In this article, we’ll discuss how automated anomaly detection for warehouses & production facilities helps security operators to ensure business continuity.
The safety and smooth operations of warehouses and production facilities are critical for brick and mortar businesses. A typical production center is responsible for thousands of transactions. From raw materials processing and manufacturing to packaging and shipment, there are thousands of activities. And failure in one of these processes could severely affect the business very adversely.
The unfortunate news about the Beirut Explosion has shocked all of us. At least 100 people were killed and nearly 4,000 injured in a massive explosion. Multiple reports indicate that the explosion was preceded by fire, possibly of firecrackers. If there was a system to alert the concerned security officials about the anomaly, in this case, possibly firecrackers, the mishap could have been avoided. Or at least, we had better chances to avoid the mishap.
It only takes small accidents, such as short circuit fires, leakages, broken machinery, etc to ignite a chain reaction that could lead to a massive accident that could bring down the whole factory/warehouse/production facilities. To prevent these accidents, most businesses have installed CCTV cameras, and security officials stare at the footages to identify such anomalous activities. But, the time has shown us that this system is not sufficient. Because you could see, there is a Wikipedia page just dedicated to listing such industrial disasters.
Today, technology has advanced a lot. Computers can analyze a video more efficiently than humans (who are naturally limited by their attention span of merely 8 seconds). Real-time anomaly detection systems such as Emotyx can analyze footages from CCTV cameras and identify the occurrence of unusual activities, such as accidents, fires, leakages, etc. Wouldn’t it be better if there is a digital eye supervising the factories and production facilities and timely alert the security officials if it identifies any threat that could harm the business? That’s exactly what automated anomaly detection systems do.
Here are some of the best applications of video analytics for warehouses and production facilities;
The automated anomaly detection can help protect workers’ safety and security by identifying potential risks in the working of warehouses. It can continually and automatically enforce safety rules by triggering alerts if staff members breach safety no-go zones or if safe distance rules are broken. With large containers, bulky cargo, heavy machinery, and 24/7 activities, supply chain points like warehouses and production facilities can be dangerous and complex environments. In any production warehouses, there are different stakeholders at stake. Employees, authorities, and operators have to demonstrate zero tolerance for adverse circumstances.
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By ensuring more video surveillance footage is seen and intelligently analyzing it in real-time, Video analytics can improve productivity, security and overall functioning of warehouses & production facilities. As we have seen, there is great potential to apply anomaly detection in multiple areas like component supplies, product demand, and the like, and use these signals to drive better decisions.
Video Analytics Systems enables organizations to use AI and big data to analyze footage in real-time. The massive footage from video cameras to better understand trends and error occurrence. Using AI analytics, the warehouses and production facilities to spot efficiency, safety, and security issues in real-time as they unfold, allowing rapid and timely interventions.
Video analytics can automate video surveillance camera observations by opening up a rich and growing range of functionalities for logistics providers and manufacturing facilities. Authorities can handle basic intrusion detection, cargo estimation, and perimeter security capabilities using sophisticated counting, tracking, anomaly detection techniques, and complex behavioral analysis.
Not only is video analytics an outstanding advancement in perimeter protection and loss prevention for warehouses and distribution centers, it is also increasing in its importance and demand for use in other markets. Instead of having operators monitor multiple cameras, video analytics identifies behaviors of interest and immediately alerts the security operator to suspicious activity. Ultimately, this allows security operators to focus their attention on the most important activities and monitor the highest risk potential and enables them to make better decisions and react faster to events.
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One of our products, Emotyx could deliver actionable insights on any abnormal events that occurred on the premises. Emotyx’s anomaly detection techniques help to detect and identify any threats or abnormal activities. If a threat is detected, an alert will be sent to the concerned authorities. Here is a demo video of the anomaly detection capabilities of Emotyx.
One of our clients, a logistics management company in Hong Kong, was able to reduce losses caused by accidents by 47%. There was also a distinct improvement in warehouse management as the company was able to respond to threats promptly. An increase in the overall efficiency of the business was observed due to decreased employee misconduct and accidental damages. Feel free to reach out to us if you’d like to access the complete case study. Video analytics can identify threats and abnormalities much faster than human beings. The efficiency and speed are extremely important in cases like identity theft and the detection of illnesses.
The ever-growing logistics and shipping demand combined with other trends, such as increased automation and the shift to dynamic supply chains, makes it crucial for warehouses to adopt automated anomaly detection for ensuring business continuity. Video surveillance can early identify and aid to prevent accidents, and reduce productivity issues more effectively.
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