The Leading Security Camera Manufacturers

We are an Authorized Dealer and Service Center for the industries leading manufacturers of security camera equipment.  Here are just a few of the surveillance products we represent and service.

ACTi, Corp.
ACTi, Corp.
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Acuity Systems
Acuity Systems
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Advanced Technology Video, Inc.
Advanced Technology Video, Inc.
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AG Neovo Technology, Corp.
AG Neovo Technology, Corp.
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AIM Cambridge | Emerson
AIM Cambridge | Emerson
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Aimetis, Corp.
Aimetis, Corp.
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Aiphone Co., Ltd.
Aiphone Co., Ltd.
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AIRAYA, Corp,
AIRAYA, Corp,
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Alarm Controls, Corp
Alarm Controls, Corp
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Alarm Lock Systems, Inc.
Alarm Lock Systems, Inc.
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AlarmSaf, Inc.
AlarmSaf, Inc.
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Alnet Systems, Inc.
Alnet Systems, Inc.
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Alpha Communications Tektone
Alpha Communications Tektone
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Alpha Technologies
Alpha Technologies
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Altronix, Inc.
Altronix, Inc.
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American Dynamics, a Tyco Brand
American Dynamics, a Tyco Brand
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American Fibertek, Inc.
American Fibertek, Inc.
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American Power Conversion, Corp.
American Power Conversion, Corp.
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American Video Equipment
American Video Equipment
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Amseco, a Potter Brand
Amseco, a Potter Brand
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Anchor Audio, Inc.
Anchor Audio, Inc.
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Apollo
Apollo
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Appro Technology
Appro Technology
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APWMayville
APWMayville
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ARM Electronics
ARM Electronics
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Atlas Sound
Atlas Sound
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Audio-Technica
Audio-Technica
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AvaLAN Wireless
AvaLAN Wireless
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AVerMedia
AVerMedia
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AWID
AWID
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Axis Comunications
Axis Comunications
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Axium Technologies, Inc
Axium Technologies, Inc
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Azalea Networks
Azalea Networks
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Azden
Azden
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Basler
Basler
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Bioscrypt
Bioscrypt
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Blonder Tongue
Blonder Tongue
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Bogen
Bogen
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Bogen Imaging
Bogen Imaging
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Bolide
Bolide
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Bosch
Bosch
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Box Light
Box Light
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Bretford
Bretford
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B-Tron
B-Tron
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Canon Network Video Solutions
Canon Network Video Solutions
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Canon USA
Canon USA
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Cantronic Systems
Cantronic Systems
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CBC America/Computar/GANZ
CBC America/Computar/GANZ
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CCTVSTAR
CCTVSTAR
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Channel Vision
Channel Vision
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Chief
Chief
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Cisco Systems, Inc.
Cisco Systems, Inc.
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ClearPix Technology
ClearPix Technology
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Clover
Clover
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CNB Technologies
CNB Technologies
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Coleman Cable
Coleman Cable
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Comelit
Comelit
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Command Access Technologies
Command Access Technologies
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COMMSCOPE
COMMSCOPE
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Comnet
Comnet
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Computar (CBC America/Computar/GANZ)
Computar (CBC America/Computar/GANZ)
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Controlware
Controlware
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Cooper Wheelock
Cooper Wheelock
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Corby
Corby
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Corning Gilbert
Corning Gilbert
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Cosmicar | Pentax
Cosmicar | Pentax
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CP Technologies
CP Technologies
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Crow
Crow
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Crown
Crown
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Daewoo Lucoms America
Daewoo Lucoms America
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Da-Lite
Da-Lite
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Data Robotics
Data Robotics
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Dedicated Micros
Dedicated Micros
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Denon
Denon
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Designed Security
Designed Security
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Digimerge
Digimerge
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Digiop
Digiop
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Digital ID View
Digital ID View
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Ditek
Ditek
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D-Link
D-Link
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DNF Security
DNF Security
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Dolphin Components
Dolphin Components
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Dotworkz
Dotworkz
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Draper
Draper
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DRW
DRW
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Dynapel
Dynapel
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Edwards Signaling
Edwards Signaling
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Electronic Security Devices
Electronic Security Devices
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Elmo
Elmo
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Emerson | AIM Cambridge
Emerson | AIM Cambridge
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EMI
EMI
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Essexelectronics
Essexelectronics
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Eurobex
Eurobex
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EverFocus
