"Using MSite alongside the CSCS cards has saved us time by simplifying the process for workers arriving at the site each day. Combining the two has also assisted with workforce management and increased on-site security levels, by ensuring that all contractors working at the Olympic Park are who they say they are, have been fully inducted and have the necessary skill levels required to carry out the work."

John Walker - Head of Security, BAM Olympic Park Transformation


Following the 2012 London Olympic Games, BAM Nuttall was appointed to deliver one of the largest ever construction projects in Europe by creating the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. BAM was tasked with transforming the 2012 London Olympic Park into its post games legacy state, as part of an 18 month, £292m project. BAM took over the entire site perimeter and were responsible for the management of the whole project, which encompassed multiple smaller sites run by other Tier 1 contractors. Human Recognition Systems (HRS) was appointed to deploy a secure access control & workforce management system that could work at scale, be innovative and flexible enough to be easily relocated, whilst remaining cost effective.

The challenge

How to manage:

  • 17km perimeter containing multiple Tier 1 satellite projects
  • Correct credentials and accreditations for all 10,000 workers
  • Simple relocation of site perimeter control points as the perimeter alters over time
  • Ensure compliance with strict sustainability targets...
  • On an 18 month, £292m project

The Solution

BAM selected MSite, the UK's market leading construction site access control & workforce management solution that utilises biometric technology, to identify workers and manage their access rights to site. Human Recognition Systems solved the problem of scale by deploying a single instance of the MSite software encompassing 24 turnstiles, around the BAM controlled master site. This enabled BAM to combine reports from multiple satellite sites onto one system. The innovative adoption of a wireless canopy, offering 360 degree ‘line of sight’ internet coverage, allowed all access points along the vast site perimeter to communicate with the central MSite reporting server. Additionally, the wireless canopy facilitated flexible, hassle-free relocations, as a clear ‘line of sight’ signal could be achieved from any point, anywhere on site.

HRS’ exclusive license to use CSCS smart cards in conjunction with biometrics for access control enabled BAM to demonstrate the pinnacle of site access control innovation. This validated both the workers identity and CSCS accreditations, and allowed BAM to avoid costs for additional swipe cards, by utilising those already issued by CSCS. Furthermore, when attempting to access site the workers’ cards were validated by CSCS’ own Phoenix database. This is a web based service provided by CSCS and allows employers to verify individual’s CSCS accreditations. Subsequently, only workers with valid CSCS cards were allowed onto site, and thus contributed to a safe working environment for all.

The redeployment of existing HRS access control equipment from the original Olympic Park build, helped ensure a sustainable and cost effective project.

The Result

By using a single MSite system across the entire site perimeter, BAM was able to secure site access control and generate reports from multiple, smaller sites operating within the encompassing BAM master site. Innovation and cost efficiency were combined with the use of existing worker CSCS smart cards in conjunction with biometrics for access control and accreditation validation. Over the course of the project 100% of workers with CSCS smart cards utilised them as part of the access control process. Additionally, the system proved its flexibility, facilitating several relocations. In a triumph for sustainability, 100% of access control turnstiles were re-used from the original Olympic Park build.

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