What Is an IP Camera?

An IP camera in use and monitoring an area.

An IP camera (or Internet Protocol camera) is a digital video camera that uses the internet to receive control inputs and send video data.

What Are Their Features?

The features of IP cameras include:

  • Access to remote storage options through the internet, reducing the eliminating the need for a local recording device.
  • SD and HD recording in a range of resolutions including 720P, 1080P and 4K. According to learncctv.com, there are IP cameras capable of up to 30MP as of 2018.
  • Can use a wireless network / Wi-Fi to transfer data, eliminating the need for data cables in some cases.
  • Can be powered using Power over Ethernet (POE) and transfer data through an Ethernet cable, reducing the need for other cables or dedicated power supplies. In many cases, all that is needed to connect a camera is a single network cable.
  • Remote viewing access from a variety of different devices, including website interfaces and smart phone apps for iOS and android.
  • Two-way audio, allowing the viewer to listen and speak through the camera.
  • Encryption to protect the video data using authentication types such as AES, TKIP, WPA and WPA2.

History of IP Cameras

The first IP cameras were made in the 90s. These early IP cameras couldn’t stream real-time video, instead being limited to just taking a photo when the camera was accessed. For the 90s, their bandwidth requirements were quite intense given the network speeds and capabilities available at the time. A big contrast to the cameras of today with powerful recording capabilities, real-time HD video and access to fast internet speeds.

Where Can I Use These?

IP cameras are available for smaller scale residential efforts to larger complex business systems.

Many of these cameras are sealed and designed to withstand the outdoor elements, particularly useful given the harsh weather we can receive in Australia. These durable cameras are great if you want to keep a close eye on the outside areas of your property.

If you’re interesting in setting up IP cameras to protect your residential, commercial or not-for-profit property, then our expert team are happy to help you with any questions you have. Get in touch with us now to see how we can help you.

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