The promotion of smart technology and electronic card checks to remain key priorities for CSCS in 2018


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The CSCS will continue to promote electronic card checks as a means to eradicate card fraud throughout the construction industry, the organization has recently revealed within their annual review paper.

The use of technology is gradually increasing across the industry but there is still plenty of work to be done before industry fully adopts electronic card checks, the CSCS believe.

Checking cards electronically is the only guaranteed way to eradicate card fraud. This is one of the reasons why the CLC requires cards schemes carrying the CSCS logo to adopt Smart technology by 2020.

The CSCS has also revealed plans to be working with Build UK and CECA to hold a National SmartCard Audit in the autumn, aiming to encourage the use of electronic card checks by highlighting the ease and efficiency of the technology, and to gain a clearer picture as to how widely the technology is used across UK construction sites.

Furthermore, in 2018, the CSCS will be working with the Awarding Bodies and Partner Card Schemes to introduce online validation of construction certificates, a move that will counter the activities of the fraudsters and further safeguard standards and safety on construction sites.

Tensor – preferred CSCS IT partner and experts in deploying CSCS smart card solutions for construction sites

Tensor is a preferred CSCS IT Partner and, as such, has further advanced our integration with the CSCS smartcard to enable features such as auto-learn – when a CSCS smartcard is scanned, several credentials from the CSCS smartcard are auto-inserted into the Tensor.NET software including photograph, name, title, CSCS card number and CSCS card expiry date to allow a seamless data entry facility.

Tensor .NET then automatically inserts the CSCS smartcard’s expiry date into the employee leavers date field to ensure that the Tensor.NET denies access to a CSCS smartcard user who attempts to gain access with an expired CSCS smartcard.

Other advanced features that can be enabled include a separate verification process where CSCS smartcard holders must report to a Site Manager for the Site Manager to verify the Contractor’s details before permitting the CSCS smartcard to enter a site. This can be conducted on a site-by-site basis or can be applied to permit usage of a CSCS smartcard across a number of sites.

The CSCS smartcard, when used in conjunction with Tensor’s .NET software, Access Control and Time & Attendance products, provides a very powerful and cost effective means of centralising Time & Attendance, Advanced Access Control and Fire/Evacuation roll-call, re-using an existing CSCS smartcard as base for the entire system.

If you’d like to find out more about the Tensor access control systems and its integration with CSCS cards, just contacts us or Book a Demo, our representatives will be more than happy to answer all of your questions and queries.

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