Security Integrator IT Expertise Statistics

Author: IPVM Team, Published on Dec 07, 2017

20 years ago, putting physical security systems on IP networks was just emerging. Today, almost every system is networked in some way, IP cameras are the most common choice and the clear majority of video surveillance systems allow for remote network access.

Certainly, the systems have changed. But how about the integrators who design, install and maintain those networked security systems? What experience, education or certifications do they have? In this report, we answer this question based on 150+ integrator responses.

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  • "****** ** **, ***** ** **** ****** ******* *** ******* Admin, ******* *** ***** ****** *** *********** **************, ****."
  • "********* ** ******** ******* (**********), ****, *+, ***+, ****, *******, Milestone."
  • "* **** ****** ********* ** ** *** **** ****** ** the ******* ********** ***** ********* ******."
  • "* **** * ** ****** ** ******** *********** *******, *+ certified *** **** ******* ********* *** ***** ********. * **** worked ** *** ** ******** ** *** **** ** * central ******* *********** *** ***** *** ****** *******."

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