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How The Hempire Collective cannabis farm and dispensary solved its security and compliance struggles with the right cloud video security solution from Ava Security
The Hempire Collective is a unique premium medicinal and recreational cannabis dispensary in mid-Michigan that provides sustainable jobs for vets while offering cannabis products to manage pain and improve mental health and quality of life. Inspired by a family member’s suffering from cancer, anxiety, and PTSD, the Hempire Collective was born.
Protecting employees, operations, and major assets, such as inventory and equipment, goes hand-in-hand with the success of the Hempire Collective. Plants and facilities need to be monitored 24/7. But management found out the hard way that its video surveillance solution created challenges that, if left unresolved, could result in life-threatening consequences, expensive fines, and business setbacks—even the loss of their license.
The Hempire Collective is now able to focus on what it does best. By outsourcing the problem parts of security and compliance, they focus on growing their business rather than being video security experts. Under the guidance of Shem Thompson, IT Consultant from STC Solutions, the Hempire Collective made a different choice—to be set up for success.
The Hempire Collective team can keep track of the exact locations of employees, visitors, and customers. Not only do they get a clear picture of operations and transportation in and out of their facility, but they also now have powerful AI video analytics detecting anything unusual at any time.
Acting on unusual activity means detecting issues as they unfold and then responding quickly. This was the proactive video security they had in mind—not simply recording the issue and looking at it afterward—but getting meaningful alerts they could do something about. Speed and precision are critical, and the consequences of a slow response time and inadequate information can be devastating to any business.
When an incident at The Hempire Collective needs to be reviewed, everything is easier, faster, and more reliable. Ava’s video management system only stores images in maximum resolution when people and vehicles are present, or events of interest occur.
A staff member no longer has to sift through hours of video security footage at low resolution, which took days at a time and often led to nothing of value. They have to copy the footage and send it manually to the proper authorities using a bulky hard drive or another physical device.
This marks the end of frustrating delays, which slowed or fizzled into no follow-up investigations. Ava's video management system also provides secure remote access to all footage at any time for easy compliance with system requirements. With inspectors regularly demanding video surveillance footage, the two hours or more it took to generate video security footage is now done instantly with Ava.
Living in a connected world brings risk. Ava’s video surveillance equipment is embedded with end-to-end encryption, factory-installed certificates, and the security cameras and equipment also records detailed audit trails of both operators and administrators. The Hempire Collective relies on this high level of built-in security to keep operations safe and comply with secure transaction requirements.
“Not only does The Hempire Collective have the intelligence it needs for proactive security, but compliance woes have vanished, and customer support couldn’t be better. We are officially thrilled with Ava!”