Funding Surveillance Maintenance

By John Honovich, Published Mar 07, 2012, 07:00pm EST

Too often, users forget to fund surveillance maintenance costs, resulting in systems that break down and become essentially worthless. While most understandably focus on the initial installation and getting a system up and running, surveillance systems typically will last 5 - 7 years (some even longer). However, they will only do so with proper and regular maintenance. Review our surveillance service contract guide for details.

Every month, new articles from around the world show the dissappointing outcome of systems that are not maintained. For example, this US State capital is having ongoing problems [link no longer available]:

"The surveillance system was installed six years ago.  It worked great for the first three years.  Then money for maintenance ran out and it's been having problems ever since."

Now, the State is determining whether to maintain the system or replace it with a completely new one. At 6 years and with the change of technologies since the 2005-2006 time frame, this is probably prudent. However, if they do not properly and continuously fund maintenance on the next system, the same type of problems will be inevitable.

While this problem seems to happen most frequently with government systems, any system in any part of the world can easily face maintenance problems that undermine both security and system effectiveness.

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