The Valtti card that is used for access control and identification at construction sites, is developed further with Fidera to enable remote reading features. Fidera Oy and Suomen Tilaajavastuu Oy have entered into an agreement for testing the remote reading technology in actual situations with the customers. Remotely-read Valtti card will be available for general purposes as the common card standards within Nordics are strengthened. This will take place in autumn 2017 at the earliest.
Valtti Card Makes Worksites More Effective and Safer
“As a company owned by construction industry, we wish to offer solutions for our partners that make daily operations at worksites more effective and safer. Valtti card functions as a unified standard for identifying persons and collecting relevant data required in the Finnish Occupational Safety and Health Act, for example. With the Valtti card, we will answer to our partners’ needs, and offer an efficient method to meet obligations and implement monitoring in a more automated way. Valtti card helps with access control, with the notification procedures for the Tax Administration, with observing the Act on Contractor’s Liability, and now also with work permits,” says Suomen Tilaajavastuu Oy’s Managing Director Lars Albäck.
Using ID cards and tax numbers in construction sites is based on the Finnish Occupational Safety and Health Act that was amended in 2012. Valtti card complies with the requirements set in the Act, and supplements them by offering necessary information for meeting different statutory obligations – all in one chip card. With the chip card, it is possible to check, for example, an employee’s name, tax number, his or her employer’s name and business ID, as well as the expiry date of the card. In the future, it will be possible to access professional qualifications recorded in the electronic qualifications register, Taito, via the Valtti card.
No more queueing during entry or exit with the new feature of the Valtti card
“The biggest advantage of the remotely-read Valtti card for contractors and construction workers is the reliability and speed of the processes. We know from current user experiences that Fidera’s tags make entering and exiting the site faster, because our remote tags eliminate the need for separate logging in or out procedures. You can simply walk or drive past the readers. Also, our co-operation with Suomen Tilaajavastuu ensures that the obligations are met,” explains Fidera’s Managing Director Mikko Jalonen.
According to Jalonen, Fidera’s remote reading technology is revolutional in that it detects, if a person with no identification tag tries to access the site. The system gives an alarm, if persons without a Valtti card enter the access gates. In this way, their entry to the site can be prevented.
This project is carried out as a Tekes funded project. Its objective is to determine, what the remote reading feature requires from the Valtti card technically, and what kind of interfaces can be developed for different services. Based on the user experiences received, instructions for implementing the service in different worksites will be compiled.
First worksites start the tests in January
Suomen Tilaajavastuu Oy and Fidera Oy are currently mapping the projects of various construction companies that could become the first pilots. “Our aim is that in January 2017, the first worksites could check with the remote reading technology, if the obligations are met or not. Customers have already been in contact with us,” says Jalonen. He encourages companies to contact them, if they would be interested in participating in the developing of this new technology.
Valtti card also speeds up worksite inspections. A hand-held scanner integrated with Fidera’s services can be used to identify the workers and their Valtti cards at the site. All this is done without the need to actually present the card during the inspection. This also improves occupational safety, because the system can be linked with information on all necessary worksite trainings and the validity of different certificates required in the construction industry.
Lars Albäck, Managing Director, Suomen Tilaajavastuu Oy, email@example.com, Tel. +358 (0)40 503 3672
Mikko Jalonen, Managing Director, Fidera Oy, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. +358 (0)40 715 7978
Suomen Tilaajavastuu Oy is a company established in 2007. It supplies its customers either directly or through its partners with electronic services that ease their administrative burden and increase the reliability of information. Tilaajavastuu Oy is a company wholly owned by the employer organisations within real estate and construction industry. The company has 50 employees, and it had sales of 7,6 million Euros in 2015.
Fidera Oy offers its customers fully automatic monitoring and security systems that simplify statutory reporting and take care of worksite monitoring. Fidera’s solutions also prevent theft, accidents and unauthorised activities. Fidera Oy is entirely owned by the personnel, and the company was founded in 2013. It is a 100% Finnish technology company that offers services developed for the harshest of environments. Fidera Oy’s values include reliability, user-friendliness and top quality.