How IP Camera Security Software May Be Useful To You

An IP camera is usually referred as an Internet camera because it uses the same internet protocol to send and receive information. It was introduced in 1996 with a Linux based computer inside the camera. The computer was small enough that it was solely used for taking images and sending them to an IP address where it can be decrypted and reconverted to a usable image. The IP cameras come with proprietary software which their owners install on their computer to access the images being sent across internet. The other way to access the images is to assign each camera with its own URL where it can be sent to the designated IP address. The advantage is that it can be sent literally anywhere in the world where there is Internet access. It can be very tough to setup and maintain depending on the strength and reliability on which the data is sent.


The cost of installation is very low when compared to traditional systems. IP video provides crisp resolution on every frame enabling effective investigation of events. IP data travels exactly like computer data. IP systems can easily alert personnel when problems occur by sending live video to laptops or even cell phones for immediate review. This functionality can also be used for non-security applications, such as customer service, deliveries, work-flow monitoring and more.

Keys to designing an IP camera system:

1. Know your distance limitation – IP cameras are limited to 100 or 300 meters which works fine for small offices but can be a hurdle for larger buildings. Locating the IDFs allows for easy scalability and future expansion of the system.

2. Calculate storage requirements – Megapixel cameras mean large storage needs. Storage completely depends on the compression technology used. Allow room for future storage expansion to add additional cameras.

3. CMOS vs CCD IP cameras – The type of chip is an important choice. CMOS chips are less expensive and offer high mega pixel values and their disadvantage is the performance during low lighting conditions. The best way to determine is to have a live demonstration at vendor’s site.

4. Using CAT5e or CAT6 for the system – The difference between the two is the speed of data transmission. It is better to investigate on the options and choose a better one.

5. The benefits of PoE – It is a great way to economize the cost. Power over Ethernet allows you to have a single cable power to the camera as well as transmit the video data.