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Modular Security Systems Inc. and the Turnstile Flow Calculator

Posted by Miles Duncil on Fri, Jan 17, 2020

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Modular Security Systems Inc. and the Turnstile Flow Calculator

When installing turnstiles along the perimeter of your construction site, it’s important to consider the number of authorized workers you'll have entering your site, the duration of shift changes, and the access control technology required to meet your site-specific needs. That’s why Modular Security Systems Inc. offers our Turnstile Flow Calculator to help answer some of those questions. Using our turnstile flow calculator gives potential customers the opportunity to assess the number of turnstile lanes needed to make sure shift changes can be carried out smoothly by allowing authorized individuals to enter and exit the site. 

Would you like to try our turnstile calculator? If so, visit our patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal Page and give it a try! 

Remember Modular Security Systems Inc. (MSSI) can provide a standard product offering or custom designs for your patented MAC Portals and can produce a solution customized to the meet your site-specific needs for perimeter security. 

While we do offer a wide range of standardized floor plans, MSSI has professional security specialists ready to work with you regardless of your site security requirements.

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

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MSSI: Top 3 Tips to a Secure Construction Site

Posted by Miles Duncil on Wed, Jan 15, 2020

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MSSI: Top 3 Tips to a Secure Construction Site

Experienced project managers and construction site supervisors know the importance of keeping a safe and secure construction site. A secure construction site perimeter can mean the difference between construction project that is completed on time and under budget verses a drawn out, over budget project that falls short of meeting its completion date. 

Construction equipment theft and loss of time due to delays costs American construction companies nearly $1 billion every year. Construction managers, planners, and project management need to work on preventing these losses at every step of the construction process, start to finish. 

In most cases, a minimal investment in perimeter security can help prevent these losses and avoid theft on the jobsite. Working with knowledgeable professionals is essential when trying to properly secure your construction projects. In this week’s edition of the Turnstile blog we'd like to take a look at the top 3 key elements required to keep your construction site secure. 

 Our Top 3 Tips for Construction Site Security:
 
1. Fences
This should be a given. Fences are the 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 for thieves and prevent the public from accidentally wandering onto your construction site. Durable chain link fencing is not only a great idea but it's also easy to put up and tear down.
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. Gates for Foot & Vehicle Traffic
Now that you've got the perimeter protected with fencing, it's important to provide gates for workers and deliveries of critical tools and equipment to your construction site. Gates on construction sites can take a number of sizes, shapes, and forms. The most effective way to provide easy access for workers and deliveries to your site while also preventing access to unauthorized individuals is through the use of turnstiles, vehicle gates, and access control technologies. 

By providing turnstiles and vehicle gates with access control technology integrated into your security plan, you not only gain an added level of security in physical form, but also in visual form. Thieves and intruders are often deterred by the sight of a turnstile or vehicle gate.

3. Access Control Technology

Access control technology can provide security, time-keeping/payroll data, and be tied into existing security infrastructure or act as a stand-alone solution specific to a gate or entrance to your site. Many different types of access control technology have been developed over the past few decades. Access control solutions from as simple as magnetic card swipes, RFID readers, all the way to more complex hand geometry reader and iris scanning solutions can be used to create a secure perimeter for your construction site.

Products provided by Modular Security Systems Inc. (MSSI) like the patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal can tick two of the three boxes on the above list on any construction site.

MSSI has worked with construction companies on projects large and small around the world to successfully secure their perimeters. Complete with turnstiles, vehicle gates, climate-controlled guard offices, and the access control technology of the customer’s choosing, MSSI has provided turn-key perimeter security solutions to keep numerous construction sites safe and secure. 

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: Patented MAC Portals from the Past Through Today

Posted by Miles Duncil on Fri, Jan 3, 2020

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Modular Security Systems Inc. (MSSI) has been building patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portals since its' inception in 2002. From then through today almost 1000 patented MAC Portals have been sent to locations across the US, Canada, and around the world. With 2020 upon us we'd like to look back at a couple of the first MAC Portals to secure perimeters on major industrial construction projects here at home. These MAC Portals were sold back in 2007 and have been in use through today. These portable perimeter security solutions with turnstiles, access control technology and climate controlled guard offices have been used for plant personnel and contract workers on site for many projects over the past 12 years.
 
Utilizing full-height turnstiles and access control technology, these MAC Portals have been able to secure the perimeter of the site while tracking employees time keeping records for payroll purposes.

Do you have an industrial or other major construction project that requires perimeter security and access control technology?

