Which surveillance system technology best suits you?
Most people looking for a full blown security protection plan opt to equip their home or business with a surveillance system so that they can keep an eye on their property’s periphery at all times. After all, two sets of eyes are better than one. However, the looming question is which camera delivers the best quality vision and service–the IP or the Analog?
On one hand IP (“Internet Protocol”) cameras, also known as network cameras, are all the hype among the CCTV industry for their ability to deliver high definition megapixel images. On the other hand, analog CCTV cameras continue to dominate in efficiency and reliability standards, not to mention boasting a more affordable price point. But there’s more to consider when choosing between these two outstanding formats by delving a bit deeper into the inner workings of each of these surveillance systems. To find the CCTV solution that best fits your needs, you should weigh the differences in both camera technologies and method of video transmission.
So what’s the main difference between Analog cameras and IP cameras? While both analog and IP cameras use an analog image sensor, the primary difference between the two is where the video is compressed and what component it utilizes. Analog cameras turn the video signal into a format that can be received by a TV, VCR, monitor, or other type of receiver while IP cameras digitize the signal using a specialized encoder that contains an onboard web server which allows the video images to be viewed not only through an existing network but through an internet browser as well. Both analog and IP-based surveillance systems have the ability to transmit signals wirelessly or through wired connections such as Cat-5 cables, however IP cameras have the added benefit of being able to use switches, hubs and routers to expand the Cat-5 network to much broader ranges.
Choosing between the cameras ultimately comes down to your individual needs. If you have a unique surveillance system need, analog cameras are the way to go as they often come in a wider variety of designs including anything from mini covert cameras to large PTZ models. Analog cameras are also known for their superior compatibility and therefore are the surest choice if you already have existing camera equipment you wish to incorporate into your surveillance system. However, if you’re looking to go the wireless route, it’s IP all the way as analog cameras are more likely to have interference problems, preventing the resulting signals from being encrypted. IP cameras are also the best fit for instances in which you have a great deal of surface space as their built-in encryption allows them to maintain their secure network even over broad ranges.
No matter what type of security solution you’re looking for, Voltum has the quality equipment and services to fit your needs and we’ll be happy to assist you in making the decisions that are best for you!