5 things to consider in a daycare camera system

Choosing a daycare camera system for your daycare center can be a daunting task. We will look at pros and cons of some aspects of deciding the best daycare camera for your center.

1. Clarity - Not all cameras are created equal

There are 2 types of cameras at a high level; Analog and digital. Analog camera costs less but has less clarity and coverage of area. HD cameras are slightly expensive however have higher resolution and covers more area. Don’t confuse these with closed circuit security cameras.

One category of HD cameras is IP cameras with power over ethernet (PoE) . They make installation easier by supplying power over the same cable that carries data.

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2. Security - How secure is the software?

Cameras can be accessed directly over the internet and a few users can view them at the same time. However exposing these devices can and will increase risk and threat to your network. Think of these as small computers on your network. Firmware for most IP cameras are dated and usage of outdated open source component which makes them vulnerable to attack.

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3. Latency - Streaming video technology used

Codecs are evolving to stream better quality video using lower bandwidth. However delivery method for live streaming video is still fragmented.

HLS is the standard used by Apple devices while there are other standards such as DASH, WEBRTC and RTMP. RTMP is a popular mechanism used. It is used for real time video streaming. HLS lacks real time video support though Apple proposed low latency HLS recently.

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Check real latecy or delay in seconds before making the decision.

4. Mobile Applications

Checkout the mobile applications by installing them on your mobile devices.

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5. Pricing

Sometimes you get what you pay for. You may or may not need bells and whistles such as internal video recording, Wall monitors etc. So ask for discounts for just the features you need.

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