One of your top priorities is keeping your work sites safe and secure at all times. Whether you’re concerned about vandalism, theft, or incident prevention, there are many obstacles facing your team in today’s world. That’s why it’s the perfect time to start leveraging technology to ensure that only authorized personnel are on the work site at any given time.
Making the switch from an old-school physical ID to a digital contractor ID is an investment of time and money, but the ROI, especially around incident prevention and remediation, can make the transition worth your while tenfold. In this post, we’ll discuss the reasons why digital contractor identification is worth the effort.
Digital Contractor ID: Discovering the Value
Overall, the more precise and accurate your identification system, the more secure your operations. This simple mindset will lead to more peace of mind on a daily basis and likely, less incident reports especially those involving unknown personnel on your work site.
Increased Security with Digital IDs
Digital identification is definitely a move into the future. Rail, utilities, and venue management are among the industries making changes to protocol and with the large contractor workforce, are in a similar vein to the construction industry. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, it’s estimated that industries as a whole will need to spend $57 trillion on infrastructure by 2030 to keep up with global GDP growth. This infrastructure includes digitizing work sites. But, as mentioned, this move to digital presents an automatic increase in increased security.
Digital IDs are custom to each contractor, subcontractor, or vendor and cannot be lost, stolen, or replicated. Think of identification you may currently be using on your work sites. ID cards, badges, etc. can be easily misplaced or replicated, opening up holes in your security systems.
Typically, digital contractor IDs use multiple layers of validation and can include everything from fingerprints to facial recognition. Similar to the technology used to access the latest versions of the iPhone.
Controlled Access to Work Sites
A digital contractor ID allows your team to create controlled access to different areas of the work site. For example, if there is a security breach or an emergency lockdown needed, you can easily restrict access to different areas by simply overriding the system and placing specific controls on entryways and exits. Controlled access can also limit the amount of concern around unauthorized personnel wandering into sensitive areas of a job site.
Secure Temporary IDs
In addition to your contractors and vendors having controlled, secure access, you can also create highly controlled and secure access for guests that need more temporary time on your work sites. Digital identification makes the process more simple and secure because you can set access for a certain amount of time and cut it off once the assignment or visit is finished. This control is very important matters because guest ID’s can be anonymous on some job sites, which makes the ownership vulnerable.
Cloud Access for Real-Time Information
Digitization of identification is typically connected to the cloud, which gives your team real-time access to every person on the job site at any given time. Real-time reporting and access can help retroactively, such as in the event of an emergency or incident. It can also be imperative if a leader wants to check on the location of a contractor or members of teams if someone is needed for an assignment or task.
Cloud technology also opens the door for more integrations that connect directly to the digital contractor ID. This includes critical factors like training, emergency updates, and status reports, which can be shared directly with your operations team members.
In addition, cloud-based security technology provides access to one or multiple locations from any device, for moments when you need to quickly remove access to an area or use a lockdown mode to mitigate vandalism or a security breach. This comes in handy when you’re managing multiple operations and locations at once.
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**This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute legal advice.