Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Facial recognition technology can be added to building access system
Two bungling criminals sold a half-a-million pounds sundial for a fraction of its worth. The judge described their actions as “utterly selfish” after taking the item from the grounds of the Henry Moore Foundation. Judge Marie Catterson said the men, now jailed, stole the Sundial work of art overnight between July 10 and 11 and returned a few days later to steal the plinth of another piece. The damage they caused to the piece of artwork is estimated at £13,000. Implementing a Tensor Access System means you can control most standard types of internal and external electronic and magnetic door releases and devices at a building or its surrounding area. If a Tensor facial recognition system is added it will provide the ultimate in Access Control user authentication applications. Equipped with the most advanced digital signal processing (DSP) technology, it requires no external computer to operate. Near-infrared-based facial recognition technology also provides superior performance and accuracy over colour-based facial recognition.
Signature capture tablets stop people with bogus ID from entering a premises
A man who helped launder more than £10 million that came from a bogus firm has gone on the run. Michael Voudouri was due to turn up at court to be sentenced last Friday, but failed to appear. He had granted bail despite having a previous conviction for VAT fraud. Voudouri was involved in a company that is said to have made millions by claiming back VAT on fake Europe-wide business transactions in a scam known as carousel fraud. A Visitor Management System (VMS) from Tensor will stop people with bogus ID from entering your premises. VMS allows Signature Capture Tablets to be connected to the system so that the signatures of visitors and contractors can be stored at the point of entry to your premises. This signature can be used for verification purposes or as proof that the visitor/contractor has read and understood the site’s security policies. These signatures can also be printed on to visitor's pass for added security.
Money saving contactless key fobs can be read in under half a second
Employees at a well known haulage firm are driving a hard bargain. The lorry drivers have walked out indefinitely in a long-standing dispute with their bosses Eddie Stobart. The company announced a reorganisation in September after it took over a supermarket distribution centre in Yorkshire, and which union members say threatens jobs. Eddie Stobart said its redundancy pay offer was “the best possible financial package”. The latest industrial action started just after midnight today (December 6, 2012). Contactless key fobs as well as smart cards are used to operate a time and money saving Tensor time and attendance system. All Tensor key fobs use the same well-proven and reliable RF (Radio Frequency) reading technology. This gives a consistent read range which is unaffected by most external conditions. The fobs have no battery, thus an almost infinite life, and can be read thousands number of times. They can be read in under half a second thus enabling factory or office staff to clock in quickly.
Change working rules to use a specific shift on public holidays
Departing BBC directors’ pay-offs have been compared to lottery wins. An example of the huge payments was Caroline Thomson. Previously the BBC’s chief operating officer on a reported salary of £335,000 a year, she gained £670,000 when exiting the organisation in September. The sum was revealed by BBC leaders during a Public Accounts Committee evidence session. Committee member Guto Bebb quipped: “It looks as though losing a job at the BBC is the same as winning the lottery.” Take total control of the payments made and hours worked in your organisation with an integrated Tensor Time and Attendance System. Work patterns in our WinTA network are a combination of daily rules that are either a repeating pattern of shifts or a list of alternative working rules. Here, WinTAnet will predict the most appropriate shift depending on when an employee starts work. Each type of pattern can be set up to override the normal pattern and use a specific shift on public holidays.
Barriers an effective method of protecting yard locations
Scrap metal cash payments have been banned at recycling yards in a bid to combat metal thefts. The Association of Chief Police Officers calculates that metal theft costs the UK economy £770m per year. A parliamentary bill, tabled by Richard Ottaway MP, aims to bring in licensing for scrap metal dealers. However, the British Metals Recycling Association – which has been supporting the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill – contends that a cash ban alone will not cut metal theft. Tensor’s range of barriers amounts to an effective method of protecting yards and other outdoor locations. Car Park Barriers from Tensor are ideal for controlling vehicle access to your site's car park and road entry points. Immediately able to recognise and allow or deny access to personnel, Tensor’s barriers cater for all sizes of premises and are highly adaptable. Optional extras include a folding arm mechanism and an impact release mechanism. To ensure problem free operation, our experienced engineers can individually adjust each barrier to suit your needs.
Up to nine staff absence codes can be stored in a clocking station
The British Army said an extra leave spell for hard-working personnel will make no impact on its mission in Afghanistan. Military staff have been granted a bonus five days off this Christmas in recognition of their hard work during 2012. An Army spokesman said the leave was “in recognition of the exceptionally busy year the Army has had both on operations and at home,” adding: “Personnel who are essential to supporting operations will remain on task regardless of this leave period.” Individual and Group Absence Planners are ingenious features of complete Smart Card Time and Attendance Systems from Tensor. A summary of clocking details can be viewed at-a-glance, showing individuals or groups of employees, and an Exception view quickly identifies areas where the normal working pattern has not been followed. Up to nine reason codes for staff absence can also be stored in a Tensor clocking station. These allow clocking out for configurable reasons such as Dentist, Business or Smoking Break.
Digital copy of accreditations means only properly qualified people allowed onsite
A woman faked documents including a BsC to get a biology teaching job at a school, a court was told. Julia Rawlinson admitted false representation and forgery. In Exeter Crown Court, Judge Philip Wassall told her: “You created layer upon layer of lies and blighted everyone you taught. There was not a single sign of regret.” Among the forged documents was a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. A useful feature of a Tensor Visitor Management System, or VMS, is document scanning. This facility allows your organisation to make scanned digital copies of special identification documents, accreditations, licenses or insurance documentation provided by a visitor or contractor to your premises. Once recorded onto the VMS, these documents can be retrieved, viewed or recreated and printed on demand. This is vital where it is necessary to provide proof that the proper due diligence procedures have been followed and that only properly qualified people are allowed on site.
Security log displays who has been going where on a site
Hotels have been hit by tech-savvy burglars. It is suspected thieves are exploiting a lock security bug which enables them to bypass certain electronic door locks. Insurance firms said they expected to take heavy losses as knowledge of the new technique spread among professional thieves. Todd Seiders, a spokesman for Petra Risk Solutions and one of the insurance brokers interviewed by Forbes news service, said: “We're going to get hit hard over the next year.” Tensor has many cutting-edge crime-busting solutions for a commercial concern or property. A range of equipment, devices and releases can be connected to your security network, which can be operated through its access control software including: alarms and hooters, door locks, door release buttons, electro-magnetic door locks, fingerprint readers and scanners. A log is generated, regardless of whether an access attempt was successful or not, allowing you to see who has been going where on your site. For top level security, biometric scanning devices can be added.
Versatile software gives local authorities total control over daily working patterns
A ‘living wage’ pay deal for local government workers has been hailed as the best outside London by Cosla, a representative group for councils. Although the one per cent pay rise falls well below inflation of 2.7%, Cosla said a guaranteed rate of £7.50 an hour has also been pledged for 17,000 of the lowest-paid council employees from next April. It added that local authorities had gone to the “limits of affordability” considering the financial strain many of them are experiencing. Versatile time and attendance software and systems from Tensor allow companies or local authorities to key an eye on their staff budgets as well as giving total control over daily working patterns and pay bands. Overtime is easily monitored, and both paid and unpaid breaks are easy to define and calculate. Employees can use their contactless smart cards to book time against jobs to produce a fully costed analysis. Reports show jobs that are over budget or those approaching their budget limit.