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How Internet Protocol Has Revolutionized Surveillance

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If you are a business owner it might interest you to learn that the cost of on-site surveillance has dropped dramatically in recent years. Not only that, but the emergence of new technology means that the reliability and quality have been significantly enhanced as well.

wireless surveillance pointOne of the most exciting things to happen in video surveillance over the last couple of decades is the emergence of Internet protocol (IP) technology for the streaming of what cameras pick up. As you might remember, in days past, video surveillance was largely conducted with CCTV systems, that used coaxial cable run throughout the office building to transmit video signal to monitors that were manned by staff members, or maybe the business owner himself.

CCTV systems benefited greatly from the development of the digital video recorder, as that meant that video captured by cameras could be stored for future retrieval. That alone saved a boatload of money because it was no longer necessary for a paid staff member to sit in front of a bank of monitors and watch for suspicious activity. The downside was that machines to do the recording were pretty expensive, as video came from the cameras and largely uncompressed form and took up a lot of storage space. And, storage space was dramatically more expensive even a few years ago.

The other downside with CCTV systems was the resolution. As an example, if you suspect that an employee of theft, or even if you intended to catch shoplifters, the images captured were often so grainy that it was very difficult to establish that a crime was in progress. And even if it convinced the person watching the monitors that there was, it became a rich target in court proceedings as defense attorneys were to challenge exactly what the images revealed. In fairness, poor resolution is even a thing of the past with CCTV systems.

Internet protocol surveillance systems, on the other hand, are a high performance, low cost alternative to CCTV. Cameras are equipped with wireless transmitters that are capable of sending video that is captured back to the central processing unit in real time. The transmission is done with advanced compression technologies that provide excellent clarity without requiring voluminous amounts of storage.

As you can imagine, there are some enormous advantages associated with this. For one, no real complex cabling system is required to implement the system. This is excellent news from both a cost standpoint and for those who did not really have the facility to run cable throughout the commercial property.

Also, because compression protocols such as MP4 are so effective at reducing storage footprint of real-time video, the equipment is far less expensive to purchase. Coupled with SSD storage devices, business owners are looking at a cost-effective, easy to set up and maintain solution for preventing a number of forms of risk. Check out Mammoth Surveillance Camera Systems in Norwalk to get a better idea of the benefits and cost.

Author:S Nimo