EverFocus
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Extreme CCTV
Extreme CCTV
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Federal Signal
Federal Signal
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FM Systems
FM Systems
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Focus Enhancements (Videonics)
Focus Enhancements (Videonics)
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Fujinon
Fujinon
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GANZ (CBC America/Computar/GANZ)
GANZ (CBC America/Computar/GANZ)
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Garrett
Garrett
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GE Security
GE Security
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GEM Electronics
GEM Electronics
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Gentex
Gentex
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George Risk Industries
George Risk Industries
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Geovision
Geovision
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Global Surveillance Systems
Global Surveillance Systems
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Great Lakes Case and Cabinet
Great Lakes Case and Cabinet
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Hawk-I Security
Hawk-I Security
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Hawking Technologies
Hawking Technologies
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HID Global
HID Global
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Hikvision USA Inc
Hikvision USA Inc
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Hitachi
Hitachi
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Honeywell Power Products
Honeywell Power Products
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Hurley IR
Hurley IR
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IC Realtime
IC Realtime
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Ikegami
Ikegami
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Iluminar
Iluminar
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Image Vault
Image Vault
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ImmerVision
ImmerVision
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Inex zamir
Inex zamir
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infinias
infinias
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Infinity security systems
Infinity security systems
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Infinova
Infinova
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InFocus
InFocus
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Inovonics
Inovonics
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Instek Digital
Instek Digital
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Intelligent Security Systems
Intelligent Security Systems
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Intellio
Intellio
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International Communications Manufacturing
International Communications Manufacturing
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International Electronics Inc
International Electronics Inc
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International Fiber Systems | GE
International Fiber Systems | GE
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Interstate Batteries
Interstate Batteries
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ioimage
ioimage
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ioSafe, Inc.
ioSafe, Inc.
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ISONAS Security Systems, Inc
ISONAS Security Systems, Inc
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Izon Technologies
Izon Technologies
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JDS Digital Security Systems
JDS Digital Security Systems
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JVC Security
JVC Security
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KBC | Microtek Electronics
KBC | Microtek Electronics
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Keri Systems
Keri Systems
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Kinyo
Kinyo
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KNOX Video Technologies
KNOX Video Technologies
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Kowa
Kowa
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Kramer
Kramer
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KT&C
KT&C
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Labor Saving Devices
Labor Saving Devices
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LAN-Power Systems
LAN-Power Systems
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Leightronix
Leightronix
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LG Commercial
LG Commercial
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LH Dottie
LH Dottie
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Lilin
Lilin
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Linear
Linear
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Linksys | Cisco
Linksys | Cisco
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Louroe
Louroe
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Lucasey
Lucasey
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MAGICARD
MAGICARD
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Marantz
Marantz
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Marshall Electronics
Marshall Electronics
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Maxell
Maxell
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MDI Security Systems
MDI Security Systems
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Meridian Technologies
Meridian Technologies
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Messoa
Messoa
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Micon Technology
Micon Technology
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Microtek Electronics | KBC
Microtek Electronics | KBC
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Middle Atlantic Products
Middle Atlantic Products
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Mier
Mier
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Milestone
Milestone
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MINUTEMAN
MINUTEMAN
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Mitsubishi Consumer
Mitsubishi Consumer
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Mitsubishi Security
Mitsubishi Security
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Mobotix
Mobotix
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Music & Sound
Music & Sound
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Muxlab, Inc.
Muxlab, Inc.
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NetMedia
NetMedia
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NetProMax
NetProMax
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Network Video Technologies
Network Video Technologies
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New Wave Audio
New Wave Audio
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Nitek
Nitek
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NRG Research
NRG Research
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NUUO
NUUO
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Nuvico
Nuvico
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OmniMount
OmniMount
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Onix USA
Onix USA
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On-Net Surveillance (OnSSI)
On-Net Surveillance (OnSSI)
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Optelecom-NKF
Optelecom-NKF
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Optex
Optex
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Orion Images
Orion Images
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OT Systems
OT Systems
