From the Apprion press release:
SMURFIT-STONE CONTAINER CORPORATION SECURES MILL AND ADDRESSES MARSEC REQUIREMENTS WITH LARGEST INDUSTRIAL WIRELESS VIDEO MONITORING SYSTEM TO DATE
Apprion Delivers Wireless Video Monitoring, Real-time Video Analysis and Extensible
Wireless Application Network for Future Wireless Applications
Mountain View, CA – August 4, 2010 – Apprion, the leader in industrial wireless application
networks, announced it has completed work on one of the world’s largest and most ambitious
industrial wireless video applications at Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation’s mill in Stevenson,
AL. Smurfit-Stone is a leading integrated containerboard and corrugated packaging producer,
and one of the world's largest paper recyclers.
Smurfit-Stone implemented a mill-wide Apprion ION wireless application network, wireless
cameras and ION video analysis application as a cost-effective solution to providing additional
government-required security at the Stevenson mill, a requirement of the United States Maritime
Transportation Security Act (CFR 33) because of the Stevenson mill’s proximity to the Tennessee
“We took this opportunity to enhance our security with the latest wireless video technology and at
the same time put in place a wireless application network that will allow us to deploy new
applications such as condition monitoring sensors and enable mobile operators,” said Bobby
Sammons, general manager at the Stevenson mill.
Smurfit-Stone partnered with Apprion to deploy its award winning ION System – the premier
industrial wireless application network solution – and the Apprion ION Video Application. The
video application tracks, counts, and identifies objects, analyzes motion, and delivers video
intelligence from live video streams by performing real-time video analytics. The system makes
this intelligence actionable by issuing alerts to appropriate security, safety, and operational
personnel, and archiving video for intelligent search, event correlation, and performance auditing.
ION Video is integrated with the Apprion IONosphere as part of Apprion’s ION System. This
integration allows real-time video analytics to be combined with other ION applications, such as
ION Condition Monitoring or ION Communications to create individualized operational
dashboards customized to the individual’s role in the plant.
Smurfit-Stone’s Stevenson mill covers almost one square mile. The Apprion ION System
provides a “wireless umbrella” that covers the entire mill’s manufacturing processes with 22 wired
and wireless video cameras and more than 40 Motorola 802.11 Access Points managed by the
Apprion ION system.
This wireless application network will support future wireless applications currently being
considered, including video monitoring of key processes and equipment, wireless sensor
networks to monitor equipment health, and wireless data to enable mobility of operations and
“We expect to see many more examples like this – where creative, forward-thinking,
manufacturers like Smurfit-Stone leverage investment dollars to address regulatory concerns,
while simultaneously building a foundation that will support additional programs improving
productivity, efficiency and safety,” said analyst Harry Forbes of ARC Advisory Group. “Smurfit-
Stone’s decision to deploy the Apprion ION System and ION Video addresses its Maritime
Security concerns while boosting their competitive position.”