Video Surveillance RFPs Reviewed - Vol 1

Author: John Honovich, Published on Nov 08, 2010

In this report, we review 4 recent real-world video surveillance Request for Proposals (RFPs). 

RFPs provide a good look into the needs, challenges and desires of actual security end users. In our first volume, we review:

  • A Transit Center
  • A Police Station
  • A School District
  • A Housing Authority

For background, look at the RFPs from a transit center and police station.

Inside the Pro section, we review each one providing observations, recommendations and critiques on the structure and specifications of the RFPs.

It's a fascinating look as two of the RFPs are grossly underspecified, one is (unfortunately for the buyer) hard spec'd and the other is over-spec'd (leading to different problems).

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