Simplify the Transition to IP-Based Security Systems

IP-based surveillance systems are more flexible, scalable and cost effective than CCTV. Find out which capabilities are critical when selecting a new system.

Many cities and public safety organizations realize the need to upgrade their security and surveillance systems to IP-based solutions.

Newer technology offers a big step up in capabilities compared to analog CCTV systems. IP-based security systems provide higher image quality so users can quickly and accurately identify individuals and vehicles and respond to incidents. Analytics software can measure traffic flow to guide staffing decisions and resource allocation. Other advantages include two-way audio capabilities, event scheduling and management, secure remote access and real-time alerts. IP-based surveillance systems are flexible and more easily scalable than CCTV and typically have a lower total cost of ownership. They also offer increased resiliency and accessibility.

An IP-based video surveillance system, often called network video or IP surveillance, sends video and audio over your LAN or the internet. It provides live viewing and recording continuously or at scheduled times. IP cameras can also be triggered by events, such as motion or an increase in traffic flow. Video is stored locally in the camera’s memory or transmitted elsewhere on your network, for example to a security operations center.

IP surveillance networks typically include PoE cameras, a combination of fiber and copper cabling, Ethernet switches, media converters and extenders. Additionally, security operations centers are often equipped with servers for storage and analytics, HD video extenders, switches and video walls to monitor feeds and respond promptly to incidents. Video encoders are necessary if you need to integrate existing analog cameras into your IP system. The entire network can also be monitored and managed remotely from a central management software platform.

Download “How to Design a Robust Security and Surveillance Network” to find out which capabilities are critical when selecting a new system, including:

  • Commercial ethernet switches vs. industrial ethernet switches
  • Power over the internet
  • Common deployment topologies including star and ring