Perhaps you could add:
Is the city surveillance system a single system or is it made up of several subsystems? (For example several market association systems, combined with traffic police systems etc. each originally planned by a different design team)
What are your specific goals and expectations with this system?
Is funding in place for the system?
Do you have a goal or plan in place in the event of network outages?
Who is responsible permission to mount on property that does not belong to the city?
Who is responsible for providing power on property not owned by the City?
What is the mix of existing Cisco or other non-ONVIF cameras currently in use?
Will your new Surveillance system interface with other existing systems in any way? If so, who is the point of contact for that integration?
Will the installer be able to shut down streets/lanes as necessary to accomplish installation during normal working hours - Who coordinates that?
IPVMU Certified | 05/29/15 11:58am
What are the top agencies that general oversee or drive the project?
IPVMU Certified | 05/29/15 12:31pm
Did the specifications for the job come from a dedidcated, independant security consultant? From a general contractor? Or from internal department research? (Spec's done from internal department research is where they commonly ask for the moon and heavy on the CSI effect.)
What is the project operational mission power provisioning plan?
Do they ever record audio? Why/when?
Are they using/considering Shotspotter or equivalent?
How you setup redundacy and failover? How many cameras per operator and what kind (ptz, fix, etc) Are the videowalls useful lr just show?
License Plate Recognition (LPR)...
- what problems do you hope city surveillance installations solve ? Is it only security, support of police or also e.g. traffic-related (e.g. queue detection, public parking management, pedestrian counting, ...), emergency situation assistance (situational awareness, emergency vehicle guidance, ...), green zone monitoring, suicide prevention, .. . What else ?
- what suppliers are preferred ? Large system integrators - local companies - ...
- is a city-wide network already existing or do you expect the same supplier to install it ? If existing, does it have sufficient capacity to add tens / hundreds of cameras ?
- is there any continuous visualization or would it rather depend on smart detection, or just occasional use in case of emergencies ? (= the last question in your list)
- who has decision power ?
- who is the main user ? Police - traffic management - municipal services - ... And do they work together ?
- How afraid are you of securrity breaches in that city surveillance network and why ?
- How about privacy concerns, regulations and limitations ?
- Do you have any firm plans to install city surveillance in the coming 1 - 3 - 5 - 10 years ?
And for those who reply: what size of city (population) are we talking about and in what country ?
Does the System plans to have an Disaster Management System integrated with it.
How does the Surveillance system help Municipal or Police authorities in case of a Disaster.
Does the System Integrates with the Systems of Critical Infrastructure in the City.
How does the system help in mitigating the Disasters if any.
Capt Ravinder Reddy
Mix of recording manufactures with a PSIM? Or single manufacture VMS solution?
What other government entities will be involved?
- Clichés of government, left hand not talking to the right; now compound that with an entity that has a dozen hands. Just because the city police have initiated this, doesn't mean all the city entities will be cooperating. Just because the city in general is cooperating doesn't mean city hall, or parks and recreations, or public schools, etc will be cooperating.
Will there be any links or agreements with private businesses contributing to power, network, video feeds, etc?
IPVMU Certified | 06/01/15 07:03pm
Thank you for the great feedback and question ideas on this one. We have sent our surveys out and are starting to compile the results, so we are closing this topic for now.
We will publish the results next week. I'll update here with a link when we do!
Following important questions in addition to above:-
- What is the criteria for selecting the integrator? Only cost or quality+cost?
- What about incident handling mechanism or tools? - Generally operators are flodded with alarms but have no idea how to handle them/respond to them!!
- Defined objectives & deliverables from overall systems - most of the projects are either over or under specked (influenced by OEMs) which leads to poor project delivery & RoI.
- Permission from civil authorities etc. etc.