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The Advantages of an IP Camera Installation for CCTV

Supplier: Paqworks by Madison Technologies
29 August, 2007

A Mobotix IP Camera is essentially a computer and camera combined. They can be referred to as a “computer camera” or a “network camera” as they connect directly into a LAN and have their own network IP address. Once a camera is connected to a Local area network (LAN) it can be accessed from any computer in the world.

Uses and applications

IP Cameras are primarily used for video surveillance and continue to outgrow older analog CCTV sales. Recently IP cameras have become a vital part of manufacturing, mining and industry due to vastly superior vision and functionality. Next generation Megapixel IP Cameras offered from brands such as Mobotix are often referred to as ‘intelligent’ devices. Cameras have built in file storage systems, bi directional audio, motion detection, and can be pre configured to perform an array of functions.

Advantages compared to Analog CCTV

Traditional CCTV systems run on analog signals. Analog signals have to be converted to digital for storage and retrieval. Conversion is done by expensive digital video recorders which have many limitations. Installation can be complicated because CCTV systems require co-axial cable, multiplexers, DVR’s and other TV style components. An entire system can prove to be much more expensive than a simple IP Camera installation.

IP Cameras are digital and the digital architecture offers greater flexibility for development and functionality. Signals can be compressed making image storage, retrieval and handling much easier. A digital signal can enable alarms and snapshots when movement is detected. Cameras can also be set to only record on motion vastly reducing network components and costs associated with constant recording.

Cameras can be used not only for vision but also to communicate with people as they have inbuilt microphones enabling live two way audio. IP Cameras offer Megapixel resolution which can be up to 12 times the clarity of traditional analog CCTV systems. Cameras are very simple to install and can be powered from the same cable that they use to transmit data. This is known as Power over Ethernet (PoE). Viewing and recording is simple as IP Cameras come with inbuilt file storage and management systems.

The Good News!

You do not have to entirely discard your old CCTV system as you can integrate your IP Cameras into existing installations. A video server can enable you to plug CCTV cameras into an IP network. There has also been a break through that now enables Ethernet over CCTV coaxial cable. This means that with the help of a simple converter CCTV cameras can be replaced with IP Cameras. Existing coaxial cable can be used to power and transmit data for your new IP Camera – Swap and Play.

Mobotix Megapixel IP Cameras have the lowest failure rate of any camera manufacturer on the market. Cameras feature no moving parts, require no additional housing or heating, viewing software is included and have unlimited scalability for network expansion.

Paqworks is Australia’s leading supplier for Mobotix Megapixel IP Cameras. With extensive experience with installation and technical support please contact Paqworks to discuss your security application.