Deploying IoT to Enhance Warehouse Security

Warehouse Security

By Laurent Soubielle

When recovering from the disruptions caused by the pandemic, it’s crucial that warehouse owners eliminate any potential security risks that may hinder their progress. Laurent Soubielle, IoT agency director at Sigfox USA, says warehouse owners should use an alarm system and automatic inventory connected to a 0G network to ease these anxieties.

As employees across all industries are looking to rebuild and find the next new “normal” in what’s hopefully the pandemic’s final stretch, people are identifying new ways to improve strategies and operations. Of all sectors, manufacturing is the hardest hit by the disruptions caused by COVID-19, with an 11-year low in both employment and new orders. Going forward, manufacturers will not only need to find ways to recover but also to make up for the lost time. When approaching this next phase, one of the biggest risks manufacturers face is maintaining security and preventing theft.

Despite more people investing in alarm and remote surveillance systems to discourage burglars and enable them to react quickly to intrusions, those same systems can be faulty, suffer from breakdowns, or even jam at the worst possible moment because of a droppage in the global system for mobile (GSM) communications network linking them to the security company protecting the facility. It is simply not enough anymore to just “check the box” when it comes to adding an alarm system to keep a warehouse safe and secure.

Warehouse owners should consider implementing new technology, like the internet of things (IoT), to prevent theft and focus on rebuilding their businesses while ensuring that surveillance data is securely transmitted when there is a threat on the property. The 0G network—a dedicated, wireless network specifically designed to send small, critical messages from any IoT device to the internet—is a great fit for these needs. Using a 0G IoT network for connected devices, warehouse owners can have peace of mind knowing they’re working with a secure network that is cost-effective.

Benefits of 0G Alarms

Implementing IoT devices that run on a 0G network can enable business owners to secure any building at a low cost and tackle the main weakness of alarm systems at the same time. Radio jamming is one of the biggest threats to wireless security devices, leaving them vulnerable and exposed to risk.

Most security alarms are connected via the GSM, but with GSM jammers now widely available, almost anyone can break in, leaving burglar intrusion far too convenient. These networks are typically run on cellular. When an alarm is unable to properly communicate a threat through this network, the security provider will not receive the notification that there is a crisis at hand. Due to this, warehouses are at high risk for break-ins, and warehouse owners should not take this lightly.

0G alarms use radio technology, which is resistant to jamming, making them very beneficial. Not only are they resistant to jamming, but they can also help ensure an alarm system continues to operate normally, even if an outside threat, like an intruder, attempts to jam the signal.

Owners can also trust their alarms as they are equipped with back-up connectivity, so alarms are transmitted to security companies if the primary GSM does happen to get jammed. With a backup network in place, warehouse owners can protect their facilities, assets, and employees from any losses in connectivity and guard against the risk of hackers or other types of interference.

For example, Verisure, a European leader in alarms with remote monitoring, has mitigated that potential risk in its own devices and system by using a 0G network as backup connectivity, which, unlike the GSM network, is less likely to jam. Through 0G network connectivity, communications between Verisure and each individuals’ home virtually anywhere in the world are assured at all times. The same method can (and should) be applied to protect warehouses from any disruptions or risks.

Security can also be enforced at the package level. Using solutions existing on a 0G network, it is possible to have an automatic inventory of the number of packages in the warehouse. Warehouse owners can also be alerted if the package has been tampered with, opened, or moved outside the warehouse. These solutions can be as inexpensive as $1 per package because of the cost efficiency of the 0G network.

By securing warehouses with alarm systems that run on 0G IoT networks, managers can rest assured that their warehouse is protected at all times. As a result, their alarm systems will be more secure, stable, and reliable. This leaves warehouse owners with more time to focus on rebuilding their businesses after the disruptions caused by the pandemic — without worrying about threats like burglary.