Internet Protocol (IP) Cameras – What Does the Future Bring?

By definition, IP (Internet Protocol) cameras are networked digital video cameras that transmit data over a fast Ethernet link. IP cameras, or “network cameras” are usually used for IP surveillance, and are a digitized and networked version of closed-circuit television (CCTV). IP cameras are readily used for surveillance in both residential and business applications, and have the ability to record live video to a separate location.
The unfortunate decline in economic conditions present in 2009, resulted in a slow national economy.  Naturally, the camera industry was effected by this downturn, and produced a slow sales year for IP cameras.
2010, by comparison, has been a milestone year for IP camera sales!  With the improving economy, teamed with the release of multiple new IP cameras, improved sales became the wonderful outcome. The forecast for 2011 is very encouraging, and with future market growth, advancements will continue in megapixel IP cameras.
From a practical point of view, IP cameras are now being used in smaller, simpler projects, and in an increasing number of new projects.
Sony found 2010 to quite possibly be their finest year as an IP camera supplier! Responding to the industry’s needs, they assertively enlarged their IP camera collection, and expanded their popular FCB block series, with the introduction of eight new E vision block cameras.  The Sony E series is significantly lower in cost than the Axis P series; however, both have equal day/night capabilities, lens interchangeability and auto back focus, making the Sony IP camera even more desirable.  The Sony X Series presents some of the most cost-effective megapixel cameras on the market, and consists of 6 unique models including box, dome and vandal dome form configurations.  Clearly, Sony’s progress in the release of new cameras results in substantial benefits in just half a year’s time. Now offering 45 IP camera models makes Sony an even stronger competitor in the IP camera arena.  Additional manufacturers are expected to respond to this challenge, but until then, Sony retains a strong competitive edge!
An IP Camera analysis demonstrates the three leading trends in resolution breakdown:
·      Most IP cameras now released are megapixel (54.1%). Currently the majority, megapixel cameras were noticeably a minority two years ago.
·      There is a relative shortage of 3MP and up cameras.
·      SVGA (Super Video Graphics Array is 800×600) is expanding as an alternative to SD (Standard Definition).  30 SGVA models are now available, when a few years ago, none were available.
IP cameras are available in multiple configurations: indoor fixed view and Pan/Tilt/Zoom, (PTZ), outdoor fixed view and PTZ, and wireless IP cameras. The forecast for IP video surveillance product sales is for a 200% increase between 2010 and 2012, which will significantly overtake analog CCTV sales.  IP surveillance cameras also appear as Megapixel Mini-dome IP network camera, the Sony SNC-DS60 (SNCDS60).
USA Security Systems Technology offers a complete selection of Sony Network IP cameras, as well as Smart Camera network IP cameras, and all accessories. Professional technical service is always a priority with USA Security Systems Technology, making strong associations and providing quality products.
Gail De Salvo

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