Partial Upgrade Or All-In? Which is Better When Upgrading to IP Video?

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Mike Harrison

Systems Integration Partner at iS3 Tech Services
Mike is a high level implementation and installation services specialist at iS3 Tech. Headquartered in Norcross, GA, iS3 specializes in security systems integration for enterprise level facilities.
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So, you’re ready to make the switch from outdated, analog security cameras. That’s great! There’s only one question left to address: Do you go all-in on IP video surveillance, or keep the part of your legacy system that’s working? Here are the pros and cons of keeping some of that analog system intact after the upgrade.

Pros of Analog Cameras

The most apparent pro of analog security video is the cost. It tends to be considerably lower than IP video surveillance, particularly when the network is made up of numerous cameras. Then, there’s the simplicity of analog cameras; admittedly, they can still be relatively easy to run. If you can manage a home DVR, you have all the skills you need to manage an analog camera system.

Cons of Analog Cameras

But there is one clear con of analog security cameras: No matter how affordable and simple they are, the quality just isn’t the same as IP video surveillance. Specifically, the frame rate and image quality of analog cameras are noticeably inferior to IP video.

Here’s what that means in practical application: Your high-traffic areas will be harder to monitor, because the subjects in the video will be less clear to distinguish while they’re on the move. In locations where you need to see moving people or vehicles clearly, IP video is better. And, keep in mind that analog cameras do not encrypt data. For that reason, areas covered by analog cameras should be spots where there is low security risk.

No matter how affordable and simple they are, the quality just isn’t the same as IP video surveillance. Specifically, the frame rate and image quality of analog cameras are noticeably inferior to IP video.

Pros of IP Video Surveillance

Newer technology is normally the better choice for commercial applications, and IP video surveillance is no exception. Unlike analog cameras, IP video cameras enable you to digitally zoom in for a closer look at a person, vehicle or other subject. And even without zooming in, IP video makes it easier to spot details on an image. Maybe you have some areas of your site that don’t require a high frame rate or superior visibility – but for those areas that do require it, IP video surveillance is the “clearer” choice.

Making the Right Decision for You

Should you do a partial upgrade to IP video surveillance, or go all-in on the technology? For some organizations, the answer may be to keep their legacy cameras running in those low traffic, remote spots where the image quality is acceptable – then, upgrade to IP video surveillance in the areas of highest traffic and motion. Others may want to do an all-in upgrade across the board. To speak with a qualified commercial security integratorabout upgrading to IP video surveillance, Georgia and Southern U.S. businesses should call is3Tech Services. We will be glad to provide more information.

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iS3 Tech Services is a full-service deployment provider of commercial security in Georgia and servicing the entire South. Our mission is to help our clients mitigate risks, minimize disruption, reduce costs, and ultimately protect their technology investments. To discuss your electronic security project, call us today at 404-487-6009.

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