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Protect the Perimeter of Your Construction Site During the Coronavirus

Posted by Miles Duncil on Wed, Apr 1, 2020

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Protect the Perimeter of Your Construction Site During the Coronavirus

The importance and essential nature of physical security on construction sites is now more important than ever. Every year millions of dollars are lost to thieves on construction sites. But tools and equipment are not the only things that those thieves are stealing. Millions of dollars are also lost because of the time and effort it takes to replace those tools and equipment, and in many instances construction can grind to a halt while awaiting their arrival. Construction and the building of new homes, power plants, and commercial buildings is essential to the growth of our economy and the prosperity of our world. In order to keep up and push through these tough times, Modular Security Systems Inc. (MSSI) has been able to keep the lines of communication open for our customers both current and prospective.    

In this week’s edition of the Turnstile Blog we'd like to take a look at some of the things you can do to make sure your construction site is secure.
Physical Perimeter Security

The outer perimeter of your construction site is defined by your perimeter fence and is essential to control who can walk or drive onto your property. In order to maintain a secure perimeter on your construction site, a solid fence that is professionally installed can make all the difference in the world.

In addition to a solid fence, the appropriate gates for foot traffic and vehicle traffic also need to be considered.  Products like the patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal and the patented Vehicle Access Control (VAC) Portal complete with climate-controlled guard offices, full-height turnstiles, and vehicle barrier gates can provide easy access for authorized individuals while acting as both a visual and physical deterrent for would-be thieves.

For many in the construction industry, the coronavirus has emphasized the need for a safe, healthy, and secure workforce. Even as the coronavirus sweeps around the world, many construction workers must continue to do their jobs.  We at MSSI would like to reiterate the CDC guidelines to keep yourself and your co-workers healthy in these trying times.

Make Sure To:

Wash your hands often

Refrain from touching your face

Allow for 6 feet of distance between co-workers

Remain positive, because we’ve got this!

Remember, as construction workers – the builders of our tomorrow – your team is essential to the future of our country and our world. MSSI and our line of perimeter security solutions is there to keep your construction sites secure and your workers safe, especially during times like these, when we are all being asked to do our part to stay healthy and think of others who may be impacted by our necessary daily activities.  

For more information on Modular Security Systems Inc., and all of our perimeter security solutions CONTACT US HERE or call us at 740.532.7822.

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Turn-Key Modular Vehicle Access Control Gates from MSSI

Posted by Miles Duncil on Wed, Mar 25, 2020

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Turn-Key Modular Vehicle Access Control Gates from MSSI

The Patented Vehicle Access Control (VAC) Portal is a modular perimeter security solution that combines the portability of the ISO shipping container, a steel base, vehicle barrier gates, access control technology, and climate-controlled guard offices into a perfect turn-key solution. Based on our customers’ site-specific needs we have been able to create many different variations of our patented VAC Portals with one or more vehicle barrier gates, multiple office sizes – and even a solar power option.

Customization options and the ease of installation make our patented VAC Portals a vital but easily attainable perimeter security solution for any major construction site. The utilization of the patented VAC Portal can quickly and effectively improve on-site perimeter security.

Vehicle gates like our patented VAC Portals are common at many secure facilities around the world. Security gates are used in a wide range of industries including defense contracting, military, government installations, airports, ports, and commercial facilities. On any premises where vehicle access needs to be regulated, the presence of a vehicle gate ensures that only authorized vehicles and people are allowed inside.

Over the past 10 years, MSSI has built VAC Portals with vehicle gates ranging in many different sizes and combined with climate-controlled guard spaces. In the past, our customers have opted for climate-controlled guard houses from 4' (width) x 6' (length) up to 8' (width) x 40' (length). For some customers in more extreme, hotter climates, we also offer solar panel packages as the power source for their patented VAC Portal.

For more information on Modular Security Systems Inc., our Patented Vehicle Access Control (VAC) Portal, and all of our Portable Perimeter Security Solutions CONTACT US HERE or call us at 740.532.7822.

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Turnstile Rentals & the MAC Lite in New York City

Posted by Miles Duncil on Fri, Mar 20, 2020

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Turnstile Rentals & the MAC Portal in New York City

Recently in New York City, Local Law 196 was implemented to require all workers on construction sites to be up to date on safety training before they enter the perimeter of the project. Coupled with the right access control software and hardware, the MAC Portal and more recently the MAC Lite has come to the rescue by making sure that only authorized individuals with proper security/safety training credentials are able to access the construction site.

