Security cameras, card access readers and intercoms that once stood alone are gaining new life when merging onto an IP network. While traditional analog devices may still have a place in a security program, IP infrastructure is now a mainstay.
Being on a network brings greater efficiencies, higher ROI, and more advanced equipment capabilities. With IT departments becoming more accustomed to sharing the network, they have begun to plan their capacity to include IP security solutions.
Using IP, the network becomes a shared service. Organizations can leverage the company's existing IT network and support services to install and maintain its security program, run its cameras and communicate with other devices. The IT network also can handle actual monitoring, so a secondary monitoring system is unnecessary in some cases.
The cost of IP-enabled cameras and other endpoints may cost more than other options, but leveraging your IT resources during installation and then for long term maintenance has great effect on the total cost. They often end up costing less over the long term than the analog systems most businesses use today.
Additionally IP eases up bandwidth of security personnel so that they may focus less on technology and more on their core purpose: identifying and mitigating threats.
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