Although IP cameras are the newer camera type when it comes to the surveillance world, they are by no means new. In fact, IP cameras have been around since the 1990s. Their real name, Internet Protocol, can easily explain their inception – after the dawn of the internet age.
IP cameras were developed as a means of recording surveillances without having to have an on-site, local recording device – which was completely different from their analog CCTV predecessors. And that was not the only bonus these IP cameras brought.
Over time, the features are creating more and more functionality with these cameras, making them one of the most popular choices for homes and businesses alike.
To help explain their popularity, let’s take a look at a few of the key features IP cameras have to offer.
Night vision used to be a far-fetched idea that came as a kid’s toy in a Cracker Jack box. Not anymore. Night vision is real – and it is readily available with IP cameras. In fact, without any light on at all, night vision cameras are able to view images clearly using infrared technology. It is even more important to note that these cameras can switch between daylight and night automatically – leaving you with less to worry about.
So, what does this mean for you? If you invest in IP cameras for your property, you will no longer have to worry about the video coverage of your property at night. And, you will no longer have to leave on sufficient lighting (leading to an increased utility bill and waste of energy). Instead, night vision allows your cameras to keep you protected 24-hours a day.
Older analog CCTV surveillance systems are constantly recording. With IP cameras, however, they have a new trait: motion detection.
With parameters that you set, an IP camera will begin recording whenever movement is detected. For many of these cameras, you can also set particular ranges within the camera’s view – meaning you can set it to record if there is movement in one particular area or to disregard the movement in another area.
This means that IP cameras can save time, energy, and money without having to be constantly recording when there is no need to.
Most surveillance cameras you see don’t include audio capabilities. A lot of time this is due to privacy concerns and federal laws. However, many IP cameras do come with the ability to listen and watch the view from the camera.
Imagine being able to view your camera images as they take place and hear what is going on, too. Whether you are seeking a way to monitor your employee’s levels of customer service, noises and commotions outside your home, or otherwise, these cameras will make you feel as though you are right there.
We do have a special note for you. Should you decide to invest in IP cameras with audio ability, it is very important that you take the time to check into your local, state, and federal privacy laws. There may be restrictions on where you can place these cameras, who you can record, and what you are able to do with the audio.
When you think of old CCTV systems, do you picture a tiny room off the back office that is stacked sky-high with VHS tapes and a desk covered with small tv monitors showing black and white footage from all cameras on the property?
While the sight is a bit different nowadays thanks to new technology and ways of video storage, the fact of the matter is that many analog CCTV systems don’t allow you to monitor cameras remotely in the way that IP cameras do.
Logging in on a smartphone, tablet, or computer can give you access to viewing cameras as if you are right there at the location. Whether day or night, you can visibly see what is taking place as it happens. Add some recording capabilities on there and you can hear what is going on, too.
Many older surveillance systems require you to have thick cords and wires that run throughout the home or office, connecting each camera together and lead to one particular viewing space. Unfortunately, the installation of these cameras requires professional assistance to ensure that everything is linked up properly.
Enter wireless IP cameras.
Wireless IP cameras are just like their name suggest – wireless. This can mean one of two things: either the camera runs directly off of batteries and is truly wireless. Or, it requires the use of an electrical outlet, but is otherwise wireless and not wired to the system as a whole.
Wireless cameras are simple to add and connect making them an easier option to purchase and install.
Not everyone will be utilizing third-party integrations, but this may change as more and more are introduced to the market. Many of these systems can have positive impacts on businesses, for example. Tools that increase productivity and efficiency can easily integrate with the surveillance system, increasing its overall capabilities and effectiveness.
What does integration look like?
One of the most popular is the ability to integrate a camera system with a company’s Point of Sale (POS) system. Doing this will allow the managers to monitor transactions as they take place – in real-time. In addition, any keys that are pressed or actions that are taken using the POS system will show up on the view of the video in text overlay format. In other words, being able to integrate your camera with your POS system allows you to fully see the transactions as they take place – even remotely.
It is important to keep in mind that many of these integrations will require an IP surveillance system.
New advancements in technology will always bring about something new. And, while some of these new things will stick around, others don’t. But, as a game-changer, since they were created, you can rest assured that IP cameras are definitely here to stay.