Once testing is complete, all close-out sheets are turned in, along with as-built drawings and a manual providing a complete listing of each device and system installed.
Today, these manuals not only come in paper form as part of a large binder, but also as digital files. This full system documentation of the system ensures that the valuable information will not be lost if the end-user’s security executive or manager leaves the organization.
While acceptance testing can be a time-consuming process, it is obviously a valuable tool. It is estimated that at least 95 percent of integrated security systems today have been brought through the acceptance testing process. Testing protects the end-user’s investment from the beginning, ensuring that the systems integrator hired for the project is knowledgeable and provides quality work.
Tom Feilen is a member of the Tech-Net advisory group of Security-Net, an organization comprised of 19 independent North American systems integrators. He is Director of National Accounts for Koorsen Security Technology, an integration firm based in Indianapolis. He can be reached at Tom.Feilen@koorsenst.com.