IP based systems offers the customer greater quality at the viewing end, with virtually no loss of quality between what was broadcasted by the camera, and what was recorded. Our IP systems will work for 100% of our customers, however, less than 50% of our customers can afford to invest in an IP Based system.
Pros of IP cameras
Better Reception -- Interference is not a problem with IP-based cameras in terms of Video Quality. IP cameras have encryption built right into them providing for a more secure system.
Can utilize existing wiring -- Because IP-based cameras act as their own network device, you can often take advantage of existing network wiring within your company. This can make the installation task much easier.
Remote access can be easier -- IP cameras are better suited for remote surveillance needs.
Cons of IP cameras
Why do we still sell Analog based systems? One reason, the cost. Although we would prefer to install IP based systems for all our customers, we recognise that not all our customers can invest in such a system. We use UTP cable for video transmission helping to reduce interferance. We only record on Digital Video Recorders, not tape. We carry both Brand name as well as OEM Analog Cameras.
Pros of Analog cameras
- Lower cost -- Analog cameras generally cost less to purchase than IP cameras.
- Greater flexibility of design -- Analog cameras often come in a larger variety of designs such as mini covert cameras to large PTZ models. If you have unique surveillance needs you may find it easier to find the style of camera you need in an analog model.
- Superior compatibility -- It is much easier to mix and match cameras and brands if you use analog versions. This can make it easier if you already have existing camera equipment that you wish to incorporate into your surveillance system.
Cons of analog cameras
- Lack certain features -- Many of the basic analog cameras often lack some of the more advance features such as digital zoom.
- Potential interference problems -- If you are installing a wireless surveillance system, analog systems can have interference problems. More importantly, the resulting signals cannot be encrypted. This can potentially mean that someone else can view the signal.
- Long distance applications are more difficult -- If your surveillance needs encompass a wide area, analog cameras may not be your best choice. Analog cameras generally do not accommodate big distances, and getting them to work over broad ranges can be difficult.