SICK partnership creates indoor warehouse, dock security system
Smart sensor supplier SICK (Booth S3622) offers a new interior facility security system.
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Smart sensor supplier SICK (Booth S3622) offers a new interior facility security system. The package uses a combination of SICK’s Laser Guardian intrusion detection device, Sentry360 high-definition overhead cameras that record 360-degree views from overhead, and software from The HawkEye Effect that ties the two together.
“It’s an opportunity to bring the world of exterior security cameras to solve operational challenges within the four walls of a facility,” explained HawkEye CEO Jeffrey Blair. “Applications include protection against theft and pilferage, but also verification of when a pick occurred or the condition or quantity of items loaded into a trailer.”
SICK’s device creates a laser curtain across a dock door opening or pallet rack face. When the laser’s beam is broken by a forklift retrieving or placing a load, the event is date stamped by the software and matched to the digital recording.
“What’s unique is that it logs each break of the laser with a specific, searchable notation for easy retrieval at a later time,” Blair continued. “If a customer rejects a shipment for being damaged or short, it’s easy to pull up the digital file based on search parameters such as loading date to visually verify what actually happened.”
For operations handling larger goods, just a few cameras will likely provide full facility coverage; warehouses handling smaller items can select higher resolution cameras in greater numbers for more precise, zoomable views.
About the AuthorSara Pearson Specter Sara Pearson Specter has written articles and supplements for Modern Materials Handling and Material Handling Product News as an Editor at Large since 2001. Specter has worked in the fields of graphic design, advertising, marketing, and public relations for nearly 20 years, with a special emphasis on helping business-to-business industrial and manufacturing companies. She owns her own marketing communications firm, Sara Specter, Marketing Mercenary LLC. Clients include companies in a diverse range of fields, including materials handing equipment, systems and packaging, professional and financial services, regional economic development and higher education. Specter graduated from Centre College in Danville, Ky. with a bachelor’s degree in French and history. She lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley where she and her husband are in the process of establishing a vineyard and winery.
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