Security cameras are great for deterring thieves around your business facilities, but the question is which do you opt for — analogue CCTV systems or IP cameras?

To help you make the best decision, security solutions specialist 2020 Vision has examined each technology with regards to a series of important elements:

Analogue CCTV Vs IP Camera

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Cost

When it comes to price, analogue CCTV cameras and the peripheral equipment required are usually cheaper than their IP camera counterparts.

However, it is important to bear in mind that a single IP camera can often complete a task that would often take the efforts of several analogue CCTV cameras. This will be especially beneficial if you’re enhancing security around a large open space.

Another aspect to consider is that analogue CCTV is limited when it comes to the number of fixed cameras that can be assigned to a single DVR. As a result, additional expenditure may be required in the long term.

Analogue CCTV cameras tend to require very little in the way of peripheral or managed equipment in order to function effectively.

Installation

CCTV cameras offer very little to be concerned about in terms of installation, networks or configuration.

On the flip side, it is recommended that you have at least basic networking skills to set up IP cameras on a small scale. If you’re looking to set up the technology around an enterprise, it is advised that someone with technical knowledge is sought out.

However, take note that IP cameras require fewer cabling runs than analogue CCTV systems. Once everything is installed, you will only need to plug an additional camera into a part of the network connection.

Quality

When it comes to quality, it’s all about what you want from your security system.

Choose IP cameras if image quality is important to you. The technology can capture images in high definition and lets you zoom in and out of a scene without compromising in quality.

Meanwhile, analogue CCTV cameras stand out for being able to perform effectively across a range of lighting conditions. Plus, any images captured can be viewed live and without worry of latency pre-compression via DVR systems.

By now, you should have a good idea of the security solution that is perfectly suited to your business’ requirements.