If so contact MSSI today to learn all about the Patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal. 

MSSI builds a wide range of units from simple guard houses to the most complex "multi-box" units. With anywhere from one turnstile lane all the way up to 10 turnstiles in a single box, MSSI is sure to have the turn-key portable perimeter security solution you need.

Each of our perimeter security products are designed, engineered, manufactured for easy installation, and built for years of reliable service. Our perimeter security turnstiles were created by incorporating full-height turnstiles into a shipping container with portable access control technologies like card readers, biometric readers, or RFID cards and can be used as a standalone access control system or be tied directly into an existing plant-wide access control system. 

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

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The Importance of Perimeter Security on Construction Projects

Posted by Miles Duncil on Fri, Dec 27, 2019

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The Importance of Perimeter Security on Construction Projects

Modular Security Systems Inc. (MSSI) and the patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal has been used to secure the perimeter of ports, mines, construction projects, military installations, and government facilities around the world. From power plants in the US to pipeline construction in Kazakhstan, from the oil sands in Northwestern Canada to copper mines in the mountains of Chile, our patented perimeter security products have been utilized for a wide range of sites.

There is an ever-growing importance for perimeter security on commercial and industrial construction sites across the U.S. and around the world. Security on construction sites has become a fundamental component of a successful construction project that is completed on time and under budget. The purpose of perimeter security is to ensure that access to specified areas is limited to authorized personnel only. Depending on the size of your construction project there is a need for perimeter security complete with easily accessible gates that are integrated with access control, turnstiles, and climate-controlled guard offices.

All of our perimeter security products are designed, engineered, manufactured for easy installation, and built for years of reliable service. Our perimeter security turnstiles were created by incorporating full-height turnstiles into a shipping container with portable access control technologies like card readers, biometric readers, or RFID cards and can be used as a standalone access control system or be tied directly into an existing plant-wide access control system.

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.

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

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Modular Security Systems Inc. and the patented MAC Portal

Posted by Miles Duncil on Mon, Dec 23, 2019

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Modular Security Systems Inc. and the patented MAC Portal

At Modular Security Systems Inc. (MSSI) we design, engineer, and manufacture effective portable perimeter security solutions for construction sites large and small. To date, we have provided many of the world’s largest industrial and commercial construction companies with our patented brand of climate-controlled guard offices with turnstiles and access control technology. We've worked with major industrial and commercial construction companies like Black & Veatch, Fluor, Shaw, and Bechtel to name a few. In addition to construction firms we've also worked with end-users on permanent installations. Companies like General Mills, Northup Grumman, Duke Energy, American Electric Power, and ExxonMobil have also turned to MSSI and the patented MAC Portal for perimeter security at some of their largest facilities in the U.S. and around the world.

The application of perimeter security solutions like our products are often installed as part of an integrated security system with access control that can be used to track employees’ time and attendance for payroll purposes. Because the solutions we offer may be customized to meet the site-specific needs of our customers, MSSI has been able to create solutions for customers at refineries, power plants, and chemical facilities as well as major commercial construction projects including the Freedom Tower and Hudson Yards real estate development in New York City.

In addition to these high profile sites and clients, we have secured smaller projects at countless outages and turnarounds, and even projects at military bases, prisons, airports, and port authorities.

If you are a security professional or major contractor in need of a security solution for your next project, look no further than Modular Security Systems Inc. and the patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal.

For more information on Modular Security Systems Inc. and our patented perimeter security products like the Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822. 

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New York Contractors Use MAC Portals to Comply with Local Law 196

Posted by Miles Duncil on Fri, Dec 6, 2019

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New York Contractors Use MAC Portals to Comply with Local Law 196

Our patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal helps keep non-employees from just wandering onto construction sites and helps keep workers who have not met the Local Law 196 safety training from entering. Through the utilization of a patented MAC Portal turnstile with access control technology, managers on job sites are able to guarantee that only workers who are up-to-date on their safety training certificates can enter the secure construction perimeter. Utilized on job sites from the Hudson Yards project to the JFK airport terminal expansion and the construction of Freedom Tower, contractors all around New York have used the MAC Portal as the first line of defense against site intrusion and to make sure workers are keeping up with their safety training.

What is Local Law 196?

Local Law 196, once fully phased-in, will require that:

*Workers at certain job sites receive 40 hours of safety training; and

*Supervisors at certain job sites receive 62 hours of safety training.

Who must be trained?

*Workers at job sites that are required to designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager.

