Here is an example exhibiting the clearly visible difference between analog versus IP/megapixel imaging.

IP surveillance systems have proven to be an attractive solution in nearly all surveillance situations as they promise to increase safety and ease of use. For both commercial and residential applications it is being used to solve unique problems and provide additional operator control.

Developments in IP surveillance have allowed security cameras to provide a wealth of additional information to users. Typically, theft prevention or life safety have been the primary motives for security cameras, but increasingly, the advanced content management provided by today’s IP systems gives users a valuable tool to monitor and manage their home or business.

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Picture Quality

The current analog video standards were developed in the 1950’s. Regardless of the image quality claims an analog camera’s datasheet may have, the end result of the video signal is still being recorded at the same limited quality that was invented over 70 years ago (maximum 720 lines x 480 lines). On the other hand, an average 3-megapixel IP camera can provide over 40 times the image resolution of an analog camera.

Video Management

IP video data is easily accessed, reviewed, and scanned in a digital format. Surveillance analytics help individuals and organizations make sense of vast amounts of security video and data, generating useful intelligence for better, more effective decisions and immediate action and response.


IP surveillance allows you to easily scale any installation as your needs and budget grow. With IP surveillance, you can also tackle much larger deployments like campuses, multi-level buildings and multi-site retail stores.


Analog cameras are considered dumb devices, with no onboard intelligence. IP cameras, on the other hand, are essentially computers with high end integrated cameras. Not only can an IP camera be remotely configured (resolution, brightness, frame rate, etc.), they can also detect when motion or tampering has occurred and act on it.

Remote Viewing

All IP systems are designed for remote viewing on most PCs, tablets and smart-phones, from anywhere in the world via the internet. Remote alerts and notification settings are also available for most systems.


IP technology offers a broad range of cameras and price ranges. Although the average cost of an IP system is still higher than an analog system, it is important to remember that in some situations a single IP camera can take the place of multiple analog cameras due to the increased detail.

Analog is quickly becoming considered outdated making IP technology the obvious choice when setting up a new surveillance and security system.