We have certainly seen an increase in the number of end-users buying IPVM memberships, with it being much more common now to see end-user signups than just a few years ago.
They are primarily larger organizations (Fortune 500 companies, airports, etc.), which makes sense (at least to me), as these are the kinds of organizations that are used to turning to companies like Gartner before making large technology purchases. These kinds of buyers do not want to read 'trade mags', they want more direct analysis and data.
I'm one of those end-users that name drops IPVM...
In March when speaking at Hanwha's partner conference I stated that IPVM is my most trusted source when selecting security cameras.
Additionally I bring up IPVM survey results to back-up my experience when an integrator asked me why I dislike Arecont so much.
Silva Consultants | 08/22/17 11:11am
I encourage all of my clients that specify video surveillance and other security technology to join IPVM. I tell them that its the "Consumer Reports" of the industry and that the discussion board alone is worth the price of membership.
I have recommended IPVM to many end users and integrator's. I received a call back from a engineering manager researching a million dollar purchase with the comment "Best money I have ever spent, saved my hundreds of hours".
IPVMU Certified | 08/22/17 08:51pm
I believe that there is value in what IPVM does so that being the case have written into specifications that all bidders MUST provide IPVM Calculator drawings with their RFP response. Look closely you may have caught it in Fed-Biz.
Helps weed-out jobs of want-a-be installation companies that do not have the talented interest in doing what is right.
Just my 2-cents.
I have been in the room when consultants have exhibited knowledge of IPVM. I have yet to experience a customer or end user mention IPVM. That is not due to lack of trying on my part. An educated customer is less likely to look at NVRs and more likely to look at VMS.
I recommend IPVM as a information resource to all my customers that I feel have a genuine interested in security tech......I feel having a knowledgeable (but also very busy) end user really makes for a great working relationship.
I've not only referenced IPVM to a number of vendors but have strongly advised the vendor to take the IPVM classes.
It's, frankly, pretty frustrating when I, as the end user, know more about camera and access systems than the vendor/rep. At times I ask questions about codec, WDR, Gain Control, and so on, and they look perplexed. They know about frame rates but not bit rates.
While some vendors are pretty well versed in access and video systems, I've found this vacuum of knowledge with my own vendors as well as at some booths at ISC and ASIS.
Their limited knowledge hinders my selection of the right system for my facility, so I rave about the IPVM classes and encourage them to enroll but, to my knowledge, not one has done so.
I saw a Facebook post from an Aviligon director in LATAM that upload the post from Hickvision related the problem with the Cracked Security Codes, and mention that they can help all those customer of this "chinese" company to change their systems.