The landscape of home security changed drastically when surveillance cameras became more accessible to homeowners. The ability to record what was occurring in a specific space, at a specific time, was no longer limited to major corporations with unlimited resources to dedicate to this task. It opened up a floodgate of opportunities that were aimed at keeping homeowners and their families safer than ever. Surveillance cameras in the home are meant to give homeowners an additional set of eyes and cast their security net farther than it would normally go.
There are several options that are available to homeowners when it comes to security cameras, and like everything else, these options each have their pros and cons. The two most popular surveillance systems that homeowners make use of are the traditional analog CCTV (closed circuit television) and IP (Internet protocol) network cameras.
Traditional Analog CCTV cameras work by transmitting analog video data over a coaxial cable to a digital video recorder (DVR). The DVR converts the video data that it receives to a digital format and compresses it so that it can be stored and viewed later.
IP cameras, on the other hand, are able to capture the analog data and then convert it to a digital format inside the very same camera. Once this is done, rather than transmit the data over a coax cable, the data is streamed over a local network. These cameras also work exceedingly well with NVR’s (network video recorders), which perform the same function as the DVR listed above.
When there are several solutions available for a service, people can’t help but wonder which service is more beneficial to them and to their needs. This same question has been raised about IP cameras and CCTV cameras, so here are 4 reasons why IP cameras work better in homes than their traditional analog CCTV cousins.
- Higher Image Resolution
One of the main reasons why homeowners invest in surveillance cameras and equipment is because they want to be able to have a visual record of something that may have transpired or is going to transpire. I doubt that there is any homeowner who invests time and money into a surveillance system just because they want a pretty addition to their home. Homeowners want to be able to see what is being recorded, and IP cameras give that to them on a far better platter than traditional CCTV cameras do.
Analog CCTV cameras normally have much lower resolutions when compared to IP cameras. Analog cameras max out at approximately 0.4 – 0.5 megapixels while their counterparts can go up to 5 megapixels. This allows the images and videos captured by IP cameras to come out crisp and sharp, whereas the analog images tend to be slightly blurry and fuzzy. Many people might pass off the image quality as a minor factor that has nothing to do with the security of your home. However, if something was to happen and you needed video proof as evidence, you would prefer to have an IP camera due to its amazing image quality.
- Enhanced Remote Access
Many cameras have the ability to be accessed remotely, which is one of the main reasons some homeowners love them so much. This feature allows you to monitor your home security from any location by simply gaining access to the network that the camera is connected too. This comes in handy in many different situations. For instance, if a homeowner is away on vacation and they want to check whether or not their home is still safe, they will be able to so with an IP camera. Most analog CCTV cameras, however, do not provide this feature, except for HDCVI camera systems. These systems can operate as CCTV cameras, but they also have the added option of being plugged into your home network, and this will give you the ability to access it remotely.
In an age where technology is permeating through every aspect of security, it is no wonder that homeowners want to be able to access their security feed from anywhere in the world and on any smart device. IP cameras give homeowners this opportunity, and it does so without any loss to the data stream as homeowners will still be presented with top quality images.
- Enhanced Security
Now, anyone who has ever seen a sci-fi movie that depicts the world in the future knows that security breaches are a real threat that we will face in the future, but we have them now as well. Lucky enough for most homeowners, Ethan Hunt isn’t going to come break into your home late at night looking for the government’s secrets. Regardless of this, homeowners still want to make sure that their surveillance systems are secure from external interferences.
IP cameras are able to transmit data with little to no interference, even if the data is being transmitted wirelessly. Many of the IP cameras on the market have encryption capabilities and the data is encrypted before it is transmitted. However, analog cameras are physically grounded, and this makes them extremely vulnerable once someone is able to gain access to their physical location. Essentially the fact that CCTV cameras are more susceptible to interference makes IP cameras a better security option to have installed in your home.
In this day and age, homeowners tend to gravitate towards items that function more efficiently because it saves them money in the long run. More homeowners are making use of efficient lighting and home automation, and it is no surprise that they choose to add IP surveillance cameras to the list.
IP surveillance cameras are powered through POE (power over Ethernet) adapters that have been built into the camera. They can be powered through an Ethernet cable, which makes them more efficient with the use of power and also with the use of space. Analog CCTV cameras have to be powered individually, and this leads to the use of a lot of energy especially if you want your surveillance system installed in different places around your home.
The power that drives efficiency is essentially getting more out of less, and that is what IP cameras represent and function as, which is another reason why they are an excellent choice for homeowners.
It is important that you do not think there is no use for analog CCTV cameras that is not the point of this article. It is simply meant to outline the benefits that homeowners can reap when they make use of IP cameras. There are many other factors that come into play and homeowners should make sure that they outline all these factors before they decide that what surveillance camera to get for their home.
Ralph Goodman is a professional writer and the resident expert on locks and security over at the Lock Blog. The Lock Blog is a great resource to learn about keys, locks and safety. They offer tips, advice and how-to’s for consumers, locksmiths, and security professionals.