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Biometric access control secures U.K. construction sites

Published 17 February 2010

Large, sprawling construction sites need to be secured; two U.K. companies join forces to offer an all-in-one biometric site access system for construction sites; the solution uses hand geometry or iris scanning technology to record access to a construction site

Two Liverpool-based companies — tool hire firm Speedy and biometric specialist consultancy Human Recognition Systems (HRS) — have joined forces to offer an all-in-one biometric site access system for construction sites in the United Kingdom.

Cranes Today reports that MSite features full-height turnstiles connected to a biometric reader that uses hand geometry or iris scanning technology to record access to a construction site. Specific parameters can be established, allowing only those with the right accreditation to enter the site. MSite also records a host of other data related to the construction site, including details of individuals’ construction skills certification scheme (CSCS), real-time muster reports, site safety records, time and attendance reports, and financial reporting of hours worked. This provides detailed management information to site managers.

HRS said MSite was developed specifically for the construction industry to create a complete man management system. For complex site set ups, HRS added, data from many entry points can be grouped into one set of reports, with each cabin transmitting information via a 3G network. Entry cabins can be moved around as the site progresses without the need for data cabling or further set up work, HRS said.

Numerous construction contractors in the United Kingdom are already using MSite, including Balfour Beatty, Carillion, and Wates.

“Safety and security are both major concerns for the construction industry and they can lead to high operating costs due to the manpower and administration required to enforce CSCS accreditation on site,” said Darren Evley, managing director of accommodation at Speedy.

“The application has been built specifically for the construction industry and aligned to their specific requirements in order to solve very real problems, whilst reducing the time spent on labor intensive reporting,” said Nick Wilkinson, business unit manager at HRS. “The value of the system can be realized from site through to corporate level, with options to integrate a centralized reporting system for health and safety and workforce management.”