Market Focus: Industrial Security

A roundup of recent unique security applications and installations

Hillfresh Fruit & Vegetable Distributor

Hillfresh, a major Dutch fruit and vegetable distributor, has deployed IQinVision HD megapixel camera technology to improve security and operations at its Barendrecht facility in the Netherlands. GP Installaties is the project integrator and Xserius is the value-added distributor for this installation. Hillfresh's 123,785 sq ft. facility handles 21,000 pallets on an annual basis in conducting its global business of importing and exporting fruits and vegetables.

The company decided to implement video surveillance to address a number of business challenges: to stop truck drivers sleeping on the job, more effectively manage trucks entering and exiting the docking stations, ensure staff are staying on the job, and to prevent abuse of parking spaces.

In consultation with GP Installaties, Hillfresh deployed 21 IQeye HD megapixel cameras (out of 52 cameras total) in multiple key strategic locations. System installation was completed in early 2010 and features Mirasys Video Management software. The system provides 100-percent coverage of the Hillfresh property, face recognition capability at warehouse entrance points, and the ability to read and record license plates of all vehicles entering the premises.

Ready-Mix Concrete Plant

Rohrer's Quarry Inc. in Lititz, Pa., is using a Bosch IP video surveillance solution to oversee operations at its ready-mix concrete plant. Installed by Mid Atlantic Concrete Equipment, the system improves efficiency by enabling the plant operator to monitor several areas that are essential for proper mixing of concrete and for discharging it into awaiting trucks.

The new central mix plant features three 200-ton cement silos, six compartments containing a total of 340 tons of aggregate, and a 430-foot vertical curve conveyer. Plant operations are observed with an 11-camera surveillance system.

Bosch FlexiDome IP Day/Night cameras capture video of the most critical points inside the plant - showing crisp images and a high-level of detail of areas where conveyer belts unload onto other belts and where the concrete contents are poured into the mixer. Outside the plant, cameras are positioned to view the location where concrete is discharged into the Quarry's 20-truck fleet of transit mixers. A camera installed on the roof of the building that houses the plant also provides surveillance of the surrounding property.

The FlexiDome cameras feature a clear polycarbonate dome bubble with a UV blocking anti-scratch coating and can operate in temperatures from 14ø to 104ø Fahrenheit and in 20- to 80-percent relative humidity. The cameras are also IP54 and NEMA-3R rated against dust and water ingress, providing protection from conditions common within a concrete-mixing plant.

U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve

ARINC Inc. has delivered two AIM Security Management Systems to enhance security operations at Gulf Coast storage sites of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).

The SPR's four underground storage sites hold about 700 million barrels of crude oil which is sold during emergencies to prevent oil shortages and price spikes that might damage the economy. Because SPR storage sites are considered part of U.S. national security, they have been equipped over the years with many different types of security and surveillance technologies.

The technology operates as an Alarm Display and Annunciation System (ADAS), to manage all these on-site systems and provide a new layer of supervisory control and communications.

The AIM integration will provide efficient local security management for each SPR site. ARINC's customer, AGSC Constructors Inc., is a Federal Small Business Contractor that manages modifications at the SPR storage sites for the Department of Energy.

Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station

The Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station (NJHPS), India's largest hydroelectric power project, has installed DVTel's intelligent Security Operations Center (iSOC) to protect sensitive operational areas of the power station.

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