Now you know how a security company feels. Wave your wand, and we really don't want to pay more than 400.00 dollars.
Not a bad request for a Friday! ;)
IPVMU Certified | 11/06/15 02:53pm
I wonder what kind of responses stuff like this gets?
How in the world is this an efficient way to research offerings?
IPVM should do an experiment and just spam insane requests like this to random industry people and manufacturers to see what answers turn up.
Those kinds of emails, typically from an integrator chasing a spec that is WAY over their head, always get the same response from me: DELETE.
Even if your product meets their requirements, the chances of the job going smoothly are pretty small.
IMO, they're either just trolling for competitive bids, or they're really serious and think that you would want to do business with them. Either way it's a bum deal.
I wonder whether this is a real requirement with a real budget from a person with real signing authority.
Really unlikely, because IMHO there are many, many people who would have no moral problem with selling them a few cameras with rudimentary, but great sounding analytics.
Call it selling them an education. Oh, you explain to them that there are some limitations, "It won't get EVERY face...", to limit your liability but in the end you just sell them some rebranded Hik cameras at 4x the going rate, with the "custom" analytics package. If they are not in this country, all the better.
So I think it's not really somebody that really can buy because they would have already found somebody who would really sell.
But let's find out, I have a couple of invites 'burning a hole' in my account. Let's invite them in and see what this requirement is all about.
I wrote a letter like this once. It started with "Dear Santa" and that was a long time ago.
Did it have any attachments? We've been seeing more of "those."
Perhaps IPVM could come up with a "top ten questions to ask before buying a facial recognition system" piece. Or perhaps one already exists. A few come to mind off the top of my head:
- Country of deployment? (export issues, legal issues regarding video use, etc.)
- Purpose of system? (check against blacklist, check against whitelist, track movements of unknown persons, etc.)
- If image data is stored, how many images?
- Camera locations? (indoor, outdoor, corridor, etc.)
I'm sure there are countless others, but at least a basic list would get people thinking.