Network Cameras (also called IP Cameras) allow you to have access to live or recorded video from your PC, or any other PC connected to your computer network or the Internet. For example, your security cameras could be located in your branches in London, Manchester and Glasgow and you would be able to view them all. Simply via your own PC or any other PC connected to your network or the Internet.
Network camera systems allow you to monitor and control your security cameras from any remote location. Remote monitoring of multiple locations from one central station offers huge cost saving potential and is one of the of the many advantages network video (also called IP video) has to offer.
Network cameras (or IP cameras) are used as security cameras, as ‘webcams' on company websites and intranets and as a remote monitoring and management tool. If you have an existing (conventional) security camera system, it easily can be converted into a network camera solution without the need to invest in new cameras. In this scenario network video servers are used, which convert the analogue output of the existing security camera into a digital signal that is transmittable over IP (Internet Protocol) networks, such as Local and Wide Area Networks (LAN / WAN) and the Internet.
In addition to being able to view live cameras over a network, remote access to recorded video material is also available from your PC. To achieve this network video recorders or video recording software is used.
A Network video recorder is used in combination with conventional analogue cameras. The analogue cameras (which may be existing ones) are connected to the network video recorder. The network video recorder records the video images in digital format and also converts them into an IP signal that can be sent over IT networks, such as Local and Wide Area Networks (LAN / WAN) and the Internet. Basically, a network video recorder is a digital video recorder and a network video server combined in one device. It is this combination that gives you the access to live and recorded video from wherever you are.
Video recording software (also called video management software) is used in combination with network cameras (video recording software may not work with conventional analogue cameras). The software is installed on a standard PC or server that is connected to a network or the Internet. By doing this, the PC or server becomes a powerful station for the recording and management of video (no separate video recorder required). This set up will give you access to live and recorded video, as well as the cameras' and system's functionalities, at any time and from any remote location.
General benefits of Networked Video (IP Video):
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