Chad Barnett, Owner
As food manufacturers continue to combat the challenges induced by the ongoing global pandemic, ensuring food safety has become more critical than ever. Facility owners are keen on deploying robust and integrated video surveillance and access control systems to protect their products, assets, and employees while maintaining high standards at their facilities. With modern integrated systems, operators can effectively verify that someone attempting to enter a location is properly authorized. Utilizing a single interface, facility managers can have complete control at their fingertips, which not only increases efficiency but also allows for a more organized and streamlined workflow. However, integrations can turn out to be costly and a hassle to manage for manufacturing companies if they do not have a reliable integrator by their side. Nobody understands this better than Digital Systems Installation (DSI.)
DSI was founded in 2007 to answer the need for integration in the surveillance and Access Control Systems industry at an enterprise level. DSI is a national integration company that designs and customizes security and surveillance solutions for a variety of industries, including food manufacturing, hospitality, retail, production, and more, throughout the nation. (To provide clients with top-of-the-line, customized security and surveillance products, DSI has joined forces with Avigilon as a certified partner. Avigilon, a Canadian subsidiary of Motorola Solutions, provides industry-leading, end-to-end security and surveillance solutions for industries all across the globe.) DSI is an “Avigilon Elite Partner” and also offers Axis products to ensure that it finds the best solution for its customers.
Driving Excellence with Customer- Centricity at the Core
“Our mission has been to force an industry to become better because we exist. We’re not a company that’s scared to stand up to a project and will always go the extra mile to not only make the customer happy but also equip them with the best technology available,” says Chad Barnett, Owner of DSI. The DSI team is adept at creating and customizing solutions based on their ability to write software and integrate current equipment with new ones to improve their performance. DSI believes in developing solutions that are as unique as their customers’ needs. As such, when a client approaches DSI with a given problem requiring a solution that doesn’t even exist in the market, the company is up to the task.
The DSI team is always up and ready to brainstorm fresh ideas with the client team and devise a solution that can deliver the best outcome.
When it comes to food manufacturing, DSI is squarely focused on ensuring food safety and security with its access control and surveillance systems and integrates the two to provide operators with complete control.
The biggest problem in large manufacturing plants is integrating the various surveillance systems that are used in different areas—whether it’s the warehouse, production facility, or thetransportation area. DSI marries the different components in a plant to design multipurpose equipment and ties it into software to offer a completely customized solution that can enhance safety, employee performance, and product accuracy.
For production lines, DSI Integrated Security systems offer a way to view live and recorded footage, as well as machine faults. Any unplanned downtime in the production line can cost companies significant amounts of lost time and money. “To this end, DSI installs camera surveillance systems to watch the equipment for any malfunction, be it due to user error or faulty parts,” Barnett says. The camera will not only record it but also stream the live feed to a supervisor or a control room. They can then either dispatch resources or devise corrective action plans to resolve the problem.
DSI also implements camera and notifications/alerts on automated equipment to watch out for fault codes. Having this information in real time ensures that the manufacturing processes are running smoothly and, more importantly, protects employees from potential hazards due to machine malfunction. “Cameras are a reactive product, not proactive. We’ve tried to change that to enable our customers with a proactive approach and provide them a greater return on investment,” Barnett explains. The DSI team also writes the software that helps clients understand downtimes, run times, product output and tie that with the camera so that they can deliver live (or recorded) statistical information on a problem.
Making a Mark with Winning Solutions
DSI’s capabilities are in full display as they continually help Frito-Lay improve food safety and adhere to US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) standards while bolstering security on-site. Door access systems were installed on key entrances so that only authorized individuals can enter specific areas. Strategically placed cameras are implemented throughout the production lines, warehouse, sanitation, labs, and offices to ensure food safety at all levels of production according to industry and government standards. DSI has provided seamless integration between the two systems, which allowed Frito-Lay to control quality, monitor employee safety, and address any other safety concerns.
What’s more, DSI employs a 24/7 (remote)service team that not only assists clients with downtime issues but also services every equipment deployed at their facility to ensure they are operating at their full capacity. As 95 percent of surveillance system issues can be resolved remotely by DSI team, sites can have their systems up and running in a matter of minutes instead of days. Moreover, there are no monthly or annual reoccurring SERVICE fees involved. With such elite customer service and a highly responsive team, the company has garnered a prolific clientele primarily through referrals and has acquired many repeat customers. DSI aims to continue growing with the same vigor and maximize ROI for its clients with effective, complete surveillance solutions that help them maintain the highest level of food safety standards.