Foodbank of the Rockies protects critical inventory with integrated security
3xLOGIC, Inc., provider of integrated security solutions, has announced that Foodbank of the Rockies (FBR), located in Denver, Colorado, has substantially upgraded its security system with an expanded 3xLOGIC NVR and new IP cameras. iCAM Video Management Solutions, Inc., a security integrator, has been instrumental in providing design and installation expertise for FBR since they first installed their security system in 2008.
By SP&T Staff
Food Bank of the Rockies has been leading the fight against hunger throughout Metro Denver, rural Colorado, the Western Slope and Wyoming for the past 36 years. FBR has provided more than 519 million meals to people in need since inception. Each year, the food bank procures and distributes food through direct service programs and 600 partner agencies, enough to provide more than 119,000 meals each day.
In 2015, FBR embarked on a renovation project to their main facility in Denver. “This renovation will increase our food distribution capacity by 48%, allowing us to distribute 56 million-plus meals to the food insecure,” said Tony Alexis, Chief Operations Officer, Food Bank of the Rockies. “As part of the project, we are upgrading our security system to be an effective part of the FDA and AIB (American Institute of Baking) food defense strategy by having more and higher quality cameras, and by controlling access of the many people who come through our doors.”
Prior to the upgrade, FBR’s seven-year old video system was comprised of 30 analog and 2 IP cameras (360-degree view), and an older-model DVR. “We were experiencing some shrinkage, and we also handle government commodities for which the officials wanted us to demonstrate strong security to help us to meet contractual obligations,” explained Alexis.
Alexis recounted how the older system was effective in catching some of the volunteers and customers taking things they should not have, it recorded a few truck accidents in the yard, and helped disprove someone claiming an “accident” while on FBR property. However, camera coverage and video quality were lacking as time went on, and FBR knew they needed to do better. “The new system will enable us to watch incidents much more closely; we’ll be able to see what we have to see.”
FBR is upgrading to an eventual total of 64 cameras. “One dollar is worth four meals, so when we have shrink or loss or an accident, we’re taking meals away from needy people,” said Alexis. “We’re very serious about controlling expenses. We have a lot of food, a lot of volunteers, and forklifts constantly in action. A simple mistake on a forklift can cost upwards to $200, but when something happens the answer is often ‘no one did it.’ With better video quality and coverage, we can catch mistakes, do better training, or take other actions to ensure high quality work practices and to reduce our expenses and losses.”
As part of a commitment to their community, 3xLOGIC donated their V7300 Series NVR Appliance pre-configured with VIGIL VMS software for FBR’s upgraded video surveillance system. Lynn Lowman, of iCAM, has been involved with FBR for nearly eight years, helping them to secure an initial grant for their first security system and providing consulting and installation expertise to keep the system in top shape. Lowman provided design and installation of the newly-upgraded system with IP cameras, as well as the legacy analog cameras. The 3xLOGIC hybrid NVR supports both IP and analog, helping ensure that FBR can protect their investment, while having the flexibility to upgrade as budget becomes available.