KIER require green security solution
When the senior management team at Kier Living went out to market to find a solution to their ‘no-one shuts the gate’ problem – they found there was nothing to suit their demands.
That was until they started talking to Green Gate Access Systems about their fixed solar barrier installations and discussed with the experts, the possibilities of solar powered security. Kier needed a product that was fully mobile, rugged enough for building sites, clever enough for safety audits, suitable for vehicles and pedestrians and fully self-powered. A tall order – and a new product was born.
Within just 3 months from concept to prototype, the new SOSEC (derived from SOlar SECurity) mobile security barrier was designed and developed to meet all the demands that were specified by the team at Berryfields, the first Kier site to receive the new barrier.
In the following 3 months, the SOSEC brand has been trademarked, registered with the UK Patent office and rolled out to a further 22 Kier sites, with a UK wide roll out planned for 2017.
“Providing effective public demarcation on our sites is a big problem and our duty of care and relationship with the Health & Safety Executive meant we were committed to solving it.’ explains Rob Crossland, regional director for Kier Living. ‘We had tried a ‘shut the gate’ campaign for a year, with virtually no effect. I loved the idea of solar powered barriers and knew they worked. What I couldn’t find was anyone who had made the concept mobile, yet rugged and suitable for pedestrians and vehicles. The team at Green Gate Access Systems were clearly experts in their field. They not only got the idea, they got fully behind it and within weeks, we were looking at CAD drawings and our SOSEC barrier gate was well on the way to reality!” continues Rob.
“Working with Kier has been a fantastic project,’ explains Neil Sampson, managing director at Green Gate Access Systems. ‘The SOSEC concept combines what have traditionally been difficult security needs to combine – mobility, security, ruggedness, multiple users, traffic barriers, pedestrian gates, solar powered, British winters – not your normal security needs. But we have brought it all together in a single, easy to deliver and seamless to operate product.” continues Neil.
“With over 20 Kier sites, more in the pipeline and several other clients now using SOSEC barriers and gates, we have seen that the design has hit the right place in the short term security market. Cutting security costs without harming the environment is the massive added bonus of the SOSEC brand of security barriers.”
Solar power and power storage is the unique element of the SOSEC system. The high-capacity solar panel allows the barrier to operate up to 900 times per day – even in a British winter. The SOSEC Combined barrier/gate combines a fast action 5m traffic barrier with rugged, locked and self-closing pedestrian gate ensuring it is safe for pedestrians and meets the BS/EN 13245 safety standards.
As part of the SOSEC family of products, the solar security units are available in the combo, as used with Kier sites, or the vehicle barrier or pedestrian gate solo versions to suit various needs across various industries such as mining, retail, events or highways use. Access control for users can be as simple as remote control operation through to GSM or bluetooth control through to swipe cards, codes or even coin collection for access.
“Using SOSEC barriers on Kier sites has allowed us to cut site security costs, improve public demarcation, reduce HSE interventions whilst not compromised on the need to manage large amounts of traffic movements in busy work areas. We have a solid commitment to roll out SOSEC to all Kier sites across the UK in the coming months.” concludes Rob Crossland.
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