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Laser Scanners from SICK Protect Works of Art at Vienna Art Museum

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Laser scanners from SICK have been installed at the History of Art Museum in Vienna to guard the art treasures in the painting halls.  

The security apparatus at the museum was revamped following the theft of a 16th century sculpture worth an estimated 50 million Euros.  

Structural security or protection by security personnel has its limits especially when it comes to securing public edifices and industrial buildings.  

Though the Kunsthistorisches Museum attracts well over a million visitors every year, the Security Management and Visitor Service responsible for securing the exhibition rooms consists of only 200 employees to cover an area spread over 29,000m².  

Felia Brugger, the Head of Security Management relies completely on the security technology in order to monitor the valuable art objects round-the-clock.  

While revamping the security system, it was important that the new technology was capable of simple integration into the existing system and fitting the basic organisational conditions.  

Thus, implementation of the entire security system was a balancing act between extremely high pressure of rising costs and strict requirements concerning the protection of historic buildings and monuments.  

One key challenge was to protect the art objects reliably from theft and vandalism without interfering with the visitors’ enjoyment of art. SICK’s LMS100 laser scanner was identified as the solution.  

In cooperation with the IB Süd planning office and PKE Electronics GmbH, SICK Austria planned and installed a security system that protected the works of art in the picture gallery from unexpected contact while working invisibly, precisely and reliably.  

Key benefits of SICK’s laser scanners: 

  • Secures the paintings and walls vertically in addition to the floor and ceiling horizontally
  • Allows visitors to look at the picture up close without triggering the alarm prematurely
  • Facilitates cleaning or redesigning the exhibit rooms without switching off the monitoring of the objects entirely
  • Enables adjustments to be made easily if the dimensions of the exhibits change
  • Flexible daytime and night time setting allows a case-by-case structure of the security concept
  • Breach of the monitored field causes immediate and real-time triggering of the alarm

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