Camera Systems: IP Security Cameras or Analogue?

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In today’s era, security cameras and camera systems are everywhere. If you can go out in public and not be recorded, we’d like to know. As a business, if you’re looking at camera systems and just starting to navigate the security camera field, the information can be overwhelming. A common question that those searching for security solutions have is, “Should I choose IP or Analog?” It’s a technical question, but you don’t need to fear! In this article, we will break it down in simple terms.

Learning about different camera systems

IP and Analog security cameras fall under CCTV Systems. CCTV stands for closed circuit television. A common CCTV system will have cameras, cabling, video recorders, and a display unit. We’re going to start by talking about IP cameras. A very nice benefit of IP cameras is that they use the same LAN wiring that almost all your other network devices use (Cat5e, Cat6). If you’re going to invest in security cameras, resolution is important. IP cameras offer significantly better video resolution than any type of analog camera. IP cameras also record at much higher frame rates. This is crucial when using security camera systems that are running artificial intelligence or machine learning. In order to recognize faces or license plates, frame rates must be high. To put it simply, IP cameras also offer intelligent solutions such as sound-on motion detection, smoke detection, people counting, and much more. If you’re on the go, you’ll have the ability to view live video footage remotely with zoom capability.

Now, let’s talk about analog cameras. Unlike IP, analog cameras use completely different hardware and cabling (RG-59). Some people in the industry will say analog lets you can see better in the dark. With technology advancing at unprecedented rates with IP cameras, that’s a hard statement to get behind. Analog cameras have a resolution that ranges from 420 to 700 pixels, which is far below IP cameras. With analog twisted pair cable, you can send video over 1.5 kilometers away or 300 meters with coaxial cable. A major concern with some analog systems is security. Analog cameras can become vulnerable to breaches.

In conclusion, if you want a reliable and innovative security camera system, we strongly recommend choosing IP cameras. In almost every city in and around the Triad including Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point, our professional team has installed IP security cameras. We have even installed integrated security systems that combine security cameras with access control. If you’re interested in having a CCTV system installed in your business, contact i-Tech Security and Network Solutions today.