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The Basics of Internet Protocol Video

by Paul Kazlauskas

What Is IP Video? Internet protocol (IP) video uses the computer network infrastructure to transmit security video to recording and viewing stations and dispatch centers. In IP video systems, network cameras output a digitally encoded signal that can be transmitted over the network as data for viewing, storage and integration with other security solutions. Video management systems or software (VMS) allows the user to view the live video, call up recorded video, control the cameras connected to the network and many other functions.

Currently, the majority of video surveillance systems installed in the United States remain analog, with digital video recorders (DVRs) storing video from cameras and providing video playback. Numerious types of facilities use this as 1 element of a larger security plan.  This technology has been available for years and is very reliable. That said, many new video surveillance installations are incorporating IP because of its advantages, such as:

1. Functionality: Users can view the video from any location in the world, as long as there is a computer network available.

2. Backward compatibility: Because new technologies like megapixel cameras are not backward compatible with analog systems, in order to take advantage of these new systems, campuses must upgrade to IP.

3. Scalability: Depending on the equipment and system installed, there is no limit to the number of devices that can be placed on the network.

4. Costs: While IP cameras are more expensive to purchase than analog cameras, the operation and installation costs can be lower.

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Posted on 10/14/2013