Six Cool Things You Can Do With IP Video
You may already know about two great advantages of an IP surveillance system: network storage and high resolution. Here are six more ways that your IP video system can make your work easier:
1Get Real-Time Analytics
Cameras can now “think.” They come with onboard processors that can analyze data instantly so that you can take appropriate action in real time. This saves considerable bandwidth and storage since the analyses are conducted at the camera itself, not at the server at the other end on the network. For example, motion detection triggers in the cameras can prompt to start sending video and alerts back to the main server, or to set off alarms directly. This prevents the video signal from consuming bandwidth with a continuous feed when there is nothing of note for the camera to report.
2Zoom in “After the Fact”
The feature unique to IP cameras is the exceptionally high resolution which results in improved image quality. Analog cameras operate at about 0.4 megapixels. An IP camera with three megapixels can provide up 10 times more image detail and a far wider field of view. This means you can zoom in on a video image “after the fact” and still get a sharp image that can help you in your investigation.
3Get Power Over the Ethernet (POE)
On an IP camera, a single cable can carry both the data and the camera’s electrical source. This means simpler, cheaper and cleaner installations since there is no need to run separate cords and cables for power and video stream. The camera’s full functionality — power, video, point-tilt-zoom, and input/output capability — is channeled through just one cable.
Network-based IP systems are easily scaled. Camera count can be increased from one to 100,000 without losing functionality or quality. And since IP data travels like computer data, a network-enabled camera can be operated from across the room or from across the country. Distance does not degrade the signal quality like with analog signal.
5Access and Manage from Anywhere
The ability to access and manage the entire video system on an enterprise level is one of the strongest benefits of IP. Being able to do it on a smartphone or a tablet is even better — you can view video, pull a report or change permissions from virtually any place that has Internet access.
6Keep Legacy Equipment that You Like
Did you know migrating to IP does not necessarily mean a complete retrofit of all your locations? A retailer embarking on the analog-to-IP migration will often get full IP systems only at new locations, while going with a more gradual migration for existing stores. Such gradual migration can come in one of three flavors. One is the use of video encoders and network switches (which can be a bit complex and expensive); the second is to use a proprietary solution (simpler, but results in being locked into one proprietary system); and the third, newest option, is to use an open architecture one-unit solution like NDVision (simple and cost-effective). Full disclosure, NDVision is a USS product.
IP’s technology is getting better everyday. And the feature sets of IP video are expanding and getting better, as well. For those looking to take their enterprise to the next level, IP video represents a forward-thinking technology with forward-thinking solutions.