So, you’re ready to upgrade to IP security cameras. Should you start with a partial upgrade, or go all in? As the popularity of analog security cameras diminishes and IP cameras move further toward market domination, many facility managers are asking themselves this question when it comes time to make security system upgrades.
There are some clear pros and cons to both analog and IP camera systems; knowing these can help an organization make an informed decision regarding the extent of their own security camera upgrade.
Pros of Analog Cameras
The most obvious pro of analog security cameras is the cost. It tends to be substantially lower than IP video, particularly when the network is made up of numerous cameras. The simplicity of analog cameras is another pro; despite technological advances, analogs remain relatively easy to run and manage. The camera sends footage to a DVR, where it is converted to digital video and stored. If you can manage a home DVR, you can manage an analog camera DVR. Plus, analog cameras are now available in high definition and high megapixel.
Cons of Analog Cameras
There’s one clear con: Analog cameras are not IP. Their frame rate and image quality is lower than IP video, which makes them less than ideal for high traffic areas where subjects are always in motion. If you need to see detail clearly in an area that gets crowded with people or vehicles, you would likely do better to have an IP camera in those areas. IP cameras also require less cabling than analog; this may be important to organizations concerned about the footprint of their equipment.
Advantages of IP Cameras
IP security cameras are newer – and as is the case with most technology, newer tends to be better for commercial applications. Unlike analog cameras, IP cameras allow you to digitally zoom in on a subject and get a closer look. IP camera images are also clearer and sharper, making it easier to identify details even from further away. In some applications, a high frame rate isn’t necessary; but for sites that need to keep an eye on multiple subjects in a frame, IP offers these clear advantages.
Making the Right Decision
So, should you do a partial upgrade to IP video or go all in? For some sites, the answer is to keep analog cameras in place in low traffic, smaller areas where the image quality is adequate – while upgrading to IP cameras at the site’s higher traffic, motion sensitive areas.
To make the right decision for your site, start by consulting a commercial security integrator that has experience with both types of security cameras. Texas organizations: RC Security Consulting is a professional integrator that can assess the needs of your site and recommend configurations that will meet its needs most efficiently. Contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation.
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