Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
HR workstation means flexi hours can be checked at the touch of a button
More than one-third of UK organisations are considering redundancies or job shedding in 2013, a survey has found. This was a higher percentage than any other country in Europe except Greece, found the study by human resources consultancy Aon Hewitt. Of these organisations thinking about reducing headcount, 62 per cent were employing people in service-based industries, the survey revealed. In all, the study encompassed 255 businesses or organisations in the UK as part of a European-wide report. HR is one of Tensor’s fortes as we install and maintain human resources, personnel and clocking products. The Tensor T32xx Time & Attendance recording workstation is simply the best of its kind at all-in-one, IP enabled job booking, job costing, labour hours analysis and HR management. The user friendly, multilingual GUI (Graphical User Interface) makes using the T32xx simple and effortless for the whole range of colleagues likely to use it. Flexi hours and holidays can be checked at the touch of a button.
Shop access system controls most magnetic door locks or releases
A shop owner lamented that hundreds of jewellery items had been taken in a raid last lasted just a few minutes late on Sunday. The gang smashed through metal shutters and a door to enter the building. Owner Sarah France said of the Hampshire premises: “There was a lot of damage. They kicked the outside shutter in. It took them quite a long time. They took hundreds of beads and bracelets. They knew exactly what they wanted.” Access Control systems from Tensor use smart card technology to increase your building, shop, site or office security. The system will control most standard types of internal or external electronic, magnetic door locks or releases. It will control your car park barriers, turnstiles, site entrance gates, roller doors or almost any other mechanism that provides physical security. Access Control Profiles are easily created or customised to suit your particular site, and can be varied minute-by-minute and for particular employees at your organisation.
Infra red cameras ensure security for public buildings in any light conditions
The case of a stolen museum jug has been closed following a conviction. The theft of the Wenlok Jug was featured on the BBC Crimewatch programme where CCTV images of the suspect were shown. It is thought the jug was made for either William Wenlock, who was canon of St Paul’s Cathedral and died in 1391, or his great-nephew John, the first Lord Wenlock, who was a well known figure in 15th Century circles. Tensor incIudes CCTV surveillance technology in our unbeatable security range for all types of public or commercial buildings. Infra red cameras are ever popular for installation due to their ability to see in ‘absolute darkness’. 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 our body cameras, or often inbuilt infra red cameras purchased for your CCTV network. By using products from the top manufacturers, Tensor can customise your CCTV system.
Contactless clocking saves time and money long term at a business
Nine-hundred and thirty jobs will go, the administrators of HMV have confirmed. Deloitte said that 66 of the troubled retailer’s stores will close over the next two months. In addition, about 190 posts have already been axed across the music giant’s head office and distribution network. The 66 stores would continue to trade in the meantime. “This step has been taken in order to enhance the prospects of securing the business’s future as a going concern,” said a statement from Deloitte. Contactless Smart Card clocking technology from Tensor will save time and money at a business in the long term. Using Tensor’s fast Smart Cards, a card or badge does not have to be removed from a wallet or purse to be used, drastically reducing the everyday wear and tear associated with dated swipe card systems. Our Smart Card Time & Attendance recording Workstation incorporates functions such as job booking, job costing, labour hours analysis and security management including quality CCTV playback.
Site barrier stops vehicles or personnel until they identify themselves
Cash gathered by friends of a boy who drowned in a swimming accident has been taken. The money was stolen from the youth centre he attended suffered a break-in, which was discovered on December 24. “It was going well and they were making a lot of money so it’s upsetting,” said Connor, a close friend of Aaron Burgess, who died last summer. The 14-year-old’s father, Jay Burgess, said: “I was devastated when Connor rang to tell me.” A Tensor Access Control Barrier system can stop vehicles or personnel at the relevant barrier and disallow entry or exit until they identify themselves via their smart card or biometric technology. The system gives full control over who is allowed access 24 hours a day. From controlling a single entrance, your access control system can expand upwards to a large network as used by the police, airports, and large multinational companies. For more information on a Tensor turnstile, barrier or gate, please access our section via this link.
Businesses can benefit from the integration of mobile phone browsers
A mayor says he wants his city’s council to be run like a business. George Ferguson was elected as the first mayor of Bristol late last year, and one of his more immediate concerns is how to cut £35 million in spending, or around nine per cent of the council budget. Mr Ferguson said 330 jobs must be cut when he revealed his proposed budget. The new mayor estimated that approximately 100 compulsory redundancies would need to be made. Tensor can supply many business solutions as well as our time and attendance or personnel systems. The Tensor Software team consists of highly experienced technology experts who work closely with customers to determine their business objectives, architect and customise a solution. The services we offer include the integration of mobile phone browsers; DSP (digital signal processor) based applications and algorithms; and mobile or handheld application development. We also perform MMI (Man-Machine Interface) Development for mobiles, set-top boxes, scientific equipment and consumer electronics.
Any shortfalls to workplace manpower levels can trigger SMS alerts
Power station workers have walked out over onsite facilities. An anonymous worker at Runcorn Thermal Power Station said the absence of a medical centre and water stations were an “absolute disgrace”. He added: “Until they sign a letter saying they will upgrade the facilities, this action will continue.” He said workers would boycott the site until Monday (January 14), when another meeting will be held to discuss the situation. Approximately 600 workers have been taking unofficial action since Monday. A Time & Attendance Management System from Tensor is the best there is at integrating time and attendance, rostering, absence reporting and job costing at the workplace. It also handles absence planning and entitlement management. Manning levels in Tensor’s most advanced network, WinTAnet, are based upon employee skills required during the working week. Any shortfalls to the expected requirement, due to absenteeism for example, can trigger a system email or SMS alerts. A separate module is available for rostering and manpower scheduling.
Full height turnstiles protect staff at commercial premises
Police say they are not linking a hold-up at a supermarket on Friday (January 4, 2013) to an armed robbery at a post office last month, or to two further armed robberies in Hampshire. Officers are appealing for witnesses after a woman was threatened by a gunman demanding money outside a Morrisons store in Dorset. A police spokesman said: “This was a very distressing incident for the victim but she bravely raised the alarm and was uninjured.” Tensor offers both indoor and outdoor access control systems that protect staff and customers alike at commercial premises. If the entrance to your facility is a vulnerable spot, then we recommend our full height turnstiles. The turnstiles fully integrate with our smart card and biometric access control systems. They handle high traffic volumes as card or key fob entry is performed on a proximity read basis in less than half a second. The turnstiles operate under strict security standards and severe operating conditions.
Office time attendance system works with all major payroll packages
A Member of Parliament has criticised the ‘golden goodbye’ given to a departing energy boss. British Gas chief Phil Bentley is set to leave the company in the near future. According to reports, Bentley’s financial interests include nearly two million Centrica (the British Gas parent company) shares worth at least £6.5m. Labour’s energy spokesman, Tom Greatrex, gave his reaction: “British Gas customers, who have seen their bills soar on Phil Bentley’s watch, will be astonished at the level of his pay-off.” A major requirement of any Time and Attendance system is the ability to export information to the payroll set-up. Tensor is the leader in this field and has worked with all of the major payroll packages. WinTAnet has a wide range of configuration options to extract payroll information in exactly the correct format. It can share or receive information from third party applications by using readily available interface modules. Data transfers can occur either on demand or more usually as an automated process.