What’s the Difference between Analog and IP Security Systems?

October 05 2017
Security Systems

Commercial properties such as car dealerships, multifamily apartment complexes, construction sites, and warehouses utilize security systems to protect their inventory, assets, employees, and guests. To figure out the best security solution for your commercial property, it’s important to know the difference between analog and IP surveillance camera systems.

What are Analog Security Systems?

Analog security cameras have been in circulation for several decades. Analog cameras convert security video into a format that can be transferred to televisions, monitors, or a VCR via coax cable. For the videos to be broadcast, analog surveillance cameras must keep a constant state of compatability with analog televisions. As a result, analog surveillance video tends to be ‘noisy’ and low quality. The industry-regulated resolution for analog surveillance video is 0.1 – 0.2 megapixels. One benefit to analog security systems is that they are not overly expensive to manufacture or watch.

What are IP Security Systems?

The popularity of IP security systems is increasing every year. Many security industry specialists and professionals promote this modern alternative. One of the most obvious differences between IP and analog cameras is their ability to record and stream video at a higher resolution. Security video is transmitted over the internet. This leads to wireless capabilities.

The recorded surveillance video is five to ten times clearer than analog video. IP surveillance cameras are connected wirelessly to transmitters and receivers. Connected computers in IP security systems can utilize software to control surveillance cameras remotely. When this happens, security operators can zoom in on surveillance video to see necessary details.

Analog and IP security systems are two security solutions that can help protect your commercial property from vandalism, theft, and property damage.  Another similarity between both security solutions is their inability to deter criminal activity on their own. At best, they can record video evidence to use after the crime. Live video monitoring can compensate for this shortcoming. Trained security operators can watch commercial properties, activate an on-site speaker to deter the suspects and notify a security guard or local police if the situation calls for it.

UCIT Online and Stealth Monitoring are the leader in remote video surveillance in Canada and the U.S, with over 400 employees, 9 offices, and 3 live video monitoring control centers. UCIT proactive video monitoring watches over 16,000 IP and CCTV security cameras. Our security solutions feature advanced technology and can detect and deter crime while reducing security guard and other expenses. UCIT’s virtual guard service can reduce or even replace security guards at a fraction of the cost. A remote surveillance operator can see suspicious activity, activate a speaker warning, and call the local police.

Please call toll-free (866) 756-7847 or contact UCIT today for more information to protect your outdoor assets. Visit the UCIT web site to see real videos of criminals being arrested at construction sites, multifamily apartments, shopping centers, office buildings, warehouses, auto dealerships, and other commercial real estate properties.