Milestone helps secure Movianto’s UK logistics hub

IP video surveillance monitors headquarters' 240,000 square feet with license plate analytics to track vehicle traffic

COPENHAGEN – November 6, 2012. Milestone XProtect® Professional open platform IP video management software (VMS) is the basis for an updated and expanded surveillance solution at Movianto, a comprehensive logistics and transportation service provider for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. The move from analog to high-definition (HD) network cameras also includes Milestone XProtect® Analytics.

Movianto's UK hub at Bedford operates around-the-clock five days a week, storing and managing the daily distribution of healthcare products, handling 40 percent of all domestic pharmaceutical products. With a total of three UK warehouses and five trans-shipment centers, they deliver to every hospital and pharmaceutical wholesaler. Next-day delivery of cooled medicines uses the company’s own fleet of dual-temperature vehicles. Movianto also offers cold-chain management, and delivery of life-critical medicines direct to patients at home, making 50,000 cold chain deliveries per month.

In late 2010, Movianto's Operations Director, Robin Edwards, consulted with Centra Security to update and extend their surveillance. Movianto previously had two analog CCTV systems in warehouse buildings from 2002 that were showing their age: 23 analog CCTV cameras streamed low resolution black and white images to different digital video recorder (DVR) systems with poor image quality and significant gaps in surveillance coverage. Movianto wanted new HD surveillance cameras.

Raj Garcha, Facilities and Security Manager at Movianto, says: "Centra understood immediately that the priority must be to improve coverage in the loading bay areas both inside and out, and their design recommendations focused on this."

The new surveillance system is based on Milestone XProtect Professional VMS to manage, archive and export video from the latest multi-megapixel HD quality IP cameras. Milestone XProtect® Smart Client is the interface that provides viewing, recording and retrieval of the high resolution, HD-quality images configured at up to 18 frames per second from a total of 40 Axis and Mobotix IP cameras. Movianto has further extended its upgrade to include Milestone XProtect Analytics with license plate recognition (LPR) in two cameras and XProtect® Transact software.

The cameras using XProtect Analytics LPR are positioned at the main entrance and record all vehicle movements in and out of the site thereby creating a full audit trail. The combined system on the Milestone platform records, stores and enables viewing and management of video images set to archive for 30 days.

The IP cameras with the fiber optic ring around the perimeter installed by Centra ensure key areas of security risk including loading bays, chillers, rear fire exits and the main entrance. The external cameras were fitted on poles looking back into the loading bays to provide total coverage in this sensitive area.

A range of internal cameras from Axis and Mobotix were fitted on vertical columns which support the roof of the warehouse. Discreet network cameras including the AXIS M3014 were also fitted in some high traffic areas like the staff canteen and in some corridors for health and safety reasons.

Milestone provides Movianto UK with a scalable, future-proof IP surveillance system which will be able to offer additional security functionality as Movianto’s facilities management and security team decide to invest in more.  The fiber optic infrastructure combined with the Milestone open platform forms the bedrock of a security system which will be able to grow and extend its functionality as Movianto places increased demands on it.

"Milestone has proved to be the future-proof platform which we were looking for at Movianto UK. With Centra’s help we now know that we can extend the surveillance system through adding additional Milestone software modules and integrating with other facilities management systems," says Raj Garcha.

The new system has enabled Movianto to move easily from a CCTV system - which prevented the facilities and security management teams from capturing images of sufficient quality - to a modern IP surveillance system which can help identify individuals and vehicles travelling in and out of the site.

The first phase of the new installation will be complete when two more fixed IP cameras have been fitted on 2.5 meter poles and configured to pick up the number plates of vehicles as they enter and leave the site. Milestone XProtect Analytics (LPR) software enables Movianto to log all vehicle plates and check these off against a known database of registrations automatically. This provides a greater level of protection against unauthorized vehicles entering the site.

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