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Why Migrate to IP-Based Physical Security Systems

As businesses continue to face an increased range of security threats, upgrading current systems has become crucial. Traditional analog-based systems are no longer sufficient in today’s rapidly advancing technological landscape.

IP-based physical security systems offer several advantages over traditional systems, including higher resolution, scalability, and ease of integration. Migrating to IP-based systems will save your company money and provide better quality security.

The Disadvantages of Analog Systems

Traditional physical security systems rely on analog technology to capture and store surveillance footage. These systems use coaxial cables to transmit data to a digital video recorder (DVR) for storage and playback.

However, analog-based physical security systems have several limitations that can make them challenging to use effectively. The low resolution of analog cameras often results in unclear footage, making it difficult to identify people or objects in video surveillance. Additionally, analog systems have wiring demands that make them difficult to scale and integrate with other security systems.

These limitations can be problematic for businesses or organizations that require larger or more complex security systems.

What is an IP-Based System?

IP-based physical security systems have become the standard for many businesses and organizations. These systems use internet protocol (IP) technology to securely connect physical security devices and enable them to transmit and store data digitally.

The benefits of IP-based systems are numerous. For one, they offer a higher resolution that allows for more accurate facial recognition and biometric identification for video surveillance and access control. Additionally, IP-based systems are scalable, which means that they can be expanded or reconfigured as needed. This scalability is valuable for businesses that need to adjust their security systems in response to changes in their operations or growth. IP-based systems are also easy to integrate with other systems, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, which helps improve overall efficiency.

With their many benefits, it’s no surprise that migration to IP-based security systems is increasingly popular among businesses and organizations that want to enhance their security and streamline their operations.

Long-Term Cost Savings

One of the key benefits of IP-based physical security systems is their long-term cost savings over the long run.  These systems can reduce costs associated with maintenance, upgrades, and energy consumption.

IP-based systems don’t require separate cabling for power and data transmission, making them easier to install and maintain. Additionally, they enable remote management and updates, reducing the need for on-site maintenance visits.

The scalability of IP-based physical security systems also makes upgrading or expanding the system easier and more cost-effective than replacement.

Although IP-based systems may have higher upfront costs, their cost savings over time make them a smart long-term investment for businesses and organizations seeking to enhance their physical security while keeping costs under control.

Factors to Consider When Migrating

Companies considering a migration to IP-based physical security systems should take several factors into account. One crucial factor is infrastructure requirements, as IP-based systems rely on a robust network infrastructure to transmit and store data effectively. Before migrating, companies should ensure that their current infrastructure can support the new system.

Another important consideration is budget – migration includes costs for hardware, software, installation, infrastructure upgrades, and training staff. A business will need to ensure it can take on these costs before switching its system.

Integration with existing systems is also a key factor. Companies should consider whether the new system needs to integrate with other systems, such as building automation or ERP systems and select hardware that is compatible.

To ensure a successful transition, it’s important to consider all these factors. Working with a team that considers all these factors is vital; Activo analyzes all of these as they build a plan and budget, and will work to accommodate to meet your needs where possible.

Ready to update? Have further questions about migrating your current physical security system? Contact us today! Our experts are ready to guide you and your business toward future-forward, safe technologies.

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