Case Study: Securing DHL's Warehouse Operations in Sweden

Bewator implements integrated video surveillance, intrusion, access and fire at DHL warehouse

Bewator Eventys is an advanced digital video and audio recorder / server that completely replaces the traditional analogue VCR, multiplexer, motion detector and video transmission security systems. It features some of the most powerful search functions on the market today. In the search for particular activities, or patterns of activity, operators can retrieve images with ease, using intelligent search tools that have an intuitive overview of recorded activity. The alarm or event list is another way to access recorded events.

At one and the same time, Eventys supports both analogue and IP cameras, keyboard and joystick controllers, and video matrices and audio devices. It supports unlimited offsite data storage, and sweeps away the limitations of physical distance by being accessible from virtually anywhere in the world via TCP/IP networks. It is ideally suited for demanding sites such as banks, factories, and logistics centres - among the latter, DHL's Orebro facility.

Security with freedom of movement

Bewator security solutions serve a leading logistics company such as DHL in Orebro well. High security is crucial - you only have to note the alarmed electric fence around the facility to appreciate that - but so is the need to ensure virtually unrestricted, around-the-clock movement of people and goods into and out of the warehouse facilities, which specialise in FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods), including alcohol. That was the challenge.

Bewator partner Botkyrka Installations AB installed the entire system, and did an excellent job, says Tommy Nielsen, Security Manager at DHL Solutions in Sweden. "We need to have full control of our business. The combination of Bewator 2010 and Eventys enables us to control access into and out of the facility, and keep track of all personnel, whether they are part-time or full time, and whenever they are working, 24/7."

Clearly, to detail how the system works could compromise security, but it is no secret that cards are individually programmed with an employee's name, PIN code, authorisation level, authorised times of use, and so on. The 2010 system's versatile report functionality allows DHL to track users' activity, as well as to log all events and readily access them. Access cards also serve as ID badges with photos, ensuring that unauthorised visitors stand out.

"Bewator 2010 is incredibly user-friendly and easy to use, and because it is, there is less risk of mistakes and unnecessary call-outs and alarms," says Mr Nielsen.

"That said, our personnel are highly trained. All procedures are thoroughly documented, and we have procedures for every eventuality. There are a number of stepped alert levels."

The investment is part of the company's goal to certify the entire facility to international standards as a high security warehouse, adds Mr Nielsen: "Bewator 2010 with Eventys is a natural step in this ambition."

Such certification means that DHL will have to meet the Freight Security Requirements of the Technology Asset Production Association (TAPA), which take into account both the level and standard of security procedures and their implementation, and the level and standard of security technology - and that is where Bewator came in. Bewator 2010 is now being installed at other DHL facilities in Sweden, enhancing the company's facilities nationwide.

Think global, act local? DHL demonstrates that it can be done, and securely, too.