There was a point in time when CCTV (close-circuit television) security systems were the only way to add surveillance to your home. But just like other analog ways of doing things, the evolution of tech has brought out a more advanced option, the IP camera system.
CCTV transmits and stores footage completely onsite and is a closed system (not internet connected). A modern IP (internet protocol) camera is a system that uses the functionality of the cloud to provide wireless storage and access to surveillance.
Yet, many homeowners (and businesses) still hang onto older CCTV systems because they’ve become comfortable with them or they’re concerned about a cloud system being hacked.
So, they end up suffering with poor picture quality and lacking many of the features today’s residential security cameras have, not realizing that security concerns can easily be addressed by having a pro do the installation.
An IT professional will ensure that security safeguards are in place like updating the default username and password and turning off any sharing features that aren’t needed.
88% of all burglaries are residential in nature and without a good home security system, there’s a 300% possibility of theft.
Are you leaving yourself at risk by using an outdated analog security system?
Why It May Be Time to Upgrade to an IP Security Camera
If you’ve been thinking that you’re saving money by sticking with your old analog CCTV security cameras, you may be shooting yourself in the foot by putting your family’s safety at risk with an outmoded system.
Here are several compelling reasons to consider an upgrade to an IP camera system this year.
CCTV uses television broadcast signals and typically offers lower resolution images. This is because while many of the systems may have offered what was considered “high quality” at the time, it’s now been replaced by much higher resolution and clarity since then.
The goal of your security camera is to broadcast clear images so you can see what’s happening inside or outside your home.
IP cameras offer a much better picture resolution and clarity, especially in low light. They broadcast video as a digital stream, similar to how you stream HD videos on services like Netflix.
You Can Access Your Cameras Anywhere
One of the biggest drawbacks of a closed-circuit system is that data is offline, meaning if you want to check in on your home while on vacation, you can’t just pull up a smartphone app to see real-time footage.
Today’s smart IP security systems offer all the convenience you would expect from a cloud system, including being able to monitor your cameras from anywhere on a computer or mobile device and the ability to turn your system on or off remotely.
It’s more difficult to hide a CCTV camera because of the cabling needed to connect it to the main recording device. IP cameras can be as small as a doorbell and can easily be positioned wherever you like around your property.
IP cameras are less unsightly than CCTV and easier to place where they won’t be noticed.
Less Risk of Data Loss
Older CCTV systems that use DVRs for recording footage are subject to having drive issues that can result in data and images being lost or corrupted.
There is much less risk of this happening with an IP security system because the footage is stored digitally in the cloud and can easily be backed up.
Coverage Area Capabilities
Because IP cameras are designed with newer technology, they will typically have a greater coverage area per camera than a CCTV camera. This means you can use fewer IP cameras to cover the same amount of area.
Detection & Analytics
Several other features that older CCTV cameras will lack are the ability to record analytics, count people, and detect things like motion or smoke.
IP cameras go way beyond just recording video and can be integrated with an entire smart home system to offer detection capabilities to keep your family safe in the event of a fire. They can also provide insightful analytics and alerts when a sensor detects sound or movement.
Easy to Add onto Your Network
CCTV systems have a limitation on the number of cameras you can add to a specific network. Because of the way that IP camera systems are designed, you can easily add another camera into your system without those same limitations.
This makes it much easier and more affordable to increase coverage where you need it.
Are You Ready to Upgrade to a Better Home Security System?
There’s no need to suffer with a lower quality CCTV system, IP cameras are very affordable and easy to install. Cris’s Tech Repair can help you explore the benefits.
Contact us today for a home security camera consultation at 561-985-4961 or through our website.