*Supervisors at these job sites must also be trained. This includes Site Safety Managers, Site Safety Coordinators, Concrete Safety Managers, Construction Superintendents and competent persons.

How is Local Law 196 enforced?

*Permit applicants will be required to certify to the Department that workers who will be working under the permit will have the required training.

What's the consequences of non-compliance?

*If the Department discovers that workers at a construction site are untrained, the Department will issue a violation with civil penalties that go as high as $5,000 per untrained worker to the owner of the site, the permit holder and the employer of the untrained worker. These civil penalties can be mitigated if an employer sponsors training for such untrained worker.

*If the Department discovers that a permit holder has failed to maintain a log that demonstrated that all of the workers at a site are trained, the Department will issue a violation with a civil penalty of $2,500.

*The Department will also conduct unannounced inspections at sites where untrained workers have been discovered.

How does the patented MAC Portal help contractors comply with Local Law 196?

The patented MAC Portal integrated with access control technology helps contractors in New York and around the world by making sure that only workers with up-to-date safety training are granted access to a secure construction site. Any time an employee completes a required safety training, that information can be recorded and added to their individual credentials. With the click of a mouse and the right MAC Portal with the right access control technology infrastructure, contractors can assure that only employees who are properly trained can enter the site. 

It's just that simple. 

More information on the patented MAC Portal and how MSSI can help you comply with Local Law 196 CONTACT US HERE or call us at 740.532.7822. 

 

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Portable MAC Portals with Turnstiles and Access Control

Posted by Miles Duncil on Wed, Dec 4, 2019

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Portable MAC Portals with Turnstiles and Access Control

One of the major benefits of having a patented Modular Access Control (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. Manufactured with any type of site-specified access control technology our portable perimeter security solutions offer the perfect solution for both temporary and permanent installations.

Once delivered, installation can also take place in a matter of minutes! 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. 

Our patented MAC Portals have been used for a wide range of perimeter security purposes on construction projects around the world. Many perimeter security installations on construction sites use turnstiles and are often built into permanent structures. These permanent installations require 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) and our MAC Portals from the competition is turn-key installation, a customizable design, and the lack of need for construction on site.

More information on the patented MAC Portal CONTACT US HERE. or call us at 740.532.7822. 

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Rent a patented MAC Portal for your next Construction Project

Posted by Miles Duncil on Fri, Nov 22, 2019

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Rent a patented MAC Portal for your next Construction Project

Modular Security Systems Inc. (MSSI) is a Portable Solutions Group Company. MSSI is an Ohio based intellectual properties holding company with expertise in designing and manufacturing unique solutions like the patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal and patented Vehicle Access Control (VAC) Portal. MSSI sales and core market segments include worldwide ports, worldwide refineries and petrochemical plants, military installations, global industrial contractors, as well as major commercial construction companies. 

During the past five or six decades, the use of prefabricated buildings on commercial construction sites has increased year over year. Through the use of portable turn-key products like the patented MAC Portal with access control and turnstiles, construction companies have been able to significantly reduce theft and loss of time on their projects. The patented MAC Portal, like all of our perimeter security solutions are easy-to-install, prefabricated, climate-controlled and combine guardhouse with turnstiles and access control technology. 

Major commercial construction projects like the building of the Freedom Tower in NYC, a terminal expansion at JFK International Airport, and the refurbishment of Trump hotel in Washington DC have relied on MSSI and the patented MAC Portal to secure their perimeter and to control access of individuals in and out of their sites. 

By partnering with a wide range of turnstile and access control manufacturers, MSSI and the patented MAC Portal have become 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 Modular Security Systems Inc. and the patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal rental program CONTACT US HERE or call us at 740.532.7822. 

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Recycle, Re-Use, & ReInvent the BOX with Modular Security Systems Inc.

Posted by Miles Duncil on Wed, Nov 20, 2019

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Recycle, Re-Use, & ReInvent the BOX with Modular Security Systems Inc. 

Modular Security Systems, Inc. (MSSI) located in Worthington, Kentucky is doing its part to recycle, re-use, and re-invent the box. We re-use or recycle "one-trip" shipping containers that have completed their trip across the ocean bringing imports into the United States. After the goods from these containers are offloaded, the containers themselves are often stored in shipyards around the U.S. and may or may not ever be used again. Given the U.S. trade deficit, it is estimated that about 7 million shipping containers enter U.S. ports every year, and only about half of those containers are reused to ship exports out of the country. MSSI takes full advantage of the surplus of these one-trip containers by modifying them into our patented Modular Access Control (MAC), Vehicle Access Control (VAC) Portals, and ground-level guard offices.

