The closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) industry is buzzing with talk of Internet Protocol (IP) camera takeover, with many speculating about an imminent end of analog cameras.
Video cameras – either analogue or digital – produce images or recordings for surveillance purposes. Analogue video cameras send analogue signals and digital cameras send digital signals to a storage device such as a laptop computer, desktop computer, DVR, NVR or video tape recorder.
Undoubtedly, the industry is shifting towards IP or ‘network’ cameras – mainly because they offer high definition megapixel images. However, analog CCTV cameras still provide good reliability and lower cost. In my view, both IP and analog cameras have their appropriate place in the market – depending on the intended use in a particular business.
If you are considering whether to use analog or IP cameras, you need to know the difference between the two. It is important for you to understand the two technologies, and the opportunities they offer your business.
- IP cameras offer advanced systems with more flexibility and functionality. Analogue cameras are suitable for simple monitoring systems with cameras, recorders, and monitors. On the other hand, IP cameras offer the same and so much offer – they go beyond what analogue cameras offer. IP cameras can be used on large scale systems connected to other systems, and they offer remote data access as well as multiple remote site monitoring.
- Potential in the future. As a product, analogue cameras are fully established with no significant developments expected in the future. On the other hand, IP cameras are relatively new and there are many significant developments expected in the future. Because new and more advanced functions are expected in the future, various applications beyond monitoring are likely to be further developed. If you are setting up a surveillance system for a big company or a small company that has potential to grow in the future – IP cameras are highly recommended.
- Data quality. We live in a digital world that is highly competitive. Every bit of information about your business and its operations need to be high quality, accurate and reliable – this will enable you to make the right decisions about your business. With IP cameras, data quality does not deteriorate at greater distances – this means you can capture valuable information across all areas of your business. On the other hand, data deteriorates at greater distances for analogue cameras.
- The cost and your budget. The type and size of your business determines the appropriate surveillance system you need. It is important to keep this in mind when considering analogue or IP cameras because they are quite different in terms of price. Analogue cameras are relatively inexpensive while IP cameras are relatively expensive. IP camera manufacturers are currently designing and developing new products that offer advanced features. Your surveillance requirements and budget will determine the best option for you.
Do you need a new or upgraded surveillance system for your business? Are you thinking about shifting from analogue to IP camera systems? If so, we would be pleased to have a chat with you about your surveillance requirements, and recommend the best option for you. Contact us now at (877) 841-9240 for a free, no obligations quote.