4 of 6
Safety (and efficiency) first
Business: Serious Materials
Location: Sunnyvale, Calif.
Surveillance system: Connexed
Cost: $5,000 for 15 cameras, plus $20 per month.
Used since: September 2007

Serious Materials develops and manufactures green building materials. In both his Sunnyvale and Newark locations, CEO Kevin Surace uses his 15 cameras to make sure materials don't head out the door with the staff.

"It's good to see who is going in and out, particularly after hours," he says.

In addition to monitoring who is leaving early and who is leaving late, he is able to see where mistakes are made in the production process, helping him prevent recurrences. And if there were ever an accident, he'd have it on record for review.

NEXT: Lowering insurance premiums

LAST UPDATE: Oct 08 2008 | 12:02 PM ET
Sponsored by
More Galleries
Commuting is getting easier. Here's why The MobiPrize, conducted by SMART at the University of Michigan, recognizes innovation in global transportation. From microcars to auto rickshaws, these six startups are some of the standouts. More
A sampling of beers being made with traditional Latin flavors A small but growing number of craft breweries are including passion fruit, Mexican cinnamon and other traditional Latin flavors. More
Banks won't lend? Use these guys instead Banks often have exhaustive approval processes, high minimums, and flawless credit requirements. But there's a wealth of non-bank alternatives for those who need capital fast. Here are some of the leaders. More

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.