Yorkshire builders’ merchant adds AI-powered security system


Building supplies specialists Myers Group has upgraded the security at several of its sites using artificial intelligence (AI) technology in a project representing a £200,000 investment.

The new cutting-edge closed-circuit television (CCTV) system deployed on the enterprise’s sites is part of an initiative designed to update security and increase company profits. The set-up is now monitoring the Johnsons Wellfield quarry in Huddersfield, as well as 19 of Myers’ builders’ merchant locations and three ready-mix concrete sites.

The original CCTV system featuring analogue cables has been modernised with Coax to Internet Protocol (IP) converters and the pre-existing detection sensors replaced with AI-powered equipment that can determine human presence and directly alert the central monitoring hub. The stone quarry based in Huddersfield has been fitted with thermal optic cameras able to detect human activity without requiring infrared or white light. The advanced cameras feature AI-learning that can filter false alarms, distinguishing clearly between animal and human intruders.

Group operations manager for Myers Group, Paul Bradley, commented on the recent upgrade for company surveillance:

“We already had CCTV in place, but it was outdated and unreliable, with many cameras being out-of-action, meaning that we experienced issues surrounding missed health and safety incidents, as well as trespassing.”

Firms planning a security system installation in Chester, Huddersfield and other areas of Northern England should always make sure it is fitted by a certified electrician. A reliable CCTV system can reduce the business costs of security guards and act as an effective deterrent for trespassers and thieves.

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