IP Camera

What Does IP Camera Mean?

An IP camera is a video camera that is networked over a Fast Ethernet connection. The IP camera sends its signals to the main server or computer screen via an Internet or network link. It is mostly used in IP surveillance, closed-circuit television (CCTV) and digital videography. IP cameras are widely replacing analog cameras due to their digital zoom and remote surveillance options over the Internet.

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An IP camera is also known as a network camera.

Techopedia Explains IP Camera

IP cameras are increasingly being used in surveillance circuit electronics, where they are replacing traditional CCTV cameras. They can be either wired or wireless, cutting the cost and maintenance required for regular cameras used in a CCTV surveillance circuit.

IP cameras tend to capture better quality images, which is especially helpful in the case of moving targets, as frame rates can be adjusted according to the bandwidth provided. They support two-way communication and hence can send customized alert signals in case of suspicious activity or other predefined occurrences. Hundreds of gigabytes of video and image data can be stored in video servers, which can be retrieved at any time.

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