network camera

(redirected from IP-based video surveillance)

network camera

A digital camera used for surveillance. Network cameras are the successor to the analog closed-circuit TV (CCTV) systems that have been widely used for decades, but instead of a dedicated network, they use the local IP network, which also provides Internet access. Pioneered in 1996 by Axis Communications and also called an "IP camera," network cameras use standard IP protocols to transmit Motion JPEG, MPEG or H.264 video. See CCTV, ONVIF, MPEG and H.264.

Video (with or without audio) from all the cameras is recorded simultaneously on a dedicated network video recorder (NVR), which is a computer with video management software. Security services also provide cloud storage in lieu of or as backup for local recording. Most network cameras have motion sensors as well as built-in Web servers running Linux, which allows them to be adjusted and viewed from any Web browser.

Security cameras designed for the home with recording in the cloud may or may not be called network cameras (see connected camera).

One or Two Cables
Wi-Fi cameras use one power cable plugged into an AC outlet. Ethernet cameras require an additional cable that goes to the switch. However, power-over-Ethernet (PoE) cameras use a PoE switch for power (see PoE). See Webcam, PIR sensor and PTZ.


A Network Camera
This earlier Axis Ethernet camera plugged into an Ethernet switch (beige wire) and drew power from an AC outlet (black wire). Wi-Fi and power-over-Ethernet (PoE) cameras use only one cable.
References in periodicals archive ?
0, Matrix Comsec Launches IP-Based Video Surveillance System, Lumenera's High Performance USB 3.
the IP-based video surveillance market has grown rapidly as more end-users opt
An IP-based video surveillance connects to the existing IP infrastructure, becoming a part of the data network and can be integrated with other business systems to provide enhanced surveillance capabilities, said a statement.
These products enable cost-effective migration of analogue cameras into a powerful IP-based video surveillance system, and are ideal for locations such as gas stations, convenience stores and small offices.
The AXIS M7001 Video Encoder can integrate small or large numbers of analog CCTV surveillance cameras into an IP-based video surveillance system.
The full-featured AXIS Q7404 Video Encoder integrates four analog CCTV cameras at a time into an IP-based video surveillance system.
The products enable analog cameras to be integrated into a more efficient and powerful IP-based video surveillance system.
leading provider of IP-based video surveillance solutions, announced today
The software-driven, PC-based control solution provides comprehensive control over IP-based video surveillance systems and offers open architecture for control of the company's Pan Focus IP cameras and embedded DVRs, as well as most of the industry's IP cameras, video servers, and recorders.
The IP-based video surveillance market reached $227 million in 2005 and is rapidly expanding," noted Dave Stoner, president and COO of ViewCast Corporation.
a developer of wireless Internet protocol (IP) real-time video streaming solutions, and Dotworkz Systems, an IP-based video surveillance solution; and Playground, a Vancouver-based real estate developer [www.