3 Tips for Using IP Security Camera Systems


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An IP security camera system utilizes a network video recorder (NVR) and the internet to record, transmit, store and view footage.  IP security camera systems should not be confused with cloud-based security camera systems, though they both use the internet to transmit video data. Click here to learn more about cloud-based security camera systems.

IP security camera systems offer a host of features not available with analog camera systems, such as line crossing, facial recognition and ability to record audio.  IP camera systems are typically more expensive then traditional analog camera systems; however, the price difference is absolutely worth it considering the positive ROI and quality of imagining you’ll receive with IP cameras. 


How to Use IP Cameras Effectively


Step 1:  Choose Cameras Wisely & Determine the Proper Install Location

Congratulations, you’ve decided to make the investment into IP cameras, so what’s next?  First, you’ll need to determine the type and placement of your IP cameras.  We recommend consulting ACC Telecom, or a security camera expert to conduct a site survey/camera placement assessment for you.  There are so many different types of cameras with various lens; some offer wide-angle views, all the way up to 360 degree rotational imaging.  You do not want to purchase more cameras than is necessary due to cost and ongoing maintenance, so it’s important to understand the various camera options out there first.


Step 2:  Determine the Ideal Height for Camera Installation

Even though you can purchase vandal-proof IP cameras, that doesn’t mean the criminal won’t try to steal or deactivate the camera altogether.  It’s important to place your cameras high enough that it is difficult for intruders to alter the camera but low enough for an ideal vantage point. Typically, 10 feet or higher for outdoor cameras is recommended.


Step 3: Keep Software Updated

Since IP cameras utilize the internet network to function, it’s important to update your software for the latest security features and password enhancements.  Regular software updates also ensure you’ll have the latest features and functionality available.


Next Steps

IP camera systems are a smart investment for anyone interested in securing their business’ property, assets, and people.  We recommend discussing your surveillance system options with a professional company first to learn if IP security systems or cloud-based surveillance systems are the right fit for your business.  Contact ACC Telecom today for your complimentary surveillance system consultation.


ACC Telecom is a leading b2b telecommunications and surveillance provider, specializing in design, installation, training and support for all of our products and services.  ACC offers cloud-based, hybrid IP, and on-premise surveillance systems and partners with Eagle Eye Networks and DH Vision to deliver state-of-the-art and cost effective business surveillance video management systems. Contact ACC Telecom today to learn more and schedule your complimentary consultation. 

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