London 2012 Olympic Park

  • 4 year project duration
  • 102,000 site operatives
  • x75 MSite turnstiles, x12 vehicle lanes
MSite - olympic-village park biometric access control turnstile
MSite gave us a high level of confidence for
both the secure access of the employees
onto the Olympic Park construction site
and also the reporting information that
can be obtained as a result.

Human Recognition Systems in partnership with Reliance High-Tech were awarded the contract to supply and manage the secure biometric access to the Olympic Park for all construction workers

This ran for the duration of the construction phase of works up until the Olympic Games opened in the summer of 2012.

The challenge

The project required both the quick installation of the solution across all points for both workers and vehicles with minimal disruption, plus the need to manage and person the enrolment and training for the existing 15,000 workers. This would be required across a continually changing environment as construction works were completed and new locations added. The nature of the project also meant that once live, the solution would require 24/7 support, with on-site engineering presence to ensure minimum disruption in the event of system failure.

The project also required that the necessary security protocol was adhered to including the use of securely encrypted MIFARE Desfire cards, plus the access should allow or the inclusion of all workers and therefore required multiple biometric options (hand geometry and iris recognition) to be provided.

The solution

In order to quickly enrol a large number of workers, Human Recognition Systems organised a mobile enrolment stations to perform the initial enrolment of the 15,000 workers, plus set up a full enrolment capability, such that the biometric and system enrolment took place seamlessly as part of the full worker induction. This included the integration into the existing workforce management solution to provide worker and reporting information.

The biometric access control system combined both hand geometry and iris recognition templates saved onto smartcards, using secure Desfire encryption, which was the first time iris and hand biometrics have been fused onto a single smartcard. The access was then enabled through high-throughput containers with 6 turnstiles  per container, located at key access points around the 17km site. The same solution was used to provide access control to the main internal buildings around the site.

The system was further rolled out to link with the Athletes Village mid-way through the project with only configuration updates required to the centralised solution, plus further additions and enhancements were added as the project developed.

MSite, our biometric access control system, was successfully deployed until the commencement of Games with over 80,000 workers enrolled during this time. The system deployed has since become the footprint for many large projects, including the integration of the access solution with the target zero accident and Health and Safety initiatives.

The system was subsequently rolled out on other Olympic Park projects with BAM, Careys and Balfour Beatty, utilising much of the original equipment in the spirit of maximising the Olympic Legacy.

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