The difference between CCTV and IP cameras

When you decide to install a video surveillance system you have a multitude of options to choose from, and most often used terms are CCTV and IP camera. In order to make the right choice, it is essential to know how these systems work, are they the same or there are differences.

We will start with names, which in fact reflect the working principle of these systems.

  • CCTV – Closed-Circuit TeleVision. This system uses camcorders to transmit information to a specific location on a limited set of monitors without allowing access from the outside. Data is transferred via camera cables to a monitor located at a remote location, but the data can also be recorded. The CCTV system is usually used in places that need continuous monitoring, such as airports, banks, large buildings, schools, shops, military sites, restaurants, tourist areas, etc.

A CCTV camera cannot function independently because:

– It has no internal / external memory;

– It has no battery, must be connected to 220V or 12V;

– It must be connected to a DVR

  • IP cameras – abbreviated from the Internet Protocol, involve the use of digital video cameras. Unlike CCTVs, IP cameras do not require cables and transfer the information in real-time via a computer network using Internet conection, and offer the possibility of connecting to the network remotely. IP-based monitoring allows multiple cameras to be integrated into the system, unlike CCTV, as well, they offer better image quality. But the IP system depends very much on the internet connection.

IP cameras use NVRs to store information and can be used together with the CCTV system for a better coverage, are used by both households who wants to monitor the house remotely as well as small and medium businesses.

Most importantly, no matter what system you choose, it can be connected to our 24×7-remote monitoring center, thereby doubling the protection of your family and business.

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