Most worksites have restricted areas — spaces and places where not every worker is allowed access. It might be at a hospital where construction crews are renovating a wing of the intensive care unit. Or, it could be in the storage area of an industrial site where only workers with the right certifications should go to access hazardous materials.
In both cases, it’s critical to create no-go zones for workers. You don’t want a construction worker wandering into the active wing of the intensive care unit where critically ill patients are being treated. And you don’t want unauthorized workers unknowingly entering a storage area with dangerous chemicals, potentially injuring themselves and causing damage to the area. There are traditional ways to block access to these restricted areas. Simple physical barriers, from turnstiles to temporary walls, can help. So can worker training or adjusting workers’ schedules.
Better safety, better insurance with technology
Technology is adding a new layer of prevention and protection for the maintenance of safe and productive workplaces — and new opportunities for better insurance coverage. Companies are signing on.
The pandemic triggered a growing interest in access control measures to keep workers healthy and limit the spread of COVID-19. But even before the global health crisis, the identity and authentication sector, which covers access control technologies, was growing faster than every other security sector, according to Imperial Capital’s 2019 year-end report on the security industry.
Then, there are benefits of better insurance coverage when organizations have the right technologies in place. The more you lower a project’s risk, as insurance carrier AXA XL writes, the better your insurance product offerings are. AXA XL’s Highly Protected Project class of business, for example, provides customizable solutions for its customers who are using technology to build safer spaces for their workers.
That’s the kind of work we’ve been focused on at Triax — helping organizations build safer spaces and ensuring only the right people are on a worksite at any given time. Here’s how we’re helping a variety of industries — from construction to industrials.
Perimeter and Interior Safety Technology
At Triax, when combined with our Point of Interest (POI) Tags and access control turnstiles or check-in stations, our Spot-r solutions offer site-wide security benefits for users. POI Tags are beacons that users mount to static locations. They interact with Spot-r clips, which are worn by workers and synched to their worker profile within the platform dashboard. When a Spot-r clip comes within range of a POI Tag, the system logs the encounter and can even send an immediate alert to supervisors if access is unauthorized. In addition, turnstiles or check-in stations can be added to provide an extra layer of perimeter security – giving site access to only authorized individuals.
The solutions are designed for a variety of worksites. Users have deployed them at locations with numerous restricted areas that require constant monitoring as well as in active, occupied sites such as hospitals and schools to prevent workers from wandering into areas with students or patients. And they’re used in high volume traffic areas where dozens of workers are constantly on the move.
Expanding our EarthCam collaboration
This fall, we launched a new collaboration with EarthCam, the world-leading developer of construction camera technology and services, to give greater visibility into perimeter security.
For the past two years, Triax clients have been able to use timestamps in the Spot-r Mesh dashboard to connect to EarthCam’s high-resolution video cameras and see who is entering and exiting the sites. Now, users no longer need to log in to both the Spot-r and EarthCam dashboards. They can quickly pull up the videos through the Spot-r dashboard to view a 20-second segment as each person enters and leaves the site.
With it, site managers can make sure that the person who signed in is actually the individual who is associated with the tag, ensuring that only qualified personnel with the correct certifications are on the job at any given time.
The collaboration has “significantly” enhanced safety and security practices and reduced risk, says one leader.
That’s why, at Triax, we remain committed to leveraging technology to continue to find new ways to make work sites, across industries, safer and more secure. Contact us to find out how access control could help your operations.