What is an IP Camera System?
An IP Camera is a form of CCTV or security camera that gives you the ability to see live pictures of your business or home where ever you happen to be, anywhere in the world.
IP stands for Internet Protocol, which means the cameras attach to a computer network either through a wired or a wireless network connection. You may already have this in your home through an Internet Service Provider such as Virgin Media or Sky or alternatively through an independent Service Provider. These cameras run independently from any computer system and attach themselves to a Router/Broadband Connection that would provide an e-mail and Video feed picture that can then be transmitted to a Multi- Media Enabled or smart mobile phone, Laptop or Personal Computer.
Why use IP Cameras?
IP cameras are rapidly becoming more cost effective than traditional cameras, and they also have the advantage of being installed without the need for any further cabling. As broadband is reaching more homes and businesses, most will have Routers that are efficient enough to run IP CCTV cameras on their network. These cameras don’t rely on any equipment in your premises to record events, as they have the ability to email or record images or pictures off site, triggered through live stream video pictures or motion detection or both.
With the right cameras it is also possible to provide a connection through a mobile 3G network, so you can use this as a backup if your internet system fails. In theory, a camera can be installed anywhere you choose as long as mains power is available. Consequently, should you have a fire, flood or theft, it doesn’t matter what equipment is damaged, stolen or lost because the evidence is held away from your premises.
The purchase of an IP CCTV camera system is a one off cost once installed. There are no service charges for the cameras, although you will need to continue paying any broadband costs, email fees or web space costs to your current Internet Service Provider where they apply, or set up the service with an ISP (Internet Service Provider) to make the system work if not already installed.
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