International exporter installs VIVOTEK cameras

Melter Corporation fulfills C-TPAT requirements with installation of high resolution and weather-resistant cameras


Background

Melter S.A. de C.V. (Corporation) located in Monterrey, México manufactures water cooled components for the steel industry. Founded in 1990, Melter has quickly grown as an international exporter of water cooled components, heat exchangers, pressure vessels, formed heads and heat recuperators. Over 60% of Melter’s production is exported to the USA, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Along with many other companies with business operations within the United States, Melter viewed Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification as critical to their continuing success.

C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. Through this initiative, U.S. Customs and Border Protection requires businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain. To become C-TPAT certified, participating companies must have a video surveillance system covering sensitive security areas.

Mission

With an infrastructure adding to a total of over 635,000 square feet of office space, covered bays, warehouses and open yards, Melter required a sophisticated video surveillance solution for areas in and around their three facilities in order to obtain C-TPAT certification. Novalan Computadoras y Redes, VIVOTEK’s highly esteemed system integrator partner in Monterrey, México, worked closely with Melter to come up with a comprehensive solution to install a total of 50 pieces of VIVOTEK network cameras.

Prior to the installation, there were only a few analog cameras set up on one of the many floors in the building to monitor the facility. The corporation was then seeking a better, more effective security structure. The skilled, knowledgeable staff members of Novalan in turn verified the feasibility of implementing network-based surveillance systems and studied how to go about executing such deployment, while at the same time meeting C-TPAT requirements. The main access to each of the factories and shipping zones were the priorities, along with other areas such as main entrances and so on.

To the end-user, the ability for them to receive and access high-definition video footage was an absolute must. Among many other competing cameras, in total of 50 pieces of high-performance network cameras from VIVOTEK were selected.

Solution

A number of VIVOTEK IP7142 was installed in three separate buildings covering areas where high contrast lighting conditions were the most demanding. The Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) CMOS sensor enables the device to easily adapt to challenging lighting conditions. The IP7142 also comes with the IP66-rated weather-resistant housing, a vari-focal lens of 3.3 to 12 mm, with a built-in removable IR-cut filter and IR illuminators with coverage for up to 15 meters. With all the advanced features mentioned previously, the IP7142 is capable of resolving potential issues resulting from the environment and its surrounding field and guarantees to provide exceptional performances.

Another model, the IP7361, is a high-performance bullet camera which carries several innovative technologies in a single package. It boasts high resolution and a combination of outdoor-specific features, such as concealed wiring, an IP67-rated weather-resistant housing, a removable IR-cut filter, IR illuminators and a 2-Megapixel sensor. The device was chosen for its high image quality and excellent outdoor performance —features ideally suited to cover Melter’s open yards and building entrances (areas considered of highest importance in gaining C-TPAT certification).

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