When the first patented MAC Portal landed in New York City at the Freedom Tower (One World Trade Center) construction site in 2009, MSSI had no idea just how successful the MAC Portal would become in the Big Apple. More recently MSSI has been called upon to provide perimeter security products at the Hudson Yard Project, John F. Kennedy Airport, and a number of other projects in and around New York City.

To accommodate the needs of customers that might not have the capital budget to purchase a patented MAC Portal, MSSI has built a fleet of standard floor plans for turnstile rentals. While typically patented MAC Portals have been sold directly to end users, the MAC Portal rental program has taken shape and come to the rescue of major construction companies in need of site security when they don’t have the capital to make purchases. 

The flexibility of the patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal to incorporate site-specific requirements and access control software integration has helped make it the most trusted portable perimeter security solution for construction companies across the US and around the world. Today construction sites around the world have taken the initiative to guarantee successful projects by protecting the assets onsite through effective perimeter security.

Don't let a poor security plan for your construction project cost you time and money! Protect your construction site with a patented MAC Portal or the MAC Lite! 

For more information on Modular Security Systems Inc., the Patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal, and the new MAC Lite, CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 740.532.7822. 

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Top 5 Essentials to Protect the Perimeter of Your Construction Site

Posted by Miles Duncil on Wed, Mar 18, 2020

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Top 5 Essentials to Protect the Perimeter of Your Construction Site

When you think of construction site security what is the first thing that comes to mind? Many of you are probably thinking "fences" – and you're not wrong. When it comes to perimeter security on your construction site, a sturdy fence is probably the most cost-effective way to make sure intruders can't and don't enter your perimeter. Fences prevent criminals and thieves from easily accessing your construction site and stealing equipment, tools, and building materials.

But construction site security doesn't end when you put up a strong, tall fence.

In this week’s edition of the turnstile blog we are going to be taking a look at the 5 essentials to protect the perimeter of your construction site.

1. FENCES
We mentioned fences earlier and yes, they are a given, but it never hurts to reiterate the importance of your first line of defense. When it comes to keeping your construction site secure from intrusion and preventing theft, a fence can provide both a physical and visual deterrent. A durable chain link fencing is not only a great idea but it's also easy to put up and tear down once construction has completed.

If you don’t have the time or energy to install this fencing on your own, hiring professional temporary fence installers is your best bet to a secure perimeter. They will have the expertise needed to ensure the temporary fence is installed correctly and will effectively secure your construction site.

2) GUARD HOUSES
Understandably, not all construction project managers are willing to depend on fences alone to keep their site and perimeter secure. Many site managers want to provide the actual physical presence of security guards at their site. Guard houses, guard booths, and guard offices make the perfect place for security professionals to do what they do. Climate-controlled and keeping guards out of the elements when necessary, guard houses may be equipped with access control technology, cameras, counter space, and any other security site requirement that security guards need to keep construction projects safe and secure 24 hours a day.

3) ACCESS CONTROL TECHNOLOGY
Access control technology? What's that? Access control technology can come in a wide range of hardware and software solutions. From the tracking of employees for time and attendance to the tracking of tools and equipment that can easily be tagged with RFID chips, access control technology can not only prevent theft but also help in the incarceration of thieves who are "brave" enough actually steal your stuff! While the type of access control technology you select for your specific job site may vary from one job to another depending on the size and scope of your project, we believe it’s been proven time and time again that no construction site security solution is complete without the implementation of some type of access control technology.

4) TURNSTILES
Have you ever walked right onto a construction project without even being approached by a security guard or having to pass through a secure turnstile or access point? No? Well, criminals have and do. Undeterred by an opening in a fence line and without having to produce identification granting them access to a construction site, criminals enter and exit construction sites everyday just "under the radar" and often walk away with thousands of dollars’ worth of tools and equipment. By utilizing turnstiles as security gates, construction sites around the U.S. are keeping their job sites safe from being entered by individuals who are out looking to steal tools, equipment, and other building materials.

