From its manufacturing facility and U.S. headquarters in California, Acker-Stone makes standard and permeable-concrete pavers for patios, walkways and other architectural landscape features. Its products are then shipped to distributors and installers throughout the United States.
“By deploying video analytics, Acker-Stone Industries has significantly improved security operations company-wide,” said Isaac Schwarzman, president of Acker-Stone Industries. “We’ve paired video analytics with remote video monitoring from Virtual Guard which enabled us to replace security guards with a solution that never sleeps, is ever vigilant and always alert.”
In addition to outside threats, one of the company’s biggest operational concerns, said Schwarzman, is monitoring employees for safety violations and to protect the company against fraudulent accident and worker compensation claims.
Virtual Guard is monitoring the video analytics sensors for Acker-Stone Industries from its new monitoring center, a facility that allowed Virtual Guard to triple the company’s operations and monitoring capacity. To monitor video analytics, Virtual Guard developed its own software, trained their operators in remote video alarm procedures and built the infrastructure to support streams of video alerts from thousands of channels and hundreds of sites. The company began marketing its services to customers nationwide in early 2009.
“The main reason for deploying a remote video monitoring solution using analytics or smart sensors is saving money and realizing a fast return on investment,” said Steve Devir, COO at Virtual Guard. “Also, the actionable intelligence provided is more reliable than what traditional sensors used in outdoor environments have been able to deliver.
Additionally, if there is a guard, they can only see one area at a time. We can watch all four sides of the premises simultaneously or only upon a predefined alarm event so it’s more efficient than increasing the manpower on site.”