Construction security systems
As strong, heritage brands in the high security and rail industries, CLCS, ILS and Kaye each offer their own specialisms and sector expertise. By bringing these well-known brands together under one new group, ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland will provide a stronger, more comprehensive offering to different sectors. High security locking solutions Each brand enjoys its own areas of expertise, with CLCS a prominent supplier of high-security locks to custodial, secure healthcare, gov...
A battery powered alarm system with video verification has been launched by Reconeyez, providing a new high quality and flexible solution for outdoor security, with a particular emphasis on mobile/temporary security as well as permanent outdoor asset and infrastructure protection. The completely standalone system can be used where there is no mains power and the PIR cameras work with a battery powered 2G/3G/4G bridge to send alarms and images back to a control room for verification purposes. K...
The manufacturer of steel doors and physical security solutions, Bradbury Group, are announcing their move into their new headquarters located on Foxhills Industrial Estate in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, totalling an investment of around £8 million. The new 135,000 sq. ft production facility is an integral part of a mass expansion plan to be rolled out by the company, which is now in its 28th year of production. As part of the expansion, the company have invested several million pound...
Intersec 2019, one of the world's leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, opened in Dubai, featuring 1,212 exhibitors from 54 countries. The annual three-day event, which runs until 22nd January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, is organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, and supported by the Dubai Police, Dubai Police Academy, Dubai Civil Defence, the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA), and the Dubai Municipality. They’re joined...
Building Information Modelling (BIM) can be described as the ‘use of shared digital representation of a built object (including buildings, bridges, roads, process plants, critical infrastructures, etc.) to facilitate design, construction and operation processes to form a reliable basis for decisions’. The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) defines it simply as the “digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of an object”. Understan...
STANLEY Security is delighted to announce that it is the first security company to achieve BIM Level 2 accreditation in the UK. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a shared knowledge resource, providing all the information about every component of a building, in one easy to access place. It enables construction professionals to digitally model a building and use the BIM data to reduce the risk of mistakes or discrepancies at an early stage, making for more cost-effective, safe construction,...
Following the recent combination of UBM and Informa, IFSEC and FIREX are pleased to announce a dynamic and strategic new alliance with MEFSEC- the Middle East Fire & Security Exhibition which takes place at the Egypt international Exhibition Center. Fire safety & security This partnership represents a new opportunity for IFSEC and FIREX exhibitors to present their expertise and world class products to specifiers and purchasers from Egypt and its surrounding regions which is seeing significant levels of growth and investment in security and fire safety technologies. The Middle East security market is forecast to be worth £10.2bn by 2020 with the fire protection sector being valued at £4.2bn in the same period, so targeted opportunities to meet with these customers will be welcomed by all manufacturers targeting the region. MEFSEC has a long standing and proven reputation in Egypt for delivering a high calibre audience of over 2,000 specifiers and purchasers from civil defence, utilities, distribution, consultancies, installation, IT and construction which represents a definitive audience of major specifiers from the region. IFSEC’s partnerships with BSIA and FIA will also mean that a UK Security and Fire Pavilion will be available at MEFSExclusive partnership with BSIA & FIA IFSEC’s exclusive partnerships with the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and the Fire Industry Association (FIA) will also mean that a UK Security and Fire Pavilion will be available at MEFSEC in partnership with the Department for International Trade. IFSEC and FIREX Brand Director Gerry Dunphy states: ‘’We’re excited to be working alongside MEFSEC this year as it represents an instant gain from the recent combination of Informa and UBM. This is precisely the type of project we’ll see increasingly more of as the two organisations merge together as it provides IFSEC and FIREX exhibitors with access to an established event which caters for the Middle Eastern market.’’ UK Security and Fire Pavilion MEFSEC Exhibition Manager Ed Johnson states: ‘’MEFSEC welcomes this new partnership with IFSEC and FIREX which have long been considered to be leading global events in the security and fire safety sectors. MEFSEC receives a formidable audience of major purchasers from Egypt and the surrounding regions which will provide IFSEC and FIREX exhibitors with new avenues of business and opportunities in what is a rapidly growing market sector’’. BSIA Senior Business Executive John MacAskill states: ‘’Our partners at IFSEC have widespread experience of unlocking business potential for UK companies in growing markets and we welcome this new and exciting partnership with MEFSEC in Cairo. We look forward to welcoming members to the UK Security & Fire pavilion where they can make strategically important contact with major specifiers and purchasers’’.
