Internet Protocol cameras, or IP cameras, are similar to a simple webcam and form the core of a security camera system. Video surveillance systems can be connected to a security system and set to trigger an alarm when motion is detected or verify potential false alerts.
IP camera systems operate by transforming analog video into digital signals. The digitized video is then transmitted to storage space in a cloud computing environment, enabling you to check your security system from any location.
No hardwired cameras are required with IP camera security systems. The surveillance network is comprised of wireless cameras that each have a private IP address. A simple connection using a conventional router connects the cameras to a network and lets your transfer the video to remote computer systems or the cloud.
No Ethernet cables are required to set up an IP camera and they can be obtained with or without night vision capabilities. The camera connects wirelessly to a router like any other device. An IP security camera system enables remote viewing of your premises and can be integrated in your existing system of networked video recorders.
IP cameras are most commonly found in commercial and industrial settings, but due to their cost effectiveness and ease of use, they are becoming more popular for home security systems as well. Thanks to advanced technology and the diminished need for more and bulkier equipment, internet protocol cameras can be as small as a few inches long and are therefore great for monitoring small and large spaces alike, including everywhere from safes to private offices and from retail store floors to parking lots. They can be placed beside a computer, on a windowsill or even inside of a teddy bear (think—nanny cam). The uses for this type of equipment are virtually endless.
IP cameras capture images the same way as conventional cameras. They then compress the raw files and transmit them to a DVR or NVR with enough capacity to ensure that the video quality can be stored at the highest possible resolution. The devices can be cabled to a primary video recorder and be incorporated into integrated video surveillance systems.
Multiple security cameras can be attached to the same surveillance system to ensure that you get images from every possible angle of your house or business. The only requirement is that the IP camera system has a direct power source available.
Many homeowners have upgraded their systems to include IP cameras for several reasons. As mentioned above, they are very discreet, so can be used to monitor even the smallest of spaces without letting others know that they’re being monitored. These types of cameras are great for families with small children who want to ensure that their loved ones are being properly cared for when in the hands of a babysitter or nanny; for households with paid staff; and for families with teens. IP cameras installed in home security systems have been used to serve a number of purposes, including preventing theft, ensuring that teenagers are behaving “properly” and that household staff are making the best use of their paid-for time.
When it comes to internet cameras, there are three types of systems you can implement:
Wireless Networks: These networks use Wi-Fi to transmit data to and from a wireless modem. They are easy to setup and customize, but are at an increased risk for unauthorized access.
Wired Networks: Wired networks connect to a broadband modem or router through Ethernet cables and are the fastest and most secure way to connect your IP cameras. There is little to no risk of signal interruption or interference, and virtually no risk for unauthorized access.
Cellular Network: Though probably the most convenient option of the three, it also happens to be the slowest. A cellular network is more secure than Wi-Fi and extremely easy to set up, as most IP cameras come fully equipped with cellular transmitters, requiring little to no installation. All that said, a cellular network is probably the most expensive of the three options.
Wireless cameras are not reliable enough for commercial use yet. Instead, we use purpose-built antennae to connect hardwired cameras on light poles and buildings.
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