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CCTV Systems Analogue vs IP

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Having your workplace, construction site or home constantly monitored provides that extra level of security as well as piece of mind. Close Circuit Television systems (CCTV) have been a popular solution for many years. Today, technology has advanced and the best systems can record high quality images that can be remotely monitored.

Ranging from single camera installations through to complex town centre networks, Cornerstone will advise on the best option for your security requirements and your budget.

We’ll oversee everything from sourcing the right products to full installation, and our expert engineers will work out where to place your cameras to ensure optimum coverage.

There are two types of camera systems to choose from, each with its own benefits in terms of effectiveness and value for money.

Analogue Camera

Even with today’s hi-tech alternatives, analogue cameras are still viewed as a reliable and cost-effective solution. The original form of CCTV used analogue cameras, coaxial cable and analogue tape recorders. Today, tape recorders have been replaced by modern digital recorders and provide nearly all the benefits of a digital system, including integration with till data, remote viewing (including via mobile phones) and advanced analytics.

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Networked IP Camera

The latest camera technology on the market can generate high definition mega-pixel images. This enables the camera to view a wider area than normal and allows the user to enlarge a specific area to view details such as car number plates. To handle the increased amount of data, the camera contains its own computer that compresses the images. The camera computer is connected to a local area network (LAN) to be accessed from another PC, or to a broadband network (WAN) for remote viewing. Video can be stored either on the camera or elsewhere on the network. As IP technology develops, prices are becoming increasingly more attractive to consumers.

Some DVRs (Digital Video Recorders) are hybrids, as they work with both analogue cameras and networked IP cameras. This can be an advantage if your site already has working analogue cameras but you would like to add one or more high definition cameras.cctv face-recognition technologycctv face-recognition technology example

Remote monitoring options

With digital technology comes the ability to monitor images from remote locations. Whether you need a hi-tech commercial monitoring station or want to access images from your smartphone, contact us to discuss the variety of options available.