Iris ID, a provider of iris recognition technology, announced its iris recognition cameras will be incorporated into time and attendance clocks from SimplyWork, a provider of cloud-based time and attendance and other workforce management applications. The new timeclocks will be showcased April 11-13 at the International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West 2018) in Las Vegas. The SimplyWork biometric time clock uses employees’ iris biometrics to authenticate their identity as they begin and end work each day. Iris ID’s IrisAccess iCAM R100 cameras are built into the clocks to provide a fast, accurate and non-contact method of reporting time worked. The iCAM R100 captures images at a range of 11 to 15 inches (28-35cm). The uniqueness of each iris means SimplyWork timeclocks can eliminate a costly payroll fraud scheme known as buddy punching Advantages over facial recognition As the iris-based SimplyWork timeclock requires no contact it can be used in virtually any industry including agriculture, construction, food service and others where other biometric technology may be less accurate due to dirt and grease on employees’ hands. Also, the iris reader has no problems with facial masks, hats or glasses that can affect the accuracy of facial recognition. Mohammed Murad, vice president global sales and business development, Iris ID, said the uniqueness of each iris means SimplyWork timeclocks can eliminate a costly payroll fraud scheme known as buddy punching, in which one employee clocks in or out for a friend not on the job. “Without a way to accurately match employees to the hours they worked, buddy punching can be a significant drain on any business’s bottom line. We are very excited to be an OEM partner with SimplyWork, they have a very robust solution in the workforce management space,” he said. The Iris ID iCAM R100 camera helps make our biometric timeclock fast, accurate and easy to use" Robust and accurate biometric solution Mike Van Nuland, chief executive officer for SimplyWork, said we researched several biometric technologies before choosing the Iris ID technology. “Iris biometrics were head and shoulders above the others at accurately identifying people,” he said. “The Iris ID iCAM R100 camera helps make our biometric timeclock fast, accurate and easy to use. It also works with our entire customer base, from small companies to large enterprises.” Van Nuland said the iris biometric can be used by employees to authorise time sheets without the need of a physical signature or management intervention. Also, software in the SimplyWork timeclock contains rules to flag employees consistently punching in late or taking breaks that are too long – or too short to meet labour law requirements. For a demonstration of the SimplyWork biometric timeclock, visit the Iris ID booth (#16115) at ISC West 2018.
Security expert Abloy UK has relaunched its popular Abloy Foundations Plus course, which covers minimum performance standards, Dynamic Lockdown and the Constructions Product Regulations. The Foundations course covers the majority of standards applicable to doorsets - from hinges to door selectors - and helps delegates to understand the needs of a door, from its location within the building to the purpose the door must fulfil. The Foundations Plus course is an advanced add-on to the Foundations course, going one step further in educating delegates on industry terminology. This provides attendees with the knowledge to specify products that are suitable for both the application and door type. The course covers the locking and escape requirements for access control electric locking in both retrofit and new build applications Access control electric locking The course covers the locking and escape requirements for access control electric locking in both retrofit and new build applications, ensuring a safe and secure solution. Enrolment on the Foundations Plus course is subject to having successfully completed the Foundations course. Pat Jefferies, Commercial Director at Abloy UK, said: “The first relaunched Foundations Plus course was successfully hosted at ASSA ABLOY UK headquarters on Friday 23rd February 2018, with a full house of customers and specifiers. Courses for CPD points “The course utilises the theory and knowledge gained from the Foundations course to ensure the correct specification of compliant electric locking solutions for access control doors. It provides an excellent link from the Foundations course to Abloy’s more advanced training modules such as Electric Locking. “Foundations and Foundations Plus can both be used to gain valuable CPD points, so we encourage anyone involved in the specification of doors and access control solutions – whether you’re an installer, security manager, lock centre, end-user or specifier - to get involved.” Abloy Foundations Plus course 2018 dates as follows: Friday 25th May Friday 27th July Friday 19th October