5) VEHICLE GATES
The easy delivery of new tools, equipment, and building materials are essential to any construction project. Vehicle barrier gates like turnstiles work as deterrents for intruders in vehicles but also allow easy access for deliveries and shipments to enter your jobsite. A well marked delivery gate that allows for trucks to enter the construction site are just as important as the gate that allows workers to easily access the site on foot. Without the delivery of tools, equipment, and building materials those workers could be waiting for hours to get to work. The patented Vehicle Access Control (VAC) Portal is the perfect solution for incorporating vehicle barrier arms/gates into your perimeter security plan.


Have you heard that roughly, $300 million to $1 billion in equipment is stolen from commercial and industrial construction sites every year in the United States? The cost of implementing a perimeter security solution can be dwarfed by the loss of man-hours, time, tools, and equipment on an unsecure construction project.

For more information on Modular Security Systems Inc., and all of our perimeter security solutions CONTACT US HERE or call us at 740.532.7822.

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MSSI Offers Updated Spec Sheets for Perimeter Security Customers

Posted by Miles Duncil on Fri, Mar 13, 2020

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MSSI Offers Updated Spec Sheets for Perimeter Security Customers

At Modular Security Systems Inc. we know that a safe and secure construction perimeter can make a world of difference when it comes to both cost-efficient and time-efficient project completion.

Our patented MAC Portals include a turn-key "all-in-one" design meant for security professionals, to monitor and track workers and visitors as they enter and exit the site. Used in conjunction with access control technology, the patented MAC Portals’ turnstile lanes and climate-controlled guard houses can help projects meet regulations and conform to safety requirements.

To help answer pre-purchase questions regarding our perimeter security products, MSSI and our in-house team of engineers/CAD draftsmen have worked diligently over the course of the last few weeks to create and update new spec sheets for our customers. The new and improved spec sheets can be found on any of the patented MAC Portal pages found at SecuredByMAC.com. 

Updated info on the new spec sheets include:

MODEL DESCRIPTION
General Features:
Enclosure
Approx. Shipping Weight
Approx. Footprint (L X W)
Approx. Shipping (L X W X H)
Approx. Overall (L X W X H)

Lifting Methods:
Bottom Corner Blocks
Top Corner Blocks
Fork Lift
Other

Office:
Approx. Dimensions (L X W)
Cooling Capacity / BTUH
Heating Capacity / BTUH
Heating Watts
Wall / Ceiling Insulation
Entry Door with Window

Turnstile Bay:
Lanes
Lane Style
Roll-Up Doors

Electrical Data:
Lighting Technology
Load Center Main Amps
Voltage
Frequency
Demand KVA
Demand Amps

We encourage potential customers to visit the page of the MAC Portal(s) they are interested in and click to download the new spec sheets as well as a sales set of drawings. 

Stay tuned to SecuredByMAC.com and the Turnstile Blog as Updated Vehicle Access Control (VAC) Portals will be updated soon!

Don't forget you can CONTACT US HERE or call us at 740.532.7822.

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MSSI Customer FAQ Top 10 Perimeter Security Questions

Posted by KJ Williams on Wed, Mar 11, 2020

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MSSI Customer FAQ Top 10 Perimeter Security Questions - DID YOU KNOW?

1. What is perimeter site security? How does my jobsite accomplish this successfully?

  • Perimeter site security is how your organization ensures unwanted/non-authorized visitors or intruders do not end up in places they should not be inside your workspace. 
  • MSSI ensures your jobsite can restrict or deny access based on lack of credentials, subpar training certifications, jobsite restrictions, etc.
  • MSSI can partner with you by gathering the proper jobsite information, your specific site needs/requirements, and ultimately recommending the proper patented MAC Portal product to give you the confidence that compliance will be in full force. 
 
2. Why do I need a turnstile on my project or jobsite?
  • Lots of answers for this one including: Limiting/reducing/eliminating exposure/risk/liability to your project, ensuring the safety and security of all the workforce on the inside and to the general public on the outside, assistance with payroll accuracy, as well as restricting unwanted guests from walking onto your project when no one is looking. Many of our customers utilize us to remain compliant for Local Law 196 or other site-specific regulatory obligations.

