I can't imagine manufacturers wanting to use this list ;)
IPVMU Certified | 02/14/15 02:38am
This is a great addition to the website... when it displays the website/business name on the thumb tack do you plan on having it list the name of the member or just keep it to the company?
Actually, this could be of big help for me. I frequently need subcontractors outside of our coverage area and it is a huge hassle relying upon web searches and calls to the distributors. I eagerly await the listings of their qualifications being added as well.
I imagine this is a lot of work to compile this data. Thank you very much for this, I see a ton of capability here.
Matt, Gerald, Austin, you are all added.
Other integrators who want to be added immediately, fill out this form.
I know you will be adding more details at a later date, but you may want to consider placing a contact email on the thumb tack for small/new integrators that don't have websites.
IPVMU Certified | 02/14/15 03:05pm
John, I agree. We have one but it is about five years old and is in need of an update, we have been dragging our feet but the integrator finder has lit a fire under me...
John, what is your SEO strategy on this data? Of course IPVM end-users will be aware of the tool, but for the bigger play, both for IPVM and their Integrators, have you put any thought into making IPVM results come to the top of google results? (Without paying google, that is.)
Say when someone asks for a 'Genetec dealer in Eastern P.A.' or an 'Exacq integrator in Guam'? Pop! - IPVM says there are 3 dealers in your area.
Also, as pertains to this
IPVM members and IPVM certified individuals will be highlighted to help promote / recognize those participating in IPVM
I would like to suggest a slight modification, namely that you highlight ALL integrators who are certified by IPVM or by a IPVM recognized equivalent. This way you can avoid any negative perception of being a pay for placement style listing, like the BBB and Yelp. In this case you would be highlighting integrators based on merit alone. Which is important to people.
Of course you get to decide what is an equivalent certification, so you still are control. Also, for prospective members, the fact that their outside is certification is recognized by IPVM will make them feel a camaraderie with their IPVM colleagues, increasing the chances they become members. Just a thought.
IPVMU Certified | 02/14/15 04:35pm
Here are some generic ideas for potential future features;
- Be able to add a radius (mile or km) from initial location for search criteria. ie. look for integrators that have a local presence within 50 miles of a facility.
- Be able to add whether authorized integrator(s) for specific product lines, i.e. brands of VMS or Camera
- Be able to add search criteria for specific certifications available from integrator. i.e. do they have they BICSI certified technicians, RDDC, etc... or certified electricians etc... (very important for my industry)
- After sale product line support - is it inhouse by vendor or is it subcontracted to others
Hope this is helpful.
This is a great idea. Especially considering there will be a quick way to show integrators specialties, certs, etc. John, not sure if you have ever thought to promote more towards the Home Automation integrator but this should open those doors as well- new topics and products dedicated to that space. IPVM would then be way more attractive to outside of the traditional security integrator. Just a thought.
It would be nice to see Savant, Control4 and Crestron dealers and as mentioned there is quite a bit of useful information already here on IPVM for that customer base. It would be relatively easy to expand into Home Automation. Specific topics as well.
Update: Integrators that have submitted their information through this survey have been added to our Integrator Finder.
For those interested, fill out the survey and have your company added!
Quick update: We have finished building a custom integrator submission tool and will now commence mass additions. Given that we will be adding thousands of companies, we needed a way to quickly and accurately add integrators. Now we have that.
We expect to add ~1000 per week for the next few weeks, prior to formally announcing this before ISC West.
We'll be going through the list of IPVM integrator members to add as many as we can in but if your membership is under a non-company email, then definitely fill out the survey.
Once we get to the first 1,000, I'll post an update about that to encourage you all to review it. See the IPVM Integrator Finder Beta.
I like this tool. This could be very useful.
276 integrators and counting!
We are now at 800 integrators. It is really starting to show the power of having security integrators on a single map.
However, we still have over 1000 IPVM members not accounted. Main reason is personal email addresses. The other 2 big issues are: websites without physical addresses listed and finally integrators with broken websites.
Check to see if you are in the Integrator Finder and, if not, fill out the entry form.
John, it would be helpful to be able to search by Security Integrators that are authorized Dealers in a specific Access Control Platform (Lenel in my case). Same would hold true if I were looking for a Fire Integrator -they have to be an authorized FCI dealer.
Great first start, thanks for your efforts.
We are on there, great thanks John! :) Maybe the inclusion of a thumbnail image of the company logo?
John- I noticed something when I used the beta search engine.
When I searched "Ohio' we did not come up in that search, however when I searched "OH" we did show up. Might want to make each integrator’s state or country is spelled the same for their location.
Looks great so far. One suggestion is to allow for a narrower search based on city, county, zip codes. In many US states there are so many different cities it would be nice to find the integrator(s) closest to the one you live in without having to scroll through a huge list. Kind of like most of the "find a store" models on line for Target, Best Buy etc.