Quadrant Security Group (QSG), a leading provider of turnkey electronic security systems for complex, critical, and highly regulated environments, is to attend this year’s Security & Counter Terror Expo taking place at London Olympia (6-7 March 2018). With over 45 years of systems integration experience, QSG is trusted by organisations vital to UK infrastructure, including transport operators, law enforcement, financial institutions, event and retail venues, government and local authorities, and utility operations. The Nottingham and Watford-based provider will be using this year’s exhibition (Booth H60) ‒ widely considered to be a key event for professionals charged with keeping nations, infrastructure, business and people safe ‒ to highlight its extensive range of capabilities in settings where security is paramount. QSG’s strength as a business aligns with Security and Counter Terror’s" Real-world security solutions Mark Pennington, Managing Director at QSG, commented: “This show is ideal for us as it is about real-world solutions that make a tangible difference; it isn’t merely a product showcase. QSG’s strength as a business aligns with Security and Counter Terror’s in the regard that we aren’t just about surveillance and security technology. We combine our technical expertise with our sector knowledge to design, implement and maintain solutions tailored to each customer’s unique set of requirements. From addressing stand-alone needs, including CCTV management, access control, IP migration, perimeter and intruder detection, and analytics, to integrating all these systems to deliver flexible, end-to-end solutions, our technicians and project teams ensure the organisations we work with always have the right level of protection and support.” Having worked on some of the UK’s most secure, sensitive, and restricted locations, QSG’s range of security and sector-specific quality accreditations are likely to appeal to professionals attending the show, as will the provider’s ability to accommodate real-world practicalities into the projects it manages. Security is a fundamental requirement for our customers and part of their daily operations" Events and transportation security Mark continued: “Security is a fundamental requirement for our customers and part of their daily operations, but often they also have to balance this with maintaining high standards of public service. Event and large retail venues, like the intu properties we help protect, are a good example. With numerous entrances and exits, vast volumes of foot traffic, and complex layouts requiring multiple levels of access, they face significant security challenges. But these venues also have to offer an enjoyable customer experience and the solutions we provide ensure that both these objectives are met.” “Respecting and reflecting that security and service relationship is also evident in how we work. For example, one of the reasons transport operators, such as Virgin Trains East Coast, choose to work with us is our ability to minimise disruption to passengers by providing an out-of-hours works schedule. These organisations and agencies are responsible for critical national infrastructure, so this flexibility makes a big difference to the customers we work with.”
Videx, in partnership with Enterprise Security Technologies, has successfully installed a complex door entry management system at Connaught House, which provides private residential housing and commercial offices in the heart of London. The key access control requirements were to provide a secure easy-to-use system with 24-hour video door entry to visitors, and providing a clear image of the person arriving. The door entry panel also had to be designed to specific requirements so that it could be easily installed into the existing environment. Talking about the installation, Ben Davies, South East Sales Manager at Videx, said: “Most residents at Connaught House are internationally based - as far away as Saudi Arabia and India - and they come and go from their properties, using their apartment as a London base, but they mainly live elsewhere. Providing secure and convenient access control was therefore an absolute priority. Lower expense and time spent A key aspect of the project was to also install a system that was specifically designed to meet the client’s needs so a bespoke panel was created so that the old panel could be replaced, using existing cables, without expense or time spent on making alterations to the surrounding brickwork or having to repair any damage from the installation of the new panel.” Enterprise Security Technologies, working closely with Videx, recommended and installed the Videx flagship VX2200 digital door entry system to ensure the security of the apartments and building but also allow easy and convenient access as well as 24-hour contact with a concierge and security team. Videx VX2200 overcomes challenges Neil Cook, Director at Enterprise Security Technologies, added: “It was a complex project but by matching the client’s bespoke requirements to one of Videx’s leading door entry systems, we were able to overcome the challenges presented, quickly and smoothly. Residents can clearly see visitors on a video image and grant access easily if needs be or contact a 24-hour security team immediately if required. We recommended that our client chose the Videx VX2200 system because of its audio and visual qualities coupled with its ease of use.”
Safety and security solutions provider Allegion UK has appointed Andrew Shaw as “architectural consultant” for its UK and Ireland businesses to build and strengthen relationships in specification. Andrew joins Allegion UK following more than 20 years of experience in architectural sales in the construction industry. Beginning his career as an architectural technician, Andrew worked on major projects such as The Albert Dock in Liverpool, before moving on to Marley Building Materials as a technical adviser. This role required him to provide technical support across the product range to both internal and external clients. Andrew’s subsequent successes facilitated a move to area sales manager for roof tiles in the Yorkshire Region. Andrew Shaw’s valuable experience Since then, Andrew has consistently occupied commercial sales and specification generation roles, with notable positions at the likes of Deceninick UK and Ubbink UK. At Allegion, Andrew will consult with architects, clients, quantity surveyors, project managers and facilities management teams to provide ironmongery schedules ensuring that building standards are met and that products are selected to match the requirements for projects. By communicating with decision makers, Andrew can customise Allegion’s offering to ensure that the ironmongery lasts, is easy to use and fit for purpose. Andrew will also be responsible for providing CPD seminars, which will offer Architects and Specifiers, a consultancy-based service. He will play a key part in ensuring that their designs and aspirations are brought to full fruition. Innovationin safety solutions Marc Lengahan, commercial director of Allegion UK and Ireland, said, “We are delighted to be welcoming Andrew on board. His collective 20 years in the sales industry makes him the perfect fit for Allegion and its innovation in safety solutions.” Andrew commented, “I was immediately drawn to Allegion on account of their professionalism and the way they research their markets, giving rise to a clear direction for the future. I’m very excited to become a part of that process.” Allegion UK develops and manufactures a full range of door hardware and furniture, from door closers, locks, deadbolts and latches through to fully integrated electronic access control solutions.
Regensburg-based Euro Rastpark GmbH & Co. KG operates comfortably equipped rest stops for commercial drivers at 18 sites throughout Germany, many of which are located on important transport logistics routes. The rest areas represent a valuable addition to the regional infrastructure with thoughtful additions of service, eating, entertainment and shopping facilities, and in more and more cases with opportunities for inexpensive overnight accommodation. For professional drivers, these rest stops (Autohöfe) close to the motorway are important waystations where they can take their legally mandated breaks from driving. In recent years, a particular form of criminality has become more widespread on Europe´s major highways: the theft of valuable commercial goods, vehicles and their cargoes. The financial cost is enormous. German insurers pay an average of a million euros per business day for lost commercial goods alone. On top of this, property damage must be considered, and no less important are the threat and uncertainty felt by many drivers. In recent years, a particular form of criminality has become more widespread on Europe´s major highways: the theft of valuable commercial goods Fuel theft Even the fuel tanks on lorries have been targeted by organised crime, and accordingly theft of fuel has become a regular cause of annoyance to drivers and hauliers alike. In recent times, the police have been called to investigate as many as nine criminal offences a week at the Theeßen Euro Rastpark on Eastern Europe Route A2. The company has recorded high crime rates elsewhere too. Respected logistics companies were even compelled to warn their driving personnel about less safe routes. The situation could not be allowed to continue, and Euro Rastpark began working with other members of the Association of German Off-motorway Truck Stop Owners (VEDA) to combat the problems by developing a security concept that addressed actual conditions. Euro Rastpark now offers premium parking areas that are screened and monitored according to VEDA standards for lorries at seven of its truck stops. Their aim was to develop a security solution that could be implemented quickly and without prohibitive expense. Even the fuel tanks on lorries have been targeted by organised crime Video observation solution Managing director Johannes Witt explains the concept: "We have not relied on expensive construction, but rather on pragmatic detection and deterrent measures such as restricted approach roads, the best possible lighting and complete documentation of all movements by vehicles and people." For the full-coverage detection of all movements, they decided to use an economical and top-quality video observation solution offered by another Regensburg-based company, the technology pioneer Dallmeier. Accordingly, DF5200HD-DN/IR type high resolution infrared cameras have now been deployed to improve security on the approach and departure roads to the separate lorry parking areas at the Theeßen Euro Rastpark. The video system is set up so that the vehicle licence plates are clearly readable not only by day, but also in night recording mode. We have not relied on expensive construction, but rather on pragmatic detection and deterrent measures" Dallmeier recording solutions The video data is backed up reliably by the DMS 2400 Appliance, one of the most powerful recording solutions in Dallmeier's inventory. During the project to equip the premium parking area with video equipment, Euro Rastpark seized the opportunity and commissioned Dallmeier to install cameras for observing the refuelling lanes as well as the retail area and cash registers in the service station shop. In all, 24 camera systems are now operational and between them they monitor all critical areas. The 96 lorry parking spaces at the Theeßen truck stop now constitute a further precinct of safety and calm within a zone that is fully protected by video technology. Secure parking areas The number of thefts of vehicles, goods and fuel from the secured parking area has fallen dramatically. These new security zones also mean that the drivers can work with more peace of mind, since they do not have to worry about the safety of their valuable cargoes, or even their personal safety on top of the normal cares of a demanding job. "Since we started this initiative, the number of robberies has fallen massively" confirms Witt. More protection and comfort for drivers, theft prevention for goods and operating equipment – video technology from Dallmeier ensures that the logistics chain does not break down on the roads and highways.
A combination of manpower and technical solutions was used to prevent unauthorised access Construction sites offer a tempting target for thieves, terrorists, or just those seeking a thrill, and need adequate security at all times. However, with over 100,000 people in special designated viewing areas along the Thames near the London Eye, a construction project on the South Bank, secured by Trigion, needed extra special attention on New Year’s Eve.Manned guarding and technical solutionsA mixture of manpower and technical security solutions are being used to prevent unauthorised access and keep people safe throughout the development. On New Year’s Eve, an increased number of security officers were deployed around the perimeter of the site to provide a visible deterrent. They were backed up by the site’s comprehensive technical systems with detectors and cameras being monitored on site.All officers were in radio contact with the on-site control room so they could be directed to anywhere on the site requiring extra support.Preventing unauthorised accessAlex Moore, Trigion Contract Manager, was part of a stakeholder group for the event and represented the construction company at planning meetings at City Hall throughout the year. He also took part in a table-top exercise with representatives of all emergency services, local authorities, and event organisers.Alex said, “On New Year’s Eve, I was positioned in the event control room opposite the London Eye, to monitor the Trigion team via radio and CCTV. I was also in a prime position to prevent unauthorised access to the site. I’m delighted that thanks to everyone’s meticulous planning and the arrangements we put in place, the event was a great success and everybody welcomed in the New Year safely.”
Trigion Security Services will secure a construction site in Oxford Trigion Security Services has started a manned-guarding contract with Laing O’Rourke, through its Select Plant Hire section on a large construction site in Oxford. The contract is initially in support of the in-house team. Construction sector expertise Neil Barham, Trigion Operations Director – Manned Guarding, said, “Laing O’Rourke chose us for this project due to our knowledge and expertise in the construction sector. It has seen our operations at high profile sites in London and wants to adopt those parameters at its Oxford site.” Alex Moore, Trigion’s Contract Manager for Construction, is Site Manager Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) qualified, demonstrating the company’s expertise in the sector; which is something appreciated by construction project managers.
The solution combined biometric fingerprint readers from ievo Ltd with a Paxton Net2 access control system Shetland Facilities Management (SFM) Security have provided Morrison Construction Ltd with a robust access control system utilising the very latest state-of-the-art fingerprint biometric recognition devices for their New Anderson High School and Halls of Residence development at Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. Construction site challenge As main contractor for the £56m project, Morrison’s brief for SFM was for an integrated access control system during construction which could give an accurate count of the workforce in each of the site’s two zones, split by company and trade discipline, for not only HSSE requirements but also emergency response, robust time and attendance recording and to capture the data and metrics required for project controls. Biometric access control solution SFM’s solution was an integrated platform that combined biometric fingerprint readers from ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric recognition systems, with a Paxton Net2 access control system. Eight ievo fingerprint readers were installed on four entry turnstiles together with an ievo desktop enrolment reader for initial registering employee fingerprint templates in the site control room. SFM installed the equipment in two 20ft ISO container security portals (one for each zone of the project) which provided efficient through-put and foot-fall at peak and off-peak times. Improving efficiency in harsh conditions "It was vital that the fingerprint system would remain operational regardless of the weather conditions or the amount of users enrolled" Simon Orchard, Director of Security, Shetland Facilities Management, commented, “Logistical issues with using SMART cards alongside a large workforce we always found problematic. Using ievo’s biometric solution allows us to save costs whilst also improving efficiency. ievo devices are easy to install, robust, operational in harsh climates and working conditions and surpass all our operational needs. ievo provided the perfect biometric security solution and we are already planning on using them for our next project.” Shaun Oakes, Managing Director of ievo Ltd, added, “ievo systems are designed for harsh environmental use, such as construction sites. It was vital that the fingerprint system would remain operational regardless of the weather conditions or the amount of users enrolled. Being able to provide a system that can help identify and manage a large workforce is what ievo is designed for. The installation of the solution has now bedded in very effectively and Morrison Construction Limited staff liked the ease of use for both enrolment of fingerprints, and generating accurate and reliable reports.”
Boldt uses the Vanderbilt SMS to grant site access and track employees on the job to ensure their safety Customer Headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The Boldt Company is one of the largest professional construction services firms in the nation. From the original storefront carpentry shop opened by Martin Boldt in 1889, the company has expanded to offer world-class construction services, including general construction, design/build, real estate development and consulting and technical services. With branch offices around the country and a skilled workforce of more than 2,000, Boldt is dedicated to ensuring a safe work environment. As the general contractor for an electric utility company in West Olive, Michigan, Boldt chose to use the Vanderbilt Security Management System (SMS) to grant site access to and track 500 Boldt employees on the job to ensure their safety. The company also leverages the Vanderbilt SMS solution to ensure payroll accuracy. Challenge Construction service companies in the United States are required to have complete control at all times over who enters and exits a construction site. In the past, Boldt used the old brass system of timekeeping, in which workers take a metal tag off a board as they enter a site and hang it back up when they leave. “We created tags and assigned numbers for each worker to manually keep track of them,” said Curtis Brown, Project Controls Manager at The Boldt Company. “It was an inefficient and labour-intensive way to manage workers onsite and could sometimes lead to errors.” Looking for a more efficient solution to manage access at its new project site in West Olive, The Boldt Company turned to Twin City Hardware (TCH,) a Vanderbilt certified SMS dealer and local provider of access control solutions for commercial, architectural and residential construction projects. TCH had already installed Vanderbilt SMS at another Boldt construction site and recommended the same solution for the new project. “We knew that the Vanderbilt SMS would help Boldt effectively track workers at the new construction site,” said Jason Borgschatz with TCH. “The solution is easy to configure, install, use and support, ensuring optimal performance to meet the company’s strict accountability needs.” Security management With construction sites across the country, Boldt wanted a mobile access control system that could be easily moved from one location to another. At its warehouse in Appleton, Wisconsin, Boldt and TCH built the security management system inside a Conex shipping container, cutting out doors and dividing the space into an office and a lobby with three turnstiles equipped with proximity readers. “Once the system was configured, all we had to do was transport the shipping container to West Olive and connect the power and Internet, which was done in a matter of hours,” noted Brown. "The Vanderbilt SMS solution lets us know in real-time who is onsite and who is not—critical in the event of an emergency that requires evacuation" To manage the company’s 500 daily cardholders, one employee monitors the system onsite during peak hours and four others have system administration rights, responsible for adding new users, updating data and troubleshooting when required. “I can also access the system from my desktop and even from my laptop at home through our corporate network if necessary,” commented Brown. The Vanderbilt SMS is a standalone system that integrates with the company’s surveillance system so the team can view tagged individuals as they access the site. Surveillance cameras monitor the turnstiles and the adjacent parking lot. “We can go back about two years to gather data and video regarding specific individuals and events if further investigation is required.” According to Brown, the Vanderbilt SMS solution was easy to set up and to learn. “After a day and a half of training, I was able to create reports, troubleshoot and manage day-to-day use,” confirmed Brown, who was in turn able to train his team in just a matter of hours. “All our users find it very easy to administer, update and run reports.” Boldt can also easily share reports with its subcontractor companies, which use the data for their own accountability and payroll purposes. Real-time tracking The Vanderbilt SMS has helped Boldt maintain one of the nation’s best safety and health records. “Every project begins with the same goal: to remain 100 percent free of injuries from initial prep to completion,” explained Brown. “The Vanderbilt SMS solution lets us know in real-time who is onsite and who is not—critical in the event of an emergency that requires evacuation. It could help prevent an injury or even save a life.” The company is also in a much better position to avoid the serious repercussions of catastrophic events. “We haven’t had any serious emergencies that have required evacuation, but if we did, we would be able to quickly determine who is on site and respond accordingly,” added Brown. Real-time access to employee data not only helps ensure workplace safety, it also helps the company tackle system glitches as quickly as possible to reduce downtime. “If our system is down or someone’s card is not working, we can fix the problem and grant site access to a contractor right away so they are not waiting around,” noted Brown. Real-time access to employee datanot only helps ensure workplacesafety, it also helps the companytackle system glitches as quicklyas possible to reduce downtime By being able to see in real time who is onsite or not, the company can also verify who stayed or who left during inclement weather. “When bad weather hits, most of our employees have to leave, but some can stay and work indoors,” added Brown. “With Vanderbilt SMS, we can determine on the fly who is still onsite, to meet our accountability requirements and ensure accurate payroll.” Easy record-keeping and management In fact, the data collected with the Vanderbilt SMS system is regularly used to double check timekeeping records for accuracy and fairness. “We verify our manual payroll records against the SMS reports to make sure we aren’t overpaying or underpaying employees,” said Brown. Additional savings are achieved because the Vanderbilt SMS system is much easier to manage than the company’s previous manual timekeeping system. “Before, it cost roughly $1,200 in daily human resources costs to manage site access. With Vanderbilt, it takes one person less than an hour each day to manage the system—a savings of more than $1,000 per day.” Boldt is required to keep track of contractors for most large-scale construction projects, but smaller customers, such as retail sites, do not require the same level of monitoring. For these customers, the Vanderbilt SMS system could become a competitive advantage. “We can offer access control as a cost-effective benefit to these smaller clients, which might help us win the business,” Brown said. Overall, Brown has been very pleased with the reliability and performance of the Vanderbilt SMS, along with the support provided by TCH. “Using the first two mobile Vanderbilt SMS solutions we have up and running right now, we can be completely accountable for all our employees—an important part of ensuring their safety at work,” concluded Brown.
MicroPower’s wireless surveillance camera is now equipped with an IR illuminator to ensure complete day/night functionality As the economy continues to improve, signs point to a robust business environment for new construction and property renovations. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census Bureau, total construction activity for July 2013 accounted for $900.8 billion. These projects include complex planning and often engage multiple public and private agencies, scientific experts, local residents and environmental organisations. Considering the significant investment in developing new properties, property developers and general contractors strive to ensure the protection of their sites and related infrastructure during critical construction phases. The Challenge “When we started servicing this market, thieves were stealing copper. Then, it was metal rebar,” said Scott Davis, Owner, DDA Systems. “On top of theft, another concern is restricting access to these sites, often open environments with no solidified perimeter.” "We want our customers to be able to re-use the system for other projects," says Scott Davis, Owner, DDA Systems Davis recommends property developers identify a solution that can provide 24-hour surveillance coverage. Key to developing a strong safety posture is considering technology that addresses the unique geographic make-up of the location and the construction zones. Often, these sites present challenges arising from low-light conditions, rendering 24-hour surveillance coverage a significant challenge. Davis suggests technology should easy to disassemble upon the project’s completion, while offering the option to redeploy at another site in the future. “We want our customers to be able to re-use the system for other projects and we want to be a trusted partner in the re-deployment process,” he said. “For us, it’s about either servicing the customer’s equipment over the long-term or leasing them the equipment as needed. Either option helps us build recurring service revenue, and helps our customers secure assets and enhance safety.” Whichever option a construction manager looks at, the risks of not installing a security or surveillance system are exponential. The cost of any construction project could become more expensive if just one incident of theft occurs and there is no solution in place to provide evidentiary support. The Solution Before selecting a surveillance platform, DDA moved through an evaluation process in which it tested a variety of wireless technologies including mobile trailers and wireless security packages. Trailers were deemed to be too cumbersome to re-deploy quickly while the wireless systems he evaluated weren’t truly ‘wireless’ because the cameras still required cables for power. During his search, Davis was introduced to a new technology that eliminated wires and incorporated solar panels: the MicroPower surveillance system. The MicroPower surveillance platform includes an IP-based video surveillance camera and wireless transmission hub, and does not require cabling for power or data transmission. This unique approach removes the restrictions found with traditional cameras and aids systems integrators who can place cameras at the point of highest risk without the added complexity of trenching, or pulling data or power cables. MicroPower’s wireless surveillance camera is now equipped with an IR illuminator to ensure complete day/night functionality and 24/7 video recording in outdoor, low-light environments. By incorporating an IR illuminator designed specifically for outdoor operation, the IR camera consumes less that 1/10th the power of an industry "More importantly, it has helped reduce loss and crime" standard IP camera. Powered by solar energy and an internal, long-life lithium battery, the MicroPower solution yields continuous operation for up to five days on a single charge. Furthermore, it is designed with a smaller footprint in mind — reducing the solar panel size to 1.2 feet and providing a more aesthetic installation. DDA has deployed the MicroPower solution at a construction site in Greater Boston to serve as a deterrent against theft and provide evidentiary support in the event of a crime or accident. “Overall, we’ve been extremely pleased with the solution and the ability to move it easily from place to place,” said Davis. “More importantly, it has helped reduce loss and crime. Video captured from the cameras has resulted in the positive identification of thieves.” Furthermore, the platform has been extremely cost effective while helping DDA tap into new opportunities in a growing market segment. “To protect a construction site, we estimated it would cost upwards of $50,000 with a traditional surveillance package to gain the functionality we have with the MicroPower system,” he said. “Not only do we have the opportunity to introduce new surveillance option to our customers, but we are doing so at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions. At the same time, we are enabling new areas of growth for our business.” Also, because of the system’s flexibility, performance and reliability, it will allow for installation in a variety of diverse environments and settings. Davis noted that overall, the MicroPower platform ”is a solid investment, and will come in handy for future projects and activities in the near future.”
Round table discussion
For many years, generally speaking, the use of video surveillance has been seen as an extension of an end user customer’s security system. However, recently, we have also heard about how video can help customers more generally, providing benefits that extend beyond security and encompass better operations and management. Easier economic justification is one important aspect of looking more broadly at the benefits of video surveillance to the enterprise as a whole. Better return on investment (ROI) means more sales. We asked our Expert Panellists to share their observations about which non-security uses of video are catching on. Their responses suggest an extremely broad range of possibilities.