Traditional analog CCTV technology continues to prove its worth as a reliable and cost-effective alternative for applications in which cameras are located close to a central monitoring station. Analog technology offers the highest quality video available, with the least latency. Transmission over dedicated coaxial cabling means the signal is uncompressed and there is no competition for bandwidth.

The advent of digital video recorders (DVRs) has brought about a significant improvement in the recording capabilities of analog video systems, foremost being the improvement in image quality. Unlike VCRs, most DVRs offer built-in motion detection and alarm recording, which in many cases vastly reduces the amount of recorded material. As well, DVRs require no tape loading or head replacement.

You should consider an analog system if:
- You require very high quality video images
- Latency is an issue
- Video monitoring will be done at a central location
- Cameras will be located within about 1000 feet of the monitoring station

The primary advantage of IP systems is the ability to view and control remote cameras. The extensive structure of the Internet means your security or surveillance system can be distributed across town, across the country, or across the world. You can connect a camera, recorder, output device, client, or server anywhere on the network, so there is no need for a centralized monitoring station.

Many businesses and government agencies already have a high-speed IP network in place. By using the existing infrastructure of network cabling, IP video can significantly reduce start-up costs and keep a cap on maintenance costs.

You should consider an IP system if:
- Equipment will be distributed over a large area
- Your application can support some latency
- Your application can support lower quality video images

Take advantage of the quality and speed of analog video, while extending the reach of your system with the remote accessibility capability of IP video. Cameleon Version 4 allows you to view and control IP and analog video simultaneously through a single interface.

Hybrid systems are an excellent solution for new installations in which a number of cameras are clustered close to a central monitoring station and other equipment is located some distance away.

Building on an existing analog system? Migrate gradually into the era of IP video, without losing your investment. Tie together two existing analog systems by adding an IP component, or share video with an external agency by providing it with an IP link to your analog system. There's no need to change any existing equipment or cabling. Simply build on the existing system by connecting to the LAN or WAN using codecs, and add whatever networked devices you like--- cameras, display devices, NVRs, clients, and servers located anywhere on the network.