When budgeting for video surveillance cameras, there are multiple factors to consider that affect cost beyond the camera itself. It’s important to also know the cost of installation, and the cost to service or upgrade a unit in the future. While configuring a small number of cameras will likely have little impact on cost, the labor involved in installing and servicing hundreds of cameras can be significant. A modular approach to camera design is necessary to reduce the installation costs and long-term maintenance of such cameras.
Ease of installation is an important part of a project to the system integrator because the cost of labor varies and can be expensive. If labor costs are high – or are more expensive than a system integrator planned – money can be lost on a project. If a cautious system integrator includes a high estimate for labor in a project bid, his overall bid will be too high and could cost him the project. The easier the camera is to install, the lower the labor cost, subsequently achieving higher savings for end users. Hence it is essential that camera manufacturers develop products that are easy to install or are flexible in the field for system integrators and installers who know that time is money.