Why Most Integrators Use the Same Techs for Video and Access

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Aug 12, 2014

With so many differences between video surveillance and access control designs, how commonly do integrators train and employ technicians specially skilled in one area? Is the most common approach to develop technicans that can do anything, or is it smarter to avoid training techs to be 'jacks-of-all trades, masters of none'?

We asked over 80 integrators "Do You Use Different Technicians for Access Control than for Video Surveillance work?"  In this note, we break down their answers and color commentary.

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Key *********

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Most ***** ***** ***********

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  • "*** *********** *** ******* to ** ****. ** are *** ***** ****** to ********** ********* ** that ******. *** *********** must ** ******** ****** to ******* **** *******."
  • "*** *** ***** ** both. **** *** **** adept **** *** ****** the *****, *** *** do ******. ********** **** for ******** ***** ** one *** **** *** both *******."
  • "*** ***** *** *** qualified ** **** ** all ********. **** ****** us ** ******** *** tech ** *** ***."
  • "** ***** **** ** have **** **** ** cross ***** *** **** the ******* ** *** work ** *********. ** have **** **** ** bring ** * "****" guy **** ******** *** helped ** ** ****** into *** **** *** storefront ******** *** **** cross ******* *** *** Video *** ******."
  • "*** ** *** ***** are **** ****** ** CCTV ** **** ** access *******. **** ****** for ******* ************ ***** and ****** *********** ******* the *** **** *** occasion ******."

Small **** ** * ******

***** *********** *** ***** as *** *** ****** for ********* ******, *** small **** ** **** integrators******** *****. **** ******** plainly ****** **** ** order ** *** **** done ******* *** ********** for ******* *****, ***** need ** ** *****-*******:

  • "**, ** ***'* *** a ***** ****** ******* department ** **** ********* techs."
  • "** ****'* *** ****** to **** **** ****** techs *** ***** *****, but ** ** ****, we ***** ******'* ******** it **** ***. *** good ** ********* *** learn ** **** ** you *** ** ** many ****** ** ********."
  • "** *** * ***** company, ** ** ** want ** **** ******** working, **** **** ** be ******* ** **********."

The **** *** ******** **********

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  • "** ******* *** ****** techs *** **** ** video, *** ***** ***** cant ****** **** ** access..."
  • "**** ******** ********* **** doors. ************** ****** *** ******** be ***** ***** ********** IP *****."
  • "** *** *** **** techs *** ****** **** but *** ************* ** have * *** **** have ******** ** ****** control ** **** ** the ***** ************* *** commissioning."
  • "** *** ********* ***** for *** ********* ******** with ****** ******* ******* it ******** **** ********** ability **** ********** * camera."
  • "****** ******* ******** * more ******* ***** ***, so ****** ******* ** best ********* ** **** senior ***********. ** ***** younger ***** *** ** video, *** *** **** exposure ** ****** **** time."

Case-by-Case ***********

***** *****-******* *********** *** preferred, **** *** *** easy ** **** *** develop. ***** *** ******** goal ** ** **** technicians generally ******* ** *** task, *** ******* ** that **** ** ***** planned ********* ** *** individual ********* ** ******* on *** ***. 

  • "** ***** ****** ** be **** ** ** both **** ****. **** we **** ***** ******, we ********* **** ** be ***** ** ****** so **** *** ** assigned ********."
  • "******** *** ********* *********, some *** **** ****-********** than ******."
  • "*** *** ** - depends ** *** ***** - ** **** ******* that *** ********* **** both *** * *** only **** ** *** or *** *****."
  • "*** ***** *******, **. If ** **** **** programming & ********, **** some *** ****** **** others."
  • "*** ***** **** * little ***** *** *****, but **** **** ***** expertise ** ******* *****."
  • "** **** **** *******, they *** **** ** both. ** ** *** hold **** ****."

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