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Complex construction sites: reduce theft and damage by up to 50% with movable access gates

A large dynamic work site where many different companies are operating and numerous personnel are passing in and out is 50% more at risk of theft and damage than a traditional site. This risk can be reduced through the installation of a system of movable access gates. There are four basic reasons why they work best.

It is commonly believed that the level of risk to which a construction site is exposed, and consequently the complexity of security solutions it needs to adopt, depends exclusively on the size of the space that the site occupies. This belief is indicative of a superficial but unfortunately rather widespread approach to security, whose consequences can be negative even if not immediately apparent. It is very easy to make mistakes when planning the security for an area destined for a construction project, but very hard to deal afterwards with the effects of poor planning, which include financial loss (that may even be immense), caused by:

  • the theft of tools, equipment and materials
  • accidents to property and persons
  • damage to structures and installed systems
  • acts of violence or fraud

This is why making an accurate assessment of the level of complexity of a construction site during the risk assessment phase should be a key concern for anyone with responsibilities for planning and managing security. The first essential step is to make arrangements for protection of the perimeter, followed by security measures for the areas it encloses.

From a security perspective, a construction site is deemed to be of "high complexity" if one or more of the following conditions obtain:

  • three or more subcontractors are operating on site
  • several enterprises and entities are present, each with active on-site personnel
  • multiple vehicles and persons flow in and out of the site
  • the site includes depots for tools, equipment and materials
  • the site is divided into large non-contiguous lots
  • the site is being used for the extraction of petroleum, gas or minerals
  • the site is part of an urban renewal project.

Our experience in the field has shown us that for the sake of security at a high-complexity site, a well-designed system of movable access gates can reduce the risk of theft and damage by up to 50%. There are four good reasons for this effect.

  1. The system enables the constant monitoring of the changing dynamics of a site, and adapts itself as the site changes shape and form.

No other access management solution can do this. A movable access gate can be easily set up in a new location in the course of a single day, provided the appropriate means are to hand. The protective cordon around the site can thus be reconfigured to match the changing shape of the enclosed areas, without ever leaving any gaps. Further, the system makes it possible to cordon off certain areas and, through the deployment of easily programmable devices, grant access* to authorized personnel only.

  1. Being reusable, the system accelerates the amortization of project costs.

The movable access gate system has all the benefits of a "plug & play" solution, and, as it is made of modular elements, requires no special conditions for installation. The modular-based solution makes it extremely easy to redeploy the entire system of mobile access gates somewhere else, since each element can be taken down from one place and quickly reinstalled in another. This modular approach is frequently used at high-complexity sites whose security plans envisage their progressive segregation into separate areas reserved for subgroups, or where access control and site defence is based on a concentric ring pattern.

  1. Same level of security as for fixed access gates.

A properly designed system of movable access gates offers the same level of security as a traditional fixed system, which, where familiarity and expertise in security planning are lacking, is often and erroneously preferred at high-complexity sites. The accessories and related installations, such as boom barriers and high entrance/exit turnstiles, are exactly the same as those used for fixed access gates. In fact, what makes the real difference is the care taken during the risk assessment phase, which is when all the areas destined for enclosure are identified, and the best protection systems for each are selected.

  1. Progressive integration with other advanced security subsystems.

An ample range of flexible options is available for integrating a movable access gate system with other devices or advanced security subsystems. Here, too, it is essential to select the solution that best suits specific site parameters and requirements. Security measures need to vary according to what is being protected, which could include, for example, products with high chemical or biological risk, inflammable materials, optic fibres, machinery and metals. The system is perfectly compatible with a broad array of supplementary protective measures, such as motion sensors, anti-climb fences, smart motion detection cameras, devices capable of detecting the presence of suspicious objects or abnormal flows of people (area counting).


* Badges, for example, are a particularly good form of access control to construction sites because they are more resistant to dust and dirt than high-tech electronic readers.

For more information….

Came Project Department
Tel +39 0422 494512

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