I was called in to bid on a job. The customer has CAT5 in place and Lorex cameras. I asked a question awhile back on how to access them on this site and I got some good tips. Some were Hikvision and some were Dahua but all run on Lorex NVR's and POE switches. I was going to rip out this crappy head end that the customer doesn't like and take over everything with Exacqvision. The other vendor bidding proposed ripping out ALL the IP cameras and installing HD over coax cameras. They are going to install CAT5 to BNC baluns, rip out the POE switches and install 12 VDC power supplies.
They are basically going from a IP infrastructure and going backwards to coax? Are you kidding me? I would imagine they know nothing about IP, are afraid of it, and think this is the only way they can do the takeover. The customer loves it since their price is actually less than mine! "They are replacing all the cameras for just about the same price so why would I go with you?"
It is so laughable but that is what we as a company have to deal with. Nothing against anybody with this name but as my salesman says it is probably "Two guys in a van both named Vinny" or better yet the guy jamming his 1980 BMW trunk full of the monthly sales catalog gear in the ADI parking lot that I saw last week. (true story, I have pictures)