Sainsbury’s calls on security robot

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Sainsbury’s has installed a SmartTrack mobile robotic surveillance system at its 700,000 sq ft Hams Hall distribution centre.

Two SmartTracks, each 114 metres in length, have been installed by Intrepid Security at the site at Coleshill. They have been suspended from the building’s twenty-two metre high ceiling structure to an operating height of six metres, allowing operators clear views into the rear of all loading and unloading vehicles throughout all loading bays as well as views of activity along each of the distribution centre’s many storage and picking aisles.

The SmartTrack systems are equipped with concealed pan, tilt and zoom cameras which glide along tracks at speeds of up to 13 feet per second, enabling an operator to position the camera over any activity or incident.

Iain Hay, national loss prevention manager for Sainsbury’s Supply Chain Security said: “To achieve the same benefit with more traditional dome and static cameras the quantities of cameras and associated equipment necessary would have been cost prohibitive. As a result of the coverage and cost savings achieved at Hams Hall, mobile robotic camera systems have been included in the specification for all new distribution centres and for sites requiring refurbishment.”

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