Camera Commissioning Labor Standards

Author: 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.

****** ** ********* ******* ***** *********, **** *** *********** ********* *** *** ********* *** ****** scenarios:

  • "*** **** ******** ***** *** ******** **: ********* ** *********** ******, **: IP **********, ******** *******, ***** ***** ********? ***? **** ***** impact ****?"
  • "*** **** ******** ***** *** ******** ** *** *** ***** * ******? Why? **** ******* ****** ****"

***** ** ****** ********** ****** *******, ** ******* ** ******* number ** *****, *** ***** ** ***** *********, *** *** key ******* ********* *** **** ** ** **. ***********, *********** in ************* *** ******* **** ******** *** * ******** ****** on ***** *******, ** ***** ******.

[***************]

Camera ********** ********

** ******** *** ********* *** *** ****** ****** ************ ********** into * '****** *******' *****. ***** *** ***** *****:

  • ****************: *.* ******** *** ******
  • *** & *****: *.* ******** *** ******

** *** ******** **** ******, ** ******* **** ******** ** greater ******, ******* *** **** ****** ** ***** *** *************** **** ******** **** ********** *** *******.

*** ********* **** ** *********** ******* *** ******** ***** *** * *****/******* call, ** ** **** ** * ****** *******. *******, **** ********* ***** impact *** **** **** ** ********* ****** ** *** ********* of ****** *****, ******* **, ** ********* '****** * *** worthwhile'.

Preconfiguring ********

*** **** ********, ** ***** "*** **** ******** ***** *** ******** to: ********* ** *********** ******, **: ** **********, ******** *******, basic ***** ********? ***? **** ***** ****** ****?"

*** ******* ** *** ******* ** *.* ******** *** ****** *** **************** ****.  The **** ****** ** ******* ** ***** *****:

Specific ****** ******

*** ********* ***** ********* ******* ** **** ***** *********** **** a ****** ********* *** ******** ****** *******. ******* ******** ***** that ******** ****** *** *** ********, *** **** ******** *** a ****** *****:

  • "****** **** *** ******** ***** ***** **** *** ******* ****** on ****. **** ****** *** ****** ** *********."
  • "* **** **** ********** ********** *** ** *** ****** ** a ***** **** (** *** ***** **% *** *******, ** with ****)."
  • "*-* *****. ****** ** ** * ***** ** *** ********** with. **** *-* *****."
  • "*.* ** * **** **** - **** ****** ************* *** more ********* ** *** *** ******** **** ******."
  • "**** ** ******** ******** ***** ** *** ***** ****. ******** else *'* *** ****."
  • "***** ** **** *** ** ******* ** *** ***** *** the ****** *** **** **** ******* **** ***** ** *** if *** * ***** **** ******** ****."

Bad ******* **** ****

******* *** ****** ** **** ******* **** * **** ******* reputation **** **** **** ** ******* *********. ** **** *****, this ******** ******* *** ******* ***** ******* **** ****** * discount *****.

  • "*** ******* ****, ****** **'* ******* ** ***** ******** **** not **** ********."
  • "******* ****** ** *** **** & ***** ** ******. **** are * **** ***."
  • "** **** **** **** **** ***** ******* **** **** ***** 2 ***** ** **** ** *** *****."
  • "**** ** ****, ********, **** ** *******, **'* ** .** of ************* **** *** ****** ****** *** ******** ******* ***** place. **** *** ***** *****, ** **** ****** .**."

No *********** ****** ********

*******, **** ** *** ********** ********* **** **** ********* ** 'pre ***********' ******** ******** ******** ** ************. ******** *** ********* from all ************, *** ******* ** ******** ** *** ****** ******* as * *** ******* ** *** '***** ***' **** ***** to *** ***** *****. **** * *** ******** ** *** configuration ******** **** ********* ********* ***: ***************************

Aim & *****

*** **** ******** ***** "*** **** ******** ***** *** ******** ** Aim *** ***** * ******? ***? **** ******* ****** ****", in ***** ** **** **** *** **** ** ***** ** physically ****** *** ****** *** *** **** *******.  *** ********* of ******** ***** ****, *** *** ****** ***** ********** ******** *** ***** ******.

