Wireless limits security costs at US paper maker
Stevenson, Alabama – Rock-Tenn is a major US manufacturer of paperboard and paper-based packaging, including container-board and corrugated containers. It also produces kraft paper, bleached paperboard and market pulp.
Because of the proximity of its Stevenson, Alabama paper mill to the Tennessee River, the company – formerly Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. – was required by the regulatory agency the USCG to comply with the Maritime Security 33CFR (MARSEC) regulations.
The USCG initially called for every RockTenn employee, contractor, and log truck driver to have a TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) card – a costly proposition.
RockTenn negotiated an agreement whereby not all employees would need to be TWIC-certified if it installed a comprehensive video monitoring system that allowed company security personnel to observe the mill perimeter and key access points such as, the river dock
Under the agreement, security personnel monitoring the system would obtain a TWIC card. The plan required around 20 cameras, some more than a mile apart.
The company, therefore, needed a video security system but wanted to add other applications not required by the government such as video process monitoring, condition monitoring, and wireless network management.
The approved plan identified restricted areas within the secured facility that would be monitored round-the-clock to identify any breach of security. Only those employees entering restricted and secure areas are required to maintain a TWIC access card.
The system provides video coverage of all vulnerable areas of the mill and key operational locations, such as loading docks, scale houses and wood yards. Besides the need to meet compliance regulations,
To meet its project goals RockTenn Stevenson installed an Apprion wireless video system that included: 22 wired and wireless PTZ Apprion cameras; Integration with other applications and camera controls; an Apprion ION video server with a scalable network video recorder for data storage and video stream analysis including: motion detection, camera tamper detection, object detection and face recognition
nectivity from the cameras to Apprion’s ION system video server and integrated real-time camera feeds directly into the IONosphere dashboard for video stream analysis.