Camera Labor Estimation Standard

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Nov 19, 2014

IPVM is proud to release the first ever surveillance camera labor estimation standards.

These standards help integrators improve the accuracy and efficiency of their installations, reducing risks and cost.

Global Survey

We developed these standards based on a global survey of integrators who provided in-depth responses on how much time and what factors impact their installs.

6 Core Scenarios

The standards focus on 6 fundamental scenarios where integrators routinely install cameras:

  • Low Indoor Tile / Grid Ceiling
  • High Indoor Hard Panel Ceiling
  • High Outdoor Commercial Building
  • High Outdoor Masonry Column
  • Pre-prepped Freestanding Pole
  • Flat Mount Roof

Description and Image Provided

To ascertain richer and more meaningful responses, we provided an image of the scenario and a description of the area.

For example, in the "Low Indoor Tile / Grid Ceiling", we described it as such to integrators:

"The location has 1/2" thick fiber acoustic tile suspended from grid, with no existing backing material or needed plenum rating, located 8' - 10' above the floor. Cabling has previously been run and terminated to the mounting spot. How many manhours would you estimate for mounting a camera in the following area? Why?"

With the following image provided:

Each of the other scenarios had the same information and visuals.

Responses In-Depth

Integrators provided us both a number, in terms of hours, and a description of the key factors that impacted them (tools, safety concerns, logistical limitations, etc.)

We then tabulated a range of hours estimated, an avearge hour estimate plus color commentary on the issues impacting their estimates.

**** ** ***** ** ******* *** ***** **** ************ ****** labor ********** *********.

***** ********* **** *********** ******* *** ******** *** ********** ** their *************, ******** ***** *** ****.

Global ******

** ********* ***** ********* ***** ** * ****** ****** ** integrators *** ******** **-***** ********* ** *** **** **** *** what ******* ****** ***** ********.

6 **** *********

*** ********* ***** ** * *********** ********* ***** *********** ********* install *******:

  • *** ****** **** / **** *******
  • **** ****** **** ***** *******
  • **** ******* ********** ********
  • **** ******* ******* ******
  • ***-******* ************ ****
  • **** ***** ****

Description *** ***** ********

** ********* ****** *** **** ********** *********, ** ******** ** image ** *** ******** *** * *********** ** *** ****.

*** *******, ** *** "*** ****** **** / **** *******", ** ********* ** ** such ** ***********:

"*** ******** *** */*" ***** ***** ******** **** ********* ********, **** ** ******** ******* ******** ** ****** ****** ******, located *' - **' ***** *** *****. ******* *** ********** been *** *** ********** ** *** ******** ****. *** ***************** *** ******** *** ******** * ****** ** *** ********* area? ***?"

**** *** ********* ***** ********:

**** ** *** ***** ********* *** *** **** *********** *** visuals.

Responses **-*****

*********** ******** ** **** * ******, ** ***** ** *****, and * *********** ** *** *** ******* **** ******** **** (tools, ****** ********, ********** ***********, ***.)

** **** ********* * ***** ** ***** *********, ** ******* hour ******** **** ***** ********** ** *** ****** ********* ***** estimates.

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Average ******* *****

*** **** ** *** *** *********, ** ******** *** ********* for **** **** * ****** '****** *******' *****. ***** *** given *****:

  • *** ****** **** / **** *******: *.**********
  • **** ****** **** ***** *******: *.**********
  • **** ******* ********** ********: *.**********
  • **** ******* ******* ******: *.**********
  • ***-******* ************ ****: *.**********
  • **** ***** ****: *.**********

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

*** ********* **** ******************* *** ******** ***** *** * *****/******* ****, ** ** part ** **************. *******, **** ********* ***** ****** *** **** **** ** estimated ****** ** *** ********* ** ****** *****, ******* **, or ********* '****** * *** **********'.

Low ****** **** / **** *******

***** **: ** ****** ******** ****/ **** ******* ******** '***' enough ** ***** ** **********.

***** *** ******** **** ******* ******** *** *******. *** ****** ****** ******** ***** ***:

"*** ******** *** */*" ***** ***** ******** **** ********* ********, **** ** ******** ******* ******** ** ****** ****** ******, located *' - **' ***** *** *****. ******* *** ********** been *** *** ********** ** *** ******** ****. *** ***************** *** ******** *** ******** * ****** ** *** ********* area? ***?"

