IP security camera systems are the highest performing video surveillance systems available today. High definition security cameras are more popular now than ever before because of the demand for high performing, high resolution video. Video performance can be measured by a number of things but in surveillance there are two factors which receive the most attention. Resolution and frame rate are typically looked at before any other specifications.
A cameras resolution can be the difference between successful identification of a person and a pixilated face. A low resolution system will record an event at a small size. When viewing playback on a recorder in a quadrant, the video is sharp. As soon as the channel is expanded, it becomes pixilated and the edges become dull. High definition IP cameras, combined with adjustable lenses, give users the best visibility. Ultra high resolution cameras can also be zoomed in digitally without sacrificing image quality. Although some CCTV systems display cameras in high resolution, they might record at a lower one.
Frame rate is calculated by the number of images a security camera captures in one second. If a camera records in 1080p at 30fps, it means the camera is taking 30 1920×1080 images every second! Some security cameras can be configured to record in 720p at 60fps making them viewable in super slow motion. These types of systems are best for applications where recording fast movement is necessary.
Casinos use network camera systems because the high resolution combined with the fast frame rate makes them the best option for high stake surveillance. Something to consider when choosing an HD security camera system is storage. Since the NVR is recording high definition video at such a high frame rate, it is important to have enough hard drive space for long term storage. Our security camera experts have storage calculators which can help users decide how many terabytes are needed for a month’s worth of video footage on a given number of cameras. Most advanced systems can be configured to record continuously, on motion, or a combination of both. A network surveillance system can be scheduled to record full time during business hours and then switch to motion at close for example.
The email notification function is very important for those users who are viewing the system remotely. An IP system can be configured to send an email to one or more users automatically. Some network cameras have audio out connections which let users save a recorded message to the recorder and play it when motion is detected after hours. This feature is particularly useful for smaller businesses that need extra security but don’t want to add the cost of contracted security which can be expensive. A network system can be integrated with a company’s IP phone system (VoIP) using the SIP protocol. Network administrators are especially fond of this feature because it can help automate some tasks which would normally require manual input.
Our newest systems are plug and play. This means a user simply needs to power on the device and it will automatically begin scanning for compatible cameras and assign them to a channel on the recorder. This significantly reduces the time and effort needed to configure a traditional IP surveillance system. These systems eliminate the need for a person with networking knowledge which lowers the cost of installation. Our IP security camera systems include options for every component needed to complete a system. Everything from the cable connectors to the camera lens is included to complete the installation. This means a user can add storage, cables, connectors, a monitor, and even PoE switch to power PoE cameras. Let our team help you decide which surveillance system is right for you.