Today, IP cameras are all the rave in business security and surveillance technology. However, many business owners and security directors may not be ready to part ways with their CCTV surveillance system and the investment they made into it. Fortunately, there are ways to effectively convert analog cameras into IP cameras with video encoders. Continue reading to learn how video encoders work and can offer users all of the benefits of IP camera systems.
How to Go From Analog to IP Camera System?
The wiring used in analog CCTV Systems is extremely different from the UTP6 or UTP5 wiring used in digital surveillance systems. An analog-to-IP converter or encoder includes BNC input adapters on one side of the device and slots for UTP output on the other end. In order to convert an analog camera system into an IP camera system, simply connect the BNC connector on one end of the coax wire, which runs from the camera system to the converter’s input. Then connect the UTP cable that runs from the server or router into the output slot of the converter for the UTP.
Benefits of Going Digital
Digital IP systems have several benefits over older CCTV analog technology, such as the ability to perform advanced searches, ease of use, bolstered storage and compression, no degradation of the image, simultaneous record and playback, and more. In addition, digital IP camera systems offer the following advantages as well:
Secure Unlimited Storage
IP cameras allow business owners and security personnel to store as many hours of footage as they desire, as long as there is sufficient hard disk space. Best of all, IP cameras are able to store footage off site, which can be retrieved in any location due to cloud computing.
One of the top benefits of IP cameras is that users are able to watch footage or retrieve footage from a wide variety of Internet-connected devices.
Lower Cost of Ownership
Without the need for time-lapse video equipment, changing tapes, and cataloging, IP cameras have a much lower maintenance cost.
IP camera systems provide a higher level of video quality without any image degradation.
Proactive Image Distribution
Digital systems enable users to quickly take snapshots of incidents or intruders and send those images through digital communication. At the same time, digital systems enable users to allow others, such as police, to have access to the system by providing passwords.