*******:**** **% ** *** ********* **** ******* *.* ** *.*********. *** **** ****** ** ***** *****:

**** *************: ******* **** ********

*** ****** ** *** ******* *** ********* ** *** ******** was ******* ** *** *** **** ****** ** ** ********** first. ** ************ *** *** ******* **** ******, ** ** avoid ******* *** ******* ** * ******** ******** ******** (**: Not ********** *** ** **** ******, ** *********). ** **** cases, ** ********** ********* **** *************, ***** ********* **** ******.

  • "***** ** ***. * **** ** ******* ************** *** ******, *** *** ****, ******* *** ****** *** camera *** **** ***** **."
  • "* ***** ******** *** ****** ******* ** **** *.* *****. This ** *** ** ******* * ******** ******* ** ** installed *******-******** ******** ********."
  • "*** **** ***** * **** *** ** *** ** ***** the ****** ***** *** **** ** ***** *** ***** *** cables *** ** **** ** ******* *** **** ** *** camera ** ** **** ** *** *******."
  • "*.* **** ** *****. **** ** ******** *** ******** ** a **** **** *** **** ***-********** **** *** ******* ** address. ********** **** ****** ****, **** ***** ****, *********** ***** * ****** ****-*****."
  • "* **** *******, ********* ** *** ****** *****. ** **** typically ******* * "***** ***" ******* **** ***** *** ****, and **** ******** *** ****** ** *** ******, ***** ** mounted ******* *** ****."

*** ******* ** *** ******* ** *.************* **** ********.

High ****** **** ***** *******

*** ****** ******** *****: "*** ******** ** **** *******/******* ********, located **' - **' ***** *** *****. ******* *** ********** been *** *** ********** ** *** ******** ****. *** ***************** *** ******** *** ******** * ****** ** *** ********* area? ***?"

*******:**** **% ** *** ********* **** ******* *.* ** *.*********. *** **** ****** ** ***** *****:

**** ** ** ****?: ******* **** ********

* ********** ****** ** ********* **** *** ******* ** *** integrators ********* **** ******** ** *** ** * ****. ** general, ********* **** ****** *** ***** ********* ******** ************ * **** **********. *** ***** ****** ** *** ********* time ** ******* * ******* ** ****** *** ** *** floor.

  • "* *****. ****** **** ****** ************ ******* ** *********** **** will ** ******** ** ****** *** ******** ********."
  • "* *****. **** *******, **** *** ********** **** ******. ***** care ****** *** ** ***********."
  • "*.* *** *****. *** ******* *** *** *** **** ******."
  • "* *****, ******* *** *** ** *** ****** ***** *** area **** ****** *** ****."

******** ***** ***** ***** * ****, **** *** ********* ******** a ******. **** ** ***** *** *** ******* * ****** person ******** *** **** **** *** *****:

  • "* ***** ***** *.* ** ** **** * ****** **** position, ***** **** *********** *** *** ****/****, ***** *** ****** to *** ******* *************, **** ***** ** ******."
  • "******, ********* ** ******* ** ** * **** ******* **** or *** ** ***** **** ******. ******** *** *** *********** ******, *** ***** *** ******, ******* ***** *** ******."
  • "*** ****, **************, ****** ****** *** ***** **. * ** ***** * bigger ****** ** **** ***** **** ****."

*** ******* ** *** ******* ** *.************* **** ********.

High ******* ********** ********

*** ****** ******** *****: "*** ******** ** *******, *********** **** roof, **' -**' ***** ******, ** ********** ***** ********* **** existing ******* *****. *** ***************** *** ******** *** ******** * ****** ** *** ********* area? ***?"

*******:**** **% ** *** ********* **** ******* *.* ** *.*********. *** **** ****** ** ***** *****:

**** ** ******: ******* **** ********

*****, *** ******* **** *********** **** *** ** *** ** a********* ******. ******* ********* ***** * ****** ***** ** *** safest ****** *** ** *** ***** ********* ** ******** ***** cables **** *** ********. ** *******, ***** * ****** *** this **' - **' ****** ******** *** *** ** * secondary ******* **********, ** *** **** ********** ******* ****** ****** was ****** *****:

  • "** ******* ******** *** ******** *** *************, ********** * **** *** ****** ******. * ***** ***** the **** ****** *** ****** *** **********."
  • "*** ******** (**** ******** ******) ****** ** ***** ** *** hours, ********* * ******* **** *** ******** *** ****."
  • "** ****** ** **', ** ***** **** * **** **** rental ** ****. -- ****"
  • "* ***** - **** ** *** ******* ********* ****** ******** *** **** **** * ****** *** ****** * ******."
  • "* ****, *.* ** ***** *** ******* ******* ** ****** regulations. *** ** *** ******, *** ** **** *****."

