Solving Their Pain: Warehouse Security Project in Wichita, KS

By Neal Bellamy, IT Director and Brinton Hallum, Project Manager at Kenton Brothers.

The Pain

Wichita Project SpotlightA large warehouse customer of ours was in a lot of pain when it came to their various security systems.

  • The video management system was consistently crashing with cameras bouncing offline. On top of that, the user interface was not very user-friendly.
  • The wires for all the systems were a mess, making maintenance hard.
  • The Access Control system was in bad shape. Nests of exposed wires that weren’t labeled. Controllers accessible to anyone and often locked by a broken nail slipped through an eyelet.
  • The intrusion system had frequent false alarms and sensors that weren’t working.

None of these items were up to KB Standards.

Our customer takes a lot of pride in their business, that includes the security of their people, products and property. Their culture is “Promises Kept”. We promised them an enterprise system that exceeds their expectations and that’s exactly what we delivered.

The Plan

Wichita Project SpotlightTo ease their pain on Video Surveillance and Access Control, we brought in Avigilon.

Working directly with the manufacturer, we were able to design a system that will meet the needs of the customer and alleviate their pain. We also provided additional features such as License Plate recognition, Appearance Search and Learning Analytics to eliminate false motion triggers from blinking lights.

Avigilon Control Center directly integrates into Avigilon Access Control Manager, providing additional information for the video system. This means that they can search for video based on access control events like access granted/denied, door left open or door forced.

There are many benefits for a combined Access and Video system worthy of a blog post all by itself.

For the Intrusion/Fire system, we designed a Bosch Fire/Burg B9512G. This is the Cadillac of Fire/Burg and provides all the bells and whistles. We utilized a touch screen keypad to allow for visibility of Areas and custom triggers for Fire/Medical/Tornado. We tested each and every point, and adjusted so the customer doesn’t have to worry about false alarms.

The Team

Wichita Project SpotlightThe timeline for the installation was short, so we used several guys from the Kansas City office to get the job done.

Being away from home is bittersweet; there’s always places to explore, but being cooped up in a hotel room is trying. This time we did something different. We rented an Airbnb for our guys. Everyone had their own room, and they got to cook real food and have some bonding time together.

The guys worked hard and very well together. Each has their own specialized knowledge and skill set. This allowed them to focus on their own areas of expertise, but also help each other grow and learn.

Jeremy’s great knowledge of door hardware and all things conduit allowed him to create a camera mount that would keep the cameras level, even though the rafters weren’t level.

Tony’s knowledge of all things intrusion helped him troubleshoot the communication issues that popped up at the worst time.

Neeley’s great at the programming side and he rocked it out, but he also got to learn how to wire up the panels for the first or second time expanding on his capabilities.

This was Meshack’s first adventure on a large installation; he got a trial by fire and did a great job.

Kenton Brothers’ greatest strength is our team. This is one of many instances where our team pulled together and exceeded the customer’s expectations.

The Most Effective Warehouse Security Solutions Today: Part High Tech, Part Low Tech Fundamentals

The most effective warehouse security plan combines high tech and low tech, foundational solutions. Working together, these solutions create a safe, secure environment no matter how tight or sprawled out your area. No matter how many people come in and out a day. No matter what type of inventory is warehoused.

High Tech Warehouse Security Solutions

Warehouse Security SolutionsSmart Building Technology

Meet compliance standards and prevent product loss with environmental monitoring that records and tracks temperature and condition. Smart building technology replaces manual recording and reporting, which saves time and money. This technology can deliver real-time notifications of any environmental changes that could put your inventory or machinery in danger. This can include monitoring for fire and flood.

RFID Tracking & Systems Integrations

Placing RFID tags on products manages and tracks inventory, which eases administrative duties by monitoring inventory at any stage from packaging, assembly and storage to point-of-sale, etc. With RFID tracking, you can store and back up data to the cloud in real time.

Unified Video Surveillance & Access Control

Allow entrance to certain warehouse areas based on security clearance and job function with an access control system. When used in conjunction with commercial video surveillance, it’s possible to actively monitor your facility and record suspicious activity. When integrated, these two systems can centralize control for simple administration and management.

 IP Video Surveillance

Most warehouses have a network already in place. Take better advantage by connecting IP video surveillance to it. Strategic camera placement can give a clear view of people and grounds. Plus, the footage captured can be used later as evidence or to identify areas for workflow improvement.

Intrusion Detection Systems

Protecting against intrusion can be a matter of barricading doors and windows from the inside. Intruder defense devices are constantly improving, so our team carefully evaluates the newest options in context of your warehouse’s needs to recommend specific products for your facility’s size and layout.

Metal Detectors

They’re a deterrent, plain and simple. Hand-held or walk-through metal detectors add a level of contemporary security technology to warehouses. And, just knowing they’re there is a symbolic component of any warehouse security system.

Fundamental Warehouse Security Solutions

Warehouse Security SolutionsDoor Frames & Locking Hardware

Perhaps the oldest, but still effective means of warehouse security are commercial-grade cylindrical and mortise door locks, closers, panic bars and keying systems that can be used with frames crafted from metals and woods.

Turnstiles

When crowd control and queuing are required either indoors or out, Mechanical and electronic waist high turnstiles regulate traffic flow. Electronic turnstiles can be integrated with an electronic access control system work seamlessly together for stronger security.

Perimeter Fencing

Fencing is another physical barrier that is so low tech that many warehouses forget about it. Fencing around the vicinity keeps people out of areas they shouldn’t access. It also creates an aura of protection, especially when used with lighting and security cameras. Fencing could be enough of a deterrent for criminals to find another target. If not, your security camera could catch criminals trying to go through, under or over fencing, then alert you in enough time to call the authorities before any harm is done.

Install Security Signage

Signage is so effective that people who don’t own a dog hang “Beware of Dog” signs for security reasons. Surveillance signage can deter criminal acts, as criminals move along looking for an easier target than your warehouse. Security cameras are prevalent today, and criminals know this.

Employee Communication

Communicate with employees to find out where some of the biggest holes in your warehouse security are. Perhaps no one knows your facility better than those who are on the floor 40+ hours per week. Employee communication also makes your team feel like their voice matters, which could improve morale and reduce theft.

When it comes to warehouse security, there are so many factors to take into account – from the size of the facility and the type of inventory to the people who work and visit there every day. The goal is to secure the area, stock and people from every imaginable internal and external threat. Yet, unless regulations or your inventory dictates it, you want your warehouse as secure as Fort Knox without necessarily “feeling” locked down like Fort Knox.