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The Eye in the Sky: Pros & Cons of IP Cameras

They’ve become so popular that it won’t be long until you can monitor your summer house on the moon from your smartphone with an installed IP camera. That might be a slight exaggeration; however, make no mistake, IP cameras have revolutionized the security industry for residential and commercial properties. At Frontline Security we’re often asked about the pros and cons for installing IP cameras as a solution for security surveillance and this week’s blog addresses that question.

We have fully transitioned to a wireless world; it’s become the standard for electronic equipment such as IP cameras used for video surveillance. You’re on a beach in Hawaii and all of a sudden you miss your house, well, no problem. All you have to do is break out your smartphone and get views of your living room via your installed IP camera. IP cameras can be moved around anywhere on your network and can be viewed remotely from any location on your smartphone, just as long as you have an internet connection. You have greater range of visibility with your eye in the sky by having the power to send commands, allowing you to pan, tilt or zoom.

There are two main concerns that consumers have with IP cameras: cost and network security. The initial cost of IP cameras is more expensive than standard CCTV feeds; however, cost has come down with the rise of their popularity. Ultimately the price differential pays off with the freedom and the flexibility the camera has to offer, from wireless installation to remote access. With IP cameras operating over networks, many homeowners are concerned that hackers will be able to access their live or recorded video feed. This can be remedied by ensuring that your IP cameras are properly encrypted and authenticated. Your video surveillance should be transmitted over a private IP LAN. To further enhance security, Frontline Security in Calgary recommends having both strong passwords and login information. And not worry if you’re not tech savvy, that’s why we’re here!

Video surveillance with IP cameras will keep your home safe with live video feeds that are accessible from anywhere on Earth and the mere presence of cameras on your property acts as a deterrent to intruders. To find out how Frontline Security can install a state-of-the-art video surveillance system using IP cameras for your home or business, contact us today in Calgary at 403-291-9311.

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