Securing the World’s Most Visited Religious Site

Systems Integration Case StudyFacilitating and securing the expansion of one of the world's most visited religious sites.

Client :  Major Construction Firm

Date and Duration : 2010-2012

Place of Performance :  Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Our integrated solution assured the safety and security of the thousands of personnel and physical assets involved, and simplified administration of the enormous construction site, greatly assisting the client with workforce management.


Our client is a major construction firm that employs over 300,000 people. In 2009 they were commissioned to construct a vast expansion to one of the world’s most visited holy sites; a site where millions of pilgrims gather simultaneously each year. The objective of the expansion project is to enable an additional half a million worshippers to join the annual pilgrimage.

The project required a workforce of some 20,000 contractors to be accommodated on-site throughout the construction phase of the project. Optimum round-the-clock management of the workforce was therefore critical to the success of the project.

Restrata was awarded the contract to design, procure, install and commission a turnkey integrated solution that would simplify site management and provide seamless and secure access and egress.

Our project management team undertook an in-depth assessment of the unique conditions and requirements of this prestigious site, benchmarking the client’s specific requirements against industry best practice.

The team’s study resulted in their design, procurement, installation, commissioning, project management and maintenance of a fully integrated solution, monitored and operated from a central control room, which integrates;

  • Electronic Access and Egress controls
  • Security control rooms
  • Emergency muster zones
  • Closed Circuit Television systems
  • Networked Communications
  • Vehicle barriers
  • Pedestrian turnstiles and gates
  • Site-wide wireless network
  • Time & Attendance Databases
  • Asset tracking
  • Intercom systems
  • Administration centre
  • Data communications