Security professionals are taking advantage customer-friendly programs to ensure they get the security solution they expect.
Gone are the days of buying off of a data sheet.
"Try Before You Buy" security demo options:
A test drive of online demo devices is a great place to start. We have equipment available online for you to test for functionality, image quality during the day and at night, and other operational capabilities depending on the device. You can even download smartphone apps or free computer software if you're savvy enough to do the programming on your own. Risk: you won't see all of the device features if you don't know they exist.
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Honestly, this is not too far off from an online demonstration. The difference is that you can see the lighting first-hand and likely get to take control of the computer mouse for yourself to see how intuiitive software is. The challenge is that most devices will work great in a conference room.
The real test is out on the street in a real-world scenarion. Take it up a notch...
To understand how a device is going to work in YOUR environment, put it to the test. You may have freezing conditions, high heat, steam, darkness, fog, or other challenging conditions that can't be replicated in a conference room.
To see how detailed our demonstration planning is, take a look at the extent we go to in planning -- PROOF OF CONCEPT: Guidelines for a Successful Demonstration
Click the images below to learn more about these specific demonstration situations.
A short, same-day demonstration may not be enough. Step up the game...
Manufacturers will work closely with your team to provide equipment on "extended terms" at no up-front cost to you. This can allow you to temporarily depoly a security device and give it a run for its money. You will have the opportunity to evaluate the performance at all times of day in all applicable conditions. You can also leverage short-term demo programs to perform "shootouts" where you compare two or more manufacturers in identical conditions. This is a bit more effort, but, for many, is a critical step in the process to making the best decision.
So, what happens after the demo process?
If you're project is significant, consider purchasing and deploying a pilot system. For example, the photos below are from a school district that wanted test how they could better protect their network infrastructure and data from physical and/or cyber attack. Consider deploying a solution at one location or in one area of your facility to verify how the system will meet expectations before you deploy an enterprise-wide plan.
The way to make these programs work best for you is to engage your local manufacturer's representative. Reps who are backed by a quality manufacturer will rise to the occasion and make these steps easy, informative, and a lot of fun.