Managing contractors and visitors in a facility is not just a security requirement for the manager or owner, but it is an important OHS function. To allow proper control and management of contractors and visitors, Australian Security Technology Pty Ltd (ASTPL)now has available the KeyWatcher key control and management system, in collaboration with BlueGlue’s biometric personal identification protocols. According to Jason Leach, ASTPL’s managing director, the combination of the two systems allows the user to have access to a secure database and proven key management hardware, with software systems that tie them together seamlessly. The result is a Contractor and Visitor Validation System (CVVS) that’s pretty hard to beat, he adds. The system allows visitors and contractors who access a facility to perform site login at a designated kiosk, using their previously recorded biometric scan. The CVVS system has an optional capability that allows this to print a wristband to visually identify the wearer as being signed in. The wristband contains the visitors name and is date and time stamped on issue. An important characteristic of the CVVS is its ease of use. One induction for all contractors, visitors and staff is required and a single point of data entry is used with distribution to all sites. Management of the system is done remotely by authorised personnel. Other features include the use of touch screen technology, the ability to securely store up to 50,000 individual fingerprints, the recording of visitor’s time on-site, as well as any unauthorized or unrecognized login attempts. Sign-in and sign-out operates on a 24/7 basis. One of the first facility managers to use the ASTPL/BlueGlue CVVS is the Westfield Group. The latter uses a biometric security system that functions through fingerprint recognition. Called NoWAIT, which stands for National Work Authorisation and Induction Training, the system now currently in used across the Australian portfolio of Westfield. The system allows provides real time monitoring of the access of authorised contractors and consultants to the back-of-house and other operational areas. NoWAIT works with existing KeyWatcher cabinets for the secure issuance of keys, while touch screen video technology provides for safety messaging to staff. In the event of an evacuation or emergency, NoWAIT helps identify who is registered as being onsite, providing the user with the ability to manage their safety.
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