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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 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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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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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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Top 3 Perimeter Security Solutions for Your Next Construction Project

Posted by Miles Duncil on Wed, Oct 30, 2019

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Top 3 Perimeter Security Solutions for Your Next Construction Project

Roughly $1 billion is lost on construction projects around the US every year. The loss of equipment, tools, and stolen time costs construction companies countless amounts of time and money every year – from the smallest residential construction sites to major industrial and commercial construction projects. 

The theft of equipment, tools, and loss of man hours is a number one concern for our customers in the construction industry. Traditionally, thieves have considered construction projects “easy” targets when compared to more obvious robbery targets like banks, convenience stores, and gas stations. Many major construction projects are in open areas, in remote locations, and do not have the essential security of walls, fences, and/or people on watch 24 hours a day. The lack of 24-hour security and no local law within sight often means criminals can easily walk away with tools and equipment with little to no way to track the items they've stolen. 

Here is where Modular Security Systems Inc. finds its sweet spot. 


By utilizing the proper security on your construction site, you can be assured no criminal will easily walk away with the tools and equipment you need to get your job completed on time and under budget. In this week’s edition of the Turnstile Blog, we'd like to take a look at the top 3 critical solutions on your next construction project.

1) GUARD HOUSES

Understandably, not all construction project managers are willing to depend on access control, fences, turnstiles, and vehicles alone for the security of their construction site. Some 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. 

2) 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 for stuff to steal. 

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. 

For more information on Modular Security Systems Inc. and to learn how we can help you keep your job site secure, CONTACT US HERE or call us at 740.532.7822.

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MSSI: Perimeter Security for Major Industrial Power Generation Projects

Posted by Miles Duncil on Fri, Oct 18, 2019

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MSSI: Perimeter Security for Major Industrial Power Generation Projects

With the ever-growing need for energy, many power generation facilities are going through major upgrades to improve the efficiency of their power plants. For the most part, job site security at these locations is top of mind, and extra measures are being taken to increase perimeter security systems. On-site security for major outages, new construction projects, and a wide range of various long-term projects are major concerns for many invested in the industry of power generation.

Driven by the ever-increasing demand for more efficient clean power, many of these companies extend the size of their work force on site by up to ten times the normal daily staff. This increase of workers creates a need for an increase in job site security and time-keeping capabilities. 

Through the accuracy of the patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal as a perimeter security system, many companies have found that they experience a significant drop in lost or stolen time, which the American Payroll Association estimates is 10 percent of a company’s gross income.  

Using the patented MAC Portal, many construction projects have drastically increased on-site perimeter security and timekeeping capabilities. By adding a patented MAC Portal in the fence line of a site entrance, no one can access the now-secured area without scanning identification first and being clocked in. The patented MAC Portal can also prove very useful in emergency situations. Through the use of its time-keeping abilities, instant mustering reports can be run to give an accurate account of employees clocked into an area of concern.

Increasing the job site’s perimeter security and safety the patented MAC Portal often pays for itself on many major projects in a relatively short amount of time. 

More information on the MAC Portal can be found online at www.securedbymac.com or call us now at 740.532.7822.

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Perimeter Security with Turnstiles, Access Control and Guard Offices

Posted by Miles Duncil on Wed, Aug 28, 2019

 
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Perimeter Security with Turnstiles, Access Control and Guard Offices

Since the early days of man, perimeter security could be as simple as natural barriers like mountains, hills, and tree lines. Today, more advanced chain-link fences, concrete walls, and restrictive gates that require authorized credentials to pass have become the norm. Sophisticated technologies that are meant to keep intruders out and prevent access to certain protected areas are more common in today's perimeter security world. Contained within those perimeters and protected gates – whether by natural barriers or more technologically advanced fences, walls, and gates – are buildings, complexes, and construction areas.

Since the Roman Empire and the building of the Great Wall of China barriers have been an important part of protecting the perimeter of territories, towns, villages, private property – and increasingly more common today, construction sites. Perimeter security for construction sites is designed to keep intruders out, protect tools and equipment, and to protect the public from injury.

Construction companies use perimeter security not only for the safety of their workers, but to also control the flow of authorized individuals in and out of the construction area. Property owners and construction organizations of all sizes use various access control technologies to achieve varying degrees of perimeter security from the smallest to the largest construction sites on the planet.

Beginning with the advent of electronic access control technologies, the concept of perimeter security has continued to evolve rapidly to include more modern, technological solutions like hand geometry readers and iris scanning devices. Today, access control technology coupled with turnstiles and climate controlled guard offices in a turn-key solution can be found on industrial and commercial construction projects from New York City to San Francisco and on around the world. 

