Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Night shifts and periodic overtime handled by time and attendance system
Night shift workers kicked off strike action taking place this week. Coastguard workers walked out over station closures they say would mean the loss of life-saving local knowledge around the UK’s coastline. The industrial action began with night workers last Friday followed by day shift workers from 11am to 12pm on Saturday (June 9). The strikes alternated between night and day shift strikes up to and including the day shift today (Friday). Driving test examiners this week also took action. If your firm or organisation includes many complex shifts and pay arrangements in its weekly schedule then a Tensor Time and Attendance network is the best there is at sorting rotas and rosters. The various WinTA systems and software handle all major hours calculation methods. A number of basic rules control how hours are calculated. These include settings to separate ‘worked time’ into different overtime rates, plus night shift working. Periodic Overtime is used to calculate overtime on weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis.
Unmanned visitor reception console for premises operated via touch screen
Police confirmed an escaped prisoner was back in custody after being partly helped by a media campaign. Officers acknowledged the aid of a local newspaper when apprehending the runaway near Swansea. Detectives who had caught the missing man said: “Leon Llewellyn Passmore has been arrested and returned to custody. The media are thanked for their assistance.” Passmore had been jailed for being among a gang of robbers who, after leaving a shop, wished their victims a “merry Christmas”. Tensor numbers in its unrivalled range of access control security for premises a Visitor Management System including a version that can be used in prisons, among other locations. Visitor Pass production systems allow Reception and Gatehouse staff to quickly check the identity or enter the details of visitors, and print their personalised ID pass. Companies that do not have a front desk receptionist can take advantage of the VMS Unmanned Reception Console. This Console is operated via touch screen technology only; no mouse or keyboard is needed.
Secure smart cards ensure accurate information on company wages and hours
The GMB union described the payment of a big bonus to a water services provider as “an outrage”. The union's national officer Gary Smith said: “This is a classic case of reward for failure,” referring to Thames Water awarding boss Martin Baggs a bonus nearly equal to his annual salary while adopting a hosepipe ban. The utilities firm said that the bonuses paid to its top three executives combined had fallen 22 per cent. Tensor smart card-based clocking systems ensure the most up-to-date, accurate time and attendance information on company wages and hours is transferred from our clocking stations to our software. With up to 34 billion different combinations of ID number, there is no chance of duplication in our secure cards. In addition, each ID number has built-in security and integrity checks ensuring that it cannot be misread. A cross-reference list correlating the external printed card number and the programmed ID number is also provided, for easy system administration.
Access control gates give crime the red card during Euro 2012
Police are encouraging all football fans to enjoy watching the Euro 2012 tournament without causing trouble. Extra officers will be on duty in town centres for England’s games, ready to deal with those who commit crime or anti-social behaviour. A police spokesman said: “As always, people caught committing public order offences or alcohol-fuelled violence in our town centres can expect to be arrested and dealt with accordingly.” The Euro 2012 competition runs from Friday, June 8 to Sunday, July 1. Owners of property who are worried about break-ins this summer can rest easy as Tensor gives crime the red card with our access control devices and smart card systems. Tensor’s gates are ideal for controlling vehicle access to and from your site, and are quick to respond to the user’s instructions. Gates (the swing variety is pictured here) and our other barrier devices cope with high traffic volumes if your site is busy and operate to strict security standards when the area is unmanned.
Plug and play biometric scanners enhance office PC security
Personal information and bank account details affecting tens of thousands of people and businesses have been stolen from a laptop. It was one of two laptops stolen from council offices in Glasgow some time at the end of May. A council spokesman said: “We are in the process of writing to the people affected by this theft to alert them to the data loss and offer them advice about what steps they might need to take.” Tensor not only secures an office building but its computer equipment as well. Our range of ‘plug and play’ biometric control scanners have revolutionised PC access control. We have various models to choose from, enabling you to enhance your PC and laptop security with state-of-the-art technology, and there is no need for external power cables or batteries. The biometric fingerprint reader plugs directly into the USB port on your computer. It is ideal for setting up a secure biometric login to restrict access to confidential files on your own PC.
Infra red CCTV cameras ensure site security and safety in any light conditions
Home Secretary Theresa May’s measures to combat metal thefts will be ineffective, according to a dealer. In a parliamentary statement announcing a ban on cash payments for metal, Mrs May said a change in the law was the “only sustainable, long-term solution to the growing menace of metal theft.” Scrap dealer Steven Robertson suggested an alternative scheme to the Home Office, a 10% tax levied on metal sellers. Mr Robertson claimed the change “will just drive [thefts] underground”. Tensor stocks many CCTV products which will increase security and combat the widespread problem of metal thefts at outdoor locations or depots. Our range of digital CCTV surveillance cameras includes Infra Red CCTV Cameras. By utilising infra red light these cameras ensure security and safety for your sites throughout any light conditions. Infra red detectors can either be added to body cameras, or often inbuilt infra red cameras purchased for your CCTV solution. The cameras supplement any Tensor access control equipment carried at your premises.
HR software creates reports showing those personnel who are sick
A major nursing union has promised to fight a new staff incentive system which includes changes to sickness benefit. Sarah Zanoni from the Royal College of Nursing said staff should also be appropriately rewarded and described pay proposals put forward by a consortium of local health trusts as a “cartel”. A document containing the proposals notes potential opposition to such changes from unions and raises the possibility that, to secure them, “trusts would be obliged to dismiss and re-engage staff”. Time and Attendance technology from Tensor quickly identifies areas where normal working patterns have not been followed. Our WinTA software allows management or HR to view all time and attendance information including sickness or absence records for an employee or a single department. Designing your own reports is easy! Using a ‘drag & drop’ interface, reports are quickly defined. ‘Only if’ reports can be created to show, for example, only those who have worked overtime, those who are sick, or other types of absences.
Time and attendance network warns about Working Time Regulations infringements
Volunteers from a work programme spent part of the night under London Bridge before the Diamond Jubilee Thames pageant on Sunday, it has emerged. The company involved, Close Protection UK, has apologised for their mistake. The volunteers were bussed in from out of town for the celebrations marking the Queen’s Jubilee. The Guardian newspaper reported that one of those affected said conditions were “freezing”. It was alleged the workers had no access to toilets during their 14-hour shift. Time and Attendance Systems from Tensor handle the requirements of time and attendance, rostering and shift patterns. From simple determination of overtime by the number of daily hours worked to the more complex payment of overtime hours adjusted when periodic targets are not met, our WinTA networks can supply working rules to calculate the correct result. Working rules can be modified to suit your company’s Working Time agreements. You are pre-warned when applying a shift pattern that will result in a Working Time Regulations infringement.
Alarms and hooters can be connected to workplace access control unit
Judges have called for additional security in court because they fear being attacked. When asked, one of the factors they were most concerned about was the small stature of some security officers who are handcuffed to convicts during court hearings. The questions arose in the first-ever survey by the Scottish Court Service on the views of judges and sheriffs on their work. Suggestions for improved security included screening of people entering courts to be put in place at all times. Tensor Access Lite is the latest in our proven range of commercial access control products, from simple door and registration point control, through to a fully computerised global network. With Tensor Access Lite and Tensor’s Access Scanners, you can control most standard types of internal and external electronic, magnetic door releases and devices at the workplace. A variety of access equipment, devices and releases can be connected via the scanner control unit including: alarms and hooters, break glass buttons, door locks, fingerprint readers and scanners.