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What is an IP- Based Camera and Video System?

by Kevin Gillingham | Feb 15, 2012


There are many benefits to having an IP based video network

Set-up costs and equipment are now available at competitive rates allowing companies to have a comprehensive security package which includes cost-effective installation, remote video monitoring, improved storage, and a host of other benefits suiting their individual needs.
Live network camera feeds are available in real-time from any computer with Internet access. Network cameras are able to capture and transmit high-quality and even High Definition (HD) video images over any IP network or the Internet, where it can then be viewed and stored remotely using a computer or in some cases handheld devices such as a mobile phone or tablet. Users can set their data to be transmitted through encryption and authentication methods for extra security measures using methods such as WEP, WPA, WPA2.

IP cameras offer flexible installation, ease of use, higher-quality images, stability, and scalability as new cameras can be added to the network at any time. IP cameras eliminate the need for expensive and complicated cabling systems as they allow cameras to be moved around anywhere on the IP network and even have wireless capabilities if set up with appropriate router hardware. Commands for panning, tilting, zooming and setting motion sensors, audio surveillance, integration with alarms and other security systems, automated alerts, intelligent video analytics, and much more can all be programmed transmitted and over a single network cable.


Storage Capabilities and add-ons

Network cameras capture digital video images and can store large amounts of information on servers where archived video can be quickly accessed. Certain IP cameras offer the ability to operate without extra power supplies and work on a power over Ethernet (POE) system. Some cameras allow for an analytics program to be placed in the camera itself allowing scalability in analytics solutions – more advanced technology would include facial recognition software.

Video management software is a necessary component of a video surveillance system. The software provides the tools for monitoring and accessing and recording surveillance footage. A standard web browser may allow for remote viewing, but dedicated video management software is required for viewing and managing multiple cameras at once most effectively.

Basic IP video software provides for live viewing, recording, and retrieving of video footage, but more advanced software platforms will allow for simultaneous viewing of multiple cameras, and multiple recordings at once.

IP Based video and Access Control solutions give you total control and open up a new world of possibility.

Find out more about IP Access Control Systems by contacting Activo.