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Apprion has completed work on a large industrial wireless video application at Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation’s mill in Stevenson, Alabama.

Smurfit-Stone is an integrated containerboard and corrugated packaging producer and a paper recycler.

The company implemented a mill-wide Apprion Ion wireless application network, wireless cameras and an Ion video analysis application as a cost-effective solution to providing additional government-required security at the Stevenson mill, a requirement of the US Maritime Transportation Security Act (CFR 33) because of the 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.

Smurfit-Stone partnered with Apprion to deploy the Ion System – an industrial wireless application network solution – and the Ion Video application.

The video application tracks, counts and identifies objects, analyses motion and delivers video intelligence from live video streams by performing real-time video analytics.

The system makes this intelligence actionable by issuing alerts to appropriate security, safety and operational personnel and archiving video for intelligent search, event correlation and performance auditing.

Ion Video is integrated with the Apprion Ionosphere as part of the Ion System.

This integration allows real-time video analytics to be combined with other Ion applications, such as Ion Condition Monitoring or Ion Communications, to create operational dashboards customised to the individual’s role in the plant.

The Apprion Ion 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.

This wireless application network will support future wireless applications currently being considered, including the video monitoring of key processes and equipment, wireless sensor networks to monitor equipment health and wireless data to enable the mobility of operations and maintenance personnel.


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