Innovative use of Axis Communications system helps unlock zero waste targets


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Axis Communications has partnered with EMR to deploy a highly innovative use of a security system at one of its key UK sites. The installation of the integrated end-to-end solution which comprises network cameras, access control and IP audio products integrated with a hosted software application allows the close monitoring of not only the site’s premises, but also every aspect of onsite operations. This will enable staff to identify improvements in processes and take major steps towards achieving EMR’s sustainability goals.

EMR, a leader in material recovery producing in excess of 10 million tonnes a year of high quality recycled materials, approached Axis to design a dual purpose solution. The resulting system provides comprehensive security across access points and the wider perimeter, while also enabling greater visibility into the efficiency of operational processes, including the monitoring of onsite machinery, to identify opportunities to better manage waste in line with the organisation’s sustainability targets. 

“With such a substantial operational environment, there is much to consider,” stated Roger Hewitt, Head of Security at EMR UK. “We needed a better monitoring status of the site’s security but also and equally important, greater visibility of every stage of the recycling process. Axis cameras mounted on our weigh bridge, for example, can assist in the calculation of loads. Thermal imaging cameras can monitor for excess heat, not just inside the machinery, but also within the piles of metal and material that we have on site, notifying operators if rising temperatures are detected. The image quality of the Axis cameras is excellent and allow us to monitor our entire operation while also ensuring the highest levels of safety.”

The end-to-end solution includes a range of innovative Axis technologies comprising an AXIS Network Door Station and a A1601 Network Door Controller to manage all entrances and exits, while a network audio system incorporating horn speakers is capable of playing pre-recorded alerts triggered in the event of unauthorised access. A range of cameras are employed to protect the site perimeter and monitor operations, including AXIS P5624E dome cameras and an AXIS Q2901-E Temperature Alarm Camera which has been installed to detect heat for the purpose of identifying fire risk.

Axis’ Nick Platt-Higgins, UK Key Account Manager, said of the project: “This is perhaps one of the most all-encompassing solutions we have designed and installed to date. It really provides a real world opportunity to see a significant number of Axis technologies out in the field, using cloud connectivity to provide a comprehensive overview of EMR’s entire operations at this site. EMR’s drive towards a more ethical, waste-free way of operating also matches our own ethos perfectly.”

The Axis end-to-end solution has brought peace of mind to all at the site, while the benefit of being able to monitor operations has resulted in more accurate decision making around how best to optimise production while striving to improve sustainable practices. The new system enables EMR to demonstrate its position as a sustainable and ethical company, committed to smarter, greener operations.

Both Axis and EMR share a commitment to working towards a better, safer world. Roger Hewitt shared his view of the relationship with Axis that has made the new solution possible: “At EMR we realise the importance of operating a sustainable and ethical company with a responsible working culture. I think this is one of the main reasons for our close working relationship with Axis; that shared vision of how to operate in line with social responsibility and how to try and make things better for everyone.”

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