Six ways SecuriTEST IP makes CCTV installation time and cost effective for JPR Engineering
Here are six ways that electrical and mechanical contractor JPR Engineering’s specialist Fire & Security Solutions Division is saving time and improving cost effectiveness on CCTV installation jobs, thanks to the SecuriTEST IP® multi-function CCTV tester from TREND Networks.
1. One piece of CCTV test equipment does it all
A key challenge for JPR Engineering was that for installation and commissioning jobs, engineers would ordinarily need to take multiple items of kit to each job – up to 3-4 test tools plus a laptop. This proved cumbersome and inefficient, with time spent going back and forth to the van to get the next piece of equipment.
Now, JPR’s engineers can achieve the same result with just one small CCTV tester hanging around their neck. For instance, the HDMI In feature means the engineer can simply plug in to the NVR, conduct the setup, perform tests and see the results rather than needing to take a monitor and recorder on to site. SecuriTEST IP can be used for cable testing and cable tracing, so they also no longer need two separate tools for doing this.
2. Reduced labour
With SecuriTEST IP two engineers are no longer required for CCTV installation jobs – one engineer can see and access all the information they need on SecuriTEST IP. The tester therefore reduces labour by half, allowing engineers to be scheduled to undertake other work and making each job more cost effective. These cost savings can then be reflected in the price to the customer and ensure JPR Fire & Security Solutions remains competitive.
3. Fewer visits to site
To further enhance productivity and free up engineers’ time to undertake other jobs, the PoE and 12V output features of SecuriTEST IP have enabled JPR Fire & Security Solutions to carry out complete installations, and prove they all work, before power is even available on site. This avoids conducting installation during the rushed final days on site when power goes live and overall requires fewer visits to the site, as the engineer only needs to return to the site to re-confirm the system is working as reported.
4. More chargeable call backs
When called to a fault on an IP CCTV camera installation, engineers can now use SecuriTEST IP to quickly prove if the fault does not lie with the camera but instead with the network. Likewise, engineers can easily prove to the customer if the problem is because of changes made after installation. In either scenario, this avoids time wasting on trying to diagnose a camera fault and helps make work required on call backs chargeable.
SecuriTEST IP provides comprehensive reports which incorporate time stamped photo images to prove the field of view and data such as the IP address and gateway. As these can show what has changed since installation, JPR is able to charge for more of call-backs.
5. User-friendly CCTV tester
SecuriTEST IP is mostly used by JPR for fault finding, call outs to repairs and for final commissioning and reporting. From the outset, the CCTV tester proved much more user-friendly and intuitive than other brands.
The icons on screen are simple to understand and the tester guides the user through the process which helps save time. Unlike other testers, JPR stated that they have never had to get the manual out, and instead have discovered the different helpful features as they’ve used it.
6. Professional demonstrations
The tester has proven useful to JPR Fire & Security Solutions before an engineer has even gone on site. For instance, thanks to the HDMI Out capability, SecuriTEST IP can be taken to presentations and demonstrations with customers to show clearly the view that they are going to get following the installation.
“The tester is an invaluable tool for us, helping us look professional and setting us apart from the competition,” says Konrad Rubery, Fire & Security Department Manager for JPR Engineering. “We have other brands of CCTV tester in the office, but none of the engineers want to use them now that we have SecuriTEST IP.”
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