Construction magazine Rakennuslehti wrote about Fidera’s automatic access control solution for construction sites. ”Reader devices placed at the site can remotely read the RFID tags from passing persons, when the tags are attached in safety helmets, for instance. This remote reading capability works also inside passing vehicles”, the magazine wrote in an article published in 2015.
”The system has developed a great deal since 2015. It has been used in larger work sites of Destia, Skanska and YIT at the airport and in Länsimetro. Through these pilots, we have developed the solution to better suit the needs of different work sites. We have updated the solution, for example, with automatic reporting on contractor’s obligations to the Tax Administration. In addition, we are currently developing a remotely-read Valtti card based on Fidera’s technology”, Fidera Oy’s Managing Director Mikko Jalonen describes the system updates since the article was published in Rakennuslehti magazine.
No lapses in signing in and out
According to Rakennuslehti, one of the benefits of the system was that there is no longer a need to present the card separately to the reader. No one forgets to sign in or out.
It is also possible to integrate surveillance cameras with the system, in order to monitor passing traffic. ”Already in 2015, the system was capable of detecting figures. Based on this data, the system estimates the number of personnel at the site and compares it to the number of remotely-read ID cards. If there was a mismatch in the numbers, the system sent an alarm in real time. We have developed this function even further, based on customer feedback. This has improved the protection of tools, for example, at the work sites”, Jalonen explains.
The system was originally developed in collaboration with the University of Turku. After that, Fidera has developed the system further. ”Apart from construction industry, we have expanded, for example, into hospitality sector (restaurants, hotels and travel), where especially the analytics developed for the system intrigues the customers”, Fidera’s board member Kimmo Ripatti explains. He says that this function is currently used in optimizing customer streams in a big international restaurant chain.
Skanska pilots in metro station worksite
Skanska has been testing Fidera’s system at Lauttasaari metro station in Länsimetro construction site since 2014. A reader device and surveillance camera placed at the entrance of the metro station service tunnel have been monitoring work site traffic.
”During the pilot, the system was integrated with Skanska’s own systems”, Rakennuslehti writes. In the magazine, Skanska’s production engineer Anssi Siitonen describes the benefits of the system as follows: ”The system is extremely good. I can check at the site, whether an employee has a valid occupational safety card, hot work permit or even an access pass.”
In the article, Siitonen emphasizes that the system assists him in doing things that were previously impossible. ”Without it I would have to write the person’s details down and check at the office, whether the information is valid or not”, Siitonen mentioned.
System helps in preventing over-billing
Skanska’s project manager Mikko Stenius emphasized in the article that the system assists in fighting against grey economy. ”When we know who is present at the site and when also other checks are possible, we can more reliably fulfill contractor’s obligations and reporting requirements to the Tax Administration.”
In the article, Siitonen also highlights the possibility to prevent over-billing. ”When we get an invoice from one of our contractors for a certain amount of hours, we can compare the details with the information received from the machines”, Siitonen concludes.
”The feedback received from large construction companies has been very good”, Fidera’s Mikko Jalonen sums. The system is extremely affordable compared to many other similar systems. It can also partially replace other systems. Separate systems for access control, contractor’s obligations and camera monitoring are no longer needed, as all of these functions are handled efficiently and economically by one system.
”The camera monitoring in work sites is improved, for example, when alarms of abnormal activities are sent to mobile phones. Instead of going through security camera footage, the culprits can be caught in the act”, Jalonen says.