July 2012 Integrated Solutions For Retailers
By Bob Johns, associate editor
New CCTV technologies allow this supermarket chain to capture ROI on many fronts.
When a company grows to the size of Weis Markets, with over 160 locations and more than 18,000 employees, asset protection (AP) takes on an entirely new meaning. Just managing the various alarms and cameras deployed throughout the chain can be a challenge. This is where Michael Limauro, VP of AP for Weis Markets, found there were areas of opportunity for improvement. “Technology was being used in a reactive manner, which limited its impact and ultimately prevented us from achieving our maximum ROI,” Limauro said.
Limauro and his team needed the ability to better monitor cameras and their deployment throughout the company. In addition, they wanted to create a chainwide standard for CCTV integration. Limauro contacted two vendors to have them conduct trial installations at two stores each and then compared the results. The team was seeking a solution that would expand the functionality of the current camera systems and help them move to IP camera technology paired with digital NVRs (network video recorders). He eventually chose Vector Security for the new CCTV system and to implement a new alarm strategy.