Construction security systems
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...
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...
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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,...
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&r...
Vision Database Systems, specialists in ID Card and tracking software solutions, announces that the company has introduced its PockeTracker Mobile ID verification solution to construction sites nationwide to help improve security and create a seamless verification process for all personnel. Construction site managers are using this powerful verification and attendance tool to help identify and verify personnel quickly and efficiently. With hundreds of workers possibly gaining access to a jobsite...
Organizations utilize the cloud for existing applications, including data storage, HR, email and security According to a new study commissioned by Schneider Electric, companies across industries are increasingly leveraging the cloud for security applications, with 42 percent of respondents indicating they currently run security applications in the cloud and almost half (45 percent) stating they are likely or extremely likely to transition security operations to the cloud in the future. Cloud Applications Organizations utilize the cloud for existing applications, including data storage, human resources, email and security – and are eager to continue adopting it for security operations. 57 percent of respondents believe the cloud is secure, with IT and technology professionals having the most confidence (78 percent), followed by education (70 percent), construction (68 percent) and financial services (52 percent). However, some skeptics remain, with 18 percent of respondents indicating they do not trust the cloud. Security Systems And Emerging Technology Nearly three-fourths of respondents said network security is an important feature for security systems in their organizations. While the state of security continues to advance, respondents indicate security systems are not where they should be in order to adopt emerging technologies (54 percent) and despite business leaders being supportive of emerging technology (95 percent), many barriers to adoption exist. Organizational/administrative barriers such as procedures, lack of perceived value and ROI were the top barriers identified that are inhibiting organizations from achieving their security goals. Almost 80 percent feel it is important to integrate security systems with other buildings and IT systems Integrated Security Systems While integration remains an obstacle to achieving security goals, almost 80 percent feel it is important to integrate security systems with other buildings and IT systems as part of an organization’s cloud strategy. Currently, photo ID badging, active directory, intrusion and CCTV are the top four systems that organizations integrate into their security systems. The two top non-security systems organizations currently integrate with their security systems are automation and lighting. “Leveraging the cloud for security applications is becoming increasingly accepted – and required – as we move into a 24/7 digital world,” said Steven Turney, Security Program Manager, Schneider Electric. “Especially for companies where security management improvements are imminent, it makes sense to consider innovation at every level of their organization to meet their security needs. As businesses are required to be more agile, the cloud helps to unify and simplify security measures so an organization’s data, people and assets are constantly protected.”
Princeton Identity Inc. is formerly a line of business of SRI International, marketed under the SRI Identity brand Princeton Identity Inc., an innovator in biometric technologies, announces that the company has been selected to receive the Outstanding Technology Development Company Award for 2016 by the New Jersey Tech Council. Outstanding Technology Development Award “New Jersey ranks in the top 5 States for innovation according to the 2016 Bloomberg Innovation Index, so we know we were up against very formidable competition,” said Mark Clifton, CEO, Princeton Identity. “We are thrilled with being named Outstanding Technology Development Company and with it, the recognition given our biometric technology and our goal of bringing innovative technology to the marketplace.” The Tech Council’s 20th annual Awards Celebration, scheduled for November 17, 2016 in Somerset, NJ, recognizes and celebrates this year’s honorees for their accomplishments in leadership, collaboration and innovation. The NJ Tech Council is a non-profit membership organization that provides business support, networking opportunities, education, advocacy, and recognition of tech and life science companies located in the State. Biometric technologies continue to gain traction as the best approach for addressing today’s security challenges – from unlocking smartphones to managing facility access. Iris recognition in particular is known to be a more stable and accurate identifier than other available technologies; it is many orders of magnitude more accurate than fingerprint readers and has lower error rates. Building Legacy Princeton Identity Inc. is formerly a line of business of SRI International, marketed under the SRI Identity brand. Under its new name, it continues to build on SRI’s successful legacy of delivering leading-edge biometric technologies for a wide range of government and commercial applications, as well as for mainstream physical identity access management (PIAM) applications. Princeton Identity products include both biometric identity readers and software systems to manage identities and authenticate users. By integrating these products into other systems, such as access control and medical billing systems, organizations can gain security and accuracy improvements with positive operational impacts. Princeton Identity biometric readers are already being deployed for building access, data centers, sports facilities, construction sites, airports, and border crossings. New products in development will address sensitive information access, continuous user authentication, smart home initiatives, Internet of Things (IoT) and more. Save
FJC, a provider of uniformed security professionals, was purchased by Allied Universal, a facilities services company Allied Universal, a leading facility services company and the largest security force in North America with over 150,000 employees and co-HQ in Conshohocken, PA and Santa Ana, CA, has announced the purchase of FJC Security Services, based in Floral Park, N.Y. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “FJC has had an outstanding reputation for years, and its owners operate with the highest level of integrity,” said Steve Jones, Allied Universal CEO. “I am extremely excited to have FJC be part of the Allied Universal family. I look forward to expanding upon the success the company has built over the years.” About FJC Security Services An industry provider of both uniformed security professionals and with a leadership team steeped in law enforcement and military background, FJC has led the industry on the East coast since 1988. Overall annual revenue totals nearly $300 million. The company’s staff of 6,300 serves residential complexes, college campuses, government buildings, healthcare facilities, commercial businesses and construction projects for major airports and high-profile public landmarks. Parallel Synergies In Mission And Culture “The FJC Group's history in protecting clients regionally has been a great success story. We are proud to continue our mission under the auspices of Allied Universal and its stellar reputation,” said Frank Califano, FJC Chairman and CEO. “Through the journey of many communications, we have learned that the synergies in mission and culture are parallel. Our clients can expect the same levels of service that our experience has provided over the past 28 years; but now with additional capabilities and resources,” Califano said.