*** ******* ** *** ******* ** *.************* **** ********.

High ******* ******* ******

*** ****** ******** *****: "*** ******** ** ** * ***** column, **' - **' ***** ******. *** ***************** *** ******** *** ******** * ****** ** *** ********* area?"

*******:**** **% ** *** ********* **** ******* *.* ** *.*********. *** **** ****** ** ***** *****:

********* ******** ********: ******* **** ********

*** ****** *********** *** **** ** *** **** *** *** location ** *** ******, **** ** ***** ** ***** ***** mounted *** ** *** ***** ** * **********-********** ****** ******. Several ********* ***** *** ***** ******** ****** ** **** *** area ****** ******** ********* **** *** ****** ****** *********.

  • "** ***** ******** **** * ****** ********* *** ** *** location ** * ****** **** *** *** ********** ****** ** the ******. ** *** ******* *** ** * ******* ****, we ***** **** ****** * ****** *********."
  • "* *****. *.* *** *** *** ** *** ******, *.* for *** ****** *** ** *** ****** ** **** ******** and ******** ****."
  • "* *** * ***** ****. **** ** ****** **********, **** protection *** *********** ******* *** * ****** ********."
  • "* *** ******* *** ****/ ****** (******* ** *** **** traffic **** ******** ***)."
  • "********* *** **** *********. ********* ****** ** ****** ***** ** set **, ********* **** *******, ****** *** **** ********** ******* of ******, * *** *****."

******* **** ****** *** ******** ******* ******* *******, ***** ******* extra **** *** ********** *****. ******* ********** ***** **** ***** suggest *********** ******** ********* ** ***** ******* ********:

  • "*********, *** ***** *** *** * ****** ** *** ******** in *** ********. ******** ***** *** **** **** ********* ** how *** ****** ** *****."
  • "* ***** ******** *.* ***** *** *** *******. *** ***** labor ** *** ** *** **** ** * ******* **** extension ****** *** *** *** ** ** *** ****** *****."
  • "* ***** ** *** **** ** ***** **** *****. ***** is ******. ***** *** ** ** * ****** ***** ** mount *** ******."

*** ******* ** *** ******* ** *.************* **** ********.

Pre-prepped ************ ****

*** **** ****** ******** *****: "****** * **' - **' pole ** ******* *********/******* *** ******* *****, *** *** *******/********* is *********. *** ***************** *** ******** *** ******** * ****** ** *** ********* area? ***?"

*******:****** **% ** *** ********* **** ******* *.* ** *.*********. *** **** ****** ** ***** *****:

******* *** **** *************: ******* **** ********

***** *** ******** ************ ******* *** **** ** ******* ***** to *** ******, **** ********* ***** **** ********** *** ***** time, *** *** ******* ********* *** ********* ** ******* ****** the **** ** *** ** *** **** *** ******* *******:

  • "* ***** ** ******* ******, ******* * **** ** ****. Camera **** ******* * *******, ***** ***********, ******** **** *********************** *** *******."
  • "*-** ********* *** **** *** **** ********...*********** ** *** **** talking ***** ******** ********...******* *** ******* *******/********* ******* ** *****."
  • "* *****. **** ****** **** ** ******. ********** **** ******* the ****, ******* **** ****, ********** ** *****, ***."
  • "******** * ****** ** **** **** ***** **** **** **** two ***** ** ** **** ******* ******* *** ******* *** available. **** **** ******* *** ****** *** ********* ****** ***, so * ****** ***** ** **** **** ***** ** **** to *******."

*** **** ******** ** ******* ******** ***** ** *** * lift ** ****** ***** ******* ** * ******, ***** ******* out * ********* ***-*********** **** *********** **********. ******* **** **** ***** *** **** to ** *******:

  • "***** ***** *** ** *** ******* ****. ** *** ** mounting ** ********* * ***** ******** * *****."
  • "*.* *** ***** ** *****, **** *******. $*** ****** ***** roll ******."
  • "* ***** ******* *** * ** **** ** ** ****, but ** ***** **** ****. ** ***** ** ******* * lift *** **** *******. *** **** **** ** **** *** your ***** *** ******** **** *** ****** ** *** ****, drive ** **** ** **** ********, ******* ** **** *****, pre-drill *** ***** ****** *** ********, ***** *** *** *** then *** ******. *** **** **** ** **** ** ******."
  • "*** *** *** *** ***** **** ****** ** **********. **** will **** ** ***-******* **** ** ****** ******* *** ******. You *** **** ******** ** ****** ********** ***** ** ******* to ** ****** *** ** *** ** ***** ** ******* ground."

