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To take care of CCTV installed in a hotel, what skill set and job description are required?
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My family just bought a small local hotel and we want to have the hotel redecorated during summer (since winter is the hot season in that area).

In that case, we plan on replacing the security system with a new one; the old one was too simple and some cameras are even fake ones, no use at all. Unfortunately, none of our family members has experience in the hotel business.

I think we should arrange an engineer position to organize the whole thing so we don't need to worry about it.

I would like to know the job of this position and how this person should take care of the CCTV in a hotel if anyone can share about this. Thanks!

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Where are you located?  If we have any trusted installers in your region, we'd be happy to refer one.  

Skillset and experience needed as a rule of thumb scales with the size and scope of your project, as well as the style of system you plan on installing.  A HD-over-coax system can be a little more simple to set up and cost less money up-front, but you will be limited in selection of camera styles, resolution and features while being *generally* limited to camera runs of 150ft or less.  Just connect the cameras to a 12v source of power and a recorder and they'll come up, from there it's just figuring out how to use a recorder.

IP cameras are the standard in CCTV cameras right now, and for jobs of 16 cameras or fewer you can usually deploy them in a similar manner to coax.  The recorders will have built-in connection ports for each camera that will allow for a more simplified setup and management of the cameras that doesn't necessarily require much knowledge of networking.  Once your job eclipses 16 cameras however it's hugely helpful to have a solid understanding of some basic networking skills to assist you in making sure your cameras, NVR and remote devices all can properly talk to each other.

For either type of installation, being able to make your own cable (or being willing to be patient and learn) is a huge help.  Premade cables can work but being able to buy cable in bulk and run the amount you need will provide you with a cleaner install while allowing for better quality control over the cable itself.

I hope this provides you a little perspective and some launching points.  

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Thanks! I think I have a better idea of what kind of installer we should arrange now. Do you have any recommended camera models or NVR choices?

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