Dahua helps reinforce safety at EPA Food

Dahua Technology recently designed a video surveillance and control solution for Empresa Panamena de Alimentos (EPA), a processed food company in Panama.  The risks brought by the pandemic were the drivers for the management to consider the implementation of a new system to sustain efficient safety and security management and operation over staff and premises.

Empresa Panamena de Alimentos is a leading company in the processed food industry in Panama, founded in 2012 and owns production plants and warehouses in the capital city as well as agencies around the country.

As a food company, the operations of the company need to be under caution especially during the pandemic. It was necessary to implement multiple access controls in the facilities. With multiple plants located around the nation and accelerated growth, a centralised monitoring system for all equipment, alert management and user reports was required.

The solution applied at EPA’s facilities integrates various electronic security systems under a single platform and was evaluated based on the company’s needs. “Currently, 480 Dahua devices have been deployed. Amongst them are different models of cameras, access control systems, and automatic number-plate recognition products. AI-based cameras enhance the level of personnel protection. Everything is monitored by a DSS Express server in the main plant,” commented Luis Araujo, Manager of Infrastructure and Telecommunications of the Secutec Panama group.

Every day, more than 800 employees enter EPA facilities nationwide, the access control system allows a faster and safer automated entry of the staff and their cars. Apart from automatic number-plate recognition (ANPR) devices, more than 20 access controllers (ASI7213X-T1) were installed in main offices for temperature monitoring and attendance management. In addition, three Pro Network Video Recorders (NVR5864-4KS2) were also adopted. With a powerful processor, they have the capability of 4K resolution processing and high recording quality.

In Dahua’s solution, perimeter protection and access control are both realised. “We have had Dahua equipment for 7 years, it is a brand that has been of great help to our safety. It has contributed to continuous and steady operations throughout the pandemic,” said Guillermo Figueroa, EPA’s Safety and Control Manager.

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