*** ******* ** *** ******* ** *.************* **** ********.

Flat ***** ****

*** ***** ****** ******** ****** ******** *****: "**** ******** ****** no ****** **** ******, *** ****** ** ** ** ******* on ******** ******* ** ****** *****. *** ***************** *** ******** *** ******** * ****** ** *** ********* area? ***?"

*******:**** **% ** *** ********* **** ******* *.* *** *.*********, **** **** **% ******* ******* *.* *** *.* *****. *** **** ****** ** ***** *****:

**** ***** ********* / ***********: ******* **** ********

*** ******** ***** ********* ***** *** ******** ** ********* *** roof, **** ** *** ***** ** ************ ********** ***** ** cameras *** ******** ********* ** ***** **. *** ******** ***** answers ** ******** *** ***** *** ******* **** *** *** the **** ***** *** ******* *********, *** ******* ********** ***** that ***** ************ ** ***** ****** ***** ** ******** **********:

  • "*** ***** **** ** ***** *** **** *** ** *** roof *** * ***** ****** ** ***** ** ** ******* on *** ************ ** ****. ** **** ** ******* ********* then ****** **-** ******* ** ***** **********."
  • "*.* ***** ** **** ****** ******, **** ****** *** ***** is ******** *** ***** **** ** ****** **** **** ** there."
  • "***/ *** ***** ************ ***** ********* ** ******. ** ***** reusing **************** ** *** *****."
  • "*'* ********* *** ******** ** **-***** **** ********. *-* ***** if **** ****** *** *** **** *********** ***** ** ******** or ******* ********* **** *** ******* ********** ** *** **** to ********* *** ****."
  • "* ******'* ** **** ****** ** ***** ** ** **** fashion. *'* ** * **** ***** *** **** **** ******* for **** ***** *** *** *** **** *****."
  • "** ** ** * **** *****, * ******'* ***** ** time ****** ** ***** **. *'* ****** ** ***** ***, it ** ****** *******."
  • "**** ****** ** ***** **** ** **** ***** ** ***** the **** ****** ** *** * ******** ******** **** ***********, project **********,**** ** ****** **** * ***-*** ******* ****."
  • "* ***** *** ** ******** ******. * ** ******** *** necessary ******** ************ *** ******* ********* ** * ********* ******* contractor *** **** **** ** *** ***** *****, ******* ** already ***."

*** ******* ** *** ******* ** *.************* **** ********.

Comments (19)

*** **** *********** ******** **** **** ** **** ******?

***** ********:

******* **-** ********* **** ********* *** **** ********. ** ********** the *** **** ****** **** ********* ************* *** ***** ********.

*****, ** ******* ******** ***************?

*** **** *******, ********* **** (*.***********), ******** ** ***** *****, ***** ***** ****** *******2, i am maybe to think.

****** *** ******** **** **. * ********** *** ******. ** is *.**********. * ********* ****.

** ********** *** ***data ****** that obviously misunderstood the given scenario.

**** ** ***** *****, *** ***** **** ****** **** ***** twice ****** **************** **** ****...

**** *** **** ******* *** **** ** *********?

  • ***** *******
  • *********** **********
  • ******* **********
  • ********** **** ** **********
  • *** ***** *******
  • ***** *******

***** ******* **** ****** ***** **** ** ******** **** *** mix?

** *** **** ****** **** ***** ***** ****** ************ **** hiring * **********/**********. * ***** *** ***** ******** ********* ** your *******. ** ******* **** **** *** ***** *****. * like *** ******** **** **** **** ** ***** ****** ** the ****** ** *** *******. ***** *** *** **** **** than *** ***** ***** **** ****** ** * ******** **** a ************* ******** ***** ******* ******* ********* *** ***** ****** corners.

** ***** ** **** ** **** *** % ** **** country ******** **** *** **** ********.

************* ******, ** *** ****** '***** *******' ** '***** *******.' :)

*** ******* ******** ********** *** **** ****** *********** ** ** to ** *****. ****** ****, **'* ****** **** ** **** assess ******* * ********** ** * ***** ******* ** '*****'.

**** ** *** ** ******** ******** *** ***** ********** ** professional *********** ***** ****** ********* *** ****** *** ******* ******** to ***** *** ***.

***** *** ****;

****** *** ****** *** **** ** **** **** ****** *********** in *** ********. ****** **** **** ** *********** ***** ** eaiser ** ******* **** ********* ** **** ** **** ******** on **** **** ** *** ********* *******. *** **** ********** is **** * **** **** *** ********* ******** *** ***** our ********* ***** *** ****** ***** ** *** ***** ******** tax ******* **** ** *** ******** ** ***** **** ********* a **** ******** *** **** ** ** *********. **** ***!

