CCTV Cabling Considerations

Reel Time May 2008

ISC West is host to 26,000 attendees, which includes security installers, system integrators, end users and manufacturers of security and access control products. On the trade show floor, there are over 1,000 exhibitors displaying their latest wares – everything imaginable from turnstiles to mega pixel cameras, and of course, cabling. As in recent years, the buzz circles around “IP.” At the center is the evolution of IP cameras. Ten years ago the first IP camera was introduced and shown at ISC West. This year out of the 300 exhibiting video surveillance camera manufacturers, more than 250 of them offer IP cameras. 

While only 15 percent of cameras installed today are IP, most installers and integrators are seeing the shift from standalone proprietary video systems to a networked camera. Through balun and transceiver/receiver technology, even analog cameras can reside on the same network as IP cameras through UTP or fiber optic cable. But, the biggest concern by installers seems to be perplexity on compliance to telecommunications’ industry standards, particularly cable distance limitations for maximum signal and data integrity.

Read the complete article for details on the relevant cabling standards.