It’s a sad fact that in the UK, construction sites are increasingly subjected to theft, vandalism and health and safety neglect. In fact, Allianz Cornhill recently revealed that theft alone costs the construction industry £800M a year.
To dramatically reduce the risk of your site falling victim to such painful access control issues, you need a solution that is efficient to implement and, most importantly, effective.
Read on to find out more…
Biometric Technology for Construction Site Turnstiles
The statistic above is enough to make construction site managers re-think their access control measures for construction site security. Traditionally, access control cards or fingerprint scanners have been the ‘go to’ solutions, but as the security landscape changes (along with the need for COVID-19 compliance), these measures are becoming inadequate.
One technology that is proving to be successful is biometrics-based access control turnstiles.
Construction Site Turnstiles With Scanning Technology
Right now, there are several types of biometric technologies in use. These include fingerprints and hand geometry. However, in the COVID-19 world, more and more organisations are utilising contactless biometric technology.
To help minimise the number of surfaces that users touch on entry and exit of the site. This will potentially reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Temperature testing technology is also a key feature to look out for. More on this later…
Construction Site Turnstiles with Contactless Access
When specifying turnstiles for your construction site, contactless access will be a key feature to look out for.
But, what does contactless access look like in turnstiles?
A turnstile that has face recognition technology – such as FaceStation F2 – integrated will be the first feature to note.
The FaceStation F2 has a number of advantages to help construction site managers ensure effective access control and COVID-19 compliance. Here’s a brief outline:
- Detects and limits access for users not wearing a face mask
- Face recognition – even if users are wearing a facemask
- Integrates with Suprema Thermal Camera to identify anyone with a raised skin temperature – a key symptom of the virus
These features are ideal if you’re aiming to meet COVID-19 compliance, but what happens when coronavirus is nothing but a distant, horrible memory and there won’t be a need for facemasks and heightened temperature checks? Hard to imagine, we know…
You will need a solution that outperforms other technologies, in terms of site security and data encryption.
Security & Data Features of Biometric Turnstiles
Here are some key security features to look out for when specifying biometric turnstiles:
- Secure booting process
- Credentials and personal information encryption
- A system that only grants access once face recognition ID and CSCS accreditations have been checked and verified.
A Little More on Face Recognition
It’s all very well saying ‘face recognition’, but how does it actually work? How many of us have been sold the dream of technology only to be let down by the results?
Using data such as 3D shape, skin texture analysis and vascular and heat pattern, the software maps out facial features. This reveals unique characteristics such as shape, size or relative position of the eyes, jaw and cheekbones.
This data is then converted into a template and compared with a database of known faces to find a match.
Only matched users will be granted access to your construction site.
And an alert can be triggered when users who are not authorised attempt to gain access to your site.
What Are The Benefits of Face Recognition Access Control for your Construction Site?
- Convenience – No need for users to carry physical access cards/tokens
- Integration – Easily access supporting mobile and cloud-based platforms
- Audit trails – Real-time updates, making it easier to view who has accessed particular areas
- COVID-19 safety and compliance – no touching of surfaces; integrated temperature check
It’s safe to say that access control scanning is the future of construction site security and something that should most certainly be factored into your 2021 plans.
At Secure Site, our biometric turnstiles offer the latest technology in access control contactless scanning. Click here to view our product page to find out more.
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