Camera Commissioning Labor Standards

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Dec 01, 2014

Adding to our Camera Install Labor Standards, IPVM has established standards for the following two common scenarios:

  • "How many manhours would you estimate to: Configure an uninstalled camera, ie: IP addressing, firmware updates, basic image settings? Why? What would impact this?"
  • "How many manhours would you estimate to Aim and Focus a camera? Why? What factors impact this"

Based on global integrator survey results, we provide an average number of hours, the range of hours estimated, and the key factors impacting the time to do so. Importantly, differences in manufacturers and feature sets provided had a material impact on these results, as shown inside.

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  • "**** ** ******** ******** would ** *** ***** time. ******** **** *'* add ****."
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  • "******* ****** ** *** make & ***** ** camera. **** *** * real ***."
  • "** **** **** **** junk ***** ******* **** have ***** * ***** or **** ** *** right."
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Remote *****

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  • "**** ******* ** ******* are ****** ***** ** just **** ** *** these **** *** *** 1hr"
  • "*.** ***** - *** cameras ** ****** *** auto *****, ****** ** only ***********"
  • "********* **** ** **** focus *** ****-***** ***** impact ****** ** **** but **** ***** **** scenario ***** **** **** than ** *******."
  • "*.* ***** *** ****/****** ***** is ** ****** **** easier."
  • "*.** *** **** *******. We ***'* *** *** to *** ***** *** P *** * ****** Axis *******, ***** ***** for ****** **** ***** from *** *******."

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  • "************ **** ******** **** a *** ********** ****, Its ****** **** * tech ** *** ****** and ******* ******* *** by ***** ***** ** fix ******."

******** *********

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  • "* **** ** ****** focus, .* ***** ** remote. **** ******* ***-******** contact ***** ** ********* time ** ******* *****."
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  • "**** ** ***** "******** maker" ** **** ***** to ** **** ** hardly **** ****** **** what *** **** ******** is. * *** **** tell ** "** ***** you **** ****** **** me" *** ** **** and ********** *** ** them."
  • "** ******* ** *** and ***** **** ** minutes ** **-*** *** focus ***** ******** *****."
  • "******* ** ********** ** set, *******, ********** **** customer ***** ** ***** camera ** ***."
  • "** ** ******** ******** then ***** ********** ** a **** ***** **** other ******* **** * consultant, * ***** ****** the ****."

Comments (4)

Looking at the variances here, let's compare a 'high end' auto-focusing camera to a 'low end' manual focus camera.

It appears that, at best, we are talking about 1 hour average labor savings. Agree / disagree?

To that end, is that worth paying $100 more?

The real benefit is shown when dealing with cameras in hard to reach areas where you cannot easily get to them with a ladder. If a lift is needed to reach the camera and a later re-focus is needed, the money spent on the autofocus camera is well worth the $100 up charge. If the camera is on an 8'-10' drop ceiling in a retail shop, it may not be worth it. As an installer, I prefer to have it if the budget allows. It seems to be easier to get the optimum focus with auto vs manual.

does set-up include system hardening? happy to see firmware upgrade mentioned, I "save the world" too often by simply recommending they do an upgrade.

Once again, IPVM forum provides very useful benchmarking information from a Project Management perspective.

thank you

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