3 Ways Manufacturing Businesses are Securing Their Facilities


Manufacturing losses can be catastrophic. Physical security in and around the premise is only the beginning. Depending on the nature of the facility, there’s a solution that blends high-output production with the ability to balance technology and human interaction.

IP Video Surveillance

Aside from real-time alerts and high-resolution images for post-incident review, modern security camera solutions also provide safety alerting and data for business operations intelligence.

Security cameras are commonly deployed in high resolution 1080p HD, 5 megapixels, or even 4K Ultra High Definition. These resolution capabilities enable security operators and facility administrators to see activity around the facility in detail.

Video recording systems can now record higher frame rates for fluid motion during playback. They can also record video for longer periods of time. The improved capabilities are due to advances in video compression and price reductions in the cost to store video data on large hard drives.

As an added benefit, many video surveillance systems are now available with video analytics. These intelligent camera systems use metadata to provide reports on everything from occupant head-counts to safety alerts. For example, behavior rules applied to a camera view may create an audible and visual alert when an employee crosses a virtual fence line that separates safe and unsafe work areas.

Asset Protection

Critical and valuable assets can be tracked for quick retrieval using an asset control system connected to a robust wireless signaling technology. The system automatically tracks keys, valuables, and critical resources, ensuring availability for employees when and where they’re needed. Order fulfillment and customer service levels are optimized by reducing the downtime caused by misplaced equipment, tools, and other assets.

Machinery Operation

Safety is critical. Deploy keypads or credential readers on or near machines that are connected to the operating systems so that employees must provide a PIN or card credential to operate the machine. By cross referencing a database of trained operators’ safety and training class completion, the machinery control system can automatically deny or allow an employee to start the machine.  Workers stay safe, compensation claims are minimized, and business operations run smoothly.

For example, the ability to operate a cardboard bailing machine may require that employees watch a safe operation training video on a regular basis. As employees complete the required training, their completion record is updated. The system will activate the bailing machine only when a PIN or card credential is presented by an employee who has successfully completed the training. An employee who hasn’t competed the training would be unable to start the bailer using their PIN or credential.

Security Partnership

Each facility, organization, and application are unique. Stakeholder inclusion and project planning will help you to deploy and maintain the best possible safety and security solution for your manufacturing facility. An experienced security partner is an excellent advantage. A security professional can visit your facility to collaborate with administrators, security staff, IT, department leaders, and other key stakeholders. The resulting plan will be a tailored and comprehensive security solution that improves daily and long-term operations for every department.

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