Throughout his career at Delta Scientific, Ricardo Mercado has held various responsibilities within the organization Delta Scientific, a manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, announced that Ricardo Mercado, a 12-year employee of the company, has been named the company's Vice President of Operations. Mercado has extensive backgrounds in general construction, project management, and the vehicle barrier industry. 12 Years With Delta Scientific During his career at Delta Scientific, Mercado has held various responsibilities within the organization. As a contract manager, he creates, writes, reviews, negotiates, and manages all contracts including those with the GSA (General Services Administration). In addition, he oversees Delta's export department and their product support division. "With our continued growth, especially around the world, it has been very exciting to be so involved with so many aspects of our business," reports Mercado. "I look forward to helping more and more customers quickly and efficiently achieve security from the growing threats that face their employees and customers from terrorists using vehicles as weapons."Crash Barriers For Facility Security Mercado reports that Delta Scientific mobile and fixed certified crash barriers are providing day to day security, protecting people and property in prominent facilities around the world. That includes 160 U.S. embassies and consulates in 130-plus countries as well as those of the United Kingdom and other nations. In the United States alone, Delta secures over 110 federal buildings, including courthouses and FBI locations, the U.S. Capitol and other Washington landmark building, and high-rise office buildings. Internationally, Delta products protect Buckingham Palace, corporate facilities, the Singapore parliament, power and water infrastructure locales, military bases and facilities for all four U.S branches, petrochemical plants, European castles and the private homes of celebrities and influential people.Mercado holds a dual B.A. in Sociology and Spanish from Occidental College. He obtained his Masters of Business Administration from Woodbury University. Save
Matrix, a leading telecom and security solutions provider, is launching a device that is facilitated with battery back-up – COSEC VEGA BBU. This wireless device, which is to 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 or power supply and wiring are major issues. Some of the unique features of COSEC VEGA BBU: Battery Back-Up: 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 of the employees and have his or her attendance marked.
According to John Baker, Country Manager, the approval will help Automatic Systems carry out contracts more quickly and easily Automatic Systems, a world leader in the automation of secure entrance control, announces that it is now Constructionline approved. Constructionline is the UK's leading procurement and supply chain management service that collects, assesses and monitors standard company information through a question set that is aligned to PAS 91, the standardized pre-qualification questionnaire developed by BSI to reduce duplication within the construction industry. Improving The Supply Chain Its aim is to provide efficiency savings to public and private sector buyers and the construction industry as a whole by streamlining procurement procedures and improving the supply chain management processes by reducing risk, creating cost efficiencies and helping buyers engage with new suppliers, including SMEs and local companies. Constructionline means that we no longer need to repeatedly duplicate our standard company information for every construction tender. What's more, with over 8,000 procurement professionals from over 2,500 buying organizations already using the Constructionline database to source contractors and consultants, Constructionline is a great tool to market our business. "This is yet another step forward for our company in making it easier for us to tender for jobs and become approved to carry out our contracts more quickly and easily”, John Baker, Country Manager Automatic Systems UK & Ireland.
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 organized 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 organized 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 unauthorized 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 unauthorized 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 Unauthorized 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 organizers.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 unauthorized 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 utilizing 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 enrollment 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 while 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 enrollment 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 labor-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 data not only helps ensure workplace safety, it also helps the company tackle system glitches as quickly as 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 organizations. 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 Panelists to share their observations about which non-security uses of video are catching on. Their responses suggest an extremely broad range of possibilities.