Manufacturing and Distribution

Light and Heavy Manufacturing Warehouses Distribution Centers

Integrated, Site-Specific Security

With operations running round-the-clock and a constant stream of site visits from suppliers, contractors, and outside shipping personnel, manufacturing and distribution centers require flexible security solutions to monitor location activity. The StarWatch™ platform seamlessly integrates intrusion detection, video management, perimeter protection, and access control capabilities under a single, intuitive interface, enabling facility managers to maintain strict control of who has access to restricted areas and under what conditions. A cost-effective, modular design allows users to configure a highly secure system that is custom-designed for their facility, while also providing the framework to quickly adapt to future growth.

By virtue of design, location, number of employees, and the surrounding community, every facility presents unique challenges. Depending on your requirements, StarWatch can deliver physical and video monitoring of perimeter doors and loading bays via a proven intrusion detection module, while providing an upgrade path to full access control functionality. In more extensive installations, multiple layers of security for outside perimeter protection, identity management, two-factor authentication using smart card and biometric technologies, and integrated HVAC control can be deployed. With open architecture software and simple connectivity to third-party cameras and devices, StarWatch can support your requirements, no matter what level of security your team decides upon.

System Features

  • Protection of business-critical equipment, warehoused assets, and data
  • Highly scalable technology - from simple door monitoring applications to large, multi-site environments
  • Unified intrusion detection, video surveillance, intercom, access control, and other notification systems
  • Full entry point management for vehicles and personnel
  • Access to facility areas based on an individual’s permission level and defined schedule
  • Security credentials used to restrict who can operate complex machinery and when
  • Direct compatibility with third party cameras, devices, and sensors

Secure Monitoring of Daily Operations

In most facilities, the top priority and biggest challenge is the prevention of unauthorized individuals from entering restricted manufacturing or warehouse locations without also creating unnecessary delays for employees and approved suppliers. With StarWatch, defining which doors and bays are open or locked at specific times during each day of the week and monitoring entry/exit points with coordinated video and other security devices is simplified with an intuitive calendar-based schedule manager. As an individual approaches a building, notification from live video and intercoms is presented to appropriate facility managers as actions occur, removing the need for continuous monitoring by designated personnel. If an incident transpires, options such as activate intercom, lock door, or contact police are clearly presented to the user as defined by security procedures.

Designed to securely manage the flow of vehicle and pedestrian traffic into a facility, the StarWatch gate management module provides flexible entry point solutions that automate the entry/exit process and stop potential intruders at the gate. A fully integrated lane management system, StarWatch combines advanced access control technology with physical gate control components. Individuals and vehicles can be verified at entry and exit kiosks via the latest generation of identification technologies, including barcode, proximity, RFID, and biometrics. Ensuring that only authorized personnel are permitted to pass, all lane peripherals, including gate arms, electronic signage, signal lights, and bollards, are controlled via advanced software routines.

Automated Machine Management

Under StarWatch, in specialized manufacturing environments where the safety of people and expensive equipment is a major concern, only trained and authorized personnel are provided with the security clearances needed to operate complex machinery using existing access cards/credentials. Electronic log books and identification technologies are used to define which individuals have proper access to turn on and operate specific pieces of equipment and at what times during the day/week. All machine activity is time-stamped, linked to the working employee, and recorded for future reporting.

Providing enhanced process safety, this automated tracking is accomplished using the same access control cards used by personnel to enter and move about your facility. Replacing conventional access keys, electronic cards are cost-effective and can be combined with set permission levels in an easily configured and managed program to further secure your operation.

The BACnet Automation Advantage

StarWatch also provides users with the unique opportunity to merge security functionality with Building Automation Systems (BAS) through the use of BACnet, a widely used data communications protocol for building automation and control networks. With built-in BACnet compliance, the platform offers a level of device interoperability and data analysis opportunity previously unavailable in the commercial security market. Most importantly, through an integrated BACnet network, industrial spaces can reduce energy consumption by associating StarWatch access/secure activity to BAS functions. For example, linked systems can turn on/off HVAC and lighting in areas of buildings based on room usage and staff member credential information acquired directly, in real time, from an installed StarWatch security system.

With award-winning products designed to communicate with any ANSI/ASHRAE 135-2010 compliant system, StarWatch provides a solution that bridges the gap between physical security and building automation technology and opens the door to truly intelligent buildings.

To explore how DAQ can define and deliver cost-effective solutions for your manufacturing, distribution, or industrial application, please contact our offices. We are standing by to help secure your facilities. Please note that in recognizing the critical nature of security concerns, DAQ maintains strict confidentiality in all aspects of project discussion, planning, engineering, and installation.

Document Links

Manufacturing Applications

Description: printable .pdf version of manufacturing and distribution center applications overview
click to download

BACnet Solutions

Description: printable .pdf version of BACnet advantages overview
click to download

Integrated Software Components

StarWatch combines typically distinct security functions into a cohesive management system, all operating under a single user interface with common databases. This fusion of information allows each activity, event, and response to be informed by the current condition of every sensor, portal, camera, and third-party device connected to the system.

Related Products

The StarWatch product portfolio includes a proven line of software and devices that allow users to maintain comprehensive situational awareness across all entry points, surveillance zones, and perimeters.