Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Simple PC style registering that is suitable for a college
A school was that only recently fully reopened following a £12 million reconstruction after a fire in 2000 was affected by another blaze just after Christmas. The fire ravaged the arts and theatre block of the school near Poole. The school aims to reopen tomorrow (Wednesday, January 9), albeit with a reduced use of space. Pupils had coursework destroyed in the fire which is thought to have been caused by a lightning strike. There are many options for time and attendance software or systems in Tensor’s unbeatable range. One of these is WinTA PC Clock, a simple PC-based clocking system that is suitable for a school or college. The school or similar educational establishment does not need a new time and attendance network for WinTA PC Clock to be installed. Pupils are simply presented with an input screen on their PC allowing them to register – in a workplace scenario, the input screen would clock a colleague in and out.
Gates to disallow site entry cope with severe operating conditions
Last weekend was the traditional FA Cup third round when the Premier League big boys enter the fray. However a dampener was put on one club’s day when it was burgled just ahead of hosting Everton. The break-in occurred at Cheltenham Town’s training ground and was reported at 12:30 GMT on Sunday. A police spokesman said the thieves entered the training rooms 10:45 GMT and midday. Among the items stolen were wallets and a smart phone. Gates, barriers, and turnstiles from Tensor fully integrate with our access control systems giving you full jurisdiction over access around your site. A Tensor security system can stop vehicles or personnel at the relevant barrier and disallow entry or exit until they identify themselves via their smart card and/or biometric fingerprint. The system gives full control over who is allowed access through any controlled point at any time of the day. A Tensor gate (a sliding version is pictured) can cope with severe operating conditions.
PC technology means jail officers can quickly check identity of visitors
Police searched for a convicted killer who fled from a secure hospital. Phillip Westwater escaped St Nicholas Hospital on Wednesday morning. He was being escorted from his ward to a restaurant in another building, but still inside the hospital grounds, when he went missing. Northumbria Police were making inquiries and urged the public not to approach Westwater, who is described as white, six feet tall and with grey or brown hair. Among Tensor’s highly-effective Visitor Management Systems using the latest PC technology is Prison Pass. This a low cost, easy to install, computer based pass system for registering each visitor, both on and off site. HM Prison Service Visitor Monitoring Prison Pass enables prison officers to quickly check the identity and monitor the movements of visitors. At controlled monitor points, the visitor pass badge is simply swiped and a high quality digital image appears to the HM Prison Service Officers thus verifying that the correct person is passing through.
Workplace door control network operates up to 31 clocking stations
No dogs were harmed during a series of festive break-ins, an animal welfare concern has reported. A representative of the Dogs Trust centre in Scotland said staff at the facility were discussing ongoing security measures with police. “Thieves smashed in windows and forced entry but are believed to have been disturbed as nothing was stolen,” commented the spokeswoman on Thursday’s incident. The Lanarkshire-based Trust, which has now re-opened to the public, appealed for anyone with information to come forward. Tensor Access Enterprise is one of Tensor's latest developments in our proven range of products involving simple door and registration point control. Tensor Access Enterprise, intended for larger companies, includes extra software to enable you to easily add and edit profile settings to all registered hardware equipment attached to your company’s network of Tensor equipment. The network can operate up to 31 T32xx clocking stations, each of which can have up to 12 T8424 scanner controllers attached to it – that’s an incredible 372 scanners in total.
How companies can ensure their employees are paid correctly
Union members protested about a decision to increase the pay grade of a council chief executive by £27,000. The Unison public sector personnel lobbied a meeting of Caerphilly council whose Labour leadership said it would take legal advice on whether it was possible to revoke the pay award. “This statement by the Labour group is a step in the right direction, and sets the platform for future engagement with this administration,” commented Gary Enright, Unison branch secretary. Tensor’s Time & Attendance and Personnel Software is the culmination of over a decade of real world experience in the human resources and time and attendance sectors. The software contained within our various WinTA networks offer everything you would expect from a personnel management system. Included in the software package are additional features that ensure your company pays its staff correctly and according to which shifts they have performed in a given month. Tensor wishes a Happy New Year to all its new and existing customers.
Tensor given accreditation by biggest UK contractor register Constructionline
Tensor was this week given accreditation by Constructionline, the UK’s largest register for pre-qualified building contractors and consultants. The advantage of being associated with Constructionline for suppliers to the construction industry is that Tensor no longer needs to repeatedly fill in standard pre-qualification forms for every tender. Tensor’s details have gone live on the Constructionline database and are now available to its registered buyers. There are 8,000 buyers already using the Constructionline database to source contractors and consultants, so Constructionline is another great tool for spreading the word on Tensor’s Access Control and Time and Attendance systems. It means we will not be jumping through the same vetting hoops at every tender – not a brilliant use of time and resources. As leading suppliers of Time & Attendance products, Tensor is only too aware of the need for companies to save time and money! Constructionline is a Public-Private Partnership between Capita and the Department for Business Innovation & Skills. For more on the way Constructionline helps suppliers and buyers, log on to http://www.constructionline.co.uk/static/
Reliable toilet turnstiles come with a two year warranty
Scapegoats are being sought over a toilet design, as one of its urinals is visible on the street. East Grinstead town councillors raised the issue of how a public toilet was allowed to be so badly designed. One of the councillors, Bob Mainstone, told the local Courier & Observer paper: “Someone should be saying they are guilty for the faults which amount to a total waste of money by the district council if it is going to have to redesign.” Tensor’s turnstiles fully integrate with our smart card and biometric access control systems, while it is imperative to have a durable and reliable system. Tensor will provide you with just that, as our toilet turnstiles come with a two year warranty. Without compromising the safety of those who use the turnstile, speed and reliability are provided even during rush hour periods. For more information on a Tensor turnstile, barrier or gate network, please contact our sales team via this link.
Rostering network quickly identifies when normal working patterns not followed
The health service "is not Tesco", says the British Medical Association (BMA) over NHS proposals to increase weekend working for doctors and other staff. Bosses at the NHS want to emulate companies such as the leading supermarket as an example of around-the-clock working. In this situation operations could take place on a Saturday or Sunday. However the BMA objected to this example, and a spokeswoman said: "The health service is not Tesco, I don’t think that is a good comparison." A complete Smart Card Time and Attendance System from Tensor includes software including all the features to manage time and attendance recording for 50 up to 10,000 people. The comprehensive user-definable rosters and shifts in a Tensor WinTA network means you can create a wide range of daily working patterns (shifts) for your staff. An Exception view quickly identifies areas where the normal working pattern has not been followed.
DVRs bring affordable mass storage to surveillance at a facility
A school has been forced to shut until the New Year due to thieves causing damage estimated at £30,000. The Midlands based primary school suffered a midnight break-in. Lead from the roof and pipework were taken, which led to flooding in the school’s offices and some classrooms. “We were not left with any choice other than to shut the school while the repairs are carried out,” commented Loxdale School head teacher Trish Scott. If you are looking for a sensibly priced digital CCTV system, look no further than Tensor, the name you can trust. We provide cost effective evidence quality tailor-made CCTV surveillance systems. Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) bring affordable mass storage to a security surveillance system. They store HD footage and are easy to back up. No tapes are required that will clutter up your facility. User friendly DVRs are compatible with Tensor Access Control and Time & Attendance networks. Learn more about Tensor CCTV systems by clicking on this link.