Network Cameras ? Breakthrough Space Frontier


Digital technology has improved greatly, and it is now possible to keep your home and business safe by monitoring them 24/7 with network IP cameras that stream live videos. An IP video surveillance camera is basically a tool for transmitting video over the internet for remote monitoring purposes. These IP cameras are connected to the Internet and can be accessed through the IP address assigned to the camera. This makes monitoring an area from a remote location easy also. Parents can monitor their children while they are away, or business owners can monitor their employees, warehouses or shops.

This networking capability makes IP cameras, including both network cameras and internet cameras, suitable for both security and non-security applications. They can be used for video conferencing, monitoring parking lots and offices, home surveillance, remote site monitoring, etc.

The major cost savings comes from ease of installation. These network cameras can be connected directly to existing IP networks, eliminating the need for a separate and expensive cable network. IP network cameras allow users to view images and manage the camera, plus store and analyze full motion video from anywhere on the network, via a standard web browser. Any hard disk on the network can be set up to record the video output.

Network camera advantages include:

High image resolution with secure image capture and transmission

Scalability and flexibility – IP cameras can be moved anywhere on an IP network

Easy, future-proof integration

Built-in intelligence

Remote accessibility

Cost-effectiveness – simple and cost efficient installation

Auto tracking

Web broadcasting

Command transmission for PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) cameras via a single cable

Encryption and authentication

Two-way communication

Removable infrared filters for sharper colors by day and clear black-and-white footage by night

Monitor alarms

Motion sensors

Disadvantages of network cameras include:

Initial cost per camera is high

IP cameras consume a large amount of bandwidth.

Technical assistance is needed for setting up an IP camera security network; hence you need a technician who is familiar with IP camera security systems.

Whatever you call it, a network camera is an immensely useful tool, particularly for surveillance and security, and has many benefits. Given the pros and cons of each camera type, the decision really comes down to your specific surveillance needs. With an accurate assessment of your needs, the decision about which camera type to go with will become much easier.