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Thursday, 14 November

Cutting Construction Security Budgets

Specialist security provider, VPS Site Security, states it has witnessed a dramatic switch from human patrols to more ‘guardless’ systems in the last year.

VPS reports that recent projects have seen savings of over 60% in security budgets, arguing that this provides an improved and more comprehensive security net that oversees sites 24/7 but at low cost.

Costain, GallifordTry, Carillion, Taylor Wimpey and Murphy are among the well known names in the construction sector that have started to deploy CCTV systems to improve security and simultaneously cut costs.

“Manned guards have always been the traditional mainstay approach in the building sector to secure difficult sites such as highway construction and large, remote areas but technological options have really proven themselves in recent years,” explained Simon Alderson, MD, VPS Site Security. “So much so that combined with truly dramatic cost savings and better 24/7 protection and safety, we've seen a definite shift towards systems designed with CCTV included as the preferred choice.”

 

VPS defends the notion that modern CCTV systems combine the latest camera technologies with wireless networks, sensors and power sources, so that long stretches of highway construction – sometimes many kilometres in length – can be monitored day and night and from the safety of a remote monitoring station. Features can now include rapid deployment CCTV with thermal cameras, sustainable power options, e.g. hydrogen fuel cells, CCTV ranges from 100m-2km and much more robust wireless systems such as fluid mesh connectivity.

“Mobile patrols may still be required but they are much more efficient when deployed with the support of these tower systems, as they can help target problems,” observed Alderson. “The high definition videos are also being used as safety tools and traffic management systems, adding an extra layer of health and safety protection for construction workers and the public alike, providing immediate alerts if a potential danger is spotted, enabling the site to act before it comes an incident.”

Picture: Modern CCTV systems have made such strides that reductions in manned guards have made a dramatic impact on costs without compromising security

Article written by Mike Gannon

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