When the first Network Security Camera was released in 1996, it included documentation that encouraged third-party software manufacturers to develop
management and recording software resulting in exponential growth of the IP video surveillance market. Network IP cameras connect directly to a computer network, eliminating the need for separate and expensive coaxial cable networks. Each camera has their own network address that acts as a video server on the network. This allows a user to view the video from any computer equipped with a web browser. Network cameras can plug into any computer jack available on the local network, allowing you to view live, full motion video from anywhere in the world. With the ability to record live video to a remote location, IP Cameras make it possible to make sure your recorded video is safe by storing it at a location that only you can access.
Video Servers are also technologically significant, in that a Video Server allows existing CCTV installations to gain the benefit of Network Video. Video Servers connect to IP networks and convert the signal from analog cameras to digital format. Like Network Cameras, Video Servers contain onboard processors and web server software that makes each camera IP addressable. You can protect your investments in analog cameras with Video Servers which, essentially, turn CCTV cameras into IP Network Cameras.
There are many advantages of IP-based video surveillance, some of which include: added functionality and reduced system cost; Power over Ethernet ability which allows one cable to handle power over data; transmission of commands for PTZ cameras via the same cable; notification via email or file transfer in response to video motion detection; support for different streaming media and compression formats to
relieve transmission bandwidth and data storage requirements; integration of video surveillance with other systems and functions; field upgradeable products which allow for less-likely future installations.
Through the use of a Network Security Camera and you can monitor and record high quality video over a Local Area Network or a Wireless Area Network,
enabling you to transform your computer network into a central command for your Digital Video System.