Here we look at the key drivers for selecting IP over analogue, and what people should be aware of when looking at specifying CCTV projects.
Integration with other systems
IP CCTV can be easily integrated into other IP based systems across a wide spectrum of solutions not just in the security arena. For example in Retail environments IP CCTV is used for marketing activities such as people counting, measuring the success of promotions, alerting store managers that there are queues at tills and helping to ensure compliance regarding the sale of restricted items such as alcohol or tobacco through simple integration into EPOS systems.
Other areas where we have worked are in Utilities and Logistics to help improve business efficiencies by providing an overview of areas where there are events or alarms to ensure that the right resources are in place to respond promptly with the right equipment (Does the engineer need a crow bar or a screwdriver?). IP CCTV has also been used to provide visual information remotely in order to check gauges or levels and confirm whether resources are needed onsite.
In manufacturing, IP CCTV has been incorporated into production processes to help with quality testing and compliance, to speed up processes or protect key infrastructure and resources. For example IP CCTV is used to compare an image of a circuit board with live products on the production line to detect any abnormalities.
Previously we have spoken specifically about the cost advantages of IP over analogue systems. If you would like to read these arguments and a detailed cost breakdown then please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.controlware.co.uk/tco.
Also if you would like to challenge Controlware to prove that IP can be just as cost effective, provide a better service than analogue or allow you to enable an upgrade to IP without replacing your entire system then please contact us.