IP Security Camera

In today's world, an IP surveillance camera system may be the smart solution to a security issue in a home, business, or other establishment. Compared to traditional security cameras, IP or Internet protocol has its advantages and disadvantages. However, more and more customers are switching due to the ease of installation and higher resolution of video. CCTV (closed circuit television) and DVR methods are quickly becoming obsolete because IP allows business owners to view video from anywhere with an Internet or network connection. With a wide market out there, some business owners may feel a little overwhelmed. However, by looking at some of the top manufacturers and learning about the different options available within the IP security camera world, making a confident decision isn't all that complicated.

Large companies and retailers have a lot of property to protect. "Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee" (Proverbs 3:29). With an IP surveillance camera, the business can exist securely without any concern for theft or tampering going on unmonitored. An IP system can monitor an area 24/7, and the business owner can access either live video or recorded video through a network or on the Internet. These systems are becoming vastly more effective than CCTV and even DVR because clearer still images can be pulled from Internet protocol video, making it easier to identify culprits, even in quick motion. Plus, companies with previously established DVR or CCTV systems can easily integrate Internet protocol into the old system without making it completely useless. Others find that Internet protocol is superior to old methods of surveillance monitoring because CCTV requires expensive coaxial cabling while protocol cables are significantly cheaper and can be less obtrusive.

IP security camera systems are not perfect by any means. There are some disadvantages that some with the territory. IP cameras may not all perform as well as traditional cameras in low light. Frame rate can also be a problem for some Internet protocol models as well, making the image look jumpy. The quality of image sensors has come into questions with IP cameras, and there is a lack of standard when it comes to video encoding, meaning that not every type of camera is compatible with every type of encoder. Some of these kinks are already being worked out by the top manufacturers and may not even be a major issue with some of their best models. Customers will need to ask a representative about these issues and may also want to request some demos or sample videos from specific models.

An important part of selecting an IP surveillance camera is selecting the video encoder. To make compatibility less complicated, it's best to purchase the encoder from the same manufacturer as the camera. The video encoder sends the video over the IP network, making it possible to view video from remote locations over the network or Internet. There are different aspects of video encoders that customers need to be aware of. Most encoders can be split into two categories: one-port and four-port. One-port or one channel means that the encoder only digitizes one camera's analog. Four-port has four channels for encoding four camera's analog video at once. Obviously, for every four cameras the company purchases, it would need another four-port encoder. Apart from port requirements, other important features to compare within these categories include maximum video resolution, compression rate, and embedded analytics. Embedded analytics can include motion detecting, video loss, audio detecting, and active tampering. Customers will want to look at each of these features in more detail on manufacturers' websites.

Another aspect of selecting an IP security camera is the type of camera and whether it is designed for indoor or outdoor use. Some are conveniently designed for both. The outdoor cameras will be able to withstand the elements (to a degree) and handle adjustments in natural lighting more so than compared to indoor models. Most manufacturers will offer a wide selection of cameras that include features such as motion detecting, panning, and zooming. The need for these features really depends on the security needs of the establishment. Motion detection helps reduce the amount of recorded information. A motion detecting camera is designed to sense motion in an area and immediately record the motion. Some cameras will even notify the business owner that there is motion sensed. This greatly reduces the amount of recordings that need to be filtered through to get video of a theft. Zoom, tilt, and pan allow the camera to follow motion rather than maintain one wide view of activity.

When considering the purchase of an IP surveillance camera system, price always comes into consideration. The most top-of-the-line systems can cost an upwards of $60,000. Of course, this number involves an amount of cameras, encoders, and other accessories that not all businesses would require. Every business owner needs to contact the top manufacturers to discuss options and request a quote. Some manufacturers will not sell directly to customers but will provide a list of recommended merchants. It's important to use these merchants as they are trusted by the manufacturer for not only sale but installation. It's not a bad idea to also price CCTV and DVR security options as well, but be sure to compare video quality. If the business owner doesn't have his heart set on monitoring video from anywhere, CCTV or DVR could be a less expensive alternative to Internet protocol. For large companies with a great deal of sensitive information or expensive inventory, an IP security camera system may be the best option. There's really no price too high when it comes to keeping one's business, employees, and inventory secure at all time.

