Today’s WhatIs.com word of the day is IP surveillance. Control rooms filled with monitors are quickly becoming a thing of the past and closed-circuit TVs are being replaced by IP cameras. Now when you’re in a store shopping, the person who’s watching you might be sitting in their own living room. Phil Dunn writes:
Since these systems are IP-based, you can monitor, store, and archive video, audio and associated application data over the Internet or across private data networks. The video can be carried anywhere the IP network extends, as opposed to closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems that require proprietary equipment and dedicated coaxial cabling. Anyone with the proper security clearance and a standard browser can monitor video, and control and configure the cameras on the network.
The tricky thing is that the new IP cameras kind of look like lights. What’s the difference between a light and an IP camera? One helps you to see better, the other one helps someone to see YOU better.