Competing Against Surveillance Self-Install / DIY

Author: John Honovich, Published on May 26, 2015

End users sometimes look at integrator proposals, see ~$100 per hour pricing and think "Hey, we can do that ourselves for a lot less."

In this note, we examine 6 key issues that end users must consider when evaluating the total cost of doing it themselves.

  • Learning Curve
  • Mistakes in Design and Configuration
  • Ongoing Support
  • Training
  • Insurance and Licenses
  • Risk protection
  • Plus we cover scheduling, tools, manufacturer constraints and more

We break down each inside, including the potential costs and impact of each one. Finally, we look at the opposite side and alternative approaches.

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Learning *****

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