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5 reasons to choose a modular IP camera system

April 10th, 2018 by Paul Sandford

Modular IP camera system featuring an Axis F-series main unit and 4 sensors

A modular IP camera is comprised of a camera body (often referred to as the main unit) and one or more sensor units which each consist of a lens and image sensor, and are connected to the main unit via a cable.

The main unit typically houses the processor, any edge storage such as an SD card, plus power and network connections. The maximum resolution and angle of view for each sensor unit is determined by the combination of lens and image sensor, as it would be for a regular IP camera. Sensor units can be purchased separately from the main unit and come in a wide variety of lens and feature combinations, allowing you to put together the hardware specification that best suits your needs.

The modular approach is incredibly flexible, allowing you to easily build a standalone CCTV system, deploy cameras discreetly into tight spaces or monitor several closely situated areas in a very cost-effective way. A handful of manufacturers offer modular IP camera ranges, but the most popular by far are from Axis and Mobotix.

Here are 5 great reasons to choose a modular IP camera system.

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Beyond the Datasheet: Internal VS External IR illumination

February 12th, 2018 by Bethanne Pugh

Which IR illumination method is most suited to your applications

The ability to monitor ’round-the-clock’ is a common requirement for CCTV applications. This can be easily achieved with the implementation of a day/night IP camera and some form of infrared (IR) illumination; which together, enable the continuous delivery of video surveillance – even in complete darkness.

When it comes to infrared illumination, you generally have two choices: internal or external IR. ‘Internal’ being a day/night IP camera that features integrated infrared LEDs, or ‘External’ meaning the use of a separate IR illuminator unit alongside your network camera. To help you decide which method is best suited to your requirements – we have done a quick run through of the pro’s and con’s that are associated with each solution.

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Beyond the Datasheet: Our top IP camera contenders for 2018

January 25th, 2018 by Bethanne Pugh

Looking back over 2017, we saw continuous growth of the IP camera market with the introduction of new product ranges and interesting technologies. Industry leaders Axis released their first ever, innovatively designed, ‘true’ outdoor-ready CS-mount IP camera and also brought the best-selling M31 Series to the table. Meanwhile, Samsung Wisenet’s P, Q and X ranges were introduced to Network Webcams and we saw Bosch’s new ‘intelligent’ range of IP cameras which feature edge-based, IVA and Essential video analytics. It was also a big year in terms of software, with Milestone releasing two new ‘business-ready’ XProtect products: XProtect Express+ and Professional+. Both of which provide access to a host of advanced Milestone features and allow you to take full advantage of the latest in IP camera technology.

With an abundance of IP cameras available, it can often be a daunting task to choose the right model for your needs. To make things a little easier, we decided to highlight some of the units which we feel could be popular ‘go-to’ choices this year.

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Beyond the Datasheet: Understanding Axis’ WDR options

December 7th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Learn about the different Axis WDR solutions

Optimum light levels are key for the delivery of clear, detailed CCTV footage. If light conditions become challenging, the usability of images will often suffer – resulting in poor quality surveillance video. To ensure optimal image capture, most IP camera manufacturers will now include a handful of enhancement technologies to help improve imaging in difficult lighting environments; one of the most common being Wide Dynamic Range.

But what is WDR? …

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Beyond the Datasheet: Panoramic VS Multi-IP camera system

November 10th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Which type of IP camera setup is most suitable for your CCTV application?

When designing your IP CCTV system, an initial consideration will be which type of IP cameras can deliver the most efficient security surveillance for your application.

Small to medium-sized locations will typically choose one of two options: a single panoramic unit or a multi-IP camera system.

To help you make an informed decision when building your system, we decided to take a look at the beneficial features and limitations that come with each type of IP camera setup.

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Beyond the datasheet: Does your CCTV system need an NVR?

October 19th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Recording and Storage options for your CCTV system

When it comes to the storage of your video surveillance footage, a common assumption is that to do this job successfully, a network video recorder (NVR) is required.

Back in the early days of IP, NVR’s provided a familiar and straightforward storage solution for users moving away from their analogue DVR’s towards a digital CCTV system. Although it is still clear that NVR’s have a place in the market, constant developments in IP technology have resulted in alternative options to help meet a wider range of requirements and applications.

With this in mind, we decided to take a look at some of the options available when choosing a suitable recording and storage solution for your CCTV system.

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Beyond the datasheet: The importance of a user-friendly IP camera web interface

October 11th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

importance of a user-friendly IP camera web interface

In the competitive IP camera market, manufacturers are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. With the clear majority already being able to deliver cameras in the highest resolution, an increased focus has been put on making improvements in other areas, such as camera-based video analytics, compression technology and low-light imagery. However, one area that we find proves to repeatedly be an issue for our customers is the usability of the cameras web interface.

Due to our vast experience serving different types of customers in multiple industries we know that the quality & flexibility of the web interface is still a crucial area to consider. So, to give you a better understanding of what you can expect from the web interface when you come to choose your IP camera, we have picked out four well-known brands to give you a short review of the experience. We have focused on how easy it was to use and navigate the different interfaces, the features available and how compatible they are with the current leading web browsers.

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