******, ***, * ******* **** *** ***** **** ***********:******** ********** ****** *****

**** * ***'* **** ** *** ** ***** ****** *** saying **** ***** *** * ****** **** ** ******* * camera ** **-**' ** *** **** ****** **** *****. ** they *** ********* **** ********** **** **** ** *** **** a ****** *** ** ******* * ******* ***** ******* *** number ** ***** **** *** ****** ********* ** **** *********.

***** *** ** ***** ** **** ** **** *** ******* of *** ****** ****** *** ******* % ** *** ****.

  • "*********, *** ***** *** *** * ****** ** *** ******** in *** ********. ******** ***** *** **** **** ********* ** how *** ****** ** *****."
  • "* ***** ******** *.* ***** *** *** *******. *** ***** labor ** *** ** *** **** ** * ******* **** extension ****** *** *** *** ** ** *** ****** *****."
  • "* ***** ** *** **** ** ***** **** *****. ***** is ******. ***** *** ** ** * ****** ***** ** mount *** ******."

*** ***** **** ****** *********. ******** **** *****, *******, ***. is *** ****** * *** **** ** *** **** *** proper *****. * ***** *** ***+ ****** ** ** ***, one ***** *** ******** *** * ****** ***** (** ** 4" ********). * **** ** ******* ******** **** *** ** those ********. *** ******** ***** * *** ** **** ***** you ***'* **** ** ********* **** ***** *** ***** ***** be * ****** ******* (****** ** ********* ****). *** ** I **** ****** ** ***** ***** **** ******* *** * non-SDS ******** ******** ****** *****, * ***** *** *** *******.

* *** * ***** ********* ******* ** * ********* **** I *** ********** * ** *** ** ****** ** ****** the ***** *** * ***** ***** ***. *** ** *** was * ***** ******** ***** *** **** *** */*" ** 5/8" *** *** * *** ******. * **** *** ** cordless *** *** ** *.**" ***** *** *** *** ****** because * ****'* **** *** ******** ******** ***** ** ** customers ***** ****. ****** ***** *** ********** *** *** **** a **** ********** ** ***** ****.

* ***** **** ** ***-*** *****, *** ** **** *****, I ***** ****** *** **** *** ** * ******** ******* company ******* **** *** **** * ***** ****, *** ***'* assume *** ***'* *** ***** (** ***** ***** ****** ** a ****).

****** *** **** *******, *********** ***********!

***** ** **** *********** **** **** * ******* ****** ***** differences ** ****** ****** ***** ** ********, ** **** ** the ********** ** **** *** ********** ** ******* * ******* type ** ****** **** *** ************ ** ***** *************. *** plan *** **** ** *************?

** ***** ** ******** ****** ******* ** ******** ******, *** we **** *** *********** ** **** ***** ********, **:

***** * ****** ** *** ** ***** ** ******* ******* listed *** *** ***** *** *** **** ****?

*** **** ***** *** **** ***' ******* ******* ****** *'?

**** **** ***' **** ******* ****** *'-**'? **** **'?

**** **** ** **** ******* ** **** *******

** **** ******* *** **** **** **** **** ** ********* in * ******** ******. **** *** *** ******* ***** **** and **** ********* ****** ************, *** *** **** *** *** is ******!

*******, ******* *******. ***** ** ********** ** **** ***** ***** penny. ***** ** ***** ** *** ******** ***** ******'* *** pretty **** ** **** **** ** *********, ******* **** ****** have ******, ****** **** ***** ** ** ********** *** * am *** **** ** *** **** ********* ********* ******* *** extra *** ** **** *** ****** ** **** *** ****, which ** * *********** *** **** ** *** ********. *** know * **** **** **** ******** ** ******* ** ** salemens *** ********* ** *** **** ** ****** **** ** install * ******. ***** *** ****.

*** ** ***** ****** ** **** * ***** *** ** them. * ******* **** *** ******* ** ***** ***** **** need * ***** ***. ********* *** *** ****** ****, ** support ** ******, ***** *** ** *************** ** *** ****** doesn't **** ** ***** ****, ** **** ** ******* *** cable, ****** ***** ******* ************. ** ** ****** ******* ***********. Sorry.

** *****,

** *** ******* * ****** ** **** ** ****** ******* Labor **********.

** ******* ** ***** ** *** *** ***** ******* **** are ****. **** **** ** ******** (**** *** *****) *** can *****-********* *** ****** ******* **** *** ***** ************ ***********.

****, ***** ********* **** ** * ******* ***** *****.

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