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IP video management software (VMS) is in use with updated CCTV at Movianto, a logistics company for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. The move from analogue CCTV to IP has enabled the use of High Definition (HD) network cameras and license plate recognition analytics.
Movianto’s UK hub at Bedford operates around the clock five days a week, storing and managing the daily distribution of healthcare products, handling 40 per cent of all domestic pharmaceutical products. With three UK warehouses and five trans-shipment centers, they deliver to every hospital and pharmaceutical wholesaler. Next-day delivery of cooled medicines uses the company’s own fleet of dual-temperature vehicles. Movianto also offers cold-chain management, and delivery of life-critical medicines to patients at home, making 50,000 cold chain deliveries per month.
Movianto previously had two analogue CCTV systems in warehouse buildings from 2002 that were showing their age: 23 CCTV cameras streamed low resolution black and white images to different digital recording systems with poor image quality and gaps in coverage.
The new CCTV is based on Milestone XProtect Professional VMS to manage, archive and export video frommulti-megapixel HD-quality IP cameras. Milestone XProtect Smart Client is the interface that provides viewing, recording and retrieval of the high resolution images from a mix of Axis and Mobotix IP cameras. The combined system on the Milestone platform records, stores and enables live viewing and management of video images set to archive for 30 days.
Also in use is Milestone XProtect Analytics with License Plate Recognition (LPR) in two cameras and XProtect Transact software. The cameras using XProtect LPR are at the main entrance and record all vehicle movements in and out of the site to create a full audit trail: all vehicle plates are automatically logged and checked against a known database of registrations for protection against unauthorized access.
The IP cameras with the fibre optic ring around the perimeter were installed by Centra Security to monitor key security risks such as loading bays, chillers, rear fire exits and the main entrance. Discreet network cameras were also set up in high traffic areas like the staff canteen and in some corridors for health and safety reasons.
The new system has enabled Movianto to move from a CCTV system – which prevented the facilities and security management teams from capturing images of quality – to a modern IP system which can help identify individuals and vehicles travelling in and out of the site. Raj Garcha, Facilities and Security Manager at Movianto UK, says: “Milestone has proved to be the future-proof platform we were looking for. We now can extend the surveillance system through adding software modules and integrating with other facilities management systems.”