For every business owner, security is a critical concern. Having a strong security system protects your business assets, inventory, employees, and customers from security incidents such as forceful entry, theft, assault, fires, and many other scenarios. While there are many security systems to consider, video surveillance is a core component of every security network. Due to this, it’s always a good idea to keep your video surveillance systems updated and upgrade them whenever possible. One of the most important upgrades to video surveillance systems in recent years is the shift to IP-based cameras.
- Better Resolution: In the early years of video surveillance, a critical flaw in most systems was the poor image resolution that made it difficult to identify perpetrators. IP-based cameras have an image resolution that can be up to 20 times better than analog cameras. They also offer remote access to features such as zoom, allowing your security team to keep a close eye on any suspicious activity.
- Easy Installation: IP cameras need fewer cords and equipment, and they allow for a security network that scales easily. Since everything connects to your business network, you can have as many IP cameras as you like without needing extra equipment, including if you choose to add more cameras later.
- Remote Access: One of the great things about IP-based video surveillance is that it can be accessed remotely. You can receive alerts directly to a mobile device when a sensor or alarm goes off, and you’re able to check the camera from that device to determine whether it requires a response. This takes a lot of pressure off of security personnel and business owners by having the system do the monitoring and alerting you to disturbances.
- Data Storage: IP-based cameras back encrypted footage up to the cloud, making storage easy and immediate. Edge computing takes this to the next level by only storing short clips of pertinent data (during a senor or alarm trigger, typically) to a mobile device and backing this footage up to the cloud. This lightens the load on your business network, saving you money and time.
- Bigger Investment: IP-based video surveillance costs more than analog cameras due to their extensive range of capabilities and more modern technology. This can make them harder to justify for smaller businesses and startups.
- Bandwidth: If the system does not have edge computing, then it is regularly sending large amounts of data to a cloud server. This can cost the business more money, as it strains the network and requires better connectivity.
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