CCTV has come a long way since it first hit the streets of Britain back in 1960. Believe it or not, the fledgling technology was first put to use to keep an eye on the crowds in Trafalgar Square when the Thai Royal Family made a visit to London. The following year, the first permanent cameras were set up in the capital’s railway stations – and the journey to ubiquity had begun.

A study by the British Security Industry Authority from a few years back reckoned there was one security camera for every 11 people in the UK. And it’s true of course – CCTV is everywhere. Some people are quick to associate the cameras with Big Brother from George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, while issuing dire warnings of a ‘snooping state’ intent on prying into our personal lives.

While it’s accurate to say that CCTV can be open to misuse if used incorrectly or illegally, there is equally no doubt that is can be a powerful weapon in the fight against criminality on construction sites. It is a vital component in the Herongrange armoury, and we regularly specify robust CCTV solutions as part of our service to customers. The main reason? It really does work.

Number one deterrent

study carried out on behalf of Co-op Insurance revealed that a panel of criminals ranked CCTV as their number one deterrent – above barking dogs in second place and strong, heavy doors in third. Recent years of course, have seen CCTV become even more powerful. Wi-Fi connectivity and cloud storage gives those interested in monitoring and surveillance more footage and insight that they ever dreamed possible.

This new, more sophisticated era for CCTV characterises our approach here at Herongrange. We call it ‘Intelligent Imaging Security’ because of the way our software turns a highly effective deterrent into a clever, hard-working and site-friendly monitoring system.

Here’s an overview of what our Camshield CCTV software delivers:

  • 24/7 camera operation for out of hours security and daytime recording for site management needs
  • Remote interaction for key staff members
  • Unique ‘double-imaging’ technology to highlight movement to our control staff
  • Clear intrusion visibility, even in challenging areas and conditions

More functionality

The future promises even more functionality from the fast-developing world of CCTV. Features like intelligent tracking, facial recognition and people-counting will be augmented by Artificial Intelligence that will learn from, and respond to, suspicious activity by sounding alarms, notifying security personnel, or simply initiating site-lockdown.

If you’d like to know more about our CCTV security options, or you’d like to discuss any aspect of the Herongrange service, get in touch today. We’ll listen to your needs, and we’re always happy to provide a fast, competitive, no-hidden-extras free quotation. Contact the team on 01604 49 88 30.


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More and more customers are coming to us with site security requests centred on access control. Our initial answer is always the same: let’s talk first to really get under the skin of what you need. Off-the-shelf solutions are all well and good; but a good consultation session will enable us to shape bespoke installations that really work for you. They tend to be more cost-efficient in the long run too, because you only pay for what you really need.

With that in mind, here’s five golden rules for your next access control project:

1. Think ‘modular’ for maximum effect

Not every site or situation is the same. There are a host of physical considerations to take into account, from the geography of the site itself to surrounding factors like access roads and neighbouring buildings. Our response can be as modular as you need it to be. We can plug in just the right mix of software and hardware – including standard turnstiles, fast lane turnstiles, banks of turnstiles, cabins, barriers, clocking points, user interface, door readers and much more.

2. Demand flexibility from your software

At Herongrange, we write our SiteShield software in-house – and that mean we have complete adaptability to create a solution that meets your specific needs, business rules and KPIs. We can introduce self-diagnosis and incident reporting tools to stop problems before they interfere with site operations. And we can add bespoke and powerful reporting and certificate management capabilities to give you the workforce insight you need.

3. Only go for features that help you work smarter

Be wary of non-essentials frills and always question the need for any software feature or add-on. We have suite of features that we can recommend – but only if they are relevant to your particular site and situation. They include web portal, to allow sub-contractors to pre-enter data for swift validation and access; integration, or linking sites and web portal for easy visibility and management of data, certifications and sub-contractors; PC on site, for reliable local data access even if broadband or 3G is down; and biometrics, that can include hand, eye, finger or face recognition, as well as proximity card and key-fob methods.

4. Don’t miss out on CSCS compatibility

The inherent compatibility of our access control software makes it really easy to enforce worker competence, security and time and attendance. That’s because it is fully compatible with CSCS smart cards. CSCS is the construction industry’s leading skills certification scheme, providing proof that individuals have the necessary training and qualifications. New users are enrolled onto your system with a single swipe of their CSCS card on a contactless desktop reader.

5. Stay light on your feet

You can keep site access as flexible as possible thanks to our unique and bespoke HGMax Portable Turnstile. This truly popular solution offers the winning combination of full-height practicality with the smallest footprint around. And if you need to, you can pick it up and move it to keep pace with the fluctuating access requirements of your site.

We hope you’ve found our golden rules helpful, but don’t forget we’re always available to talk through your access control needs in more detail. It will help us shape a fast, free and highly competitive quote with no hidden extras guaranteed – and if you’d like a free competitive quote with no hidden extras, just ask! Contact the team on 01604 49 88 30.


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Whether you are building a multi-storey tower in the City of London or a mixed-use retail development in the middle of Manchester, space can often come at a premium. Sites that are tight on room cause headaches for material storage, often making just-in-time delivery the only option. Busy urban streets and the close proximity of neighbouring buildings add to the problem, making movement in and out extremely difficult.

The issue affects everything from scheduling to scaffolding and extends to the access control of the workforce as well as deliveries. I talk to surveyors on a regular basis, and with the majority of their projects springing up in the middle of the UK’s busy urban conurbations, the ability to work efficiently in tight spaces is high on their agenda.

Thirty years of experience in construction security has taught the Herongrange team that one-size fits all solutions rarely work. We like to think we’re big enough to matter, but agile enough to deliver bespoke solutions that are shaped closely to the needs of customers.

Ticking all the boxes

Take our HGMax Portable Turnstile for workforce access control. We’ve developed it to tick all the necessary boxes of a security pod hybrid: tough enough for the job and sophisticated enough to offer biometrics, proximity cards, intercoms and all the rest.

But we really thought through the planning stage and came up with a true rarity – a portable, full-height turnstile. Crucially, and uniquely, it has a small footprint that makes it ideal for construction sites that are struggling for space. As well as being smaller, it is around 30% cheaper than most pods.

As well as offering value, it’s a solution that delivers great flexibility to site managers. The HGMax has a rugged platform, so there’s no need for a concrete base or to bolt it down. It can be easily moved to the next tight spot as the site develops and boundaries move.

If you’d like to discuss your access control security needs – whether that’s some simple advice or a fast, free and highly competitive quote contact the team on 01604 49 88 30.