CCTV vs IP Cameras: Which is best suited for your business or home?
March 22, 2019
IP Cameras: An Advancement in Technology
IP Cameras are the largest technological advancement since cameras have been produced.
There are basically two types of video surveillance systems, CCTV (closed-circuit television), also known as analog, and IP cameras, also known as network cameras. Both CCTV systems and IP systems transmit video to the desired destination. CCTV systems convert the video signal to a format that can be used by televisions, VCR’s, or DVR’s. IP cameras convert the video signal into IP packets to be transmitted over the data network or internet to a network storage device such as a server, NAS, or by storing on board the camera. The IP system has the added benefit of using the network devices which can expand the range of the IP cameras beyond that of a CCTV system
CCTV vs IP Cameras
When comparing CCTV vs IP camera systems, both have advantages and disadvantages. CCTV systems, in the past, have had a lower initial price point when compared to IP systems. However, that is rapidly changing as IP cameras and storage devices have shown a continued decline in pricing. In fact, many studies show that the total cost of ownership of a CCTV system is actually higher when compared over the life of the system.
Another IP camera advantage is that the capabilities of IP far surpass that of an analog system. IP cameras today have a much higher resolution than CCTV cameras. The higher resolution of IP cameras results in a much larger field of view when compared to analog cameras. This means you can reduce the number of cameras required to view a specific area by using IP cameras, therefore reducing the total cost of ownership. It can take as many as six analog cameras to view the same area as one, 2 megapixel IP camera.
IP Camera Advantages Outweigh CCTV Camera Advantages
IP video surveillance is quickly becoming the standard for video surveillance. With advanced features, scalability, and a declining total cost of ownership, IP versus CCTV is no longer a difficult decision.
DFS Services takes the time to talk to the customer to determine their requirements and then designs the system around those needs. By listening to our customers, we can provide you with a system that meets or exceeds expectations, is easily expanded, and is easy to use.
If you are looking learn more about video surveillance, you can speak with a representative from our team by contacting us. We look forward to learning more about your business and helping with your video surveillance needs!