An interesting article highlighting yet another aspect of construction that can and will be influenced by technology.
The more widespread use of biometric technology systems will assist in identifying whom is on site, when and will help stop unauthorised site access, reduce the number of illegal workers and monitor time on site and working hours .
As the article highlights cyber security needs to be at towards the top of project agendas, particularly on highly sensitive projects.
The old fashioned security measures such as fences and video surveillance will remain but, if not already doing so, it is time to look to the future of security on building sites.
Mundell and Sinno also agree that contractors and developers should explore the implementation of innovation, technology, and analytics reporting, in order to beef up security. Using biometric technology systems, says Sinno, may help to eradicate deception, prevent the hiring of illegal staff, stop unauthorised site access, and limit the number of working hours to those set out under local labour laws. Both Mundell and Sinno suggest technology is critical to site security, and as building information modelling software is being used more systemically, online site security has become an increasingly important issue.