IP based cameras are the future. They work by turning images and audio into data then transmitting this data over a network or Internet connection. The benefits of IP CCTV over analogue CCTV systems are greater flexibility, better performance, and easier installation.
IP CCTV systems do not require local recording. They can transmit their images across Local Networks, the Internet and Wide Area Networks to a central location, where they can be recorded, viewed and managed.
IP CCTV systems convert all images to data and have no theoretical limit to resolution, providing you have the relevant bandwidth to transmit the images. IP cameras offer high detail precision with Megapixel resolution, which are at least 3x better quality than standard analogue cameras.
IP CCTV systems communicate using IP, allowing them to integrate and co-exist on the same network/cabling as other IP based systems, such as Access Control and IP Phone Systems. Integration also means that these different systems can work together, for example an IP camera picking up movement will be able to transmit images of that movement to an IP Video Phone automatically. IP systems also allow the direct use of IP-based services as standard such as e-mail or image sending via FTP.
IP CCTV systems run over existing wired or wireless IP networks. This makes wiring IP CCTV systems simple, causing less disruption, reducing the time required to install them, and minimising unsightly cables.