Modular Security Systems Inc. (MSSI) provides unique perimeter security guard housing with turnstiles and access control technology on commercial construction projects. Our core customer base has been built over years of providing site-specific perimeter security solutions for commercial and industrial construction companies. Every perimeter security turnstile product we provide is driven by a commitment to provide quality products, excellent customer service, flexibility in design, and cost-effective solutions.

For more information on perimeter security and how Modular Security Systems Inc. can help you secure your site, CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822.  

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MSSI Encourages Recycling and Sustainability by ReInventing the Box

Posted by Miles Duncil on Fri, Aug 2, 2019

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MSSI Encourages Recycling and Sustainability by ReInventing the Box

Modular Security Systems, Inc. (MSSI) located in Worthington, Kentucky is doing its part to encourage recycling and sustainability by ReInventing the Box. At MSSI we re-use or recycle "one-trip" shipping containers that have completed their first use in bringing imports into the U.S.  Once the cargo from these containers is unloaded, they are often stored in shipyards around the U.S. where they sit unused. Because of 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 abundance of these one-trip containers by modifying them into our patented Modular Access Control (MAC) and Vehicle Access Control (VAC) Portals.

These portable perimeter security solutions are then used on industrial and commercial construction sites to secure the perimeter and control employee/visitor access to these secure work sites. These recycled shipping containers are built with turnstiles, vehicle barrier gates, climate-controlled guardhouses, and access control technology that will allow only authorized workers to enter the secure site. 

Our perimeter security solutions like the patented MAC Portal and VAC Portal can be integrated with a wide range of access control technologies that may be tied into existing access control infrastructure or act as a standalone unit. 

Our 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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Portable Turnstiles for Perimeter Security for Sale or Rent

Posted by Miles Duncil on Wed, Jul 31, 2019

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Portable Turnstiles for Perimeter Security for Sale or Rent

Whether you want to purchase or rent a patented MAC Portal from MSSI, we guarantee the solution you need based on your site’s specifics will be the solution you get. We know that perimeter security situations can be influenced by a number of factors like the number of workers on site, the location of the installation, the access control technology you require, and whether or not you need a climate-controlled guard office for security staff.

 In addition to being highly customizable, the perimeter security products we offer are turn-key, portable, and long-lasting. We offer a standard line of patented MAC Portal rental units that consist of our most popular MAC Portals with one, two, four, and six turnstile lanes depending on our customers’ on-site needs. 

Looking to purchase a perimeter security solution? 

Our security staff has decades of combined experience in securing industrial and commercial construction sites around the world with patented MAC Portals. Put that experience to work for you! 

MSSI can help you design, engineer, and deliver the perfect portable perimeter security solution for your construction project. 

For more information on Modular Security Systems Inc., our Patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portals CONTACT US HERE or call us at 740.532.7822.

MSSI is an Ohio based intellectual properties holding company with expertise in designing and manufacturing unique portable perimeter security solutions from ISO shipping containers modifications, turnstiles, and access control technology. MSSI sales and rental customers include ports, refineries and petrochemical plants, military installations, global industrial contractors, and mass transit for major industrial and commercial construction projects.

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MSSI Builds Perimeter Security for Data Centers Around the U.S.

Posted by Miles Duncil on Tue, Jun 18, 2019

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MSSI Builds Perimeter Security for Data Centers Around the U.S. 

Rooted in the very first computers of the 1940's, computers that consumed entire rooms in some cases, data centers have played an ever growing role in our lives. From the dot-com boom of the late 90's to the early 2000's and on through today, the collection, protection, and security of data have played a major role in our lives. As these data centers have grown and new data centers have been built, the security of the data centers physical locations has also grown. Global companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon are in the process of building data centers around the world. It is projected that in 2019 alone more than $204 billion will be spent each year on IT in the U.S. while $3.79 trillion will be spent worldwide. 

This growth and development of greenfield projects require sufficient perimeter security, and that is where Modular Security Systems Inc. and the patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal come into play. Utilizing the turn-key portability of the patented MAC Portal with full height, high security turnstiles and access control technology pre-installed, customers involved in the construction of these data centers have been able to secure their projects and protect their sites.  

Built from steel, ISO shipping containers with corner casting and forklift pockets, the MAC Portal is the only patented portable turnstiles and access control solution in the US, Canada, and the E.U.  Our patented MAC Portals save construction projects like data centers significant amounts of time and money. Because our perimeter security solutions are fully engineered, designed, and manufactured off-site, they can be custom designed to meet our customers site specific needs with little to no work needed onsite. 

Once construction is complete, our patented MAC portals can be easily relocated to another location or used as permanent security solutions for the completed data centers. As the collection of data for cloud based storage companies continues to grow, the need for data centers will inevitably grow as well. In turn so will the need for security on these projects. 

For more information on Modular Security Systems Inc., our Patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portals CONTACT US HERE or call us at 740.532.7822.

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