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Today we are here to discuss a physical infrastructure solution for the manufacturing and industrial business. Today we will see examples of workforce monitoring using cameras. A recent study suggests that over 50% of the businesses in America use cameras in some fashion to monitor their workforce. This can be for specific security purposes that document any potential security incident. The prevailing thought is that if someone knows they are being monitored they are less likely to behave in an unwanted way.  This has shown to lead to a decrease in theft and shrinkage issues within businesses, as well as a possible decrease in your insurance costs by having this extra layer of protection.

USE Cases: There is another intriguing use for cameras on the shop floor and that is for workforce movement and modeling. Retailers, as well as industrial businesses have now started to analyze how their workers move around in the workplace environment. They have been able to conclude that putting workloads closer to the workers areas have led to greater efficiencies while reducing employee fatigue. This does two things, increases productivity and reduces worker injury claims. Both factors can contribute significantly to the bottom line in profitability. Retailers using cameras were able to see areas where there may be too many employees in one are and not enough coverage in another area for their retail traffic. This led to modeling specific spacing efforts for more even coverage to serve customers and greater security.

What was done: In the industrial business, the use of cameras in workforce modeling through direct visual comparison or tracking algorithms has shown to be a valuable tool for productivity of a worker’s time and output. The shop floor leadership was also able to identify key areas of where coverage was needed in greater detail, as well as, where coverage was lacking. In doing so, a choice of camera systems was made that could overcome some of these challenges through pan and zoom features. Vince Hagan was able to visually model product placement closer to the workers workspaces, thereby reducing movement time and physical fatigue caused by moving heavy supplies on the floor. This review was done by looking at the overall shop floor set up and placement of the work environment and then developing visual concepts of how the work could become more efficient through simple shop floor supply placement changes.

Outcome: After one-year production efficiency increased by approximately 13%. Shrinkage from materials loss was reduced by 50% for a total annual savings of 1.8 million dollars. Workplace related injury claims also dropped by 27% in one year.