Biosite biometric access control to protect BAM Western construction sites

July 17, 2017 - 

Bristol-based operation BAM Western has selected Biosite to provide a standardized access control system for its construction sites.

With 185 employees and a supply chain of about 1,000 firms, BAM Construction’s Western region requires consistent systems to ensure secure and efficient operations across their sites.

Having previously used multiple suppliers across its region, BAM Western recognized that by standardizing access control and workforce management systems it would benefit from better economies of scale as well as more intelligent data, which would ultimately improve its decision-making process.

“BAM Plant is BAM’s dedicated Plant business and plays an essential role in almost all BAM projects,” Andrew Hilton, commercial contracts manager at BAM Plant, said. “Our activities cover a wide range of mechanical and non-mechanical equipment, from site accommodation and communication links to electrical installation and fabrication services. BAM Plant had already supplied many BAM sites with Biosite and therefore we were confident in the breadth of functionality and service levels they could provide the Western region.”

BAM Western conducted a stringent tender process in the form of an access control tender review workshop where it invited several suppliers to demonstrate their systems.

All companies were scored on a set of criteria including service support, software, hardware, reports, future development, ease of use, support, security and cost.

“We are delighted that Biosite has been selected as the standardized access control solution for BAM Western region,” Li Wang, managing director of Biosite Systems, said. “We are confident that our system will improve efficiencies and give directors a global view of projects and data. By using Biosite across multiple sites, BAM Western will benefit from enhanced decision making and cost savings – through the capture and analysis of information relating to operative and site performance. We look forward to building on our partnership with BAM Western and BAM Plant in years to come.”

By investing in Biosite technology, BAM Western will benefit from secure site access based on unique biometric and accreditation information, time and attendance reporting, online induction and integrated wireless fire alarms; standardized processes across all sites whilst giving full traceability and detailed reporting; efficient and seamless induction for subcontractors and avoidance of duplicated administration; and a user friendly biometric access control solution capable of processing low quality fingerprints and avoiding the fraudulent use of ID cards or pin numbers.

BAM and its supply chain has the required CSCS card in compliance with the Build UK Training Standard, which means that only those operatives with appropriate CSCS and CSPS accreditation are able to gain access to site.

The access control system also reduces risk through the creation of a robust audit trail and health and safety records, as well as provide a fast and efficient method of reporting near misses.

Last December, Biosite secured £4 million ($5.9M USD) of growth capital from Mobeus Equity Partners.

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