Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Top human resources software makes personnel management simple
The London 2012 Olympic Games has been tagged a triumph of human resources. The organisation of the Games required the overseeing of more than 200,000 people at various locations. The HR director of London 2012, Jean Tomlin, said her motivation was “to deliver the most outstanding games that people in the UK could be proud of in the eyes of the world.” She surrounded herself with HR professionals and spoke of a “one team ethos” approach for employees, contractors and volunteers. Tensor’s Personnel Software is the culmination of more than a decade of real world experience in the human resources and time-clocking sectors. The software offers everything you would expect from a personnel management system. Tensor Personnel completely integrates with both our WinTA Enterprise and WinTA Lite time and attendance systems, but may also be used as a stand-alone application. Tensor can offer various financing and rental packages to both private and public sector organisations who wish to install our products.
Easy to install computer based pass system for prisons
A thief committed a crime in order to be quickly returned to prison. The man was so desperate after his initial request to be taken back into custody was turned down that he went to a supermarket in Dundee and stole a set of bedding, before taking it into the nearby police station. Bruce Burry told police officers: “I stole that.” A court heard Burry was released on September 6 this year but he stole the very next day. Tensor has many access control or security devices and systems for preventing thefts at business premises. These include Visitor Management Systems (VMS), and a version of VMS is Prison Pass. This is a low cost, easy to install, computer based pass system for registering each visitor, both on and off site. Prison Pass is installed and supported by Tensor's in-house engineers. You can also buy engineering or training days from us ensuring that you can get the most out of your Prison Pass system.
Visitors not caught short with fast entry double half height turnstiles
Visitors to a coastal area will not be caught short now that a council plans to replace public conveniences that were removed. However the public will have access to WCs once a foreshore pool development is opened early next year. South Tyneside Council has confirmed the toilet facilities in the new building – a modern swimming pool and leisure centre that supersedes the old Pier Pavilion – will have access for the public up until 10pm at night. Tensor’s toilet turnstiles offer faster throughput in places such as leisure centres. Without compromising the safety of those visitors or tourists who use the turnstile, speed and reliability are provided even during rush hour periods. Available as a double half height token or coin entry turnstile, your throughput can be doubled whilst keeping the amount of space down to a minimum. A Tensor turnstile also fully integrates with our smart card and biometric access control systems giving full jurisdiction over movement and access around a site.
Attendance recording for unlimited users includes group absence planners
Bus drivers, engineers and support staff walked out after midnight on Wednesday for 24 hours as part of a dispute over pay. The workers took the action after failing to reach an agreement with First Bus over a proposed pay offer. Managers and the RMT union have been locked in meetings over a pay deal which guaranteed employees a two per cent pay rise from December 2, followed by a 2.3% increase from next April, but this was turned down. Tensor has an all-in-one clocking recording system for unlimited users, dealing with time and attendance, job booking and job costing. The WinTA Enterprise package includes: software installation CD, T32xx Clocking Station, 50 Smart Cards, a User Manual, Serial Cable for communications to PC, plus 10 days of free helpdesk support from date of purchase. Powerful individual and group absence planners handles absence entitlements such as breaks, annual leave, allowed sickness and more. Its modular design can link to the Tensor Personnel Enterprise application.
Security status of a building access point is set 24 hours a day
Today (November 15, 2012) the polls are open in order to elect the first police and crime commissioners for England and Wales. The voters are currently deciding on their favoured candidates in 41 police force areas, except in London, from 7am until 10pm tonight. When elected, the new police and crime commissioners (PCCs) assume office from November 22. The PCCs, designed to make police more accountable, will set spending plans and will have the power to dismiss chief constables. From the control of a single internal door through to a fully PC-powered, multi-site network of control points, a Tensor Access System is the answer. Operated by contactless smart cards or key fobs as a starting point, Tensor Access is fully upgradeable. The security status of each access point is controlled by the smart card scanner settings associated to that particular point. These settings determine the locked status of the door, minute-by-minute, 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year.
Metal fencing the first line of defence when securing a depot
Police carried out stop checks as part of a national day of action against metal theft. The checks took place across a variety of locales; ranging from officers and representatives from partner agencies stopping vehicles on the A1 motorway near Peterborough, to visits to scrap metal dealers, who should soon be enforcing new rules. The agencies involved were police officers, VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency), the Environment Agency and customs, all particularly focusing on the area of scrap yards. Metal fencing is the first line of defence when securing a yard, large outdoor area or depot. Tensor and our partners supply complete metal fencing solutions that boast the security of modern steel, coupled with the looks of traditional iron railings. Pre-welded panels with internal connectors make the metal fencing as vandalproof as possible. All supplied metal fencing comes complete with fittings, and can be installed by the trained Tensor technicians on your site. Fencing is available in a range of colours.
Factory encoded clocking smart card can carry a company logo
The government will enable all employees to have the right to flexible working after it vowed to change the law. The pledge follows the publication of the Modern Workplaces consultation and is part of a range of family friendly legislation. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “Currently any parent with a child under 17, or under 18 if their child is disabled, can ask for more flexible working patterns.” Under the plans, parents can ask for hours such as flexi-time. Smart card clocking systems from Tensor help bosses plan their workers’ hours more efficiently and cost-effectively. The proximity read smart cards have no battery, thus can be read a near-infinite number of times. The cards are the size of a standard credit card, so are thin and flexible enough to be carried in a wallet. They contain a factory encoded ID code that cannot be duplicated, therefore the cards are very secure. Adhesive labels are available for a photo and company logo.
Gate technology helps keep out intruders from a premises
Disciplinary procedures are taking place after an intruder stole a set of keys at the Tower of London. The break-in occurred in the early hours of last Tuesday (November 6). Keys for an internal lock, a restaurant, some conference rooms and to the drawbridges were on the stolen set. A spokeswoman for the Tower said an internal investigation was carried out and that “a staff disciplinary procedure is under way to address this issue”. Tensor security and barrier technology will help keep out intruders from your premises. For example, Tensor gates (the swing variety is pictured here) work alongside our smart card and access control products. Ideal for controlling vehicle access to and from your site, Tensor’s gates are quick to respond to the user's instructions. All gates include a manual override facility preventing closure on a pedestrian or vehicle as well as offering safety in a power failure. Tensor gates can cope with high traffic volumes and severe operating conditions.
Workers paid on annual contract basis easily handled by HR network
Financial advisors Deloitte and the BBC have been going through the television giant’s payroll following allegations of tax malpractice. Deloitte and the internal auditors identified 804 freelance talent paid more than £50,000 in the previous financial year that should be the subject of the BBC's new employment rules. Roughly 131 of these could be offered staff contracts when their current contracts expire. The broadcaster hoped the changes will be in place when the new tax year begins in April 2013. Tensor sorts out contract and payroll issues in a flash with our unbeatable Time and Attendance technology. Within hours of a WinTA system being installed it gives your organisation total control over your HR and staffing operation. WinTAnet contains special working rules to accommodate the formal flexitime contracts worked by many public sector employees. Workers paid on an annual contract basis can be handled by the annualised hours procedures and reports within the advanced WinTAnet version of our networks.