Church Technology Director Security Interview

By Dan Gelinas, Published Mar 07, 2019, 12:04pm EST

With 40+ years of experience in IT from a wide array of verticals, including US and foreign military, and large corporate and industrial settings, retired IT professional Richard Buckmaster [link no longer available] now applies his years of experience in security and IT to help out his church. He has volunteered to manage the technology needs of the growing church campus—with four buildings and a new 27,000 square foot facility being just one planned addition—and is looking to bolster security measures and keep his fellow parishioners safe by building out a comprehensive surveillance system.

Based on our interview with Richard, we look at the following topics:

  • 40+ Years of experience
  • Need for cameras is the 'New Norm'
  • Protecting a large campus
  • Too small for the nationals, too big for the locals
  • Integrator reliance on Hikvision a problem
  • Integrator lack of product depth
  • It's not what we want, but it's what we need to do
  • AI possibly offering a false sense of security
  • Need for compatibility-based standards

****: **** ** **** title *** ******** ** your *******?

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****: *** **** **** you **** *** ********** Director *** **** ******?

*’** **** ******* **** role *** ***** * and **** *****.

****: *** *** *** come **** **** ***?

*’* * ****** ** the ****** *** * came **** *** *** through *********. **’** *** no *** ********* ** IT ** *** ****** for *** ****** ******* of *** ****** *** it’s **** **-*****-***. ***** has ***** **** ****** who *** **** ****** specifically **** **********. *** it’s ****** **** **** whoever ***** **** *** did. ** *** **** time. ** *** **** of ****** ***** *** responsibilities ** *** ***** Visual ****. * ****** the ****** **** ***** we ***** **** * and * **** ***** ago. * **** **+ years ** ** *********. So * **** *** knowledge *** * **** the ****.

****: ***** *** *** get **** **+ ***** of ** *********?

*’** **** ** *** hardware *** *** ******** side. *’** **** ******* integration, ***** ******** *******, automation. **** ** ** early **** ********** *** with ********** ********* *** the ** *** *****, the ******* *** *****. In ***** *****, * also ****** ** ********** warehouses, *** ********* ********. Then ** ********* ********. Computer ******** *************. *’** been ******* * *** of ********* ********** *** have ****** ** * fair ****** ** ************* knowledge ***** *** ***.

****: *** *** ** the ******—*** **** ************? And *** ***/********* ** the ****** ******? *** building? ** *******? ******* lots? *******?

** **** ********* ****** 500 ******* **** ** minus ** *** ***** and ** *****, ** average, **’** ****** ***-*** during ****** ********. **’** been ******* ** ** a ******* ******. ** I **** *******, **'* a ****** **** **-*****-***. It ******* *** ** a ***** ****** ******, but **’** **** * major ********* ******** **** the **** ** *** church. ** ******* *** as * ****** *****-***** wooden *** ***** ********* which ** ***** ***** used ** **** ** the ***** ******. **** was ******** *** **** we ***** ******* ******** that *** *** ***** stud ************ **** **** board. ****'* ****** **********. Then ** ***** * a **** ***** ******* Center **** ***** ******** 450. *** ** **** have *** ****** **** Center **** *** * full-sized ********** ***** ** the ****** ** ** and **** **********. ** that's ***** ** *** today. **'** **** ******** at ***** *** ***** expansions ** *** **** few *****. **'** ***** to ** ****** ****** 27,000 ****** **** ** office *** ********* *****. We’re **** *** ******** to *** **** *** drawings. *** **** ***** that *** **** ********* is ***** ** ** to ***** * *** Worship ****** ******* **'** pretty **** ** ******** right ***. **'** ** going ** * ******** soon. **’** ******* ** building * *** *** that **** ** ***-*** seating ********. **** * said, **'** **** ******* to ** *******.

****: **** ***** ** technological *** ***** ********* do *** ******?

**** ** ***** **’** stepping *** ** *** 1980s *** **** *** 21st *******. ****** * got ******** *** ****** really **** * ***** lot ** ********** ** all. **** ***** **** was **** * ********** of ******* ****, ***-**-**** routers *** ** **. **’** upgraded **** ****** ************** and **'** *** * full ****** ****, ********* managed **** ****** ****** with ******* ********. **'** getting ***** **** *** technology. ** *** ** staff, *’* **. **** of *** ****** ** the **** **** **** time. **’** * ****** bit ****** **** ***** the ********** **. *** folks **** *** ******* full ****, ***’* **** the **** ** ******** to ******* ** ***** projects. ****** *’* **. But * **** *** time *** *** *********, but *’* ****** **** we **** **** ** building *** * ******** IT ****. ** *** as *** ****** ****, we ***’* **** * lot ** *** *** of ************ ** ***** yet. ** **** * wireless ****** ** ***** on *** ******* **** into *** ********* ****. The ****** ************ *** also ******** ******* **** door. **’** ** **** stage ***** **’** ************* now **** *** *** norm ** *** *** norm.

****: ****’* **** ** a *** *****, ***’* it? *** *** ****?

*** ** **. **** in *** **** ****, we've *********** * ****** Team. **’** *** ***** now *** ****** *** grounds ** **** ***** during ******* *** ****** events. **'** *** ***** at ****** ****** ********** who's ****** **. **** is ***** ** **** to *** ********** ***** cameras. **’** *************. ** want * *********. ** realize **** ******* ******* and ******* *** ** a *********. ** **** to ** *** ** those ******** ***** * potential ******** ****** ** by. ******* ***** ** early *********. ** ******* is ****** ******* *** obvious ********* ** *******, we **** ** ** able ** ****** ****** out ** *** ******* lot *** **** **** before **** *** *******. We **** ** ******* our ********* **** *******. And **** *******, *********** resources, ****** ********* **** place. ** **** *** footage ** **** ******** ever *******. *** ******** of ******* ****** **** help ** **** **** on ***** ** **********. Someone **** ********* ******** and ****** ****** ** took *****. *** ******** of ******* **** **** us **** ** ***** situtations ** ** ********** basis ** *** ** anything ************* ********.

****: ***’** ******* ** build ***, **** *** investigated ******* *** *****?

***, ** **** * project ** *****. ** don't **** * ****** date *** ***, *** we're ******** ** **** be ****. **’** ******* and **’** ******* **** integrators *** **** **** for * ****** ** weeks. **’** *** * few **** ****** ****** on ****** ** ** a ***********. *** ******** another ***** **** *** become * ********* ** the ********* *** ***** ban. ***** * ******, we ****** ***’* **** whether *** ******* ********** is ****** ** **. But *** ******* ** once *** ********* ** those **** ***** ****** widely *****, *** ******* learned ** ******* **** and **** ******** ** do **. * **** plugged **** *** ************* community. ******** ******* *** the **** ****** ****** on *** ********. ****’* our ******* *******, ** we’ve **** *** ******** that ** ***’* ** installing ****** ** *****. That’s **** ** ******* an ***** *** **, because **’** *** **** integrators **** ** *** they **** ** *********. We’ve **** *** **** tell ** **** **’** too *** *** **** don’t **** ** ****** us. **’** ******* ******** 20-25 ******* ******* *** 30 ****** *** *********. It's ****** ***** ***** that **'** ******** **** basically ****. **’** ***** to ** ******** * system *** **** **** have *** ******* ** scale ** ** ** do *** **********. 

****: ***** **** *********** out ***** *** **** the ******* ********** *** product ***** **** **** can ** * **-****** system **** ***’* *********.

****, ***, *** ******* of *** **********, ** need ** ***** *** to ******** ** *** Dallas **** ***** **** and ****’* *** ***** away. * ******* *** to *** ** *** larger, ******** ********* *** on *** *** ** was ******** ** **** out ****, ** ****** me *** **** '* have * ******** ****’* a ***** **** ** I ***’* ** **** to **** **.' ** we’re *** ***** *** the *** **** *** we’re *** *** *** the ***** ****.

****: *** **** *** network ******* ********? *** do *** ******* *** communicate? *** ** *****?

** **** ** *** buildings ***** ** ***** sense—When * ***** *** the ******* ************** ****** the ****** ******, * knew **** ** **** going **** *********, ** what * *** *** as * **** ** extra ****** *** **’** be ***** ** *** switches ****** *** *********. Those **** *** ** dedicated ******** ******* * have *** ******** ** do **** **** *** copper. *’** ** ***** fiber ******* ***** ** point **** *** ******* buildings ** *** ******* Control ****. ***** **** be ****** ** ***** switches *** **** ****** back **** ** ******* copper **** *** ******* system. *** *** **** in *** **** ** mind **** **’** ***** to *** ** **** a *** ****** **** design, ********** *** ***********. Honestly, **’* *** * joined **** ** * could *** *** **** knowledge **** * ***'* find ******** ****. ** it **** ** ***. I **** **** ****** like * ***** **** for * ****** *** doesn’t **** * ************ camera **********, *** **'** smart *****. *** **'** probably **** *********** ** help **** **** ** the **** ********* *****. The ***** ***** ********, is *** ********* **** older ********* ***** *** can’t ******* ********** **** ugly ******* ***** *****. We’ll ******** *** *********** to ****** ******* **** wiring *** ************ ** places **** *** **** to *****. *** *********, we'll ******** ** ***** it *********, ***** * haven't ****** * **** warm *** ***** **** the *********** *'** ****** with ** ***.

****: ******** ** ****, have *** **** *** problems **** ******** ***********—**** of ** *********, ***** locked************ ********, ***** ****-****** with ****** ******, ***.?

*** ****** ******* ******* is *** **** ***** I’ve *** ****. * couple **** ***** **, “Do *** **** ** run ****?” **, * don’t **** *** **** piece ** ******** ****** in *** *****. *** mostly *** ****** *’** talked **** **** ************* about ** ******* *** IT **************. * *** have ***** ** ***** VLANs *** ***** **’** pulled ** **** ***** copper ** **’** *****, we ***’* ****** **** a ****. **’** *** the ************** ** ****** a ******** ******** *******. But *** ** *** concerns * ** **** with *** ***********, ** the ********** * ***—*** I *** **** **** from *** ********** *’** gotten—that **** **** ** rely ****** ** *** model ** ****** *** most ********* *** * know ** ***’* ** the ***** ******. * camera **** ***** **** well ** ** ***** door **** *** **** wide ******* *****, *** example, ***’* *********** *** camera *** **** ** a *********. *** ****’* their ********. **** ****** comfortable **** *** ***** and **** ***’* **** to *******. ** *** has ********* * ***** brand ****** ********. *’* a **** ********* ******** guy. *’* *** ****** to *** *** ***** as **** ** * know *** ********* *** in ***** ** ****** it.

****: *** *** **** me ** ******* ** mixing *** ********?

**** ** *** ****** is **** ** **** and * **** ** NVR **** *** ****** that, * ***’* **** bad ******* **** ** cover ** ******* *** and **** ***** ******* else’s *** ** ***** another ****. ** **** as **’** ******** ** standards, **’** ***** ** be ****. *** ** fact **’* **** *** Avigilon.

****: **** *** **** gotten *** ******** **** parishioners ***** ******* ** other ******** ********?

****, ***** *** ****** concerns *** **************. ****** one ** *** ****** council ******** ** **** discussing *** **** ** put ******* ** *****. The ********** ****** ** that ** ***** ** outside ******* ** **** in *** ** * safety *** ******** ********** and **** **** ******* out *** * ****—****** - ******—** ***** *** whole *********** ** *** church. ** **** **** the *** ***** ** could ** ** ***** our ***** **** ****** was ******* *******. ** course * ******* **** came ** *** ******* and **** ** **** down ** *** ********* the **** *** ******* with *** **** ** provide * **** ***********. So ** **** **** the *********** ** *******. For *******, *****’* ** expectation ** ******* ** the ******* ***, *** in *** ******'* ****** where ** ***** ** meeting **** * *********** and ********** ****, ** won’t *** ***. ** also **** ** ******** audio. ******* ***’* *** around *******, *** ***** hears ****** *******. ** also ****** ** ******** liability. ***** *** **** who ******* **** **** the ******** ** * camera ******* *********. *** analogy ** *** ******** of * *** ***** sign ******* *********. ****** read *** **** ** the ******** ******. *** last ******* *** ****. We, **** *** ****** are **** ********* **** any ***********. **’* ********* to ********* *** ****** on **********. ** ***’* have ** ******* ** staff. ** **** ** it **, ** ********* is *** ******* *******, how ** *** ******* something **** ***** *******. The **** **** ********** benefit ** ***** ** mind. ** ****** *** level ** ********** **** inappropriate ****** ***’* ****** inside *** ********* ******* the ******* *** ***** and *** ******* *** be *******. * **** any ****** ****’* *********** cameras **** **** ***** discussions ***** ******* ****** security ***** ** *****. I ***** ** **** a **** ******* ** cameras *** *******.

****: *** *** *** select/evaluate ******** *********** ** work ****?

**’** *** ***** ********* integrators ** *****. * originally ******* *** ** 5. *** **** ** were **** *** ***. They ****’* ** ******** over **,*** ****** ****. One **** ****’* **** do * ************ ****** if ** *** ******* with ***** **/* ********** service. ** ****’* **** that. **** **** ** with *. *** ****, “We **** **** *********.” I ***** **** ** talk **** ***** ********* to *** ** ***** were ************. ** ****** something **** ****’* ****** because ** **** *** they’re ******. *’* ******* with * ****** ***** on **** ******* *** will **** ** *** presentation *** **** *’* meeting **** ******* ******** who ** ***** ** be ***** *** ***********.

****: **** *********** **** okay **** *** ******* to ** **** ** the **** **********?

* *****’* ****** ********* that **** ****. *** I’ve **** **** **** the **** **** * understand *** **** *****. I **** **** **** need ** **** * profit, *** * **** know **** ** *** do ** *******, *** the **** ******** ** who ** ***** ** support **? *** *** is ***** ** **** us *** **** ****** get *****? ** ********** recognize *** ***** ** having ** ********** ********. I’ll ** **** ** one ** *** *********** once ****’** *** ***** me ***** ********* *** say, "**** ** **** we **** ** **, Can *** **** ** with **?"

****: **** ************ ********—******* and ***—*** *** ***********?

**’** ******** **** *** Avigilon *** *******. * haven’t ****** ****** ** a *** ***. *** of *** ***** ****’* going ** ** ** issue, * ***** ** the ******* ** **** satellite ********** ********. **’** have ****** ****** ******** in *** ****** ******* the ****, ***. ****** regular *****, *** ****** staff ***** ** **** the ******* ** **** up ******* *** *** who ** ** *****. In ******, * **** the ******* ** *** up ********* ******* *******. I **** ** **** that ******* ** ******** control. * **** ** need ********* ***** *** it **** **** ** be **** ****** **** we ***** *** **** phase ** *** *******. And *** **** ********* be ** ********* **** of **** ******* *******.

****: **** *** **** the ********** ** ******** on ********** ****** ****** doing **** *** ******** for ****** ** **** what *** ****?

****** ** *** **** my *** ********. * don’t ****** **** ********* to **** ** ** far ** ****** *** have ********* ******** **** this **********. **’** ******* mostly ** ******* ********* who ***’* **** ** give ** ***** ***** sauce. *’* ****** ** do * *** ** research ******. *’** ***** that ********** ******** ******** *********** [****] *** * *** of ***** ******** *** resources. **** ********* *** MDORI *****. **’* * measurement ** ****** ***** quality—the ***** ** ****** that * ****** ********. It’s *** **** **********, because ****’* **** **** of *** ********. *******, Detect, *******, *********, ********, and *******. **** ** does ** ** **** through *** ***** ** what ** *** ********** of *** ******. ** comes **** ** *****. That’s **** **** ******* to **, ******* ********’* ****** **********. ** ***** ** adjusting **** ******** **** once *** ***** *** camera ** *** ***.

****: *** *** ******** to **** * ********* or ********* ******* *** the ****’* ******* *** other *******?

**’** ******** ** * dedicated ******* ******* **’** got * ***** ** copper ** ***** *** I’ll ** ******* * lot ** ***** ******* existing ********* *** *** new *********. *** ***** will ********* ****** ** in-house ******** ** **** we *** ****** *** new ********* **** *** Control **** ***** **** be ***** **** ** the **** ******.

****: **** *** ******* remote ******* ** ****** or ** ************* ******** limit **** *******?

* ***** *** ** necessity, ** **** **** to **** **** ****** access **** ******* **** of *** ******* ** the ****** **** **** some ******** **** *** church.

****: ** *** **** share, **** *** ******** ******* ****** ****** method?

** **** ** ***. I ******* **** *** in ***** *** ********** the **** ** *** Church ** ************** *** we’ll ** ************ ** that.

****: **** *** *** church’s ******* ** ** and ****** *** ******** or **** **** ** spread *** ** *** campus?

****, ** **** * large ****** ** ***** doors **** *** ********** and ****** ***-******* *****, those ***** *** ****** with *** ********* ** the **** ********. ** what ** **** ** do ** ***** *** parking **** ** *** interest ** ***** ****** detection. **’** ** ******* for **** ***** ** “Something **** *****’* **** right.” ***** **** ** wide ***** ** **** cameras ** **** ** as **** ** ********. Right *** *’* ******** 3 ** ***** * PTZ ******* **** *** Safety **** ** ****** staff *** ***. **** they’re *** ***** ******** controlled ****’** ** ********** on * **** ** the ******.

****: *** ***** ** use ******** ***** ** all? ** **, **** equipment **** *** ****** at?

** **** *****, *’* not ******** ** ***** wireless, *******, **** ** may *** ** ***** is ******* **** ** eventually. ***** ***** * small ****** ** ******** cameras ** **** *** in *** *** *** it ***** ** **** location. ** ** *****’* work ****, ***** ** move ** ******, *** right ***, **’* *** planned ** **** ** the ********.

****:**** *** **** ******* your **** ***** *** brands ** ********* (*******, VMS, ********, ***.) ***** planning, *** ** ** what **** *** ******?

* ******* ******* * few ********* ******* **** to **** ***** ******* down ******, **** **** were ************ ** ********* or *****. *********, ***** we’re ** ***** ** the ******* ***** ****’* been ** *********** ** make ***** ********* ***.

****: ****, ** ***, external ************* ****** ** you ** *** *** plan ** ** *** the ************ ******?

** *****’* **** *** at **** *****. *’* pretty ****-******* **** *** cybersecurity ********* ** * know **** ** **** we’re ******** ** **** for. ** **** *****’* had *** *********** *** to ** ******** ******. I *****’* ******** ******** out ***, *** **’** got *********** ******** ** place. * **** ** install **** ***** * switches **** **** ********* well **** **** ** have ***** *** **** give ** **** ** need. ***** **** ****’* many ******* ******* ***** 3 ******** *** ***** that *** ***-$*,***. *****’* one ***** *** ***** that * *** *** together * *******-******* ***** 3 ****** *** **** about $*,*** *** ****’* on * ***-****** ********.

****: *** ***** ** you **** ** ******** new ****** *** ******** technology?

****’* ** ******* ***** for ** ***** ***. Once **’* ** *****, I’ll ******** *** ** on ** ****** ******. I’ve *********** * *-**** cycle *** **** ** our ** *************. **** I ***** ******* **** this ****, *** ****** of ******** ******* **** were ******* ** **-**** old ********* *** **********.

****: *** **** **** process ** ******* (*.*. how **** *** ********/***** new ******* *** ******** versus *** ******** ********* system?) **** ** ** just *** ** **** it ** ******* * committee?

**’* ****** **** ** decision. ** ***’* ****** have ** ** ****. The ** **** **** runs ********** ****** ******** is *****. *** ** don’t ****** **** * lot ** ***** *** have *** **** ** the *******. *** ****** staff *** *** ******* say “******** *** **** to **. ** ***’* understand **. *** **.”

****: **** *** *** thinking ** ***** ** FPS ** **** *******? What's **** *********?

* ******** ***’* **** right ***. *** ***’* that ** ** ***** right *** ** * First ***** ******** ******. I’m ***** ** *** it’s ******** ** *** or ****. ** **** is ** **** ** least ** *** ** new ******* ** *******. If ** *** ********** detail, ** *** ** to **. *** ** it’s ** ** **** where **’** ****** ** really **** ** ****** footage, ** *** ** higher. ** ** ** good ** ** ** most *****. *’* ************ 2 *** ** *** minimum *** *** *******. 1080P **** ** *** bottom.

****: **** **** ****** be ****** ** *** protected **** **********? *** many ****** ** ********** will *** ***** **** your ***/******/*******/***** ************?

**’* *** ** ********* right *** ** *’* like ** ** **. I ***’* **** *** off-campus **** ** ***** now. *’* *** ****** concerned **** ***** **** up. ** **** ** to **** *** **** so **** ** **** at ***** * **** of *********. **** ****** be **********. ***** *** I **** ***** ****** the ****** ******. *** core ************** *** * 12-hour ********. ***** ****** where * **** ********* switches, ***** *** **** a *-**** ******* ******* power. **** ** *** campus ** ****** ** for ** ***** ***** should **** ** ****** time ** *** * generator ** *** *******.

****: **** *** ** any ****-****** **********? ** will **** ******* ** used ** ** ***** trail ****?

** **** ** ****** service ***** ** **** as ***** ****** **** we **** * ***** number ** ****** ** campus. *** ****** **** be ****-********* ****** ***** times. *********, ***** **** be **** ****-********** ** needed, *** ********* ** will ** ******** *** reviewed ** ******

****: **** *** *** 3rd ***** ********** ** all?

**, *****’* ** **** for **** ** **** time. ** ***’* *** any ***** ** **.

****: **** **** ******* of ******* *** *** planning?

******* **** **** ** bullets. **** *** *** PTZs. ******, **** ** those **** ** *****. Primarily **** * ********* standpoint. ** *** ***** facilities, *** ******* ****** the ****** ******, ***** may ** * *** bullets. *** ** *** things **’** ******** ** do ** *********, *** also ********* ** ********. So **’** **** ***** cameras **** ****** ********. We’ll **** **** ********* on ***** ******* ****** services.

****: **** ******* ************** are ***** **** ********** a ****** **** *** wouldn’t **** **, ***, a ****** ******, * school ** ** ****** building?

*** ** *** *** challenges ** **** ******** have ****** * ****** of ******. ******** ** too ***** ******* ** a ***** *** **** dominated ****** *** *******. It’s *** ******** ** what ***** ** ******* it’s ********* ** *** other. ** ********** ** need ** ** ****** and ******** ** ******. So **’* ********* ** put ** ***** ******* that *** ** ***’* trust * ******** *********** our ******. ** **** to ******** ** ** “It’s *** **** ** want, *** **’* **** we **** ** ** to ******* *********.” ******** more ***** **** *** are **** *******. ******** in *** **** *** putting ** ***** ******** in * *** ** places. **’* ********* *** over. **’* ******** **** and **** ****** *** we ******* **** ******* are * *** **** desirable *** ** ******* security *** **********.

****: **** *** ** using ****** **** ****** recognition, ***, *********, *** AI?

*** ****, ****** **** knowledge ** ** ** general, * ***’* **** plans *** ** ***** now. * ******* **** having * ****** **** is ******* ** ******-******** will ** ****** *** us. * ***’* **** something ** ***** **** has * *****: “**** thing *** ****** ****.” And **** ** **** says “****, * ***’* need ** *** *********.” It’s * ***** ***** of ********. * ***’* think *** ********** ** quite ***** ***. * probably ******’* **** ** AI **** ****** ****** line ********.

****: *** ******* *** this ******* **** * problem?

**’** **** ******* ** the ******* **** ** have **** ******** *******. I’m *** **** ** the ***** ***** *** and **** **** ******* a **********. ** **** members **** **** ** out ** *** ******** and **** ****** *** come **** *** *** “Look * *** ** a **-****** ****** *** $4,000.” *** **’* **** to ******* ** **** that **** ****** ***’* going ** **** **. I **** ** **** them **** ***** ***-**** cameras ***’* ******* *** level ** ****** **** we ****.

****: **** *** **** the ******* *** *********** camera ********* ****** ******?

*** ***** ***** **’** doing ** ******** *** various ******** ***** ****** the ****** *** **** establishing *** **** ****** do ** **** ** each ** ***** *****. We ***’* **** * ton ** ****** *** at *** **** ** the ******* ***, *** example, *** ** **** detail ** *** ***** doors. *** **** ************ the ***** ** **********. That’s ***** **** *** come **** **** ** handy.

****: **** ********* ****** the ******** ** ***** in? *** *******, *** should ******** ************ ** used ** ***** **** and **** ********** ************ do *** ***** **** have *** ******* ******?

*** ****** *** ***** I’d **** ** *** is **** ******** ** compatibility-based ** *********. ************* should ** *** ****. You ****** ** **** to *** * ****** of ********* ******* ******* having ** ****** *** into *** *****. **************** is ****** *** ** my ****. *** ***** thing **** ** * concern—and * ***’* **** that **’** *** **** in ******* *** **** soon—is *** ******** ** any ***** ****/*****. ***** are ******* **** *** manufactured *** ***** *** they **** * ******* of **** *** **** those *** ****, **** don’t **** *** ****. What ** * ***** down *** **** * need * *** *** and * ***’* *** it. *’* ***** ******* that ***** *** **** networking *********. ** * months **** *** * need * **** ** a ******, ***** * can’t *** **. **’* been ******** ** ******** and **** ***** ** difficult ** ******.

Comments (18)

****** ***** ***** **** article, ***********!

** #*, ***** *** for ******** ** ** my *********. * *********. We *** * ***** check ******* **** *** some ****** *** *** function ****** *******. * believe *** ***** *** been *****.

**** ** *** ****** is **** ** **** and * **** ** NVR **** *** ****** that, * ***’* **** bad ******* **** ** cover ** ******* *** and **** ***** ******* else’s *** ** ***** another ****. ** **** as **’** ******** ** standards, **’** ***** ** be ****.

**** ** ****: ****** 100% ** ******* *******/**** sold ***** *** ******/****** using *** *.*** ******** (yes, **** *******!).

**** ** **** *** mean **** *** *** compatible.

************* **** * ***** ONVIF *******, ****** *** perfect, ** * **** better *** ** ********** the ***** ** **************** between *******.

******* ** * *** comments **** ******* *:

"No *** *** ********* * ***** ***** ****** ********. I’m a very standards oriented guy. I’m not afraid to mix and match as long as I know the standards are in place to handle it."

**** * ******-** ********* do *** ******* *** first (****) ******** ** this *********.

*.  *** ** *** think **** ****** * mixed ***** ****** ******** is **********?  (* *** think ** ***** * few ******* *** **** would***** *********.)

*.  ******* *** ******* as *** ** ** being * ****** ** IPVM, *** ** *** expect************* ** ***** * 'mixed *****' ****** ********?

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"******* ***** ** ***** detection. ** ******* ** intent ******* *** ******* deterrent ** *******, ** want ** ** **** to ****** ****** *** in *** ******* *** and **** **** ****** they *** *******."

*** *** *** '********' them **** ******* ******* once ********?

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"***** *** *’* ******** 3 ** ***** * PTZ ******* **** *** Safety **** ** ****** staff *** ***.When ****’** *** ***** ******** ********** ****’** ** ********** ** * **** ** *** ******."

******** *** ***** **** the **** ******** ** cover ***** ***** **** in *** *** *** days.

***** ********** *** *********** increased **** *** *****, it ** ** ******* that ******** *** ***** are ********the ******* ****** now used to cover large areas (like church parking lots).

 

 

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

1: *** ***** ******? While researching cameras to match the needs of our security zones I've found that no single manufacturer has the best camera for every location. For example, one manufacturer might have the best dome camera for covering entrances where true WDR is critical but may not have the best wide FoV low-light options for our outside applications.

2: *********** ** ***** ***** *********? Coming from an IT background, I expect integrators to propose the best solution for our needs, regardless of brand. Put simply, I expect an integrator to integrate. I can buy a prepackaged OTS solution and make it work but it won't meet all our needs. I learned long ago that brand loyalty in IT purchases comes with a very high total cost of ownership.

RE: *** ** **** * ****** *******? The security experts we've worked with advise that most threats can be stopped outside with a simple non-confrontational engagement. The attacker at Sutherland Springs initially approached another church. Once he saw cameras were in place and greeters outside the building, he moved on to the next church. A determined attacker may not be dissuaded so easily. The outside engagement provides sufficient time to activate response plans to keep the threat outside.

RE: *** *****? The PTZs are not intended to replace fixed cameras, they will be used primarily to supplement the fixed FoV cameras which provide total coverage of the parking areas out to the campus boundaries. Programming the PTZs to tour when idle is better than having them continuously record a potentially meaningless view.

"* ******* **** *** that ***** ******* ** IT *********comes **** * **** **** ***** **** ** *********."

******?

* ********** ***** *** are ****** **** **** - *** *** ******** you *** ****** ** avoid.

******* ****** ** ** one ***** *** ** risky - ** ********/************ ********* **** ********.

*** ** * ******* market (**** ******) ***** are******** **** ********** ******** to ***** ******* **** allow ****** *********** ** become **** ********** - and ********* - ** selling *** ********** ******** brands - ***** ********** their ******* ** ******* better ******* ***** ** volume.

*******, ** *** ** persuasively ****** **** ****** a ******* ********** **** is ******** *********** **** ******** brand ** ************ ************** ******** ********* *** ***** ** these ************ ** *** back *** - ** comparison ** * ****** comprised ** ******* ********** (cameras *** *******) ** multiple *************.

*** **** **** *** channel ** *** ** this *** ** *** the ***** ** ******* integrators, *** - ***** was *** * ****** back ** **** *********** of ******* ****** ********** multiple ************'* ******* **** any *** *****.

**** **** ****, * don't ***** *** ******* integrator ***** ** ******* to ****** **** *********** to ***** *************** ** you *** ******* **** reasoning (** ** *** you *** ****** **) :)

* ***** **** * look ** *** ****** based ** ***** ********** merits - *** **** reach **** *** *** for ************* *** ******** camera ********** - ********** to *** ******* ********** why *** ***** **** choices ***** ** ****** than *** *** **** recommended ** *** ******** spot (******* **** *** Diamond ***** ******** ******* that ****** ***** **** recommended)...

***, ** *** **** 50ish ******* *** **** cameras **** * ********* manufacturers, ** *** **** your ******!  ;)

#*, * ********** **** position. *'* *** ********* multiple ****** ** *********, just **** *** ****** be *****. ** *** very **** *** ** with * ****** ***** initially, **** *** ****** of ****** ******* ***** during *********.

**** ***, ***** ******** includes *********. **** ***** if ******* ***** ****** is *********, *** ****** has **** "**".

"*'* *** ********* ******** brands ** *********, **** that *** ****** ** there."

*** ****** ** ****** there... *** *** *** customer, *** *** **** systems ********** ** ** agent ** *** ********, not ***** ************ *******. (notice **** * ***** the ********* '****')

** ** *** *********** of ******** ************* ******* in *** ******* ********** bid **** * *** trying ** ******** ** unrealistic.

** * ********* *****, if **** ********* ** sound, * *** *** foresee *** ******* ******* integrator ******* *** ** if *** **** ******* manufacturers ****** *** * specific *********** ****** ** their ********* ******** ******* are ********* *****-********** ******** to **** ********* ******.

* ****** ** ******* your ****** ***** **********.

"**** ***, ***** ******** includes *********. **** ***** if ******* ***** ****** is *********, *** ****** has **** "**"."

* ***** ***** ** so **** ** ** pretend **** ***** *** not "****" *********-**** ******* integrators *** *****.  * know ***** ***, *** there *** **** **** subscribers **** ******** ********** as ****.

**** *****, ***, ** that **** ********** *********** (church; ~** ****) *** your ********** (~*+ ***** from ***** ****) ****** your *******:

"****: ***** **** *********** out ***** *** **** the ******* ********** *** product ***** **** **** can ** * **-****** system **** ***’* *********.

****, ***, *** ******* of *** **********, ** need ** ***** *** to ******** ** *** Dallas **** ***** **** and ****’* *** ***** away. * ******* *** to *** ** *** larger, ******** ********* *** on *** *** ** was ******** ** **** out ****, ** ****** me *** **** '* have * ******** ****’* a ***** **** ** I ***’* ** **** to **** **.' ** we’re *** ***** *** the *** **** *** we’re *** *** *** the ***** ****.

*'* ********** ** **** integrators ******* **** ** IPVM **** ** *** about **** *********...

 

 

 

 

**** ***, ***** ******** includes *********. **** ***** if ******* ***** ****** is *********, *** ****** has **** "**".

**** ** ***** ** the ‘**** * *** or **** * ****!” strategy ;) 

*** ******* ** *** church ****** **** *****? This ***** ** ** on *** ****. 

** *** ****'* ***** of **** ******** *** his ****** ****** ******** offerings, ***** ******.**********************.***

 

**********, * ***** ** is *** **** *** one ********** *** *** dealing **** *** ****** to ** * **** fit *** *** *********** of ******* ********, ********* the ********** ******** (******** brand *******/***), **** (**+ cameras ** *** **** large, *** **** *****), or *****-****. *** ******* away **** *** *** and ***** ***'* ****** be * ******** *** anyone **** ** ***** minimal ***** ******** ******** today. ** **** ***** qualms ***** ********** ********* products **** ********* **** questionable ******. **** *** are ****** *** ** not **** ***********.

**** ** * ******* that ***** ** ***** in *** ********** ** what ** ******* ******* and **********.  ** ** a ***** ********** ***** system.  ********* * ***** approach **** **** *** VMS ** ****, **** at ******* ***** ******* for ********* *********, **** have * **** * and * ********* ** price *** ******** *******. 

* ***** ********* *** decide ********* ** *** VMS ******** *****, ** many *******, **** ***** compatible, ** *** ******* full ************* **** ***** system.  **** *** *** decision ** ****, ******* the ******* ***** ******* to ** *** *** is *******.  ** *** prefer ** ****** **** cameras **** *** **** agnostic ******* *** *** solution, ******** ** ******* from *** ***** ************* that ******* **** *********** would ** **** (**** is ***).  ******** ******* will **** **** **** an ******** *** ** well, ** ******* *******, but ******* ** ***** VMS's *** ** * valid ******** ** ********.

*** ***** **** ** the ******** *** ********* such ** *********, ***** or ****** ********* ** you *** ******* ** build *** **** *** recording *******.

* ** *** ** your ********** ****, *** would ** ******* ** discuss *** *********.  * may ** **** ** assist **** ******* *** a ********* **********.

"* *** **** ***** me ***** ***** *** since **’** ****** ** much ***** ****** ** we’ve *****, ** ***’* really **** * ****."

 

"* **** ** ******* some ***** * ******** that **** ********* **** with **** ** **** today *** **** **** us **** ** ****."

 

** *** ***'* ****/**** any *****, *** ** you **** *** ***** 3 ********? ****** **** you ***'* ** ***** qos ** ******* ******** except ** *** ********, and **** ******** ****** be **** ** ****** all ** ****. ** it's * ****** *******, like ** ******, *** should ** **** **** layer * ******* ********.

*'** **** ****** ****** performance **** ******** ***** gear *** ******* *** wireless ** ** ****** of **** *******, *** we're ** ******* **** a ** ****** ******* (Milestone *** *** **** cameras).

** *** ***'* ****/**** any *****, *** ** you **** *** ***** 3 ********?

**** ** ****, ***** don’t **** ***** * switches; ********* ***** ******** ******** ******* ****.

************ ****** *******, ********, controllers, *** ********* **** be ********* ** * dedicated ******** ******* - this ** ** ******.

***** *** ***** * switching *** **** ** a ****** ******* **** that *** ******* ** do **** *** ************ system.

***** ** *** ************ system ** ***** ****** but ****** *** **** physical ******.

** ******, **'* **** network *** *** *** do **** *** ****, but *'* ***** ******* what ** ** ***** your ******* **** ******* layer *. *** **** thing * *** ***** of ** ******* ******** QOS *** **** ** live ********* (***** * think ******** *** ***** work ***). * **** 15 ***** ****** ****** 4 ***** ********* ** fiber *** ********, *** I **** **** ***** layer * ******** *** about ** ***** * switches. * ***'* **** it ** ***** **** I'm ****** **** *****, I'm **** ********* *******.

****, * ***** ***** your **** ***** ****** be **** ** *** concurrently ** * ******* network, ** *** ****** to. * **** ***+ cameras ***** ** **** and ** *** (*********, 24 ***** ******* ** hyper-v, ******* ** ***) has * ********* ********* of ***** ***/*** ****. 

 

** ********* ** ** previous ********,

***** *** ***** * switching *** **** ** a ****** ******* **** that *** ******* ** do **** *** ************ system.

 

* ***'* ******* **** interview ********* **** ********* lighting ********. ** ***'** planning ** ***** *** built-in ** ******** ** camera, * ***** ********* using ****** ***** ******* rather **** *******. ***** offset ** ******** **** reduce ******** **** *******. Now ** ***'** ******** on ************ ** ******** set **** **** *** cameras **** *** *****-** IR's ** *** ******* turned ***, **** ******! 

**** * ***'* ******* using *** ** ***** is * *****-******** ******* if *** *** *** their ****** ** *** outside ***** ******* **** managed ****** ***/** ******? But * ***'* ***** to ** ** ****** in **** **** ** don't ***** **. *'* open ** ***** ******** on **** ***** ** I'm *****. :)

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