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JUL 2018

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40 Security Dealer & Integrator / July 2018 How the Cannabis Industry Meshes Logistics and Security Technology Due to the highly regulated nature of the industry, many cannabis businesses require some form of "track-and-trace" solution. One company that has developed such an offering for the market is Flourish, whose supply chain management software solution was purpose-built for cannabis cultivation, manufac- turing and distribution operations to help them keep tabs on plants from seed-to-sale. "That includes tagging the plants, moving the plants through the different phases of cultivation, recording weights at harvest, tagging inventory that's packaged out and, when you get to manufacturing, tagging all of the subsequent packages and the history of where they came from," Flourish CEO Colton Griffin explains. The Flourish software can also be integrated with video management systems to tie security more tight- ly with certain aspects of the supply chain. "We work with our clients to identify certain chokepoints that would be valuable to have video associated with it," Griffin says. "That could be a station where you are weighing product, a shipping or receiving dock, or maybe just a locked storage cabinet or room. If you wanted video every time somebody entered a room or located inventory to a specific location…then we can send them a message and, of course, that video is searchable and there can be analytics on top of it." Steve Birkmeier, VP of Sales and Business Development for Arteco, whose Video Event Management System has been leveraged by five different cannabis facilities, says that while video surveillance is a stan- dard requirement for marijuana growers from a security perspective, it can also be used to help them operationally. "Compliance is the key to success in the cannabis industry," he says. "What we look at is how to take video security – a basic requirement – and apply it to the grower's facility in a way that increases their operational effectiveness toward compliance." Birkmeier says one of the ways Arteco has done that is by taking its Open Connector integration plat- form and incorporating seed-to-sale tracking software, which is a track-and-trace software similar to what can be found in the logistics industry. "It will track that plant from the moment it is cloned until it leaves the facility," Birkmeier says. Birkmeier adds that they have also seen demand from the cannabis industry for facial recognition solutions to be able to verify identities at certain checkpoints within the facilities. "If someone gets through with somebody else's credential and they are walking by what appears to be a passive camera...facial recognition will pick up that person's face as being someone not recognized by the system and log that as a security event," he says. "It is really a layered approach to security." Aside from traditional security technologies – such as video surveil- lance, access control and intrusion detection – there are a number of other solutions that integrators working in the cannabis growing market may have an opportunity to sell. These include augmented LED lighting systems that can be controlled remotely for indoor grow facilities; ven- tilation systems to remove noxious gases from the air; CO2 and oxygen sensors; temperature controls; as well as RFID solutions, which are used to tag and track plants. Cover Story CEO Colton Griffin founded Flourish, which provides software that not only tracks product from seed to sale, but also enables automation at each link in the cannabis supply chain. RFID provides a useful asset tracking technology for cannabis plants.

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