IP & Network Cameras

We actively serve a variety of industries, employing over 460 different types of IP cameras and intercoms for all kinds of applications.

When comparing IP video surveillance cameras, it is crucial to consider the image quality they offer. After all, the primary purpose of a surveillance camera is to capture clear and detailed images that aid in effective monitoring and identification. Therefore, it is essential to evaluate the following critical factors related to image quality when assessing different cameras:

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Essential Functions of Network Cameras

When comparing IP video surveillance cameras, it is crucial to consider the image quality they offer. After all, the primary purpose of a surveillance camera is to capture clear and detailed images that aid in effective monitoring and identification. Therefore, it is essential to evaluate the following key factors related to image quality when assessing different cameras:

  • Resolution: The camera’s resolution, measured in pixels, determines the detail & clarity of an image. Higher resolution cameras offer more pixels, resulting in sharper & clearer video footage, but require more bandwidth and storage. Common resolutions include 1080p, 2K, 4K, and even higher. Choosing a camera resolution involves balancing cost, bandwidth, storage, and image quality needs and depends on the specific requirements of the surveillance application.
  • Low-Light Performance: A camera can capture usable images in low-light or challenging lighting conditions. Look for low-light sensitivity, wide dynamic range (WDR), and infrared (IR) illumination for improved visibility in dark areas. Our range includes cameras that provide excellent image quality without the need for external light sources, including cameras with full-colour video and minimal motion blur in near darkness.
  • Image Sensor Size and Type: Larger image sensors generally perform better in low-light conditions and produce higher-quality images. Different sensor types, such as CMOS or CCD, may impact image quality, noise levels, and dynamic range.
  • Lens Quality: Consider the quality and type of lens used in the camera. A high-quality lens can significantly impact image sharpness, clarity, and distortion correction.
  • Wide Dynamic Range (WDR): WDR technology helps to balance exposure in scenes with contrasting light conditions, preventing overexposure of bright areas and underexposure of dark areas. This is especially useful in environments with strong backlighting or varying lighting conditions. Visit the AXIS Wide Dynamic Range page to learn more.
  • Frame Rate: The frame rate represents the number of frames per second that the camera can capture. A higher frame rate ensures smoother video playback, especially for capturing fast-moving objects or activities.
  • Bandwidth: bandwidth requirements in video surveillance applications can fluctuate based on factors including camera resolution, frame rate, compression method, and camera quantity. Effective bandwidth management is crucial for ensuring smooth operation and high-quality footage without network strain or latency problems.
  • Compression Technology: Increasing compression can result in savings on storage costs (less storage required for similar durations), server configuration (less CPU required is to store less bandwidth), and switches (copper gigabit switches may be used instead of fiber 10GbE). Efficient compression algorithms ensure optimal bandwidth utilization and storage efficiency without compromising image quality. Our chosen camera vendors employ technologies like Zipstream, an AXIS technology that preserves important forensic details, while lowering bandwidth & storage requirements by an average of 50% or more. LightCatcher, is an Avigilon technology that provides clear image quality in low light environments.

While other functionalities are important for specific surveillance needs, image quality stands out as the most crucial aspect when comparing IP video surveillance cameras. It directly impacts the camera’s ability to provide clear, detailed, and actionable video footage, which is essential for effective surveillance and incident analysis.

Artificial Intelligence

IP video surveillance cameras are now being equipped with advanced artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities that enable advanced analytics and automation to enhance their functionality. These AI capabilities include Object Detection and Recognition, Facial Recognition, Intrusion Detection, Behavioural Analysis, License Plate Recognition, Abandoned Object Detection, Crowd Management, Heat Mapping, Predictive Analytics, Real-time Alerts and Notifications:

  • Object Detection & Recognition: is a powerful feature that allows cameras to identify and track particular targets or trigger specific actions based on detected objects like people, vehicles, or specific items of interest. Popular cameras with this capability include Axis, Hanwha, and Avigilon.
  • Facial Recognition: is another AI feature that allows cameras to recognize and verify individuals’ faces in real-time, making it useful for access control, flagging potential threats, or identifying known individuals.

  • Intrusion Detection: is another AI-enabled feature that raises alarms for unauthorised intrusions or movements in restricted areas, alerting security personnel to potential security breaches.
  • Behavioural Analysis: is another feature that allows cameras to analyse and understand people’s behaviour patterns within their field of view. They can identify suspicious activities, such as loitering, sudden crowd formation, or abnormal movements, and generate alerts for potential security risks.
  • License Plate Recognition: is another AI-powered feature that enables cameras to recognise and capture license plate information from vehicles within their coverage area. This is useful for parking management, traffic enforcement, or identifying suspicious vehicles.
  • Abandoned Object Detection: is another AI capability that detects and identifies abandoned objects or bags in public spaces, helping to identify potential security threats and trigger appropriate responses.
  • Crowd Management: is another feature that analyses crowd density, monitors crowd flow, and detects overcrowding situations. This information can optimise crowd management strategies, ensure public safety, and prevent accidents in crowded areas.
  • Heat Mapping: is another capability that generates heat maps by analysing the density and movement of people within an area. This can be useful for optimising space utilisation, identifying popular areas, or improving crowd flow.
  • Predictive Analytics: is another feature that allows cameras to leverage historical data and patterns to predict and identify potential security incidents or trends, enabling proactive decision-making and resource allocation based on predictive insights.
  • Real-time Alerts and Notifications: is another AI-enabled feature that generates real-time alerts and notifications based on predefined rules or anomaly detection. Security personnel can receive immediate alerts for events that require attention or intervention.
  • These AI capabilities empower IP video surveillance cameras to go beyond simple video recording and monitoring. They enable proactive surveillance, intelligent analytics, and automation, enhancing the overall effectiveness and efficiency of video surveillance systems.

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