Published 29-09-2021
| Article appears in October 2021 Issue

How Video Surveillance Can Support the Food Sector

29-09-2021

Food manufacturers continue to combat daily challenges due to the ongoing global pandemic.

By March 2020, the Department of Homeland Security identified food and agriculture production as one of 16 critical infrastructure sectors. In a very short time, food manufacturers had to accommodate new safety requirements, while taking care of their staff and maintaining high standards at their facilities.

Whereas most sectors continue to expand their remote capabilities and shift away from office buildings, food manufacturers have to deal with the pandemic in the physical world. Security technology such as video surveillance, alarm systems and access control optimize manufacturing plants’ safety and productivity.

Here are 3 benefits of video surveillance in food manufacturing:

1. Support business operations

The average cost of a recall to a food company is $10M which does not include unforeseen damages to the brand and impact on sales. Video surveillance is a practical tool that food manufacturers use to enhance their security posture, monitor production, and manufacturing.

2. Enforce health and safety in the age of COVID.

In response to the pandemic, many food manufacturers have taken proactive steps at their plants to meet new guidelines. Video surveillance supports these efforts by providing management with a tool that enables them to monitor and ensure that each location is consistently following procedures.

These features enable manufacturers to:

• Maintain a high level of safety and security awareness

• Supervise plant activities and make decisions in real-time

• Enhance security, production visibility, and quality control

3. Document important activities

Even before the pandemic, managing regulatory compliance and documenting essential activities have always been a challenge for manufacturers due to the complexity of the sector. Food recalls, extended supply chains and the constant threat of disease outbreaks are enough to keep most up at night. Video surveillance has helped with everything from making sure that only authorised personnel had access to the plant to ensuring that frozen assets were secured. Integrated security solutions that combine video surveillance, access control, and remote capabilities enable organizations to:

• Document essential operational activities.

• Audit practices and save specific video clips of infractions for training purposes.

• Ensure compliance and guidelines are being followed.

Looking Ahead

Moving forward, business owners can use these principles to improve their facility’s security posture. Video surveillance will continue to help facilities adapt to this new safety-first environment.

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