Along with building more and more warehouses, part of the evolution of the warehousing industry has been an increased focus on both safety and productivity.
Warehouse managers can improve on-site safety and employee productivity within their operations in many ways — but a security camera system is one of the most effective.
Below, we'll explore how high-quality warehouse camera systems are used today, their features and functionality, and how you can leverage security cameras in your warehouses to create a safer, more productive work environment.
Advantages of an AI Camera System for Warehouses
Installing a quality video security system in your warehouse can offer several key advantages. From improving workplace safety to boosting the efficiency and productivity of your operations, here are the top benefits of warehouse cameras:
Improved Workplace Safety
In 2021, there were 5.5 reported cases of injury per 100 full-time workers in the warehousing industry. There were also 46 total fatalities. From slips and falls to accidents caused by heavy equipment such as forklifts to exposure to hazardous substances, injuries in the warehousing industry can come in many forms.
A video security system helps prevent these workplace injuries in two ways. For one, real-time monitoring enables warehouse managers to detect and respond to safety violations before they have the chance to cause an injury or accident. The transparency and video evidence provided by a video surveillance system can also be used to train employees so that similar incidents don't happen again.
With an advanced security camera system like Spot AI, you can look forward to even more safety-boosting features, like forklift detection. This feature allows operations, safety, IT teams to know when a forklift is detected, when, and where. It also provides automated alerts so that everyone is made aware of the potential safety hazard.
Increased Efficiency and Productivity
Improving efficiency and productivity is a top-of-mind goal for most warehouse managers. But to implement measures that will effectively boost productivity, you need to take a data-driven approach — and few data sources are more insightful than video footage.
With a warehouse camera system designed to monitor employee performance, you can gather several insights on improving your warehouse operations: employee performance, idle time, and workflow efficiency. This is important for warehouses that need speedy operations to get trucks loaded faster and out for delivery. If a truck idles for too long, there’s a problem happening somewhere else in the warehouse.
An intelligent security system such as Spot AI can be used to boost warehouse efficiency thanks to features and advantages such as streamlined access control, automated assembly line stoppage alerts, and automated new delivery alerts.
CargoNet (a company that provides solutions for preventing cargo theft) reported that the company received 1,778 reports of warehouse theft in 2021, resulting in $233 million in total losses. CargoNet also reports that warehouses and distribution centers are the locations in a supply chain where cargo is most commonly stolen, with parking lots coming in second.
Security cameras are the most effective tool warehouse managers have available to prevent these costly losses. Along with helping identify instances of theft and the individuals responsible, modern warehouse security systems like Spot AI can even be used to prevent theft and break-ins in real time thanks to motion detection and automated alarm systems.
With Spot AI's License Plate Recognition (LPR) and all cameras on one dashboard, warehouse teams can easily account for all their fleet vehicles each night. Spot AI also makes it easy to set alerts based on predetermined zone areas. For example, say that your administrator draws a zone by your warehouse’s backdoor that no one is authorized to cross after 10 p.m. If a person crosses into the zone at 2 a.m., your system administrator will be notified to contact the police.
Preventing theft, limiting workplace accidents, and improving warehouse efficiency are all objectives that will result in direct cost savings for your company. By using an advanced warehouse security system designed for achieving these objectives, you can recoup the cost of your security system and start making a sizable return on your investment in little time at all.
State-of-the-art security camera systems like Spot AI offer cloud storage in addition to local storage, and Spot AI transmits video footage to the cloud as it's captured. This allows for real-time remote access and monitoring of your camera feeds from any location. When issues arise, it's easy for warehouse managers and other decision-makers to access real-time video footage — even if they aren't on-site.
Features To Look for in a Warehouse Security Camera System
Warehouse security systems need to be a lot more robust than simple home security systems. But with so many options on the market, you'll need to pick one with features your warehouse needs. Below are some of the most important features to look for in a warehouse security camera system.
An intelligent camera system like Spot AI that provides video analytics using AI will provide a ton of powerful functionalities that traditional security camera systems simply can't match:
- Facial recognition for streamlined access control
- Automated security/safety violation alerts
- License plate recognition
- Automated assembly line stoppage alerts
- Automated new delivery alerts
One of the biggest advantages of Spot AI's intelligent camera system is its video intelligence features. The video footage you collect from your security camera system represents one of the best sources of data and insights your warehouse has. The obstacles associated with manually reviewing security footage to retrieve this data is why video footage is still such an untapped data resource in the business world.
Spot AI's video intelligence features remove this obstacle. Rather than manually reviewing each minute of video footage, Spot AI allows you to analyze your footage automatically using advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning insights. This feature unlocks your video footage's data and insights without requiring countless hours of labor to get there.
Works With Existing IP Cameras
Choosing durable, high-resolution cameras is one of the biggest keys to building a reliable security system for your warehouse. But with many systems, you're limited to using cameras from certain vendors.
But not with Spot AI. Spot AI is a camera-agnostic security camera system that can function with any IP camera model. If you've already purchased security cameras for your warehouse and are just looking to upgrade your security system, a camera-agnostic system like Spot AI will let you use the cameras you already have.
Similarly, using a camera-agnostic system allows you to purchase whatever cameras best fit your needs and budget — Spot AI will even provide high-quality IP cameras to customers for free!
User-Friendly Software Design
Even the most advanced and capable security system imaginable won't do your warehouse much good if you and your staff can't figure out how to use it. Having lots of advanced features doesn't have to mean that a security system is difficult to use. At Spot AI, we've created a streamlined user interface and dashboard designed for maximum ease of use.
We also provide clear training resources and dedicated ongoing support designed to ensure that our customers have a smooth experience from day one.
Easy To Install and Scalable
Many security camera systems are even more difficult to install and configure than they are to use. At Spot AI, we've realized this is a big problem in the industry. That's why we've designed a plug-and-play security system ready to go right out of the box.
With Spot AI, you can install and configure your warehouse's security system in a matter of minutes — not weeks. In addition to being easy to install, Spot AI camera systems are just as easy to scale. Any camera connected to the same network as your Spot AI intelligent video recorder (IVR) will be automatically detected and configured regardless of its location, enabling you to easily expand your system to cover new locations.
Protect and Empower Your Warehouse Operations With Spot AI
Most warehouses today leverage security cameras to boost site security, but few take advantage of all the other benefits their cameras have the potential to offer. With Spot AI, you can unlock all of these business-boosting benefits, including enhanced security, improved workplace safety, greater efficiency, and direct cost savings.
To learn more about what sets Spot AI apart from traditional security camera systems, check out Spot AI's cutting-edge video intelligence features.