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In more ways than one, video surveillance is essential to keeping industrial & manufacturing facilities operational. A comprehensive IP-based video surveillance solution is beneficial for improving operational efficiencies, promoting a safe work environment, and protecting key assets. Today’s technology allows for unprecedented security and control, with many systems able to be accessed remotely and automated to send notifications when a detection is triggered.

Improve Operational Efficiencies

Oftentimes, inefficiencies in automated processes go unnoticed due to lack of adequate monitoring infrastructure. Video surveillance can be valuable for ensuring that automated processes are operating correctly and optimally. IP cameras set up at strategic points on your machine-driven assembly line, for example, can be set to trigger alerts when a problem arises and immediately notify supervisors and managers so that the issue can be mitigated as quickly as possible. During these occurrences, managers likely ask the common question: “I wonder if this issue has happened before?” Most modern-day video management software can easily retrieve archival footage, so you can verify that your issue was an anomaly, and not a problem that has been happening unnoticed for days, weeks, or longer.

IP camera alerts can give a boost to operational efficiencies in other ways as well. In addition to the obvious security value, IP surveillance cameras at loading docks can be set to transmit alerts upon arrival and departure of delivery trucks to streamline scheduling. Day-to-day employee procedures can be monitored to ensure there are no unnecessary steps that waste time. There are insights that can be uncovered with IP video surveillance that would easily go undetected otherwise.

Boost Industrial & Manufacturing Facility Safety

Even with comprehensive safety standards and protocols, workplace accidents do happen on occasion. All that is needed for unsafe work conditions to arise is a small amount of negligence paired with unlucky timing. For example, heavy equipment loading vehicles are often restricted to certain areas and pathways. It is far too common for plant workers to cross these ‘red line’ pathways multiple times per day, which can set up a potentially dangerous scenario. Surveillance cameras that monitor these ‘red line’ areas can signal when they’ve been crossed. A siren that triggers until safe conditions resume can significantly reduce the risk of accidents at your facility. A manufacturing facility can have dangerous machinery that would benefit from surveillance monitoring as well. The best way to prevent a workplace accident from happening again is to uncover the cause and mitigate it moving forward. IP video surveillance provides the tools necessary to make informed decisions in these situations.

Provide Essential Asset Protection

Automated machinery must be carefully maintained to avoid component failure that can cause further damage to parts down the manufacturing line. Surveillance of factory automated processes can monitor for signs of wearing to preemptively avoid these machinery crashes caused by failed components.

Expensive equipment is vulnerable to robbery if not adequately protected, but there are simple steps that can be taken to minimize this risk. Installing PTZ (Point, Tilt, Zoom) cameras & access control at your manufacturing facility entrances, as well as fixed cameras at strategic locations that can be accessed remotely upon threat detection will provide peace of mind that vital assets aren’t going to disappear overnight.

Video Surveillance for Industrial & Manufacturing

As we’ve seen, IP-based video surveillance is tremendously beneficial to industrial and manufacturing facilities in a variety of ways. From preemptively detecting machine components at risk of failure, to improving workplace safety by monitoring potentially dangerous work zones, an IP-based video surveillance system is an essential part of just about any industrial and manufacturing facility infrastructure.