Estimate and Project Planning


To get your security camera installation done, Estimate and project planning is the best way. Our top technicians will draw the plan on an aerial overview based on your needs and our experience to make the installation as easy as possible for you.

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Our techs will ask you key questions, listen to your concerns and survey the property. We will then map out the schematics, put it all on a PDF file and email it to you. As a result, answer any questions you may have. This is yours to keep. This service will include a map (Diagram) of the security camera location and an estimate of the complete cost. This will make the security system installation project as smooth as possible for you. By booking it you can easily make you own appointment at a convenience to you.

Project planning can be a daunting task, primarily due to the number of factors that determine the best camera to use. Many facilities already have IT infrastructure, which will need to support the cameras you select. The desired image quality and surveillance environment will also determine the camera’s desired performance characteristics. However, the performance of surveillance cameras must be weighed against cost, including the initial cost of the camera and ongoing costs of storing the video. This security camera installation guide is primarily geared for facility managers, security directors and IT professionals who are responsible for designing a commercial video surveillance installation. Making the right choices is particularly important in these cases because of the large number of cameras involved.

Security Cameras Installation

The most important issues to consider with legacy architecture deal with existing cameras and cabling. IP cameras are preferred for modern video surveillance, but you may already have analog cameras that you can’t afford to replace. Many older facilities use Category 5 (Cat5) or Cat5e cable for their surveillance systems, but the newer Cat6 cable has better shielding to reduce electromagnetic (EM) interference and should be the go to cable for new installations.

Limiting the length of cable runs should be the goal.  Cat6 cable is limited to 100 meters, or 328 feet, when used for 10/100/1000BASE-T. The limit for Cat6 cable is only 55 meters, or 180 feet, for 10GBASE-T. These lengths include the cable connecting the RJ45 to the device, so the horizontal run will be shorter.

Additional considerations for legacy architecture include the possibility of technicians installing new cable by following established raceways of existing cabling. This strategy can reduce the need to drill through walls made of hard materials such as brick or metal.

The installation of cable also requires you to consider the location of the nearest intermediate distribution frame AKA “IDF closet” and the number of camera feeds it can support. Conducting this due diligence before consulting with a security installation company puts you in a better position to accurately compare labor costs and meet other project challenges.  It would also be ideal to develop a cable-path (route) map layout.

Video Surveillance Software

A video surveillance system typically should be based on an open platform, meaning that it doesn’t use proprietary hardware or software. This approach helps to lower costs and also allows you to scale your surveillance system more easily. Hardware-based systems generally place a limit on the number of cameras that can be connected to individual hardware such as a digital video recorder (DVR).

On the other hand, software-based systems use video management software that lets you scale your system one camera at a time. However, these systems will typically require a software license for each camera if they use commercial software. Video management software can also integrate with third-party components such as Intelligent Video Analytics (License Plate Recognition), Mass Notifications or Access Control.

Open-platform today means even more than software but the streaming behavior of your individual surveillance cameras.  Open Standards started in the mid 2000’s and began with a trial-by-fire with dozens of different releases on the promise to create an independent standard for video surveillance cameras (Onvif Profile S) and 3rd party video management software systems.  Although it took several years and updates it has finally been realized and branched off into other standards for video analytics, storage, access control and others.  For a business-class, government or enterprise you must confirm the solution you’re purchasing has Onvif Conformance and you can check the software version and camera make/models at .

Security System Reliability

Reliability is a core requirement of video surveillance systems since they usually need to operate continually. A system’s reliability is determined by many factors, including the planning, software, installation, and the expected lifetime of individual components and the expertise of the security system integrator. The quality of your uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system and backup procedures also have a profound effect on the reliability of your commercial security camera installation.


There are allot of options in today’s video surveillance market.  Manufacturers are bias towards their own brand and some local installers will just plain tell you what you want to hear.  In the area of security design experience matters so please use this guide to do some of the prep-work but also have a conversation or several conversations with a security consulting firms that can put your challenges into context with their experience- this will deliver a solution that yields results not compounding cost.

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