While there is currently no provincial code governing the surveillance and security installation industry in Ontario, Panopticon is certified by the Canadian Security Association (CANASA) which is an organization that has developed industry standards and certified over 1300 member companies, which include the vast majority of Ontario’s security installation industry leaders. There is however the fire code, low voltage regulations and other safety standards that govern the installation of wiring and all members of CANASA have been certified in the compliance of these standards. As a certifier of these standards CANASA also oversees, through inspection, that its members adhere to them. Non-compliance with any of these safety standards result in a company’s immediate expulsion from this organization and annulment of its certification.
Both the site inspection and surveillance audit are completely cost free and there is no obligation on the part of the prospective customer to buy our surveillance and security solution after either of these inspections. In both cases a certified surveillance and security technology installation expert will arrive at the client’s premises and do an assessment of the property’s surveillance requirements, while at the same time taking into account the individual needs of the customer. The difference is simply that in a surveillance audit the client already has a security system in place and our expert technician will determine the effectiveness of that system and recommend possible upgrades to increase the efficiency of the security already in place, whereas in a site inspection the client has no surveillance technology installed on their premises and a determination must be made as to what type of surveillance solution will best fit the property and the customer’s needs. Panopticon Solutions profits from this endeavor only if the client decides to purchase the surveillance solution or upgrade. As in most sales initiatives there is an element of risk involved in that the customer can always turn down the offer but this is part of the business process and we are happy to help in any way that we can.