New case study highlights model-practices for dynamic security for highways and construction


VPS Site-Security designs a best-fit, cost-saving solution that combines human guards with innovative technologies


On the eve of Construction Week, a £150 million Costain construction site along 14 kilometres of highway has provided material for a model-practice case study issued by VPS Site Security, the UK’s leading security solution provider for large and remote sites.

The ‘Heads of Valleys’ road follows the southern boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales and is undergoing a major improvements scheme. It presents a significant engineering and environmental challenge to secure safely, including heavy traffic, remote and difficult terrains with numerous access points, and an ascent of more than 400 metres with limited radio communications.

VPS Site Security has developed a fully integrated protection and monitoring solution using a combination of its award-winning mobile CCTV product, the JCB Smart Tower®, and human guarding services. The objectives are to protect a number of construction storage sites and materials as well as monitor the traffic flow over the length of the highway being developed.

Deploying an innovative connectivity network, using wireless fluid-mesh communications, 18 JCB Smart Towers are supported by VPS mobile patrols to compliment the security and monitoring service. The design plan has benefited both security and the construction operation, with not only the materials and compounds protected, but also early traffic flow alerts to help meet Costain project schedules and social capital goals.

Costain’s Sarah Jane Waith, Head of Supply Chain, Highways, Power & Nuclear New Build says: “The JCB Smart Towers not only keep the compounds and plant secure from theft or vandalism, but also give us an early warning of motorists whose vehicles break down along the route and require help. CCTV towers monitored remotely are far safer and less expensive than having more guards patrolling the roads; a solution that combines safety and environmental benefits, with high quality 24/7 security, and a cost-effective result.”

A copy of the case study can be downloaded from the VPS Site Security website.

Contractors can meet VPS Site Security specialists at The Build Show this week on stand B3/616 at the NEC, Birmingham.



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