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PACH & Co
PACH & Co
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Panasonic Security
Panasonic Security
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Panasonic Security iPro
Panasonic Security iPro
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PanaVise
PanaVise
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PCSC
PCSC
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Peerless
Peerless
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Pelco by Schnider Electric
Pelco by Schnider Electric
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Pentax | Cosmicar
Pentax | Cosmicar
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Phihong
Phihong
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Pico Macom
Pico Macom
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PiXORD
PiXORD
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PoE Technologies
PoE Technologies
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Porta Brace
Porta Brace
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Porta Systems Corp.
Porta Systems Corp.
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Preferred Power Products
Preferred Power Products
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Premier Wireless
Premier Wireless
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Rainbow
Rainbow
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Raytec
Raytec
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Remee
Remee
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RemoteEyes
RemoteEyes
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Revere Industries
Revere Industries
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RF Logics
RF Logics
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Rhino
Rhino
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Risco Group
Risco Group
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RL Drake
RL Drake
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Rosslare Security
Rosslare Security
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Rutherford Controls
Rutherford Controls
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Safety Techologies International
Safety Techologies International
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Samson Wireless
Samson Wireless
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Samsung GVI
Samsung GVI
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Sans Digital
Sans Digital
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Sanyo
Sanyo
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Say Security
Say Security
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Seagate
Seagate
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Seco-Larm
Seco-Larm
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Secuology
Secuology
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Securakey
Securakey
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Securitron
Securitron
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Security Door Controls
Security Door Controls
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Security Labs
Security Labs
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Se-Kure Domes & Mirrors
Se-Kure Domes & Mirrors
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Select Engineered Systems
Select Engineered Systems
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Senko
Senko
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Shure
Shure
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Silicor
Silicor
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Sony CCTV
Sony CCTV
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Sony Consumer
Sony Consumer
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Speco Technologies
Speco Technologies
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Sperry West
Sperry West
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StarDot
StarDot
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Strand
Strand
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Sun Surveillance
Sun Surveillance
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Takex
Takex
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Talk-A-Phone
Talk-A-Phone
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Tamron
Tamron
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Tappan
Tappan
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TASCAM TEAC PROFESSIONAL
TASCAM TEAC PROFESSIONAL
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Tatung
Tatung
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Telexper
Telexper
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Telular
Telular
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Theia Technologies
Theia Technologies
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TOA Electronics
TOA Electronics
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Tokina
Tokina
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Toshiba
Toshiba
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Tote Vision
Tote Vision
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Trango
Trango
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Transtector Systems
Transtector Systems
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TRENDnet
TRENDnet
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Tripp-Lite
Tripp-Lite
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TTI Wireless
TTI Wireless
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United Security Products
United Security Products
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Varieon
Varieon
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Veracity
Veracity
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Verint
Verint
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Vicon
Vicon
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Video Accessories Corp
Video Accessories Corp
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Video Domain
Video Domain
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Video Mount Products
Video Mount Products
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Videocomm Technologies
Videocomm Technologies
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Videolarm | A MOOG Company
Videolarm | A MOOG Company
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Videotek
Videotek
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Vigitron
Vigitron
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Viscount
Viscount
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Visonic
Visonic
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Vitek
Vitek
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VIVOTEK Inc
VIVOTEK Inc
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Vuance (Security Inc)
Vuance (Security Inc)
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Watec
Watec
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Weldex
Weldex
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West Penn
West Penn
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Winland Electronics
Winland Electronics
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Winsted
Winsted
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Wireless Technologies
Wireless Technologies
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Wren
Wren
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Xtralis
Xtralis
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Choosing between IP and analog security cameras is one of the first and hardest choices facing any prospective buyer of a CCTV system, whether it is for home surveillance or for monitoring a business. Both types of systems have advantages and disadvantages, and manufacturers don't try to make it easy to decide between them. There is a lot of hype and marketing buzz right now because of the growth of the industry.

