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Analogue, IP & HDCVI Security Camera Systems

With technology advancing everyday and new milestones being reached we often have to do an extensive amount of research before knowing exactly which product is right for our solution.
When it comes down to surveillance technology and types of surveillance systems there are more than a few to choose from, and that is not just by brand but also by technology.




Analogue Surverillance Systems

Analog systems are what began the surveillance industry and are still around today. They feature a low cost, low resolution, easy alternative to IP but with mixed results.
Analog cameras are usually listed with an X number of TV Lines. You'll often see 600, 700, 800TVL and occasionally 960H with the higher the number generally being the better choice. With the higher number being better you are ultimately limited to a maximum pixel count of 960x480 (960H) which is not high definition by any means. Analog DVRs and cameras are mostly interchangeable meaning you can mix and match cameras and DVRs from different manufacturers.
However, this easy setup-low cost alternative comes with a few downfalls when compared to newer technology. Low limited resolutions provide a mediocre image which can often be pixelated and grainy. A maximum resolution of 960H is the highest possible or 960x480 to be exact. Think of a high definition 1080p TV with a resolution of 1920x1080, when comparing the two, 960H provides much less detail and quality.
This often results in less arrests and convictions due to specific features not being distinguishable on captured video.
Nevertheless, this technology is still available for a low price from most vendors but will most likely be phased out very soon due to demand for advanced high definition systems such as IP and CVI.

Pros of analog CCTV

Lower initial cost - In most cases, analog cameras cost less up front than IP network cameras.
Wide-spread compatibility - Mixing and matching camera models and surveillance equipment form different manufacturers is easy with an analog CCTV security camera.
Lower initial cost - Analog cameras tend to handle low-light situations better than IP cameras on average, though IP camera technology is improving in this regard.

Cons of analog CCTV

Expensive cabling - For large-scale surveillance applications, analog cameras require complicated cabling schemes that can be quite expensive and also challenging to install.
Limited features - Many of the advanced features now available with IP cameras (for instance: megapixel resolution, digital zoom, and video analytics), aren't available in analog CCTV models.

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HDCVI Surveillance Systems

HDCVI is the perfect blend between IP and Analogue imaging. It blends the two technologies into one easy to use and affordable option.
HDCVI benefits are not limited just to a lower cost alternative to IP, but also includes longer cable runs, easier to use equipment, audio/video and control signals built together (no RS-485 needed for PTZ), and most importantly full HD1080p image quality.
CVI works by sending high definition audio and video over regular coaxial cable at distances of up to 500 feet. This new technology allows you to take your old analogue cameras and analogue DVR out and simply plug in a new HDCVI DVR and HDCVI Cameras to get a fully high definition picture at a fraction of the cost of IP equipment.
We firmly believe the majority of analogue equipment will soon be replaced by this version of high definition surveillance.
Apps and web tools allow you to control, view and interact with your system from a variety of devices, using Wi-Fi and Mobile Data Networks, truly a view anywhere any time scenario.

CVI System Overview: Pros

- Simple and Cost Effective
- Easily upgrade older Analog systems.
- High Definition Quality without the price of an IP system.
- The Tribrid option allows you to have any combination of Analog, HDCVI and, IP cameras.


CVI System Overview: Cons

- Newer technology, limiting your camera selections.- Limited to 1080p- Not as customizable as IP systems.- Power still needs to be ran to cameras vs POE's one cable method.



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IP Surveillance Systems

IP cameras allow video and audio surveillance to be sent over a network. This allows for a vast improvement over analogue systems such as individual camera configuration, Wi-Fi cameras, Power over Ethernet or PoE, adding cameras from other networks, better security features such as people counting and facial detection. Most importantly, extremely high megapixel resolutions are now possible.
Another major advantage to IP systems is that there is no limit to it. As we see an increase in megapixel resolutions and high quality cameras there isn't a bottleneck to where IP surveillance can take us.
However, there are a few minor details that one can't ignore when considering purchasing an IP system. With IP systems using a camera from one manufacturer and NVR from another could result in incompatibility issues such as not being able to record motion detection, occasional video loss, certain features on the camera and NVR not syncing with each other or the worst of all, when the cameras won't display a video whatsoever.
All in all, IP offers the most features and best resolution out of all the choices. However, if affordability of an IP system is an issue but you still want HD video quality, please continue reading to learn more about the very interesting CVI technology.



IP System Overview: Pros

- Very high resolution so you can see more fine details.
- Each individual camera has a web interface for more customization.
- IP cameras can be configured through the network.
- Because of POE you only have to run a single Cat5e cable to each camera.
- IP will be around for a very long time.


IP System Overview: Cons

- Generally higher priced compared to Analog & CVI.
- High resolutions require more bandwidth which can sometimes mean remote viewing the main stream HD video feed over the internet can be difficult
- More technical to set everything up.
- IP cameras will not work if your network is down (However, this can be overcome if a properly installed IP system is put in place).

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