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By Rich Handley

Triax Technologies Adds Access-Control Functionality to Its Construction Platform

Triax Technologies, a provider of technology for connected jobsites, has announced that it has added new access-control capabilities to its Spot-r platform, providing perimeter visibility to increase construction site safety and security, and to reduce contractors' general liability risk. With Spot-r, contractors have real-time visibility into worker location, safety events and activities, from when they enter a jobsite until they leave.

The access-control system includes the Spot-r Clip, which provides a credential for workers on jobsites, replacing RFID tags and badges for site entry and identification. These Internet of Things (IoT) sensors that attach to workers' belts are synched to a worker profile in the Spot-r dashboard, where supervisors can manage worker certifications to ensure compliance with regulations, providing a higher level of control over who is and isn't permitted to access a jobsite.

"Ensuring that only authorized people are on the jobsite is not only critical for security and safety but also for compliance," said Pete Schermerhorn, Triax's president and CEO, in a prepared statement. "For example, New York contractors need to ensure that workers have OSHA 30 training to comply with Local Law 196 or face stiff fines. The Spot-r Clip gives construction managers this certification information as soon as workers enter the site. It also helps to maintain security when work is taking place in public settings, like hospitals, schools, classified sites and other locations where day-to-day activities are in progress. By integrating access control with Triax's proprietary network and wearable clip, contractors can not only control site entry and exit, but also monitor worker locations, providing peace of mind in these sensitive and secure environments."

In addition to site entry and certification visibility, Spot-r offers real-time safety notifications, fall detection, evacuation alarms, and equipment tracking and utilization. With the ability to detect worker falls and communicate safety issues in real time, the company reports, construction firms can improve injury response times by 91 percent, reduce the amount of time required to evacuate jobsites by 72 percent and help safety leaders account for real-time worker location during an evacuation.

Spot-r with access control is an optional, turnkey solution that provides physical turnstiles, software, readers, Spot-r Clips and onsite services to set up Spot-r's proprietary network and customize worker profiles. The clips are rechargeable, have a battery life of four to six months, and can be re-assigned to different workers as needed.

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