Integrated security solution helps unlock zero waste targets for EMR
01 October 2020
METAL RECYCLING concern EMR has recently deployed security and surveillance technologies from Axis Communications to safeguard one of its UK sites and, in tandem, work towards meeting its sustainability goals.
Installation of the integrated end-to-end solution which comprises network cameras, access control and IP audio products integrated with a hosted software application allows the close monitoring of not only the site’s premises, but also every aspect of on-site operations. This enables members of staff to identify improvements in processes and take major steps towards achieving EMR’s sustainability goals.
EMR produces in excess of ten million tonnes of high quality recycled materials every year. The business initially approached Axis Communications to design a dual purpose solution. The resulting system provides comprehensive security across access points and the wider site perimeter, while also enabling greater visibility into the efficiency of operational processes (including the monitoring of on-site machinery) to identify opportunities for better managing waste in line with the organisation’s sustainability targets.
“With such a substantial operational environment, there’s much to consider,” stated Roger Hewitt, head of security at EMR UK. “We needed a better monitoring status of the site’s security but also, and just as importantly, greater visibility of every stage of the recycling process.”
Hewitt continued: “Axis Communications cameras mounted on our weigh bridge, for example, can assist in the calculation of loads. Thermal imaging cameras can monitor for excess heat, not just inside the machinery, but also within the piles of metal and material that we have on site, in turn notifying operators if rising temperatures are detected. The image quality of the cameras is excellent and allow us to monitor our entire operation, while also ensuring the highest levels of safety.”
The end-to-end solution includes a range of Axis technologies comprising an Axis Network Door Station and an A1601 Network Door Controller to manage all entrances and exits, while a network audio system incorporating horn speakers is capable of playing pre-recorded alerts triggered in the event of unauthorised access.
Cameras are employed to protect the site perimeter and monitor operations. These include P5624E dome cameras and a Q2901-E temperature alarm camera which has been installed to detect heat for the purposes of identifying fire risks.
Nick Platt-Higgins, UK key account manager at Axis Communications, said of the project: “This is one of the most all-encompassing solutions we’ve designed and installed to date. It really provides an opportunity to see a significant number of Axis Communications technologies out in the field that employ cloud connectivity to provide a comprehensive overview of EMR’s entire operations at the site. EMR’s drive towards a more ethical, waste-free way of operating also matches our own ethos as a business.”
The Axis Communications end-to-end solution has brought peace of mind to all at the site, while the benefit of being able to monitor operations has resulted in more accurate decision-making around how best to optimise production, while continually striving to improve sustainable practices. The new system enables EMR to demonstrate its position as a sustainable and ethical company that’s fully committed to smarter and greener operations.
Roger Hewitt concluded: “At EMR, we realise the importance of operating a sustainable and ethical company with a responsible working culture. I think this is one of the main reasons for our close working relationship with Axis Communications. That shared vision of how to operate in line with social responsibility, and how to try and make things better for everyone, is a vitally important one from our perspective.”
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