IP Surveillance

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What Does IP Surveillance Mean?

IP surveillance is an Internet-based alternative to closed-circuit television (CCTV) monitoring. Through the use of IP-connected cameras, companies and individuals can monitor a physical area in ways that were not possible previously.

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Techopedia Explains IP Surveillance

With IP surveillance, IP-ready cameras can transmit visual information directly to the Internet. The owners of these cameras can then check the result via a mobile device, a laptop computer or any other Internet-connected device. This makes remote surveillance much more convenient. Other benefits of IP surveillance over CCTV monitoring include easier installation, better quality of images, the use of file compression to make surveillance more cost-efficient, and improved search functions. IP surveillance also shows how far image and video security has come from the old analog days when security managers had to store images on VHS tape and deal with all of the challenges that came along with those old systems.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret Rouse
Senior Editor

Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.