Our portable perimeter security products are then utilized on industrial and commercial construction sites to secure the perimeter and control employee/visitor access to these secure work sites. Built with turnstiles, vehicle barrier gates, climate-controlled guardhouses, and access control technology these re-purposed containers allow only authorized workers to enter the secure site. 

The recycling of these shipping containers is environmentally friendly and is a great example of how an otherwise wasted resource can be re-used. The recycled or reinvented boxes have proven to be far more durable and stronger than other stick-built structures that are typically used in conventional construction for construction site security.

Turn-key and easily put in use, the portable perimeter security solutions from Modular Security Systems Inc. have been used by major industrial and commercial construction companies like Fluor, Bechtel, Jacobs, Turner Construction, AECOM, Kiewit, Whiting-Turner, Skanska, and CB&I.

For more information on MSSI and our portable perimeter security solutions for industrial and commercial construction projects CONTACT US HERE or call us at 740.532.7822. 

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MSSI Wins MAC Portal Patent Enforcement Lawsuit Against Turnstiles.us, Inc.

Posted by Team MSSI on Fri, Nov 8, 2019

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MSSI Wins MAC Portal Patent Enforcement Lawsuit Against Turnstiles.us, Inc.

Many professionals in the physical security and access control industries will be interested to learn that this week MSSI successfully concluded its patent lawsuit against patent infringer Turnstiles.us, Inc.

On February 17, 2016 MSSI filed a suit against Turnstiles.us, Inc., a company owned by Patrick McAllister of Conifer, Colorado. The suit was filed after years of warnings to Turnstiles.us, Inc. that they were failing to recognize the multiple patents owned by MSSI for the MAC Security Portal (www.SecuredbyMAC.com). 

In the settlement document signed this week by both parties, Turnstiles.us, Inc. agreed to stop sales of several of its infringing access control products, pay MSSI a substantial amount of money, and acknowledged, “... The MSSI Patents collectively cover access control units with (i) structures made of shipping containers, including but not limited to ISO shipping containers; (ii) fiberglass or other plastic structures attached to framed floors made from steel, wood or any other material, and (iii) structures having walls, including solid walls or walls with openings, such as, but not limited to, chain link fence, bars, or wire. (Such access control units are referred to in this Agreement as the “Prohibited Products”) ...” 

Dale Lazar, one of the DLA Piper attorneys on the MSSI legal team, had this to say about MSSI’s victory, “This litigation did last a bit longer than any of us originally predicted, but throughout the nearly four-year ordeal MSSI remained on firm legal ground. As the patent attorney of record who filed the MSSI patents with the US Patent and Trademark office starting back in 2004 I must say that I am proud of the outcome in this settlement. You never really know the strength of your patent work until it is challenged.” 

The litigation settlement reached this week comes following a nearly four-year legal battle over the patent rights that were awarded to MSSI starting in 2010. The awarded patents cover, among other things, a modular, self-contained access control solution for job sites, construction, military base camps and highly sensitive industrial “soft targets.” MAC Portals have been shipped from the MSSI manufacturing operation in Worthington, Kentucky to customers on six continents. In addition to the US patents owned by MSSI, the MAC Portal is also patent protected in approximately 36 other countries abroad. 

Robert Slagel, MSSI CEO and President, had this to say about this patent victory, “I must give credit to the defendants. They were extremely creative and innovative in their quest to find a chink in our patent armor. Turnstiles.us, Inc. ran our patent claims and filings through a myriad of invalidity and other disqualifying attempts. The MSSI legal team was able to quash each of these attempts by Turnstiles.us, Inc. to legally breach the MSSI patent. For years I’ve been confident that MSSI had strong patents but having now run our patents through this gauntlet of legal ‘litmus tests’ gives me immense confidence in our intellectual property position moving forward.” 

As part of the settlement document that was signed, this week Turnstiles.us, Inc. will transfer non-monetary property in addition to the substantial monetary payment mentioned above. 

About MSSI: Modular Security Systems Inc. (MSSI) is a Portable Solutions Group Company. MSSI is an Ohio based intellectual properties holding company with expertise in designing and manufacturing unique solutions to address ever-changing worldwide security issues. MSSI sales and core market segments include worldwide ports, worldwide refineries and petrochemical plants, military installations, global industrial contractors, mass transit and large public events.

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