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What is IP video?

In a network video system, images are carried across a wired or wireless IP (Internet Protocol) network. At the heart of the network are the cameras, a server, storage equipment for the data and, finally, standard PCs with video management software.

The network may form part of a closed Local Area Network (LAN), or be connected to a Wide Area Network (WAN) such as the internet. Analog cameras can be incorporated by using video encoders.

What are the advantages of network video?

IP technology gives you the high scalability and flexibility you need to cope with the changing needs of a growing business. The network’s components consist of standard IT equipment, making them cost-effective and easy to integrate with other devices and systems (e.g. EAS and POS).

Digital video – live or recorded – can be viewed and analyzed from anywhere on the network, locally or remotely. The digital images are captured in very high quality, and do not deteriorate over time, or when transmitted over longer distances.

Since network digital video can be monitored and analyzed automatically, it frees you from the need for constant human monitoring. Making use of features like motion detection, alarm and event management, pre-defined ‘triggers’ set off an alarm or send a message to alert the relevant staff when human intervention is necessary.