The Benefits of Moving From Analog to IP Video Surveillance Systems

April 21st, 2021

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IP video surveillance cameras in Chico, CA represent a tectonic shift in technology as all analog video cameras run along the NTSC analog video standards, developed way back in the 1950's. The main difference in image quality arises out of the recording standard used. The NTSC standards limit the image recording capacity to very low sharpness and depth. You can't zoom much into the picture with the NTSC standards as the pixel bursts before revealing the finer prints. Even the best analog security cameras produce images that are four times less clear the average low-end IP cameras. IP cameras have a flexible resolution base and have a far greater range and clarity of picture than analog ones. This helps to produce strong and zoomable videos. You can easily recognize faces, driving license plates, and even operate on a greater range with a single camera.


One of the main problems with analog cameras is the use of physical storage in Chico, CA , which comes with limited space and lots of unnecessary wiring. This creates a cluttered environment around the camera and requires addition set up of a VHS/DVD and a television screen to project live-feed. Moreover, since the system is complicated, a single failure results in a complete breakdown of the entire network. Additionally, the number of plugs that go into the VHS/DVD is limited and for simultaneous recorded of multiple cameras, a second VHS/DVD is needed. IP video cameras have a simple set-up with a lot less wiring and recording devices. An IP camera can digitally transmit all the video recordings into the internet, where it can be stored in an online cloud storage or an IT network. As the internet is not limited to physical ports, any number of cameras can be easily mounted on a single network. The internet becomes the sole VHS/DVD replacement and it can be accessed from anywhere easily. There are other advantages of using IP-based systems, where the video is recorded using NVRs (Network Video Recorders). This is an advanced storage mechanism that uses a backup technology called RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks). It compresses and flushes the data into multiple channels and also automatically creates additional back-ups. This safety net provides a fool-proof security framework. You can also outsource the recordings to any location you like, helping you a lot with space-management.

Ease of Installation

Contrary to popular belief, installation of IP video security systems in Chico, CA is easier than analog systems. Technology always strives to make things simple and so is the case with IP security cameras. Most video cameras are built with a plug-and-play feature, that automatically activates itself once plugged. It works on the same principle of the simple webcam and requires no additional knowledge of networking. Analog cameras always use two wires, one to feed in power and the second to transmit the video recordings. For introducing additional locomotion like PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) controls, the analog camera needs a third wire. In IP cameras, all the wires are bundled into a single wire through the PoE (Power over Ethernet), which simply needs to be connected to a network switch.


Whenever we introduce smart technology into ordinary hardware, the aim is to reduce the human effort. In this endeavor, the IP camera has brought in a lot of fresh ways of looking at automatic analytics. The traditional analog CCTV systems have generally relied on human monitoring to track thefts, mishaps, riots, etc. in Chico, CA . This method is not only tiresome but also has high chances of error. To tackle this tedious process of monitoring events through human effort, IP cameras now come with smart analytic capabilities. Advanced features like facial recognition, gait analysis, automated license plate reading technology and high accuracy motion sensing have a huge potential to optimize manpower and machine-learning. It is not only way more effective in catching errors than human-monitoring but has faster response time.

What Our Customers Say

"I had the Alibi system installed several years ago. It has functioned flawlessly. The image quality is exellent both night and day and in all weather conditions. I particularly like the replay (which can be set at various speeds) and zoom functions of the system. Tech support from Crimefreeliving has been excellent. I have received quick responses to questions, and timely home visits — as when I changed IP carriers and my Alibi system needed to be reset. I have recommended Crimefreeliving to several friends."


"As a small business owner here in Chico we definitely saw the need for video surveillance. After expressing our needs and concerns Tim did an excellent job getting us set up with the set up with the appropriate equipment. He really took the time to address our concerns in a very friendly, professional and knowledgeable manner. I highly recommend Tim for all of your business and residential video surveillance needs."

Ron H., Owner/Auto Doctor

"I have to say I love having my security cameras at my home. Tim Truby did a wonderful job of installing the five cameras. He is very neat and cleaned everything up after the installation. He explained to me how to operate the monitor, my phone and IPad. However, I have had to call Tim because I'm not tech savvy and forget what he has told me. He usually just helps me over the phone and then all is well. I'm 80 years old and enjoy the comfort of knowing I have these security cameras."


"Tim Truby designed and installed a 32 camera system for us here at the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District. We had received several other quotes from security system vendors, but Tim’s quote was the least expensive. Tim also installed the system quickly and has always been available when we needed him. We are very happy with our security camera system and we can highly recommend Tim Truby for all of your surveillance system needs."

D. Weseman, Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District

Crime Free Living updated our old video system with a new 16 Channel HD Alibi Video Security System. The old system had been added onto by different installers which resulted in a cabling mess. There were cables that worked and cables that went nowhere. It was a mess. Tim sorted it all out and installed cameras that are very clear. He also installed a monitor for our cashiers to watch hidden areas, a monitor to watch the entry door, and a monitor that allows employees to watch the outside parking and gas pump area. All work was done on time and very professional! Will always recommend Tim and Crime Free Living.

S. AM PM Chico Arco Station

"I had Tim install an Alibi Video Security System at my residence and a couple business locations. The remote view option is invaluable to absentee owners or anyone who travels a lot. The clarity and quality of the cameras have allowed for viewing employee theft. The evidence provided from the HD video cameras was fantastic! Tim was professional and provided extra value from his law enforcement background."

J. Folsom Arco Station

"Tim, I want to thank you again for doing such a fantastic job on installing a wireless IP security camera system at our dream home. The extra time that you took to hide wires, and install a clean, professional system is much appreciated. I still can’t believe the clarity, quality, and ease of use of this new system. I wished that I would have met you before our original inferior system was installed by another company. Now, whether I am at home, or monitoring the system from around the world, I know that my home and family are safe and sound."

John M.

"In April of 2017, my husband and I made a phone call to Crime Free Living that turned out to be a smart and wise decision. Amazingly, in just a few hours, Tim installed four Dome Security Cameras, weatherproof enclosures, and hooked up into our home a 23" Full HD Widescreen Security Monitor. Even more than his professional expertise was the time spent with us in making sure that this system was working correctly and properly installed on our phones so that anywhere in our travels we can monitor our new home in Magalia."

Tieka and Don S.

"I have been using Crime Free Living for the last couple years ar work and at home and I really recommend this product. Tim is a very good service provider. If he can't figure it out, he's got good tech support with the system that he offers."

Gary D.

"I have known Tim for over 10 years. To date, Time with Crime Free Living has installed two separate surveillance systems for my company. With each system, Tim has listened to my needs and custom dsigned surveillance systems for my specific needs and within my budget. The equipment used is always state of the art, the workmanship is top notch, and Tim is the example of trustworthy. I would recommend him for any job."

Steve D., Down Range Indoor Training Center

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators