First Integrator Face Off Opened

By Ethan Ace, Published Jul 29, 2015, 12:00am EDT

IPVM is starting a new series.

A scenario will be presented and selected integrators can respond with their proposals / designs. Then those responses will be shared with the IPVM community, letting other members vote on what they like best and provide comments on the responses.

The goal is that everyone can learn about how to best design systems and the tradeoffs in quality, coverage and pricing of different solutions.

The First One - Parking Lot

The first face off will be for a large parking lot (see it mapped on the IPVM camera calculator).

This provides a challenging environment with multiple design options possible. Inside / below, we provide the full scenario for you to review.

Response Format

Integrators are to supply three items as part of their response:

I. Recommendations/Justification/Sales Pitch

First, each bidder should provide a narrative detailing their equipment selections, explaining their design and how it meets the objective. This may (and should) include technical factors as well as operational and positioning details.

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II. Camera Calculations/Equipment Locations

Using the IPVM Camera Calculator, bidders should save all cameras as a project and submit a link and export of the entire design with their response. The site may be viewed using this link.

III. Material/Labor Breakdown

Bidders should include a detailed list of major items in their design and the labor to install them. This breakdown should be organized by each install location. Major items includes cameras, mounts, access points, servers, switches, etc., but not incidentals such as connectors, cabling, or other small items.

Labor may be shown as either total number of hours or broken out in more detail, whichever the bidder prefers. Pricing for labor is not required.

Integrators Participating

Each integrator selected will be paid $300 plus have their company featured on the response report including a link to their company's site.

IPVM will select 4 or 5 integrators to participate. We are looking for integrators to submit different manufacturers / approaches so the community can better learn and see the differences involved.

A large farmer's market has been experiencing vandalism and theft in their parking lot and would like to install cameras to monitor the area. The lot is large, about 1,200' wide by 300' deep, with four entrances, shown on this overhead view:

Site Conditions

The market is open three days per week to shoppers, and an additional two days per week to vendors, from 8am to 8pm. The parking lot is fairly well lit, about 5-6 lux at night.

There are existing poles in the parking lot, shown on the plan below. These poles have constant power, but no usable conduits. The customer does not want to add aerial cables to their already crowded poles, nor trench the parking lot. Network/equipment rooms are also marked on the plan below:

Customer Requirements

Customer does not have preference as to equipment brand, form factor, resolution, or other design decisions. Instead, they ask that bidders prepare proposals justifying their recommendations for each of these factors based on the application.

The customer has only a few requirements which must be met in bidders' proposals:

Original Model Numbers Only

Bidders must give the original manufacturer model name/number for products used, e.g. Axis Q1614-E, Dahua IPC-HFW1200. Custom/invented part numbers will not be accepted.

VMS Requirements

There is no existing VMS or recorder(s). Bidders should provide (and justify) their recommended software/hardware, to be located in existing network closets.

Recording Requirements

The customer's security department wishes recordings to be retained for a minimum of one month (30 days) at full resolution and frame rate (no data aging of video newer than two weeks allowed).

Bidders are responsible for providing adequate storage, direct attached or network based.

Viewing Requirements

Video will be viewed in the guard station, located in the central area of the building (near the server room). Customer will provide viewing PC and monitor.

Guard staff is a combination of full-time supervisors and part time/temporary junior guards. Both may monitor the system depending on time of day/day of the week.

No remote viewing is required.


All bidders should note the following assumptions and conditions:

Light Pole Condition/Use

If bidders so choose, light poles may be used for mounting cameras, though no aerial or underground cabling is allowed, only wireless (see below). Poles are 8" timber, ~18' tall, and are owned by the customer, so require no special permits. Equipment mounts should be band type, and drilling of poles is not permitted.


Power at poles is constant. Owner will provide 110VAC power at each camera location as required, though note that this additional cost ($150 per location) will be factored into proposal evaluation.

Anywhere 110VAC is needed by the surveillance system (except for both network closets and server room), the cost is $150 for each location it is needed. The cost of adding these outlets will be added to the total bid amount.

The install work will be done by owner, not by bidder. 

110VAC power is already available in network closets and computer room.

Wireless Frequencies

If using wireless, bidders may only use 5.8 GHz equipment which has been verified by the owner's IT department. Owner takes responsibility for frequency availability.

Network Connectivity

Integrators are to provide new network and server/recorder equipment as required for the surveilance system. Customer will provide viewing PC and monitor.

Existing network cabling will be used to connect new equipment in network closets as required (1 Gbps multi-mode fiber). 110VAC power is available in these rooms.

Aerial Lift Use

If powered lifts are to be used, a spotter must be available when the worklift is repositioned or traveling onsite.

Bidders are to include the price of lifts in their proposals.

Working Hours

Work should be performed during normal daylight hours, 8am to 6pm Monday through Saturday. Nighttime access for testing/commissioning is possible, but must be scheduled in advance.

Parking areas can be flagged to prevent cars from being located near or under work areas with 24 hours advanced notice.

Parking Lot Lighting

The building exterior and most poles have high-pressure sodium fixtures installed 15-17' above ground.

Measured light levels range from about 4-6 lux.


Integrators are not responsible for any permits.

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