Keeping facilities safe and secure is crucial to the success of your operation. And IP (Internet Protocol)-based video surveillance makes your security systems more powerful, convenient, and cost-effective than before.
But video surveillance is not just about security, it's about efficiency. Libraries and supermarkets can use surveillance to better lay out their areas, warehouses can use it to better monitor their employees and staff members, and retail stores can use it to better understand the products their customers are trying to find.
Unlike analog closed-circuit TV-based systems, IP-based video surveillance systems enable you to view live footage in real time, wherever you are, from any computer with Internet access, handheld PDA, or even some cell phones. You can also store recorded surveillance footage at remote locations.
IP cameras, essentially a camera and computer in one, capture and transmit video across an IP network. They connect to your existing IP network just like any other network device and unlike a webcam, do not require a connection to a PC in order to operate. The advantages of IP cameras include remote monitoring, digital storage, cost-effective installation, flexibility, and scalability should you need to install additional cameras down the road.
Along with streaming video footage, network cameras can include a number of additional capabilities, such as pan/tilt/zoom operation, motion detection, audio surveillance, integration with alarms and other security systems, automated alerts, intelligent video analytics, and much more.
Expanding a network surveillance system is as simple as connecting additional IP cameras to the IP network. IP cameras can be placed anywhere along the network, and there’s no need for expensive and complicated cabling. Simply connect the camera like you would any other network device.
Improved Storage Capabilities
Since network cameras capture digital video images, large amounts of footage can be stored on servers and network video recorders, where archived video can be quickly accessed and searched. Compare this type of setup to analog systems where video was stored on VHS cassette tapes, and it’s easy to see the benefits of a digital surveillance system.
Monitoring with IP Video Software
Video management software gives users much more flexibility when it comes to viewing and managing their network camera systems. Video management solutions provide tools for simultaneous monitoring of multiple cameras, event management functions, alarm notification, recording, and more. IP video software solutions range from basic programs designed for individual users, to advanced solutions that allow multiple users to access to IP camera system simultaneously from different locations.
Network Video Recording
Typically, video footage from IP cameras is recorded either to a hard drive, uploaded to an FTP server, or stored on a dedicated NVR (Network Video Recorder). For basic applications, the camera’s built-in recording functionality captures video using scheduled or triggered recording, then uploads the video to an FTP server or computer hard drive. Network Video Recorders capture video streams from remote IP cameras and video servers and store the footage on a hard disc. Video management software provides the tools for sophisticated recording and event management. Using IP video software, operators can program for continuous, scheduled, and event-triggered recording.