*** ******* ** *** ******* ** *.** ******** *** ****** *** ****** and ********.  *** **** ****** ** ******* ** ***** *****:

Remote *****

***** ******* *** ******* ***** ***** ****** ****** ***** *** zoom ** * *** *******:

  • "** *** *** ******* **** ****** ***** *** **** ** on ******* ********** ** ***** *** ******* *** ** *** of *** ***** ********* ** ***** ******* ** ******* ****."
  • "********* *******: - ********* ** ****** (*.*. ****):
  • "**** ******* ** ******* *** ****** ***** ** **** **** to *** ***** **** *** *** ***"
  • "*.** ***** - *** ******* ** ****** *** **** *****, aiming ** **** ***********"
  • "********* **** ** **** ***** *** ****-***** ***** ****** ****** of **** *** **** ***** **** ******** ***** **** **** than ** *******."
  • "*.* ***** *** ****/****** ***** ** ** ****** **** ******."
  • "*.** *** **** *******. ** ***'* *** *** ** *** labor *** * *** * ****** **** *******, ***** ***** for ****** **** ***** **** *** *******."

Install ******** ********

**** ********* ***** *** ********** ******* ** ********* *** ********* with ***** ** '*** **** *** ****** ****' ** *** point *********. ****** ********** ***** ***** ********* ** ******* *********, ******* by ***** ** *****, **** ******* ********* *** *** *** the ****** ** * ******* ******. ** **** **** *** the **** ** ***** ** *** **** **** * ****** if * ****** *** *********:

  • "** *** ********* ****** **** ******** ******** *** ********* ** hard **** ** *** ** ***** *** *******."
  • "'*'* ******** ****** **-** ******* *** **** ******* ******* ** a ********** ****** (* ** ** ****). *** ********* *** use * **** ******* ** ***** ***** **** ** *** time, *** ****'** *** ******* *** ********* ******* ***** *** needed."
  • "** **** **** * ** *** ****** ** ********** **** a ******. * *** * ******** ******** *** ******* * ****** so **** ****** ***'* **** ***** **** *********."
  • "** *** * **** **** ******, ******** ** *** **** can *** ***** **** ** ******* **** ** *** ** the ******, ** ***** **** ****."
  • "****** *** ****** ********* (****** ** **** ****, *** ***. is *** ** *** ******."
  • "****** ******* ***** *** ****** **** **** ** *** *** focus * ******: **** ** **** ** **********'* ******, **** for ****** ** **** ** ***** ******* ** ******, ********** must **** **** ***** ******** ** *** ** ******."
  • "************ **** ******** **** * *** ********** ****, *** ****** than * **** ** *** ****** *** ******* ******* *** by ***** ***** ** *** ******."

******** *********

*** ******* **** ****** ** **** *** ******** ** ******** for *** ***** **** **** **** ***** **** *** ****** to ** ******* **. ******** ********* ****** *** ***** *** frustration ** **-****** *** ********** ******** ***** ** ******* ** discussing **** * ***** ******* ** ****** ****** ***** *** last ******:

  • "******* ******** ** ******* *** ******** ***** **** **** **** to *** ** *** *****."
  • "* **** ** ****** *****, .* ***** ** ******. **** assumes ***-******** ******* ***** ** ********* **** ** ******* *****."
  • "***** ** ********** **** ***** **** *** ******** ** ** 50% ** *** ******* ***** ** */* **** *** ****** simply ******* ** ***'* ** * **** **** *** ** relaying *** ****** ****** ** *** ***********."
  • "**** ** ***** "******** *****" ** **** ***** ** ** seen ** ****** **** ****** **** **** *** **** ******** is. * *** **** **** ** "** ***** *** **** better **** **" *** ** **** *** ********** *** ** them."
  • "** ******* ** *** *** ***** **** ** ******* ** re-aim *** ***** ***** ******** *****."
  • "******* ** ********** ** ***, *******, ********** **** ******** ***** he ***** ****** ** ***."
  • "** ** ******** ******** **** ***** ********** ** * **** group **** ***** ******* **** * **********, * ***** ****** 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