3. What is the cost of a turnstile?
  • MSSI completely customizes every solution offering based on the different factors involved. Ask us for more details.
4. Does MSSI offer a full turnkey solution with provided Access Control systems?
  • Yes. MSSI, if needed, can offer a full turnkey solution with dedicated Access Control Software, monitoring and reporting capabilities, along with a patented MAC Portal turnstile unit ensuring your perimeter site security needs are met and exceeded.
 
5. Customers sometimes experience “sticker shock” with MSSI costs. Why?
  • Fantastic statement and one that needs context around it. Most of the time, folks fail to realize the scope of their project and the need for a larger budget for safety and security when they are doing their initial bids. Once they come to the realization that they need to procure a full professional security layout, for their organization as well as the end user’s best interests, they have already committed to a smaller budget than is needed.
  • The other important factor to include here is the cost of having an unauthorized person come onto the site and either get injured or cause injury, not having the proper certifications to be onsite or having previous violations nobody knew about. What is the cost of reactively cleaning up a mess that could have been avoided? The time lost, money spent on recovery from the consequences of regulatory issues, and negative publicity to all parties could be incredibly expensive.
 
6. Who uses turnstiles? Where is the “sweet spot” to have a turnstile on a project?
  • End Users, General Contractors, Contract Managers, Security Integration Firms, etc. – anyone who is looking at ensuring a SAFE and SECURE perimeter to their worksite. 
  • The “sweet spot” to have a turnstile solution onsite has changed throughout the years. It used to be stated that our solutions were meant for the biggest jobsites only. These days, organizations are realizing that personnel safety via security tracking is a major priority whether it’s a $500 million new build or a $25 million renovation school project.
 
7. What is the lead time on getting a turnstile on my project?
  • Lead times vary, depending on a few factors including: are you looking for a standard unit or a customized request, what is the quantity of units desired, and what is the destination of the delivery? Most of our units are on-site ready to go within 1-6 weeks fully integrated and plug-n-play ready to go.
8. Do you lease/rent or only outright sell your products?
  • Great question! MSSI offers our customers the ability to rent or purchase, giving you the flexibility you desire on your project.
9. Are these engineered solution offerings with the patented MAC Portals for Commercial, Industrial, or Government/Military project use?
  • ALL of the above. You can find our SecuredByMAC Products all over the world on military bases, data center builds, healthcare venue builds, turnarounds/shutdowns/outage projects on industrial facility sites, etc.
10. What other products does Modular Security Systems Inc. carry to assist our organization?
  • We are glad you asked! MSSI also carries Vehicle Access (VAC) Portals to assist with motor vehicles coming in and out of site. Guard houses are another popular product line that we assist our customers with. Check us out at www.SecuredByMAC.com for further details on all our products including specification sheets, drawing layouts, and much more.
 
For more information on how to keep your next construction site safe and secure and to learn more about our access control partners CONTACT US HERE or call us at 740.532.7822.  
 

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Another Patented MAC Lite Lands in New York City

Posted by Miles Duncil on Wed, Mar 4, 2020

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Another Patented MAC Lite Lands in New York City 

For construction companies in New York City complying with safety requirements like Local Law 196, the patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal is the perfect solution. Turn-key and easily deliverable to active construction sites, the patented MAC Portal (and more recently the MAC Lite) have the ability to be offloaded and put to use within minutes of arrival. 

For more than a decade the patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal has been delivered to industrial and commercial construction sites around the world. Anytime the construction industry has been hit with new regulations or requirements for perimeter security, the MAC Portal has been there to provide the perfect solution. In the past, MSSI and the MAC Portal have worked to resolve perimeter security issues for ports, harbors, military installations, government agencies, and construction projects of all sizes. 

Recently in New York City, Local Law 196 was implemented to require all workers on construction sites to be up to date on safety training before they enter the jobsite. Coupled with the right access control software and hardware, the MAC Portal has come to the rescue by making sure that only authorized individuals with proper security/safety training credentials are able to access the construction site. 

With the first patented MAC Portal landing in New York City to support perimeter security on the Freedom Tower (One World Trade Center) construction in 2009, MSSI has been doing business for more than ten years. In recent years MSSI has had MAC Portals at the Hudson Yard Project, John F. Kennedy Airport, and a number of other projects in and around the Big Apple. 

For more information on Modular Security Systems Inc., the Patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal, and the new MAC Lite, CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 740.532.7822. 

