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Sony cameras monitor logistics chain of Gebrüder Weiss

Sony cameras monitor logistics chain of Gebrüder Weiss
With a heritage stretching back over 500 years, Gebrüder Weiss is one of Europe’s oldest transport and logistics companies. Based in Vorarlberg, Austria and with more than 7,000 employees in 150 locations around the world, it is al-so one of the largest. 

Customers of all sizes trust Gebrüder Weiss to ship their consignments quickly, safely and undamaged to their destination. To guarantee this and make the en-tire logistics chain traceable, the service provider relies on comprehensive vid-eo surveillance in its logistics centers, which is regularly updated to reflect the latest state of the art.

Gebrüder Weiss has now expanded its existing monitoring solution at the com-pany’s largest distribution centre in Maria Lanzendorf near Vienna that previ-ously featured almost 500 Sony cameras and Milestone's video management software (VMS). This has been supplemented with the addition of 33 Sony SNC-VM772R 4K video security cameras

The upgrade ensures greater security, comprehensive package tracking and the ability to track any damage. The new Sony 4K cameras are used mainly to monitor reloading from larger trailers into smaller trucks. Their field of view co-vers the actual transfer area as well as the interior of the trailers and conveyor belts.

The SNC-VM772R features a large CMOS sensor with 4K resolution that combines excellent image quality and large depth of field, even in difficult light-ing conditions. The camera’s robust design with integrated image stabilization ensures smooth, clear video images despite vibration, dust and exhaust fumes from passing trucks.

The cameras’ installation ensures that the entire transshipment area is moni-tored at all times, with no blind spots caused by vehicles or pallets. In addition, the new 4K cameras can track several objects simultaneously with either VGA or Full HD resolution. The SNC-VM772R's 20 megapixel image sensor also enables capture of high-resolution Evidence Shots – still images with greater than 4K resolution that allow even the smallest details to be viewed clearly. For Gebrüder Weiss, the Sony solution is thus an outstanding alternative to multiple PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) cameras or multi-sensor systems.

Installation and integration into the existing environment were carried out by lo-cal Sony partner ÖWD Österreichischer Wachdienst Security & Services. With 2,800 employees, ÖWD is one of the largest security companies in Aus-tria and maintains 24/7 technical teams in all Austrian states.

"Since it opened in 2006 we have been using Sony cameras at our terminal in Maria Lanzendorf, which is our largest in the world" says Werner Drnec, Oper-ations Manager at Gebrüder Weiss, Maria Lanzendorf. "Both the image quality and reliability – with failure rates close to zero – have always exceeded our expectations, and even in the current project they proved themselves in a di-rect comparison. Our confidence in the Sony brand plus easy, seamless inte-gration into our existing environment added to this."

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