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

Large US University End-User Video Surveillance Interview on Mar 18, 2019
Schools have become targets in modern days of active shooters and terrorist fears. The need for video and access security is high. Universities...
Hikvision Favorability Results 2019 on Mar 18, 2019
Hikvision favorability results declined significantly in IPVM's 2019 study of 200+ integrators. While in 2017 Hikvision's favorability was...
ONVIF Favorability Results 2019 on Mar 15, 2019
In the past decade, ONVIF has grown from a reaction to the outside Cisco-lead PSIA challenge, to being the de facto video surveillance standard...
Installation Course - Last Chance on Mar 14, 2019
This is the last chance to register for the March Installation course. This is a unique installation course in a market where little practical...
City Physical Security Manager Interview on Mar 14, 2019
This physical security pro is the Physical Security Manager for the City of Calgary. He is a criminologist by training with an ASIS CPP credential....
Integrator Profitability Bonuses - Statistics on Mar 13, 2019
While winning projects typically gets the most attention, how profitable those jobs turn out to be is key to the long-term success of integrators....
Network Optix Favorability Results 2019 on Mar 11, 2019
Network Optix is arguably the last new VMS. Founded in 2010, more than a decade after most client/server VMS offerings, the company has become a...
Arcules Favorability Results 2019 on Mar 08, 2019
Arcules has amazing advantages. Tens of millions of funding from Canon. Unlimited access to Milestone's source code (see our test results). But...
Church Technology Director Security Interview on Mar 07, 2019
With 40+ years of experience in IT from a wide array of verticals, including US and foreign military, and large corporate and industrial settings,...
Cable Firestopping Installation Guide on Mar 06, 2019
Installing cables through firewalls is a critical installation issue. Failing to properly seal a penetration can cause smoke and fire to spread,...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Avigilon Launches 'Renewed Products Program' on Mar 19, 2019
There are lots of 'pre-owned' cars but pre-owned IP cameras? While such programs are common in other industries, in video surveillance, they are...
Hanwha Tax Evasion Probe, Camera Division Implicated on Mar 19, 2019
A Hanwha group subsidiary was raided as part of a tax evasion probe. While a Korean news media report listed the raided entity as 'Hanwha...
Genetec Security Center 5.8 Tested on Mar 19, 2019
Genetec has released Version 5.8. This comes after a wait of more than a year that caused frustrations for many Genetec partners. Our previous...
Retired Mercury President Returns As Open Options President on Mar 18, 2019
Open Options experienced major changes in 2018, including being acquired by ACRE and losing its President and General Manager, John Berman who...
Large US University End-User Video Surveillance Interview on Mar 18, 2019
Schools have become targets in modern days of active shooters and terrorist fears. The need for video and access security is high. Universities...
Hikvision Favorability Results 2019 on Mar 18, 2019
Hikvision favorability results declined significantly in IPVM's 2019 study of 200+ integrators. While in 2017 Hikvision's favorability was...
ONVIF Favorability Results 2019 on Mar 15, 2019
In the past decade, ONVIF has grown from a reaction to the outside Cisco-lead PSIA challenge, to being the de facto video surveillance standard...
Installation Course - Last Chance on Mar 14, 2019
This is the last chance to register for the March Installation course. This is a unique installation course in a market where little practical...
City Physical Security Manager Interview on Mar 14, 2019
This physical security pro is the Physical Security Manager for the City of Calgary. He is a criminologist by training with an ASIS CPP credential....
US Drafting Separate Rule for NDAA Dahua/Hikvision 'Blacklist' on Mar 14, 2019
The most debated provision of the NDAA ban of Dahua, Hikvision, Huawei, et al. is the so-called 'blacklist' provision which would ban any company...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact