Construction security systems
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 seei...
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 th...
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...
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 autho...
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...
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...
Hacking, data theft and security system compromise: it’s in the news daily. And as the internet of Things (loT) continues to introduce more network-connected sensors and devices, security dealers need to offer customers cyber-hardened products. The Connect ONE web-hosted service from Connected Technologies, LLC is purpose-built with safeguards that make it extremely difficult for unauthorised persons to use bots and other malicious tools to access systems. Network access control with built-in safeguards The Connect ONE interface allows for a limited number of login attempts, with bolstered safeguards. Three log-in fields, not two, are required: user name, password and customer number, making hacking more difficult. After the first three unsuccessful attempts, the CAPTCHA prompt appears – a human verification response test. After additional failed attempts, the Connect ONE interface log-in shuts down, and as an additional safeguard, the incoming IP address is locked out for a period of time. Connect ONE is the only interface you need for all your customer’s integrations – security, access control, video monitoring, energy management and critical environmental monitoring. View, control and interact with all systems on ONE screen from any web-enabled device.
The Middle East homeland security market is on course for significant growth over the next five years, with revenues more than doubling in value from an estimated US$9.6 billion in 2017 to US$19.7 billion by 2022, new research has revealed. Integrated public security solutions According to analysts Frost & Sullivan (F&S), the regional homeland security market, comprising monitoring and surveillance systems, restricted entry systems, and perimeter security solutions, will grow annually by 15.5 percent between 2017 and 2022, fuelled by security investments in major infrastructure projects and the ongoing expansion in the building and construction industry. The growth is particularly evident in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as governments prepare to bolster internal security measures in preparation for large-scale global events such as the Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022, and the Dubai Expo 2020. Saudi Arabia and the UAE dominate the regional market according to F&S, with Saudi holding a 45 percent share of revenue in 2017 (US$4.3 billion, followed by the UAE with a 16.6 percent share (US$1.6 billion). Demand is high for integrated solutions, with regional governments prioritising public safety and security of critical assets. In response, global players are lining up their latest wares at Intersec 2018, the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety and fire protection. Airport surveillance to building security The 20th edition of the three-day event takes place from 21-23 January 2018 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, and features a Homeland Security & Policing Section. "The exhibition has proved to be a popular launch pad for many security solutions in use today that ensure the safety and security of society and citizens" More than 100 of the 1,300-plus exhibitors will showcase their frontline range of products and solutions at the dedicated show section, from airport security technology, armoured vehicles and Special Forces equipment to electronics, surveillance and detection systems. “Vulnerability of large infrastructure has been a matter of concern for Middle East governments, prompting investment toward enhancing homeland security,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Intersec’s organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East. “Internal police forces and public infrastructure projects, including street utilities, public car parking, stadiums, roads and buildings, will create huge demand as regional countries, especially in the GCC, look to create a smart and secure environment. For its part, Intersec has served as an unmatched business facilitator and networking platform for the international safety and security community for the last two decades. The exhibition has proved to be a popular launch pad for many security solutions in use today that ensure the safety and security of society and citizens,” he added. Homeland security and policing According to F&S, monitoring and surveillance will account for the largest share of the Middle East homeland security market, and is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.5 percent to reach US$9.5 billion by 2022, from US$4.4 billion in 2017. Ironically, a notable Homeland Security & Policing exhibitor at Intersec 2018 specialises in counter surveillance; Research Electronics International (REI) has designed and manufactured technical security equipment to protect against illicit information theft and corporate espionage for more than 30 years. The US-headquartered company will showcase a suite of portable technical surveillance countermeasures equipment that quickly detects electronic surveillance devices including hidden cameras and microphones, eavesdropping bugs, and other transmitters. "From a counter surveillance perspective, there’s a growing trend where traditional eavesdropping techniques are coupling with advanced technology to create a greater threat" Counter surveillance technology Michael Scantland, International Sales Manager of REI, said due to the sensitive nature of the counter surveillance industry, the discovery of illicit eavesdropping devices is not universally shared. “Wrongful exposure of sensitive information including merger or acquisition planning, financial projections, or executive behaviour can severely harm an organisation,” said Scantland. “The mere perception of compromised information can lead to stock decline, negative publicity, damaged business relationships, and loss of customer confidence. From a counter surveillance perspective, there’s a growing trend where traditional eavesdropping techniques are coupling with advanced technology to create a greater threat. Examples include GSM-modified wireless keyloggers, Wi-FI IP cameras, and security cameras being hacked using malware and infrared light. As technology advances, these trends will continue,” Scantland added. Perimeter security solutions According to F&S, upcoming stadiums for the Qatar World Cup 2022 and public transportation projects are set to boost the Middle East Homeland Security market’s restricted entry systems segment from US$3.14 billion in 2017 to US$6.18 billion in 2022, growing at a CAGR of 14.5 percent. Backed by several cultural and political infrastructure projects, especially in Saudi, perimeter security solutions will also double in size, growing at a CAGR of 14.8 percent, from US$2 billion in 2017 to US$4 billion in 2022. That will come as good news for Russian manufacturer RADIOBARRIER, which will introduce at Intersec 2018 its Autonomous Perimeter Security System, an Unattended Ground Sensor-based system for area surveillance and perimeter protection for zones with no power and communication infrastructure. "RADIOBARRIER is currently supplied to 25 countries and is securing more the 7,500 km worldwide" CEO Ravil Kalimulin said RADIOBARRIER is an ideal security solution for a wide range of public and commercial applications, from oil well clusters, refineries, nuclear plants and power towers, to remote facilities, military and air bases. “RADIOBARRIER is currently supplied to 25 countries and is securing more the 7,500 km worldwide,” said Kalimulin. “Intersec 2018 has been selected as a universal platform to showcase our products in the Middle East and North African region focusing on homeland security and infrastructure protection and to open up the new niche for us. We are at the demonstration stage in the region at that moment, but we’re sure that our system is in high demand and would be used in coming projects in the region very soon.” Public sector security with augmented intelligence Elsewhere, another USA based manufacturer Gatekeeper will shine the spotlight on its Automatic Under Vehicle Inspection Systems (AUVIS) as well as both Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR) and Driver-focused (DriverCam) camera systems. Christopher Millar, CEO of Gatekeeper, said the versatility of its products, inclusive of the overall solutions provided, means its target markets are varied and wide. “This is inclusive of everything from oil and gas sectors to sea and airports to critical infrastructure projects, as well as numerous other sectors,” said Millar. "We’ve noticed an active change in the market for which customers and consumers are looking for pre-existing or new screening technologies that work automatically. This feature alone is what Gatekeeper prides itself on, in which we apply automated solutions to each and every one of our products." Long range motorised zoom lenses Also looking to make an impact with its long range motorised zoom lenses and fixed focal length lenses is VS Technology from Japan. The company designs and manufactures a range of over 500 machine vision lenses as well as a complete range of customised lenses. VS Technology’s Yamano Security Lens division also manufacturers some of the world’s highest quality CCTV lenses. VS Technology’s Yamano Security Lens division also manufacturers some of the world’s highest quality CCTV lenses Tatsushi Oda, Managing Director of VST Europe, said, “The main reason for exhibiting at Intersec is to improve our presence in the market. In addition, it’s a great opportunity to showcase our product range in one of the biggest security exhibitions worldwide. We’ll demonstrate our recently developed long range motorised zoom lenses, and at the same time, we’ll show off our near infrared as well as short wave infrared fixed focal length lenses for the first time. These can be used in facial recognition or number plate recognition systems.” Event portfolios Intersec 2018 will occupy 60,000 sqm across 13 halls, with the show’s other six sections covering commercial security, fire & rescue, perimeter & physical security, information & cyber security, safety & health, and smart home & building automation. New developments include a Drones Pavilion and an indoor Drone Zone, while returning features include the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion in the Fire & Rescue section, as well as an Outdoor Demonstration Zone of the latest fire rescue applications in action. A comprehensive three-day conference programme will be spearheaded by Dubai’s Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) Forum, while other topics will cover cyber security, drones, artificial intelligence, commercial security, and fire protection. Intersec 2018 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and supported by the Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence, the Dubai Police Academy, SIRA, and the Dubai Municipality.
For over 100 years, Adams Rite, an ASSA ABLOY Group brand, has been an industry leader in the commercial, industrial and institutional building construction industry. Recognised for innovative, forward-thinking design, this year Adams Rite is unveiling its new EX Series Exit Devices, showcasing advancements in mechanical to electrical upgrades, and providing a tech preview of the G100 Digital Glass Door Lock with wireless Aperio technology. EX Series exit devices features The new EX Series Exit Devices offer a sleek, flexible and installation-friendly solution featuring a universal hardware kit for aluminium, hollow metal, and wood applications and is available in three different lengths that can easily be cut in the field. The EX Series will launch with four models including the EX88 Interlocking Rim Exit Device, a robust and unique bolt design that interlocks the door to frame for enhanced strength and durability, the EX89 Pullman Rim Exit Device which is compatible with Adams Rite preload capable 74R2 Electric Strikes and surface mounted HES 9400 Series Electric Strikes, the EX76 CVR Exit Device with concealed adjustable rods and latching assemblies designed for easy installation, and the EX80 Series Dummy Push Bar whose flexible design comes standard with two monitoring switches and is field selectable for active or inactive configuration. Adams Rite will also showcase its Mechanical to Electrical upgrade path and products. End-users who are retrofitting an aluminium narrow stile installation are often looking to go from a completely mechanical lock to an electrified solution, which means products must be backward compatible. Adams Rite has long concentrated on designing latches and locks that are compatible with the Adams Rite MS Prep, saving time and money during upgrades. It also holds the aesthetics and integrity of an opening when upgrading to a new solution. Frameless glass door openings Adams Rite will be offering a tech preview of the G100 Series Wireless Digital Glass Door Lock with Aperio Technology, a surface-mounted digital door lock that extends access control capabilities to frameless glass door openings. Featuring 13.56 MHz contactless card technology and keypad options for keyless entry, audit trail, and integrated request to exit and door status monitoring. This makes the G100 the ideal digital glass door solution for retrofitting electronic access control enabling online access control functionality. With the new EX Series and an emphasis on mechanical to electrical upgrades and inventive new products such as the G100, Adams Rite continues to show industry leading innovation.
As part of Johnson Controls continued commitment to providing customers with the most advanced and innovative solutions, the company is introducing Magos Systems perimeter protection radar to the North American commercial security market, which will be showcased at ASIS International’s 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Dallas, TX. This radar technology is suitable for a wide variety of security applications and can be implemented in facilities ranging from oil & gas production sites, utility substations, campus environments, ports, to smaller sites such as data centers, warehouses, car lots and construction sites. Cost efficient perimeter protection solution While radars traditionally were affordable only to governments, militaries, and highly budgeted entities, now Magos can provide a cost-effective solution to commercial security clients, that is simple to implement and works in all weather conditions. The cutting-edge technology helps reduce false alarms, cut down on the number of security cameras and eliminate the need for constant monitoring. “We recognised a need from our customers in North America for a low cost and effective perimeter protection solution,” said Joe Oliveri, Vice President and General Manager, Security, Johnson Controls’ Building Technologies & Solutions, North America. “After carefully examining options for superior perimeter protection solutions, we determined that Magos offers the most robust and lucrative technology and can become a game-changing offering. Johnson Controls teams evaluated the system through a series of customer-pilots for over a year, and results exceeded expectations. We are confident this revolutionary product will improve the efficiency of security systems for our customers.” Real-time detection Drexel University, a leading global research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was looking for ways to mitigate risks and deter unwanted visitors on their sport fields. “We are always looking for innovative efficient solutions to meet our security challenges and Johnson Controls introduced us to Magos to address perimeter protection issues,” said Joseph Spera, Director of Operations, Drexel Public Safety. “With our previous solution the area was vulnerable to unwanted visitors and damage, and real-time detection was impossible. With the new solution, including a Magos radar unit and a PTZ camera, we are notified of breaches as they occur and are now able to effectively deal with issues and mitigate risks, dispatching patrol when needed.” The reselling, distribution and integration agreement with Magos emerged from Johnson Controls Open Innovation, a program launched to foster collaboration between the company, customers and cutting-edge technologies by startups.
Many organisations, especially those belonging to the construction or manufacturing sectors, have branches at remote locations. Installing biometric attendance marking devices often becomes difficult at such sites. This only adds to the inconvenience of employees as well as the supervising personnel for proper attendance management. Advancement of technology has allowed supervisors to solve this problem with ease. Battery backup units used with the biometric devices allow employees to mark attendance right from where they are, instead of having to go to the office, which may be at a great distance. Matrix, a telecom and security solutions provider, offers such a battery backup device - COSEC VEGA BBU. This wireless device, which can be used in conjunction with COSEC VEGA devices, is specifically designed to assist in collection of employee attendance data where installation of punching devices may not be possible. It is also useful for organisations located at remote sites where power supply and wiring are major issues. COSEC VEGA BBU features Battery Backup: VEGA BBU can be used in conjunction with any of the COSEC VEGA devices. The battery power supply can last for as long as five to six hours. Wireless Connectivity: Despite being a wireless device, it can be connected with a central server for real-time storage of attendance data through Wi-Fi/3G connectivity. Mobile Attendance Marking: Sites where employees are spread across a large area, such as mines, construction sites, etc. accurate collection of attendance data may become a challenge. With VEGA BBU, the in-charge can go to each employee and have his or her attendance marked.
Genetec Inc., a provider of open architecture security and public safety solutions, has announced that its technology partner Alutel Mobility, a manufacturer of mobile access control systems, now offers extended access control capabilities to open areas, transport facilities, construction sites, mining, oil and gas operations, and education establishments without having to rely on physical readers or installations. Alutel Mobile is available now for Genetec™ Security Center, the company’s unified, open-architecture platform that combines access control, video management systems and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR). Integrating mobile readers and virtual zones Alutel worked closely with Genetec to integrate their mobile readers and virtual zones with Security Center. By taking advantage of the Genetec software development kit (SDK), Alutel developed integrated functionality in Security Center SynergisTM, allowing its mobile readers and virtual zones to function the same way as a traditional, wired and wall-mounted card reader unit. These mobile units can synchronise cardholder information, badges, schedules, and access rules, while also reading barcodes and QR codes, which trigger alarms and generate valid and invalid access events, depending on rule configurations. Expanding access control possibilities Installed on smart phones and tablets, Alutel Mobile can extend access control readers from globally recognised hardware manufacturers to read credential types including: HID, iCLASS, TWIC, PIV, and AWID. Even when wireless communication is cut off, an offline mode ensures uninterrupted service. Virtual zones can be created with defined geo-fences in areas of interest that activate an ‘event’ when a device enters or leaves that zone. Mustering reports can be generated in real-time during evacuation scenarios, helping to know how many employees are ‘checked-in’ safe, and who remains unaccounted for. “Alutel Mobility expands the access control possibilities for Genetec Security Center end-users by adding access control features capable of working in places without physical installations,” said José Grudzien, President of Alutel Mobility. “By using smartphones and rugged tablets running on iOS or Android, every client can affordably benefit from this mobile extension.” “As Genetec continues to be recognised as a leading innovator for access control technology, partners like Alutel Mobility help extend the enterprise capabilities for a greater number of customers,” said Thibaut Louvet, Genetec product group director for access control research and development.
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.”