The way integrators approach ERRCS installation can vary widely based on the nature of the building or facility, the needs of the client, the local regulations, and the specific technologies being implemented. Below are some ways integrators might differ in their approach. Customers should ask prospective integrators how they’d handle these requirements.
Initial Site Survey & Assessment
- Standard Survey: Some integrators may perform a basic walk-through to identify key areas of signal weakness.
- Comprehensive RF Analysis: More detailed integrators might perform an in-depth RF (Radio Frequency) analysis using specialized tools to map out the current signal strength throughout the building.
- One-size-fits-all: Some integrators might have a standard ERRCS setup that they adjust minimally for each building.
- Custom Design: Others might design a unique system from the ground up for each facility, ensuring the system is tailored to the building’s exact needs.
- Preferred Vendors: An integrator may have partnerships or preferential relationships with certain vendors, leading them to use specific equipment types more frequently.
- Best-fit Approach: Others might choose equipment based solely on the building’s needs, regardless of the manufacturer.
- Traditional Trenching: For laying cables and infrastructure, some might go for standard trenching or use building’s existing cable pathways.
- Micro-trenching or Directional Drilling: More advanced or specialized installations might use these techniques to minimize disruption, especially in sensitive areas or historical buildings.
Integration with Other Systems
- Some integrators might focus solely on the ERRCS, while others might look to integrate the system with other building systems like fire alarms, security systems, or building management systems.
Testing & Optimization
- Basic Testing: Some might only do essential signal testing to ensure the system works.
- Advanced RF Optimization: More comprehensive integrators will fine-tune the system using advanced tools to ensure optimal performance throughout the building.
Maintenance & Monitoring
- Reactive Approach: Some integrators might only come back if there’s an issue reported.
- Proactive Monitoring: Others might offer ongoing system monitoring and regular maintenance checks to ensure peak performance.
Training & Handoff
- Standard Handoff: Provide basic documentation and instructions.
- In-depth Training: Offer training sessions for building management or security staff on how the system works and what to do in emergencies.
- Some might offer a flat fee for the entire project, while others might charge based on time and materials. There might also be differences in warranty offers, future upgrade costs, or maintenance agreements.
Compliance & Documentation
- While all reputable integrators will ensure the system meets local regulations, the level of documentation provided can vary. Some might provide detailed signal strength maps, system schematics, and other documentation.
In essence, while the core objective of an ERRCS remains the same, integrators can differ in their approach based on their expertise, the technologies they’re familiar with, their business model, and the specific needs of the client or building.
Customers have different needs and integrators have different approaches. This makes it different for customers to compare integrators’ prices. Some customers may prefer a Mitsubishi Mirage and others a BMW. IBWS can work with you to tailor a system to your needs. Call us for details. Our thanks to ChatGPT for assistance on this Blog.