Construction sector increasingly using biometric entry systems for site access

The number of biometric access control systems deployed at UK construction sites has increased by 59 percent from January 2016 to the first three quarters of 2018, according to research published by construction industry biometrics provider Human Recognition Systems.

Human Recognition Systems counted more than 975 contracts for biometric entry systems, Construction Enquirer reports, and says that the majority of them also include additional digital services, such as online inductions, training, or status confirmation through the UK government’s Right to Work service.

“The construction sector has really woken up to the significant advancements that digital technology such as biometrics can offer them,” says Human Recognition Systems Head of Workforce Management Solutions Nick Wilkinson. “Not only does it help to improve site security and training compliance, it can provide management with a significant amount of useful data that can improve site efficiencies for future jobs. Biometrics was the first part of the jigsaw in the digital construction picture for many main contractors and will remain at its heart as the industry moves forward.”

The report notes that in addition to securing a site, biometrics can be used in the construction industry to ensure workers have necessary qualifications and have completed any required inductions for the work site.

Donseed launched a new biometric workplace identity management solution earlier this year for the construction market.

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