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The Patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal Rental Program

Posted by Miles Duncil on Fri, Feb 28, 2020

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The Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal Rental Program

The flexibility of the patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal to incorporate site-specific requirements and access control software integration has helped make it the most trusted portable perimeter security solution for construction companies across the US and around the world. Today construction sites around the world have taken the initiative to guarantee successful projects by protecting the assets onsite through effective perimeter security.

The patented MAC Portal is a prefabricated, climate-controlled guardhouse with turnstiles and access control, and it’s making a big impact. During the past five or six decades, the prefabricated buildings have been used as guard booths and guardhouses at major industrial plants and on commercial construction sites around the world. 

While typically patented MAC Portals have been sold directly to end users, the MAC Portal rental program has taken shape and come to the rescue of major construction companies in need of site security when they don’t have the capital to make purchases.  

By partnering with a wide range of turnstile and access control manufacturers, MSSI and the patented MAC Portal have become significantly more flexible in terms of design and implementation for our customers. Coupling that with the creation of a standard fleet of MAC Portal rental units ranging in sizes from one turnstile lane up to six turnstile lanes has significantly increased the use of MAC Portals on commercial construction sites. We take our commercial construction customers’ specifications in mind, implement them into the design process, and make the entire rental process as simple as possible, and our portable perimeter security solutions can be found in almost every major city in the US. 

For more information on perimeter security on your commercial construction site Modular Security Systems Inc. can help! CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822.

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Modular Perimeter Security for Your Construction Site

Posted by Miles Duncil on Wed, Feb 26, 2020

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Modular Perimeter Security for Your Construction Site
 

When it comes to securing your job site or major project, your tools and equipment are valuable and your people are priceless. MSSI can help you protect both with our Patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal and our other portable perimeter security solutions like the patent pending Vehicle Access Control (VAC) Portal and our wide selection of portable guard booths. The portable perimeter security systems offered by Modular Security Systems Inc. are easy to transport, install, and begin monitoring visitors and employees to any major project. Besides the basic components of turnstiles, vehicle barrier gates, and access control there are many additional features that can be added to ensure security and up-to-date reporting capabilities.

The portable perimeter security solutions offered by MSSI combine years of experience within the turnstile and access control industries to prevent the passage of unwanted visitors onto job sites and high-security areas. Designed to meet both standard and site-specific requirements put forth by our customers, MSSI has manufactured a wide array of guard office facilities, vehicle barriers, and turnstile products that include cold and hot climate packages, ballistic packages, and snow/wind load upgrades.

In most industrial and commercial settings the protection of assets like tools and equipment, as well as the tracking of employee timekeeping and payroll records, is equally as important as the project itself. By installing portable perimeter security solutions like those offered by Modular Security Systems Inc. hundreds of projects and construction companies have been able to save time and money.

For more information on Modular Security Systems Inc., the Patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal, the patent pending Vehicle Access Control (VAC) Portal, and all of our portable perimeter security solutions CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 740.532.7822. 

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Turnstiles & Access Control in a Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal

Posted by Miles Duncil on Fri, Feb 21, 2020

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Turnstiles & Access Control Technology in a Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal
 
Full height turnstiles like those in our patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal have been used for a wide range of purposes for decades. Many perimeter security installations on construction sites use turnstiles and are often built into permanent structures. Requiring expensive construction, long timelines, and limited feasibility because they need to be built and are often torn down after a project ends. What separates Modular Security Systems Inc. (MSSI) from the competition is the portability of our MAC Portals, their turn-key installation, and the lack of need for construction on site.
 
Once onsite, installation is a cinch! Depending on the site and specifications, the patented MAC Portal can be dropped into a fence line, connected to the electric, and the MAC is fully operational. The portability and ease of installation make the patented MAC Portal the perfect solution for industrial and commercial construction sites in the US and around the world. 
 
A major benefit of having a MAC Portal delivered to your site is the lead time. The MAC Portal can be delivered within 6-8 weeks from receipt of a purchase order. Built fully integrated with any type of site-specified access control technology these portable perimeter security solutions with turnstiles offer the perfect solution for both temporary and permanent installations.
 
More information on the patented MAC Portal can be found online at www.SecuredByMAC.com or CONTACT US HERE. You can also call us at 740.532.7822. 

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