Melter Corporation in Mexico Installs VIVOTEK Cameras to Monitor Facilities
Melter S.A. de C.V. (Corporation) located in Monterrey, México manufactures water cooled components for the steel industry. Founded in 1990, Melter has quickly grown to become an international exporter of water cooled components, heat exchangers, pressure vessels, formed heads and heat recuperators. Over 60 of Melter’s production is exported to the USA, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Like many other companies with business operations within the United States, Melter viewed Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification as critical to their continuing success.
C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. Through this initiative, U.S. Customs and Border Protection requires businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain. To become C-TPAT certified, participating companies must have a video surveillance system covering sensitive security areas.
With infrastructure totaling over 635,000 square feet of office space, covered bays, warehouses and open yards, Melter required a sophisticated video surveillance solution for areas in and around their three facilities in order to obtain C-TPAT certification. Novalan Computadoras y Redes, VIVOTEK’s highly esteemed system integrator partner in Monterrey, México, worked closely with Melter to come up with a comprehensive solution to install a total of 50 pieces of VIVOTEK network cameras.
Prior to the installation, there were only a few analog cameras set up on one of the many floors in the building to monitor the facility. With the company seeking a more effective security solution, the skilled, knowledgeable staff members of Novalan verified the feasibility of implementing network-based surveillance systems and studied how to go about executing such deployment while at the same time meeting C-TPAT requirements. The main access to each of the factories and shipping zones were the priorities, along with other areas such as the main entrances.
To the end-user, the ability for them to receive and access high-definition video footage was an absolute must. Among many other competing cameras, a total of 50 units of high-performance network cameras from VIVOTEK were selected.
A number of VIVOTEK IP7142 cameras were installed in three separate buildings covering areas where high contrast lighting conditions were most prevalent. The Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) CMOS sensor enables the camera to easily adapt to challenging lighting conditions. The IP7142 also comes with an IP66-rated weather-resistant housing, a vari-focal lens of 3.3 to 12 mm and built-in removable IR-cut filter and IR illuminators with coverage of up to 15 meters. With all these advanced features, the IP7142 is capable of resolving potential issues resulting from the environment and guarantees to provide exceptional video performance.
A second camera model, the IP7361, is a high-performance bullet camera which boasts several innovative technologies, including 2-Megapixel resolution and a combination of outdoor-specific features such as concealed wiring, an IP67-rated weather-resistant housing, a removable IR-cut filter and IR illuminators. The device was chosen for its high image quality and excellent outdoor performance -features ideally suited to cover Melter’s open yards and building entrances (areas considered of highest importance in gaining C-TPAT certification).
VIVOTEK IP8362, a bullet camera designed for outdoor applications, also had units installed in areas where the customer expected both high definition resolution and WDR enhancement technology to ensure exceptional image quality and details in extremely bright and dark environments.
A number units of high performance SD7313 speed domes with integrated 35x zoom lenses were also placed around building perimeters to ensure complete coverage of the over 635,000 square foot facility. With its zoom capability, the SD7313 offers close-up images of distant objects in sharp detail and is designed for areas where high reliability and weatherproofing are required.
Finally, VIVOTEK‘s own in-house VS7100, a professional single channel video server, and ST7501, a recording software designed for diverse surveillance applications, were also installed to convert the analog signal from existing preinstalled camera systems, integrating them into the new network surveillance solution.
With the installation of a VIVOTEK-based solution, Melter successfully fulfilled the C-TPAT certification requirements. Gerardo Espinoza, Product Manager of Novalan, was happy with the cameras and their performance. He said "Fortunately, the camera system fulfilled the C-TPAT requirements and even exceeded expectations in terms of image quality, real-time monitoring and easy operation from different devices."