Retailer Steve & Barry's Gets Surveillance Upgrade

Retailer Steve & Barry's is getting a security upgrade in the form of track-based video surveillance system. The casual clothes retailer signed a contract with security systems vendor Sentry Technology Corporation to deliver the company's CCTV solutions in 33 stores as well as the distribution center for Steve & Barry's.

The project includes the SmartTrack system, which uses cameras mounted on tracks such that the cameras can move around the store or distribution center, tracking activity while under the control of a surveillance professional. The systems can move the cameras at up to 13 feet per second.

The systems can be centrally managed from the company's offices in Port Washington, N.Y., where some of the remote security monitoring is expected to occur once the systems are in place.

Also used will be the Sentry OperationalVideo system, a video management and business security solution. Design for Steve & Barry's system will allow a loss prevention or security professional on the floor of the retailer to monitor and control the system using a wirelessly connected PDA.

The project for the 33 stores and the distribution center is expected to be done by mid-November, and Sentry Technology Corporation is expecting the work to expand to all of the Steve & Barry's stores after this initial project. The company, which seeks to price it's items under $20 in a discount clothing manner, has more than 200 super-stores spread among 33 states; the company is in the process of opening approximately 70 stores in 2007.