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Author: Taleen Merjanian, Marketing Manager, Tyco Integrated Fire and Security
Published: Wed, May 3, 2017

Safeguarding the physical security of a Manufacturing supply chain – from materials, processes and inventory to moving finished goods to market – must address a wide range of threats including life-safety risks, intellectual-property theft, process tampering, diversion and cargo theft. In Canada, cargo theft alone is a $5 billion problem.

The following steps can help manufacturing companies implement a proactive strategy to mitigate these risks:

  • Assess vulnerabilities throughout the local and global supply chain and across all processes. Take care to ensure compliance with corporate standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Adopt corresponding safety measures and make sure these solutions, such as a fire alarm or sprinkler system, comply with industry codes and can protect your assets and people in an emergency.
  • Control Access to sensitive areas can through integrated video and radio frequency (RFID) tags.
  • Alert authorities in the event of intentional or unintentional threats to your people and property. Physical security information management solutions can link video, access control and sensors to help you detect any threats.
  • Put Audit procedures in place, reviewing and testing them regularly. Cloud-based services enable remote video audits that can help you keep tabs on the global supply chain.


These efforts can help protect a company from losses and ensure a brand’s reputation is not damaged as a result of possible product tampering or an accident. By designing and executing a sound security strategy, manufacturing companies can help keep their business safe and enhance productivity.


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