So, why have I been uncharacteristically silent?
It’s mainly been because over the last two days, it’s been Christmas in March for me.
A month ago, we had a few incidents in our (undisclosed location) company that led the Plant Manager to decide that some increased security measures were a good idea.
Specifically, he wanted a video surveillance security system to watch entrances and exits, and commonly traveled walkways and forklift paths. A system that would record over time, have good quality interior and exterior cameras, goo enough to readily identify anyone on camera, with 16 camera channels, and store a weeks worth of video at a time.
He’d talked to the Plant Manager of another facility, knew how much it cost them to do it and what they used, and so he asked if I could do it all. Oh, and could I do it for the $7500 they used.
I, of course, am the go to person for this kind of thing.
Can I design it? Yes I can!
A few hours later, and some thinking and research over exactly what I want and what I want it to do, and I present a plan to the management team that, by my estimates, will do everything asked for and then some… and came in under $5000.
Yesterday, I converted a section of the server room for the security station, and today. Well, today.
Today, all my presents came in the mail.
I love my job. I get to design, quote out and install a video surveillance system.
Okay, sure, I’ll have some of my technicians do a lot of cable running and mounting of cameras, and stuff. They like using lifts.
I still get the joy of uncrating tons of stuff, staging it all nice and neatly, doing hardware testing and installation, and then standing back and saying, “I love it when a plan comes together.”
Oh, yeah, and let me tell you something… when you tell the Plant Manager you came in $2500 under budget, that’s not such a bad thing.
Look at all those cameras!
Truthfully, a sizeable portion of my budget included 2000′ of Cat5e cable. I had to quote out everything required to install the system, after all.