has come a long way. While CCTV hasn’t improved much since the 90’s, many improvements have happened with IP security videos over the years. 16 years ago, Axis Communications Co-Founder returned from Sweden with the IP video idea, which remains to be a great source for security around the world.
1996– Axis Communications launched the first IP camera in Atlanta. It was called the NetEye, which doesn’t quite meet today’s standards. It only highlighted one frame every 17 seconds. According to Security Info Watch, one frame was in standard resolution, while the other was in CIF resolution, which is less than 0.1 megapixel.
2000– The first full frame network IP camera was released, but only in CIF, or Common Intermediate Format.
2003– The full frame camera was updates with 4CIF, which is a higher resolution. IP cameras were also upgraded to carry scanning technology, which put them one step ahead of CCTV.
2004– IP cameras are introduced to the megapixel, which is a huge step forward for the industry. However, megapixels also came with limited frame and light sensitivity.
2006– The first megapixel IP cameras begin to ship with a slightly improved light sensitivity improvement.
2008– H.264 is brought to IP surveillance. H.264 is now known as the standard video compression format.
2009– Now IP cameras can be viewed in HDTV, delivering the same image quality that we see on our television sets.
2010– A P-iris lens is added with precise control software to address challenging lighting problems. The megapixel frame rate is also improved to up to 12 fps at 5MP. Now, HDTV can be found in every IP camera model, including dome and PTZ.
2011– With emerging chip and lense technology, color at night Lightfinder was made possible.
2012– The new Wide Dynamic Range feature is found. With a combination of chipsets and exposures, now we’re able to see images in sharpness and clarity.
It’s amazing how far we’ve come since 1996. Technology just keeps moving forward and advancing at an incredible rate. If you feel like your company needs an update, give us a call and ask us more about our IP camera security solutions. Capture Technologies is dedicated to making your business a safer place.