IP Addressable Camera

Used primarily for surveillance, an IP addressable camera can be an intruder's worst enemy. A wireless IP camera can be placed anywhere inside or outside a place of business or residence to begin recording the moment movement is detected. And because there are no telltale wires, thieves are unable to disrupt videotaping. Wireless digital cameras are constructed with a built-in web server and assigned an Internet Protocol (IP) address. Using this unique IP address, homeowners and business owners are able to log onto servers located at home or in the office and monitor properties from any Internet connection in the world! Retirees can take a tropical island cruise and monitor their residences from a hotel room or beach resort. Working single parents can place cameras in an infant's room to monitor babysitters, ensuring that toddlers are kept safe. Corporations can install several cameras throughout factories, warehouses, and manufacturing plants to monitor activities or prevent workplace theft, a major problem for a lot of companies.

The secret behind the success of an IP addressable camera is twofold: WiFi connectivity and a built-in web server, which enable owners to view video images from any PC with Internet access. Once cameras are in place, users simply type in the IP address from any Internet browser to view whatever the camera is focused on in real time. Unlike conventional security cameras which are placed in one location and require electrical wiring, a wireless surveillance camera can be moved to several different locations without worrying about electrical connections. Outdoors, indoors, in dimly lit rooms, stairwells, garages, and rooftops, these digital cameras are hardworking marvels of space-age technology that deliver optimum results. Scientists can record time-lapsed photos of research animals to test the effects of medication or behavioral changes. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea or sleep walking disorders can submit to videotaping via an IP addressable camera monitored by physicians in a remote location. Parking lots and isolated businesses can be monitored using wireless cameras to detect suspicious or criminal activity, while security company personnel view events from an offsite PC across town.

The advantage of using wireless technology versus conventional security cameras is obvious. Conventional monitoring systems only alarm and alert owners and law enforcement in the event of a break in, which is normally too late to catch criminals. By the time security companies receive the alert, dial local police, and summon law enforcement to the scene, the crook is long gone with valuables in hand. In addition, outmoded wired systems frequently trigger false alarms, a nuisance at the least. Conventional security systems have proven to be faulty and can easily be triggered by bad weather or a stray cat. But a wireless IP camera is in a class all its own. Options, such as remote control, motion detectors, alarms, 180 degree tilt, and the ability to pan and zoom in on objects makes these high tech cameras a must have for anyone who is wants to protect valuable property and assets. In today's uncertain world, it pays to remain watchful, not only to protect valuable assets, but also for the safety of one's soul. "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." (Matthew 26:42-44)

Another feature of a wireless IP camera is its affordability. Prices start at $100 for basic no-frills models; and at that price, most home and business owners will want to purchase at least two. Video surveillance software is priced from $200 for basic packages to as much as $1,600 for deluxe models. Software enables cameras to zoom in, tilt, pan, record, and play back events. Placed at strategic locations, especially at rear entrances and seldom used alleyways, the camera's motion detector starts taping the moment an intruder comes within range -- up to 20-25 Km. Cameras can also be programmed to begin recording at preset time frames, such as after business hours or at dusk. Owners can also set recording intervals or triggers. For optimal security protection for residences and businesses, a wireless IP camera can be used in conjunction with conventional security systems. Installing glass breaks and contacts at windows and doors, 24-hour monitoring and police notification, along with powerful wireless camera monitoring can make a business or home as safe as Fort Knox.

In addition to surveillance, an IP addressable camera can also be used as a videoconferencing tool. Wireless digital cameras enable multiple participants to log onto a web address and view seminars, workshops, and sales meetings from across town or across the globe. Videoconferencing using the latest webcam technology has opened up an entire galaxy of options for domestic and foreign businesses seeking to expand operations or simply communicate more effectively with enterprises in overseas or European markets. An IP addressable camera really offers an eye to the world, transmitting live pictures overseas or recording images for on-demand viewing.

Anyone in the market for a high quality wireless IP camera should browse the Internet to compare prices and features suitable for residential or business needs. Many models are affordably priced, but extra options can add up. Consumers should always deal with reputable companies, whether local or online; and check to make sure that cameras come with warranties, accessories, instruction manuals, and technical support. Reputable suppliers won't mind providing a list of references or business credentialing. Consumer reporting websites may provide information on Internet advertisers and local businesses selling security equipment. Serious shoppers may want to visit neighboring businesses or residences which utilize wireless digital camera surveillance tools before buying. The best recommendation for high-tech security cameras will come from a satisfied customer.

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