When it comes to benefiting from advances in technology the security industry is not that different from other industries. In more recent years, nowhere has this been more evident than in the area of CCTV security systems. Traditionally, analogue CCTV systems have given sterling service in monitoring the comings and goings at various business premises and public buildings. These days, however, the IP security camera is likely to play a predominant role, as part of an integrated security setup, one usually controlled by a comprehensive software package. An analogue CCTV installation feeds video to passive monitors which need to be physically co-located on the same premises as the cameras. By contrast, an IP (Internet Protocol) security camera streams video data wirelessly, or by Ethernet cable, through to a network server. From here the video stream can be viewed on a variety of internet enabled devices.
Indeed, a key advantage that the IP security camera holds over analogue video surveillance is that reviewing video material, in real time or playback mode, is not location specific. A building manager can, if they are so inclined, take a quick glance round key areas of their premises, through remote access, maybe whilst at home, and before turning in for the night.
This introduces real flexibility in to video surveillance processes.
Finally, a further benefit lies in the comparative quality of the video generated through an IP security camera. High-definition footage can be achieved, in contrast to the more grainy output of some analogue systems.