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Digital security cameras ease the pain of sorting through useless video

Published by Dan on July 25, 2007 3:05 PM

One of the major benefits of IP-based surveillance and network cameras is digital storage. Think about a traditional CCTV system. The footage is stored on analog cassettes. To scour though analog surveillance footage for images of a specific incident isn't much different than sorting through a pile of home videos you've kept on VHS. In other words, it's not fun, and will likely result in a headache and hours of lost time. Not to mention, the quality of the images diminishes if tapes are reused. But with digital security cameras, the images are crisp, and combing through footage is usually as simple as a few mouse clicks, which is a great relief, as evidenced by this real-life example involving a convenience store in Ottawa, Kansas.

Chuck Waymire, owner of the Stop-N-Save in Ottawa, recently upgraded from an analog CCTV system to a new digital system that will soon include upwards of 16 network cameras to watch over his gas station and mini mart. The digital cameras provide images that are far more clear and detailed than his previous equipment. In fact, the new cameras have already been used to help police capture an attempted murder suspect. In comparison, many convenience stores still using analog systems often produce a steady stream of unusable footage because they're constantly re-recording over the same tape. Yes, each time you record over the same tape, the quality diminishes. That's a problem. And in the case of stores that don't switch up the tape, at some point the camera is simply going through the motions. This problem is nullified with digital security cameras.

Read more and watch a news story on Waymire's new digital surveillance system on KMBC-TV.

Learn more about video surveillance for convenience stores.

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