IPVMU Certified | 01/18/17 07:55pm
For distributors looking to 'add value' for installer customers, why not offer intrusion panel pre-programming?
In most cases, even buying a kit means a boxful of separate pieces that must eventually be programmed together for use. So why aren't more distributors doing the basic config work like they offer to inexpensively or no-cost configure IP cameras?
I've only found a few small, typically direct-to-public resellers that do this. For example this one charges $160 for DSC systems. They explain it:
Our pre-programming service includes:
Setting up and enrolling sensors as desired
Custom labeling alpha keypads
Setting entry and exit delays
Setting up user codes and authority levels
Setting communications and call out numbers
Testing and verifying your system before shipping
This is a great way to get your system up and going right after you receive it. Just run wire from the panel out to all of the devices, sirens, and keypads, power up the system, and rest easy that you are now protected.
While $160 seems fairly high, it could possibly be a justified expense even at that price. If the service saves 3- 4 hours in labor or prevents installing DOA equipment, why isn't this more common?