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MidWest Foods upgrades video surveillance to guard food safety

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By Jenni Spinner+

Last updated on 03-Jul-2014 at 12:26 GMT

Midwest Foods, a large US food distribution center, has installed a video security system for ensuring food safety.
Midwest Foods, a large US food distribution center, has installed a video security system for ensuring food safety.

Midwest Foods, a large US food distributor, has installed a video surveillance system to ensure the safety of its products and workers.

Midwest Foods, one of the largest food distributors in the US, has installed an upgraded video security system to guard its facility.

The technology (provided by equipment manufacturer Hikvision USA and security specialists Imperial Surveillance) is designed to impart the production with digital security without a significant capital investment, while increasing operational efficiency.

Increased operational safety

Dan Tingle, IT manager for Midwest Foods, told FoodProductionDaily staff noticed the benefits of the updated system soon after installation.

The security system prevents basic theft in a way that the old system couldn't have done," he said.

In addition to stepping up loss prevention efforts, the company reports the recently installed system ensures food safety. Midwest Foods guarantees its customers products are without biological or physical dangers; the system reportedly assists in guarding against allergen contamination, deliberate contamination, and other concerns.

From analog to digital

Midwest Foods initially turned to Imperial Surveillance to integrate existing analog cameras into a more advanced digital network. The equipment integrator added IR cameras, a hybrid DVR, and other tools to connect between the analog equipment and updated digital network.

Tingle said the revamped digital security system offers Midwest Foods increased peace of mind about the safety of its food, as well as convenience.

I appreciate how I can check in on things using an app on my phone," he said.

The Hikvision iVMS-4500 app, downloadable from iTunes and Google Play, can be tapped into via smartphone or tablet.

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