Acceptance Testing

A new era of security technology means proving everything will work properly

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