Looks like Reuben Orr had this question in 2011...at least about being called an Integrator
What is a Security Integrator?by Fred F. Farkel, Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Rueben Orr, CPP
Chesapeake & Midlantic
May I propose the following definitions?
A security integrator designs and installs physical protection systems- alarm, access control, fire, and surveillance- helps the customer develop procedures for using these system components, and trains personnel responsible for its use.
A security contractor installs but does not design systems. They may or may not train end users, and they do not help develop procedures.
A security consultant designs physical protection systems, is responsible for developing procedures and training end users, and may or may not specify equipment to be used.
Security A&E specifies equipment to be used or specifications and features quoted equipment should have, and often specifies how equipment should be installed.
While I have, in jest, suggested that trunk slammer is "what integrators call other integrators they don't like", the best definition I can come up with is "a trunkslammer is anyone who places greater importance on making the sale than on doing the job the right way, and who only ever sells products and services based on lowest price, not product quality or best solution".
Personally, I've always hated the term 'Integrator'. I call myself an Installer or a Technician depending upon what I'm doing.
A Security Contractor, from my point of view, is the same as an 'Integrator' only he works for himself and is contracted to do work. Where an 'Integrator' would be working for a company, or actively seeking work on his/her own. Just my own oppinion.
Another one I've seen is how customer refer to us, we're the Security Company they've 'Contracted' to do the work. The Contractor would then be refering to the company I happen to be working for, and I wouldb e the 'Integrator'
Whatever happened to "guru"?