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Top Physical Security Trends for
Manufacturers to Focus on

Top Physical Security Trends for Manufacturers to Focus on

Physical security has always been a top concern at manufacturing units that are prone to a diverse set of security risks such as theft, sabotage, violence, vandalism, fire and other environmental hazards. Unforeseen incidents are also common at their locations. That is why implementing security protocols at a manufacturing unit can be overwhelming. Moreover, the COVID-19 compliance restrictions need to be met because any lapse could straightaway lead to lawsuits and other legal charges being pressed for non-compliance.

All of these have undoubtedly made physical security at manufacturing units more complex and intricate. Nevertheless, business leaders have no choice but to find solutions that allow them to operate in a secure manner. Therefore, we shall now discuss the latest physical security trends and explore some innovative solutions in the manufacturing landscape.

Upgrading access control systems

With the advancements in technology and evolving work norms, organizations want their access control systems to ensure increased security and be more convenient and flexible in operation at the same time.

Biometric access control systems are chosen by many businesses due to the convenience and security they offer. Despite its many benefits, the use of biometric modalities such as fingerprint and palm print can be dangerous because they require direct contact with a biometric reader. Their very nature makes them difficult to maintain from a hygiene standpoint.

A viable alternative is a face recognition-based access control system because these provide contactless authentication with a high level of accuracy. In fact, the access control solution that Scylla offers can be of great help to businesses looking to augment their security infrastructure with touchless sign-in access control systems. This is made possible by intensive training and advanced deep learning techniques that ensure the greater precision of AI-powered solutions.

Besides access control, Scylla can also be integrated with the employee records and deployed for real-time attendance control. This provides shift managers and unit supervisors with useful inputs.

The growing importance of false alarm management

Manufacturing plants are complex environments that feature a number of areas of potential security risk and health and safety guidelines to comply with. That makes video surveillance imperative to secure the business, machinery and product and keep employees and site visitors safe. However, monitoring hundreds of cameras around all the site including manufacturing and assembly areas, entrances and exits, the car park can be a burden for operators. They are often inundated with security signals and start missing or ignoring alerts. This can be damaging to a manufacturer, is costly in financial terms and can seriously impact the efficacy of the security team.

AI-powered technology automates the monitoring process, reducing the need for watching multiple screens at once and allowing security personnel to focus on real threats. By utilizing computer vision algorithms, Scylla AI false alarm filtering system triggers alerts only in case of validated threats, impressively minimizing false positives by up to 99.95%.

Access control systems

Perimeter intrusion detection system

There is a wide array of physical attacks that threaten the manufacturing sector. These include sabotage of equipment, vehicle or explosive attacks to damage facility operations or trigger environmental disasters, and active shooter incidents. As manufacturing units have expensive equipment, industrial know-how and stocks, there is a sheer need to restrict and monitor movement at all entry points and the site area in general.

AI-based technology plays a key role in reducing the impact of these physical security challenges and helps optimize assets and employees’ safety while reducing property losses. With enhanced video surveillance systems and AI-powered intrusion detection solutions integrated into security infrastructure, security personnel can be notified as soon as an unauthorized individual or object enters factory premises. Scylla’s Perimeter Intrusion Detection makes use of an advanced AI engine that can work effectively despite rough weather conditions and poor illumination and delivers superior precision compared to cameras with embedded algorithms. Also, collected data acts as solid evidence while handing over the matter to the police or while claiming theft insurance.

Detecting environmental hazards

Environmental hazards like fires and oil leaks are rather common at industrial sites and pose a danger not only to property but account for a large number of injuries and fatalities, downtime and running costs. However, they often start small and are easy to pass unnoticed. If they’re not caught early, the damage can be devastating. That is the challenge that AI-powered solutions can solve.

Smoke and Fire Detection systems like Scylla enable efficient real-time monitoring and detection of environmental threats such as smoke & fire at a distance. One of the benefits of video-based identification is the fact that it is much quicker compared to most conventional sensors and gives the site operators the ability to remotely monitor the facility and react immediately before the situations escalate.

Accidents at manufacturing plants occur on a regular basis. According to the US Department of Labor, slips, trips & falls make up the majority of general industry accidents. Scylla AI video analytics can be effectively used to address this issue and detect slips and falls as they occur. It analyzes video from cameras in real time and detects an event right on time to provide proper response and the necessary help, reducing the possibility of severe consequences.

Enhanced surveillance with drones

Large open and semi-open factories and industrial units can be effectively monitored using surveillance drones. They are ideal for real-time threat detection and tracking suspects. However, those must be connected to a flexible and versatile threat detection system like Scylla, which works both with drones and stationary cameras. This prevents the multiplicity of AI-based tools and creates a centralized physical security infrastructure.

COVID-19 Compliance

The manufacturing sector must now deal with the COVID-19 situation, which brings along two major challenges — threat detection and compliance with the precautionary guidelines imposed by the CDC, WHO, and other local authorities. Therefore, businesses need an innovative solution that can perform thermal screening, face mask usage detection, social distancing and real-time occupancy monitoring. One such product is Scylla’s COVID-19 Compliance Suite which ticks all the boxes. It works with thermal cameras for contactless skin temperature detection and can be integrated with employee records to detect and report those who do not comply. Notifications are sent to the security personnel or managers through the mobile application or Scylla dashboard. As a matter of fact, Scylla is currently being used by renowned manufacturers such as Daimler in the US to ensure COVID-19 compliance. Check out our case study with Legrand facilities to see how Scylla AI-powered physical threat detection solutions are deployed there to optimize safety and comply with COVID-19 protective measures.

Final Takeaway

Physical security at manufacturing units brings along several challenges because of the manner factories operate. These are large facilities that work in multiple shifts, stock goods, and have heavy inflow and outflow of employees. As a result, monitoring individual employee behavior can be overwhelming for the management, particularly, at times when businesses are expected to enforce social distancing, mandatory masks, and other safety norms. Since all of this requires constant monitoring, AI-powered solutions can be of high practical value. Scylla has a comprehensive Industrial Safety Suite that is specifically tailored for oil & gas companies with their needs in mind. If implemented strategically, AI video analytics can solve many physical security concerns and augment security and workplace safety, reduce losses and increase profitability.

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