6 important reasons to upgrade from an analog CCTV System to a Hybrid HD or IP system.
Denver has been/is growing rapidly, hence instances of property crime are on the rise as well and now more than ever, protecting homes, businesses and possessions from theft and vandalism are vital. One of the best ways to prevent crime and protect property is by utilizing a video surveillance system. CCTV (closed circuit television) systems have been used reliably for decades but recent advances in our Hybrid HD (can support HD & Analog) & IP systems offer many advantages and features not available on analog systems. Hybrid HD and IP network systems can instantly improve the way that surveillance video is captured, processed and stored.
Although analog methods have been used for years, it has some big disadvantages. First, the quality of the video is constrained by the limitations of the camera and analog signal. Unlike our Hybrid HD & IP systems that use multiple Megapixel technologies, the image quality from analog cameras can’t compare. Also, analog systems are very sensitive to interference from other equipment, storms and damage to wiring. Finally, these systems can be expensive and difficult to expand when additional areas require surveillance.
IP & Hybrid HD systems don’t suffer from the limitations of analog.
- IP cameras capture high-definition video and digitize it for transmission over a LAN (local area network) to a computer or web server. Each IP camera acts as an individual network device and systems such as this give users many more features and options that are not available on pure analog systems.
- Hybrid HD systems allows users, who are not ready or cannot afford to switch their whole system over to HD or IP yet, the option of slowly switching their whole system over to HD. Our Hybrid HVR can accept analog & HD cameras.
The following key points outline the immediate benefits of upgrading an existing analog system to a digital IP or Hybrid HD system:
- Better resolution:
IP cameras have image resolutions that are up to 20 times higher than analog. Using HD technology, these systems result in greater source image quality and video that can be further enhanced with many powerful software options that exist.
CCTV Manufactures are not making nearly as many replacement parts or even new parts for Analog systems anymore. They are getting harder and harder to find. Most of any analog equipment you can find usually has an HD option and you are going to pay the HD pricing anyway.
- Remote access:
IP & Hybrid HD cameras exist as part of a network that can be connected to the internet. This allows features such as off-site storage and management. Also, IP systems are compatible with a wide range of software and Apps that allow for remote access. Users can log into their security system from anywhere and view their home or business.
Analog systems are difficult to expand with additional cameras because of the limited number of ports available on typical analog equipment and may require additional expensive components. IP & Hybrid HD systems are designed with scalability in mind. IP can accept an unlimited number of cameras & our Hybrid HD systems can be combined with existing analog, HD & IP systems. Thus, they are easier to scale up as security needs change.
- Mass storage options:
Analog video is difficult to store, requires antiquated equipment such as VCRs and is susceptible to physical damage when stored on tape. IP & Hybrid HD systems use digital technology and massive amounts of surveillance video can be easily stored on computer drives, hard drives and web servers. In addition, digital storage is easy to backup for redundancy and protection from data loss or damage.
- Cost effective:
IP & Hybrid HD systems may have some higher initial component costs over analog but their advantages in features, media storage, accessibility and scalability result in greater cost savings over the long term. In fact, using our Hybrid HD system allows users to take advantage of existing analog cameras while adding additional features that are only available on digital systems.