Modular Security Systems, Inc. (MSSI) of Ironton Ohio is assisting many major refineries around the United States and Canada with portable perimeters security solutions and to control access into the refineries. Many of these refineries have been undergoing expansions and are being retrofitted to work in preparation to receive the “heavy crude” that is scheduled to be brought south from the Canadian oil sands. These refineries are bringing in thousands of workers to assist in these projects. Per the maritime security laws (Marsec laws) these refineries must be able to control and restrict access into and out of the plant at all times. Access control and time and attendance accountability has become a major security issue at refineries and petrochemical plants that are subject to homeland security rules and marsec law. Oil refiners such as Marathon Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Motiva, ConocoPhillips, Murphy Oil, Air Products, British Petroleum and many others are among the refiners retrofitting their plants and having to make accommodations for bringing into the plant thousands of works for their plant heavy crude upgrades.
MSSI has provided to many refiners in the US and Canada a modular, self contained, mobile, turnstile unit that is allowing many of these plants to become immediately compliant with the marsec rules and to allow plant owners and contractors a way to effectively manage time and attendance on these sites as well as addressing marsec access control laws.
In 2004 MSSI invented and applied for a patent for the MAC (Modular Access Control) modern "time alley". In late 2008 MSSI received a Notice of Allowance by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Patented MAC Portal was created by incorporating full height turnstiles into an ISO shipping container or sea can allowing for a mobile, portable access control portal that can contain card readers, biometric readers or bar code readers and can be a standalone access control system or be tied directly into an existing plant-wide access control system.