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Optimizing processes and safety in manufacturing with smart AI-enabled cameras

  • Smart security cameras gather and analyze data used to improve quality control, higher production efficiency and overall increased security
  • Manufacturing operations can benefit from early detection of production line bottlenecks, machinery breakdowns and other disruptions
  • Business intelligence analytics help to improve inventory management, warehousing, and logistics processes for a more efficient facility

Munich July 15th, 2021 — As global demand for produced goods continues to climb, manufacturing organizations are facing new challenges in meeting customer demand and elevated safety concerns along the supply chain due to a backlog of goods in transit. New technology offered by smart cameras can help to alleviate some of these pain points by providing an entirely new way of monitoring and controlling safety measures and optimizing operations within manufacturing plants – benefitting both businesses and customers.

While specialized smart cameras have been in use for production monitoring in large facilities for the past few years, a new generation of smart cameras is helping smaller manufacturing organizations to more efficiently manage day-to-day operations, ensure compliance with workplace safety measures and detect production floor stoppages. These cameras, which operate on an open platform from Security & Safety Things (S&ST), are equipped with Artificial Intelligence infused video analytics and are capable of running a variety of different apps from an Application Store, much like a smartphone. With nearly 100 apps that address a growing variety of use cases, these smart cameras are easy to deploy and can very quickly detect issues that often go unseen by the human eye but may have an impact on operational efficiency and overall customer experience.

"The value of a smart camera is in its versatility to both monitor and document proper production and the handling and transportation of goods, while simultaneously contributing to customer experience,” said Anton Wintersteller, senior business development manager, Security & Safety Things. “Smart cameras equipped with AI-enabled applications are becoming part of the tool kit for manufacturing facilities in looking for new and innovative ways to improve operations."

Improve security and safety for plant or warehouse staff
Employee safety and security are top of mind for manufacturing and logistic facilities, with a constant threat of danger from machinery malfunctions and other accidents. Video analytics can help ensure compliance with safety rules, such as proper use of machines, compliance with safety regulations, and the wearing of proper protective equipment. Smart camera solutions can monitor whether employees are wearing safety clothing, through the identification of hardhats, high visibility vests, work goggles, and required footwear.

Additionally, these cameras can assist in the detection and notification of proper personnel when individuals enter safety zones around big machinery or other hazardous areas. They can assess levels of smoke and steam in closed rooms and other areas. By monitoring for potential slips, falls or other injuries, they can more quickly raise alerts – as well as to detect precursors of potential incidents, such as smoke and fire coming from machinery.

Fire prevention for warehouse asset protection
Smart cameras play an important role in fire and safety prevention, through the early detection of flames, smoke, or spills in large commercial buildings. As warehouses and manufacturing facilities become less populated through the implementation of automation technology, smart surveillance will play a crucial role in the future. Video analytics, combined with AI and other current technologies, such as thermal imaging, can detect such incidents in an early state and trigger alarms faster and more reliably than conventional smoke detectors. This prioritization of building safety can help reduce insurance risk and high premium costs.

Optimized inventory management and production efficiency
Video analytics in security cameras are already helping manage large inventories in buildings and to improve the storage capacity of warehouse and manufacturing facilities. When goods and boxes of different sizes have to be stored using a maximum efficiency of space, smart cameras can help to recognize incoming and outgoing items in real-time – according to size and format. This enables picking machines to better sort them appropriately.

Quality control and enhanced security for logistics along the supply chain
Video analytics can assist warehouse and logistic service providers in successfully delivering the correct product to the right location and customer in prime condition, by monitoring the condition of packaging along the entire supply chain, detecting open or damaged boxes at the loading dock before the delivery is accepted. In the production facility itself, smart cameras can alert drivers with incoming shipments of empty loading bays for offloading, or alert facility staff of potential blockages or hazards for inbound and outbound vehicles that could delay delivery schedules.

The demand for goods will continue to increase and production will be tasked to become even faster and more efficient every day. Smart cameras can help individuals monitor security and operations in real-time, while providing valuable business intelligence that can monitor and document proper handling and transportation – leading to a safer, more efficient facility

Learn more about Security & Safety Things and its open IoT platform for smart cameras here. More information on manufacturing video analytic applications available from S&ST’s Marketplace Application Store can be found here.

 

Security & Safety Things and BOSCH
Security & Safety Things is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and is part of Bosch’s strategic development of new digital growth markets. In the future, Security & Safety Things wants to continuously accelerate the expansion of its global ecosystem through external partners.

 

For press enquiries:

Fabio Marti, Security and Safety Things
Mobile +49 172 2497100
Fabio.Marti@de.bosch.com

Andrea Gural, Eclipse Media Group on behalf of Security and Safety Things
Mobile +1 207 233 7507
agural@eclipsemediagroup.net

 

Security and Safety Things GmbH

Security & Safety Things operates an open IoT platform that connects camera manufacturers, SoC providers, application developers, VMS providers, and systems integrators. Its goal is to accelerate the speed of innovation for security cameras and applications that make use of AI and computer vision. To achieve this, the company offers a free and open operating system for security cameras, a development tool kit for app developers and a device management portal as well as an application store for integrators. Security & Safety Things GmbH is based in Munich, Germany and has been on the market since September 2018.

Bosch Group (Robert Bosch GmbH)

As a leading IoT company, the Bosch Group offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries.

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