Both types of cameras work through the use of CCD and CMOS chips. These chips turn visible light (and in some cases infrared light) into a signal. Analog cameras turn this signal into something that a television can see, very much like a camcorder. IP based cameras do something a little more complicated. They take the information from the chip and feed the analog signal into an encoder. This encoder is combined with an onboard web server. This allows for the camera to become a network device. This allows it to be viewed by users over an existing or new network like a web page.

Analog cameras have been around since the 1970's, starting out as vacuum tube based devices. Since then the cameras have gotten better and better. Improvements to resolutions have occurred every year. But the improvements go beyond increasing resolution. Auto-iris lens have made dealing with florescent lighting situations easier. Backlight controls have been introduced to help with bright lights coming into an area, like light streaming in through a window next to a door. Privacy masks built into PTZs can handle some of the concerns over misuse of CCTV cameras.

Analog cameras have a variety of ways of transmitting the signal, from wireless to coax, to Cat5 using different connector types. This makes long distance runs in the same building much easier since you can use the right and most cost effective cable for each run. The variety of cable types can be both confusing and useful at the same time. Cat5 works for very short runs that are less than 250 ft. Professional grade baluns can be run up to 2500 ft.

IP cameras grew from the humble web cameras. The idea behind them was to move some of intelligence from the DVR to the camera itself. Many of the current IP cameras have their own built in motion detection. This allows some cameras to record to SD cards inside the camera itself, offering a layer of redundancy. Other features include adding an analog output to the camera so that it can become a bridge between an analog system and an IP based system.

IP cameras can be connected to a network by either wireless transmissions or by Cat5. Through the use of switches/hubs/and routers the Cat5 can be extended almost indefinitely. The use of IP cameras can require the installation of new RJ-45 jacks. Existing jacks generally are not well placed to secure the camera's connections. Some IP cameras are hybrid in nature, allowing for both network and analog connections. Toshiba's line of IP cameras generally has this feature.

Analog Pros:

  1. Cost: Analog cameras generally have a better price to performance ratio then IP.
  2. Flexibility of design: There are many varies of camera types, from small covert cameras to large PTZs to indoor domes with IR. This can make fulfilling certain goals easier by using a camera designed for your needs.
  3. Compatibility: Analog cameras put out either NTSC or PAL signals. In North America, almost any camera you buy will be NTSC. This makes it easy to use existing cameras, or mix and match vendors for equipment.
  4. Maturity: Many of the teething problems have been worked out. Things like privacy masks (blacking out an area for privacy on a PTZ) and back light compensation exist from lesions learned in the past.

Analog Cons:
  1. Analog cameras don't have some of the features like built in digital zoom that IP have, except at the highest price points.
  2. Wireless Analog cameras have problems with interference and are unencrypted. Anyone can view the signal.
  3. Analog cameras can be harder to deal with over long distances.

IP Pros:
  1. Better wireless support: Analog wireless has more problems with interference then network based cameras. The 802.11x standards have encryption built into them.
  2. IP cameras can take advantage of already existing wiring.
  3. Adding one or two cameras at a remote site can be easier.

IP Cons:
  1. High bandwidth use: It varies by camera but 500kbps to 1.5 Mbps is a common range.
  2. Cost: Because of the cost of the hardware that is moved onto the camera, IP cameras cost more then comparable analog cameras.
  3. Vendor lock-in: Many third part applications support more then one type of camera but most vendors only support their cameras. Given that not all brands support all features, it can make selecting the right brand hard unless you turn to a third party.

It is important to assess your situation and evaluate both options, not only for your current needs, but for expansion possibilities in the future as well.