Are you considering a new video surveillance system for your business? Today, most surveillance systems come with one of two types of video cameras: IP or CCTV. Both cameras capture and transmit video footage, but they do so in different ways. IP cameras communicate across a network using internet protocol (hence the name IP camera) whereas CCTV cameras require coaxial cable connections. Since IP cameras allow you to easily monitor your business onsite and remotely, they are the recommended choice. This article explains everything you need to know about IP camera hosting.
What is an IP Camera?
An IP camera is often called a network camera. It’s basically a digital camera that transmits images and video over a network. This can be a wireless or local network, or it can transmit the data across the internet. Because these cameras can send and receive information easily across a network, business owners can monitor activity onsite, from home, or anywhere else. This makes IP camera hosting a popular choice in video surveillance systems.
How does an IP Camera Work?
Unlike CCTV cameras, which need coaxial cables, IP cameras are easily accessed through a network connection. Their transmission capability is built right into the camera unit. Simply configure the camera to the WiFi network or LAN (local area network) and it is ready to transmit the video footage. However, to observe the data remotely, you’ll need a dedicated IP host address for your camera. This is simple to set up and allows you to monitor your business from anywhere in the world.
How to Store Your IP Camera Footage
Now, your next question may be, what happens to the video feed after its transmitted? You may want to hold on to it for a while to review it. To do so, you’ll want a secure place to store it – and you have a few options. You can store it directly on the camera, stream it tothe cloud, or send the feed to another storage device (All of the above are available as well). Customers of Pro-Vigil receive centralized storage of data from their surveillance cameras as part of the package. So if you choose Pro-Vigilfor your IP camera hosting service, then your video footage is automatically backed up and accessible for the next two weeks (14 days is the standard but additional days are available locally or in the cloud.)
What You’ll Need to Get Started with IP Camera Hosting
To connect a video surveillance system with IP camera hosting onto your network, you’ll need the following:
- IP hosting service
- Dedicated IP address
- Wireless router
- A place to store your footage
NOTE: Pro-Vigil provides the IP hosting service and storage for its customers allowing you to access your camera feed from anywhere without having to set it up yourself.
Why Choose IP Camera Hosting
IP camera surveillance is easy to install and manage, and it helps you monitor and protect your business 24 hours a day from internal or external theft and damage. Plus, you can access your surveillance system from anywhere to check on employees at work, observe your site after hours, or respond to threats. You can view the activity from your computer, smartphone, or tablet in real-time, or review securely stored video feeds from earlier.
The Pro-Vigil Advantage
Pro-Vigil offers high-quality surveillance systems including features like IP camera hosting and virtual security guards (so that there are eyes on your business even while you are sleeping). With state-of-the-art cameras, 24/7 surveillance, and deterrents to ward off potential threats, Pro-Vigil security systems stop the majority of crimes before they even happen. Get peace of mind for your business. Contact Pro-Vigil to learn more about business security systemoptions for your property today.