An IP security camera system is basically a surveillance system that uses cameras that are capable of connecting to the internet. People often raise their eyebrows whether security systems even need to have internet access.
For most people, a camera with access to the internet does not seem necessary. To them, it's like how a lot of gadgets, trinkets, or technology keeps getting upgraded with an internet connection when they worked just fine without them.
It's easy to understand where most people are coming from. To them, adding that internet feature is just another way of making something old look new and adding a higher price tag on the label.
Below are some of the advantages of having an IP security camera system has over traditional video surveillance systems.
Any security camera system will always have a terminal or some form of console from where a person can access all the footage or control the cameras. The problem with old wired systems is that the system's size could be restricted by hardware or physical limitations. For example, a business that owned several facilities would need several security camera systems in place for each facility. It was difficult to create a centralized system for the security cameras given the technical obstacles that had to be overcome at the time.
One of the biggest advantages of having an IP camera system is that they are connected to an existing network. This network is the internet. People can leverage the internet's infrastructure to create a centralized network that made it easier for them to manage all the cameras. It was easier and cheaper to install than a wired system.
Accessing surveillance footage in old security camera systems meant being in front of the TV monitor that showed the surveillance feed. This could be a major problem for people who cannot afford the time or effort to personally go to the monitors. In a nutshell, access to surveillance footage required physical access.
Things are greatly different with IP cameras. Since IP cameras are connected to the internet, a person could actually get a live feed of surveillance footage by streaming the data through the internet. A person could be halfway across the world and still see the surveillance footage provided that they have an internet connection.
It must be noted however, that the quality of the feed can be affected by the internet connection. Notice how other services that leverage the internet for communication can suffer in quality depending on the quality of their internet connection? The same is true with IP cameras. Furthermore, it also worth mentioning that an IP security camera system is a relatively new form of technology that still has a lot of room for improvement.