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In a move to keep up with government regulations, Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., an integrated containerboard and corrugated packaging producer, and one of the world’s largest paper recyclers, just launched an industrial wireless video application at its Stevenson, AL, mill.
Smurfit-Stone implemented a mill-wide wireless application network, wireless cameras and video analysis application to provide additional government-required security at the Stevenson mill, a requirement of the United States Maritime Transportation Security Act (CFR 33) because of the Stevenson mill’s proximity to the Tennessee River.
“We took this opportunity to enhance our security with the latest wireless video technology and at the same time put in place a wireless application network that will allow us to deploy new applications such as condition monitoring sensors and enable mobile operators,” said Bobby Sammons, general manager at the Stevenson mill.
The video application tracks, counts, and identifies objects, analyzes motion, and delivers video intelligence from live video streams by performing real-time video analytics. The system can issue alerts to appropriate security, safety, and operational personnel, and archive video for intelligent search, event correlation, and performance auditing.
Smurfit-Stone’s Stevenson mill covers almost one square mile and the system provides a “wireless umbrella” that covers the entire mill’s manufacturing processes with 22 wired and wireless video cameras and more than 40 Motorola 802.11 Access Points managed by the Apprion ION system.
The network will support future wireless applications currently under consideration, including video monitoring of key processes and equipment, wireless sensor networks to monitor equipment health, and wireless data to enable mobility of operations and maintenance personnel.

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