This article provides guidance that will aid you in making that choice.
When looking for a low voltage contractor to design and install a Security Camera System for your home or business there are a number of very important questions that must be answered.
Some of the key questions are:
- What type of cameras should I use?
- How should I connect cameras to video management systems?
- What type of video management system should I use?
- What type of storage should I use?
A good Security Camera Installer is going to take the time to answer each question thoroughly for you.
You will need to have a solid understanding of what you will be able to see and do with your system as well as what you will not be able to do.
You should not expect that you will be able to do things like you see on CSI on TV.
You probably will not be able to zoom in 100 times and still have crystal clear resolution.
That just isn't real.
What else should you ask? Some other key questions that you may want to ask would be:
- Are you licensed, bonded and insured?
- Can you provide written proof if needed?
- How many of these types of installations have you done before?
- Do you have references from previous customers that can be called? Note: Ask their customers how well they were educated and trained on the system!
- Can you provide pictures of cabling, mounting and camera placement that you have previously done?
- What certifications do you have or awards have you won?
- What type of warranty do you provide?
Your understanding of the system is going to be very important in order for you to get the most out of it.
If it looks like they are not willing to take the time to educate and train you then you may want to consider finding someone else.
Technology products can do so many wonderful things if we really know how to use them and take advantage of them.
When we do not understand or know how to use these technology products they become more trouble than they are worth.
An important key to great service is how well you will know the system because of the contractors/installers training provided to you in this process.
It may also be good to ask for a full site survey.
You could provide a map of your location that would have the layout of the building including the measurements of length, width and height.
This will help aid the contractor in being able to choose the right camera placement and be able to make the proper lens selection.
Try to provide as much information that you can about the various lighting conditions around your home or business as well.
As a part of the survey it would be good to ask for pictures to be taken of the approximate view of the cameras as well as a picture with markings on where they plan to install the cameras.
This will help to clear up any confusion about where cameras will be placed so that costly rework will not be required.
Be sure to let the contractor know of any problem areas you have had in the past.
As well as any key assets you want to be sure are covered.
If you do any number of the above mentioned items you will be well on your way to finding a great low voltage contractor - security camera installer for your home or business.