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Axis and Encom provide protection and product monitoring for Lily O’Briens chocolate factory

Published on 14 May, 2008

AXIS 211 Network CameraAxis Communications, the global leader in the network video market, and leading surveillance solutions provider Encom, have installed an IP-surveillance system consisting of 24 Axis network cameras at Lily O'Brien's chocolate factory based at Newbridge, County Kildare in Ireland.

Lily O'Briens is a runaway Irish success story.  The luxury chocolate manufacturer was founded in 1992 by Mary O'Brien and named after her daughter, Lily.  It is famous for chocolates based on desserts such as crème brulee and tiramisu.  The company makes up to 65 tonnes of chocolate each week and exports eighty per cent of its products.  Forecast turnover for 2008 is expected to reach around €22 million.

All products are manufactured at a 36,000 square feet factory in Newbridge, County Kildare, with Lily O'Briens employing 120 staff producing 180 varieties of chocolate.  Kevin Coleman, Lily O'Brien's process manager, brought in Axis partner Encom to install a surveillance system that could secure their site but also help monitor key production processes.  The company wanted the ability to view machines remotely to ensure production lines run smoothly and to quickly pinpoint problems.

Encom installed seven AXIS 211 Network Cameras for external areas around the factory and the car park.  Five AXIS 207 Network Cameras were used for the reception and corridors, and a further ten AXIS 210 Network Cameras were installed to cover the factory floor.  Encom also deployed two high performance AXIS 214 PTZ Network Cameras for overseeing critical production processes and to help collect technical data.  

Encom worked together with Lily O'Brien's in-house IT team to ensure effective integration with their IP-network.  The system is monitored using AXIS Camera Station software capable of monitoring all 24 cameras.  Images where motion is detected are stored for up to 20 days, recorded at four frames per second in VGA resolution onto an Intel-based server with two terabytes of capacity.

The IP-Surveillance system has already proved its worth through the detection of several suspicious incidents in the factory's car park.  It has also helped Lily O'Brien's chocolate production by allowing managers to quickly examine key processes remotely via their personal computers.  AXIS Camera station

Kevin Coleman, process manager, Lily O'Briens commented:  "The IP-surveillance system has a twofold benefit for us.  The facility to constantly monitor the chocolate making process using the system has assisted us in maintaining the very high standards we set ourselves.  This is vital to ensure Lily O'Brien's reputation for excellence in the market. 

"The security aspect of the system has allowed us to reduce anti-social behaviour in and around our premises ensuring a more pleasant environment for all our staff.  The flexibility of being able to monitor both areas of interest on our own internal network and use password protected secure internet access has also proved useful."

John Morgan, managing director, Encom added:  "We were delighted to work with a world-renowned brand such as Lily O'Briens who have high standards in everything they do.  They are using IP-surveillance to keep a close eye on security but also had the vision to understand what network cameras could do in terms of monitoring their production processes, to make a great product even better."

Steve Gorski, managing director, Axis Communications (UK) Ltd commented:  "Network cameras offer great benefits to manufacturers such as Lily O'Briens as they can allow staff to quickly and easily view every stage of a manufacturing process remotely through their PC, allowing for more efficient and effective monitoring.  Using network cameras as a management tool such as with Lily O'Briens gives managers the ability to really take control of a process and pinpoint problems at an early stage."

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