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What is an IP Security Camera?

Lease to Own CCTV SystemsAn IP camera captures and sends video footage over an IP network, allowing users to view, record, store, and manage their video surveillance images either locally or remotely over the network infrastructure. This IP security camera can be placed wherever there’s an IP network connection. It has its own IP address and unlike a webcam, doesn’t require a connection to a PC in order to operate.

Along with streaming video footage, IP network cameras can include a number of additional functions, such as pan/tilt/zoom operation, motion detection, audio surveillance, integration with alarms and other security systems, automated alerts, intelligent video analytics, and much more. Many IP cameras can also send multiple streams of video, using different compression technologies for live viewing and archiving.

Benefits of IP security camera systems

IP based (Internet) video surveillance has improved the effectiveness of video security by leaps and bounds over the analog CCTV equipment we’ve grown so accustomed to over the years. Today’s IP video surveillance solutions use an IP network, rather than complicated cabling setups, as the backbone for delivering information. This allows for flexible, cost-effective installation, remote video monitoring, improved storage, and a host of other benefits.

Remote Video Monitoring

With IP surveillance cameras, users can view live network camera feeds in real-time from any computer with Internet access. Network cameras can capture and transmit high-quality video images over any IP network or the Internet, where the footage can be viewed remotely using a computer or, in some cases, cell phones and other handheld devices. Additionally, the recorded surveillance footage can be stored at remote locations.

Scalability

Expanding a network surveillance system is as simple as connecting additional Internet security cameras to the IP network. An IP surveillance camera can be placed anywhere along the network, and there’s no need for expensive and complicated cabling. Simply connect the camera like you would any other network device.

Improved Storage Capabilities

Since network cameras capture digital video images, large amounts of footage can be stored on servers and network video recorders, where archived video can be quickly accessed and searched. Compare this type of setup to analog systems where video was stored on VHS cassette tapes, and it’s easy to see the benefits of a digital IP surveillance camera.

If you are thinking of an IP security camera system for your home or business, consider setting up a no obligation assessment for your property with one of dedicated professionals at Hart Communications to help you plan to perfect IP system for your needs.

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