IP surveillance is a digitized and networked version of closed-circuit television (CCTV). In an IP surveillance systems, an IP camera
records video footage and the resulting content is distributed over an IP (Internet protocol) network.

DIGITIZATION OFFERS A NUMBER OF BENEFITS
OVER TRADITIONAL ANALOG CCTV, INCLUDING :

• Improved search capability • Greater ease of use • Better quality images and no degradation of content over time
• The ability to record and play simultaneously
• The ability to compress content for improved storage Adding networking capability to digital CCTV provides additional benefits, including:
• Improved ability for remote viewing and control. Anyone on the network can potentially see videos from any camera connected to the network
• IP storage makes it possible to store data in any geographic location
• Greater ease of distribution. An image of a crime suspect, for example, can be immediately distributed to officials
• The ability to connect to email and other communications systems so that alerts can be sent automatically.
There is a growing industry trend towards replacing analog CCTV with IP surveillance systems.