Norway uses digital surveillance to prevent illegal work on construction sites

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-07 23:47:54|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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OSLO, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Norway's capital city Oslo has implemented the country's most advanced surveillance system in order to prevent and stop illegal work and labor crime on construction sites, newspaper Aftenposten reported Thursday.

The system, known as HMSREG, has been developed in cooperation with the software and consulting company Omega AS and enables the authorities to check at any time everyone who is working on municipal construction projects.

The municipal management is constantly receiving updated information on PC, tablet or mobile, the report said.

The screens provide very detailed information about which companies and named employees located in Oslo municipality.

"Real-time information from the employees' access cards have become an important tool for cleaning up in illicit conditions in the construction industry," said Kathrine Steen Andersen, a project manager and senior consultant of Oslo city government.

With the help of the system, professional competence of each individual employee on site can be checked, as well as the language the person uses and how long the person has been in the profession.

Automatically sent text messages can alert the municipal management in case of suspicious circumstances, so that emergency team can immediately be sent to the spot.

According to Raymond Johansen, Governing Mayor of Oslo, this measure will help fighting against social dumping and other workplace crime at the highest level.

"Unhealthy relationships among suppliers are among the wicked ones who have the most power to weaken the Nordic society model," Johansen told Aftenposten.

According to Aftenposten, the Norwegian Tax Administration estimated that 40 billion kroner (5.15 billion U.S. dollars) are lost in tax revenue each year due to work crime.

Bergen municipality may be the next to introduce control measures that Oslo has taken into use, Aftenposten wrote.

"We are very aware of the good experiences Oslo has had and are now in the process of purchasing a similar system," said Birgitte Gullestad, Purchasing Manager in Bergen Municipality.