IP Video Surveillance Cheat Sheet from Vicon

What Is IP Video? Internet protocol (IP) video uses the computer network infrastructure to transmit security video to recording and viewing stations and dispatch centers. In IP video systems, network cameras output a digitally encoded signal that can be transmitted over the network as data for viewing, storage and integration with other security solutions. Video management systems or software (VMS) allows the user to view the live video, call up recorded video, control the cameras connected to the network and many other functions.

Currently, the majority of video surveillance systems installed in the United States remain analog, with digital video recorders (DVRs) storing video from cameras and providing video playback. This technology has been available for years and is very reliable. That said, many new video surveillance installations are incorporating IP because of its advantages.

Considering implementing IP video on your campus? Here’s a primer on some of the most common technologies currently deployed.