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So what is the difference between IP and Analog CCTV?

Well, put in simple terms, an analog CCTV is a security camera which records the video feed on a device called a Digital Video Recorder.

An Internet Protocol (IP) camera feeds the video stream to an IP address which allows the IP camera to then be recorded over a Network Video Recorder.

So which one is the better option?

There is no doubt that the technology has evolved significantly over recent years with newer, faster, sharper CCTV available now. IP CCTV is definitely worth spending the few extra pennies on in order to allow you to enjoy a safer, more secure recording process which will in turn provide you with better peace of mind that your home or business is secure. Here’s why;

Video Surveillance

♦  IP cameras are more efficient and produce a clearer image.

♦  Analog cameras require the installation of the (Digital Video Recorder) as well as the camera system so it can be more time consuming with lots of wires and the risk of short circuit.

♦  An IP camera is relatively easier to install and use.

♦  The IP camera allows the images to be sent directly to an IP address which means that effectively, the feed would be accessible to any part of the house or building where there is internet. This can go even further. For example, if you have a property in Germany, you would be able to watch the feed in any part of the world where there is internet.

♦  Analog CCTV feed can only be viewed from a monitor which connects to a DVR. It is possible to access the feed remotely through the DVR but it is not as efficient as IP cameras.

♦  The Network Video Recorder used to record the images of the IP system can also be used for storage and management of data for a remote location, employees, visitors and for the business.

♦  The NVR and IP cameras are more reliable and faster than current DVR based systems.

♦  The NVR systems allow for a longer video surveillance log than before.

♦  IP feed is also available for viewing from mobile devices such as a laptop or a smart phone. You even have the option of using an app to access it. All that is required is an internet connection

♦  With the higher quality of the IP cameras, comes a higher cost than the analog but for the reasons listed above, this is a justified expense.

♦  Analog is fast becoming a more dated technology and IP is the CCTV option of choice for many new installations.


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Posted on: October 5, 2017


Complete with disco lighting and haze machines, we transformed this school hall into a state of the art disco and performance hub.

Hall Sound and Lighting solution

With 2 new wall-mounted 55″ screens installed as second monitors for the projector, this has allowed the performers on the stage to see what is on the large screen without turning around.

Kit included in the installation is listed;

2 x Sharp 55” full HD TV
4 new wall mounted Ecler ARQIS 112 loudspeakers
1 x Ecler LPA16000
1 x AMC iMix 63
1 x Shure Wireless Head worn Mic System
1 x Denon DN-500BD Professional Blu-ray disc player
2 x Hurricane Haze 1D DMX Hazer 10ml/min with Remote
2 x Swarm 5 FX 3 in 1 LED Effect
2 x Intimidator Barrel 305 IRC LED Barrel Scanner Effect



Email us to find out how we can transform your facilities or simply CALL 0844 209 6768 to speak to one of our friendly team.

Posted on: August 31, 2017

Apprentice Installations Engineer, Adam Smith is presented with his certificate by John Robson of CableCom Training and Richard Jones, Operations Director of Protech Solutions

We are very pleased to announce that after 14 months of hard work, our Apprentice Installations Engineer, Adam Smith has successfully completed his Apprenticeship.

Having completed his apprenticeship through CableCom Training, Adam has now started in his role of Installations Engineer at Protech. He has achieved a B-TECH Intermediate IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professional qualification.

He can now add the following to his repertoire of experience;

♦ The ability to offer technical advice and guidance

♦ Working with ICT Hardware and Equipment

♦ Technical Fault Diagnosis

♦ Testing ICT Systems

♦ Copper Cabling and Fibre Optic networking

We are very proud of Adam and have been very impressed by his hard work and commitment towards completing his course and learning all aspects of the role he has been training for.

Protech Director, Paul Marshall adds;

We are a pro-active company and like to encourage young people to join our industry by offering them training and the chance to learn a new trade. We have supported him in any way we can alongside course provider, CableCom Training.

For anyone else considering starting their career through an Apprenticeship scheme, Adam says;

“It’s the best decision I ever made.  Because of my hearing difficulties, I had experienced lots of set-backs in my employment search before I discovered this opportunity with Protech Solutions.  After just one year, I now have a qualification in IT and Telecoms and a new skill as an IT and AV Engineer. I am excited for my future now as a member of the Protech team, whereas before I felt my options were limited. I am grateful to Paul and Protech Solutions for recognizing my potential and giving me a chance to succeed.”

Protech are hoping to recruit another Apprentice towards the end of the year in order to grow our team of engineers and offer training opportunities to eager and determined young people keen to pursue a career in our industry.


Posted on: June 28, 2017

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