras utilise the latest technology and can therefore be tailored to provide a wide range of analytics and data. Not only can they detect motion, but they can also count people, sense when something disappears and even create a trip line (and if it gets crossed, you’ll be notified).
The IP cameras have the capabilities to work with home automation systems, such as your lighting, heating, doorbells and so on.
The image resolution of IP cameras continues to get better and better and is far superior to the image quality of analogue CCTV cameras.
All video recorded is encrypted, which ensures that transmission is secure and unauthorised personnel are prevented from gaining access.
IP CCTV devices come with a built-in speaker and microphone, which allows you to communicate with anyone in close proximity of your cameras regardless of where you are.
There isn’t a limit on how many people can view recordings at one time, so several users can have access to and simultaneously use the cameras on different devices.
IP CCTV camera systems are a cost-effective solution for the level of security they provide.
The cameras are equipped with infrared LEDs, meaning they’re able to capture recordings both during the night and in low light conditions.
Different Types of IP CCTV Cameras
There are four main types of IP CCTV cameras –
- Bullet camera – The traditional, cylindrical-shaped camera which offers flexible installation and adjustment.
- Dome camera – This is the most commonly used type of camera and is the advised model for commercial buildings.
- Turret camera – Slightly more discreet than their dome counterpart, turret style cameras are becoming more and more popular.
- Indoor cube camera – Designed to be installed in a corner of the ceiling or on a flat surface, these types of cameras can also be used as baby monitors and door phones.
Best IP CCTV Camera Brands
Here at A.P.E Fire & Security, we work with some of the most established and reputable brands in the security industry. Here are some of our favourite IP CCTV manufacturers –
- BQT Solutions
IP CCTV Camera Price
For the best and most accurate IP CCTV camera prices, we recommend that you get a free, no obligation quote from our friendly security specialists. Our experts will take into consideration the size and layout of your property, as well as evaluate which manufacturer is best suited to your requirements to make sure you receive a fair and competitive price. We work with clients all over the UK and are dedicated to ensuring your facility is equipped with the most reliable security systems and devices.
IP CCTV Installers Bristol
If you’d like to find out more or are interested in equipping your property with IP CCTV camera systems, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today. We have over 40 years of experience in the security industry and specialise in fitting comprehensive IP CCTV systems on premises of all sizes.
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