Video Surveillance Commissioning / Install Checklist

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 08, 2016

This 60+ point checklist helps end users, integrators and consultants verify that video surveillance installation is complete.

It covers the following sections:

  • Camera Physical Setup
  • Camera View Setup
  • Camera Network / Security settings
  • Camera Configuration Changes
  • VMS Hardware
  • VMS Security
  • VMS General Settings
  • Workstation Setup
  • Network Setup
  • Cable Verification

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Comments (23)

This is a great document, thanks

Very helpful starting/ reference, must have info for every VMS specification set.

Thank you IPVM!

Chris Daniels, HAWA Incorporated

In the past we had line items for techs to write down ip and credential info for each camera. since moving to in-house instead of on-site programming that all happens on the build bench, but simply having that info months after the install is a boon to serviceability. The next step for us is saving a copy of the VMS config file and storing it for future service restore, etc and even remote service on the fly. The checklist is a critical first step though. nice job!

Nice points list. Thanks

Great reference. This is why i don't mind paying dues!!!

When you assign the network address, it would be good to gather all serial numbers from the products. It makes returns and repairs easier AND it can handle a dispute where the customer purchased materials and added to the system from another source which involves warranty support.

As a comment, I had a dealer who arrived at a site and several of his cameras went missing. He replaced them and when someone returned, there were additional cameras of the same type added by the customer. Now, who wants to call a customer a thief....but a little proof would have gone a long way.

Excellent point and I can't believe I left that out.

Thanks for the suggestions, we'll update this this week.

I thank you for building this list, I'm going to make an Excel sheet out of it!

You missed one of the most imporant thing: backup configuration of VMS/NVR/DVR which contains not only camera configurtion but user permissions, priviliges, schedules, etc.

Thanks for pointing that out! It was actually in there but things got moved around and it got lost in the shuffle. I'll get it back in.

This reads as if this is an "AS-BUILT" document as opposed to an installation plan.

I believe you have forgot the following

1) make and model of the cameras, NVR's, and servers

2) VMS software version

3) License information

Thanks

Any idea of when the document might be ready??

this is nice but I wonder if there already is a Excel document available ?

Still eagerly anticipating the word/excel documents!!

Sorry about the delay on the excel document, I dropped the ball on this. I just queued this up with our graphics person. I am not exactly sure the best way to lay this out but we will do a version and then share with you all for feedback.

thanks !

May I ask what is the purpose of document the MAC address?

In my experience it depends on the customer, sometimes the IT staff will require it, for example if they are running port security. Regardless its still a good idea to make a note of it.

It's like documenting a hidden junction box in a remodel, you only know you need it when you really need it. If you document anything, document everything.

It can help IT department to locate network issues. Better to have on-hand than going out to the site, climb to the ladder to read it or check it on a workstation (if available).

What about DDNS, static ip ,port that opened

also, if it's a take over job, or upgrading very important to document and photograph , existing condition of systems before any new work starting, soon as you touch the system the costumer can blame you for pre-existing issues that you didn't plann to repair

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