System design and project management. Implementing a big technology project like a complex and integrated video surveillance system isn't what most security departments do every day, and they're better served to outsource system design and even project management in many cases. The outsourced designer/project manager may handle all of the following: coordinating system design parameters, technical design, RFP process, contractor management, final training and testing. (Large integrators hate it when their customers outsource this part of a project to independent designers; I suspect because it is one of their more profitable areas of business.)
So, can outsourcing go too far?
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News of the week:
Retail LP statistics unveiled, Dealer acquisitions continue, NFPA's new sprinkler rule, more
Mark Doyle presents the 22nd Annual Retail Theft Survey statistics, which puts apprehensions at over 1 million. ... Per Mar has acquired Indiana Security Services. ... Details emerged on Australia's largest wireless municipal surveillance project. ... Honeywell's Security and Communications division (part of the parent group Honeywell Security) has named JoAnna Sohovich as president. Ron Rothman was the previous president, but moved up to take the helms of this division's parent group. ... On Thursday, we held our breath as a hostage situation developed at the Discovery Channel's building. Live video from the building's surveillance cameras was reputed to be part of the deciding information that led to the shooting of the suspect. ... SIW Assistant Editor Joel Griffin talks with Walden Security's Dan Milhouse about "office creepers" who rip off equipment and valuables from office parks. ... NFPA has banned the use of antifreeze in residential sprinkler systems. ... Smith & Wesson Security Services will be offering identity theft protection for free to customers to help sell alarm systems and monitoring. ... Ed Bonifas' firm ADS has acquired Systems Unlimited, an alarm firm operating in Tennessee.