Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Verify visitor ID with fast reading fingerprint scanners
A senior worker at Lloyds Banking Group has been jailed for five years after defrauding the company of more than £2 million. Jessica Harper – whose job description included fighting fraud – used her position to pay herself extra cash, which she then gave to friends and family. She insisted she never personally benefited from the fraud, which took place over four years. The crimes occurred during the credit crunch when Lloyds was bailed out by substantial amounts of taxpayers’ money. Security can be stepped up at your firm’s premises by installing a Tensor system. For more effective security authorisation of an individual to a Tensor time and attendance or access control/visitor control network, biometric fingerprint recognition is used in conjunction with a smart card. Tensor’s range of fast-reading fingerprint readers can also be used within our Visitor Management Systems (or VMS for short) to provide irrefutable proof that a visitor or contractor at your site is who they say they are.
Factory warning system activates in the event of an emergency
A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire which gutted a snack-making factory. The chief executive of the Northern Ireland company Tayto Group, which owns the south Wales plant, shared concerned for the employees. “Our focus now is on what we can do for those staff, who are naturally concerned for their jobs,” said the head of the UK’s third largest snack manufacturer. Some 75% of the factory was already ablaze when fire crews arrived. Tensor has security and safety of staff covered thanks to our smart card access control systems that include integrated fire roll call software. The system will automatically generate a report in the event of a fire or other emergency. Factory or office staff simply and swiftly log themselves on and off site using either their proximity read smart cards or key fobs. In the event of an emergency, the fire roll call software annunciates the emergency whilst simultaneously activating your existing warning system.
Software creates alarm messages when forced entry occurs at a site
A would-be thief was unsuccessful when attempting to break into a Stoke City soccer star’s property. Prominent football players are easy victims of crime because burglars know when players are away from home at a game simply by consulting the fixture list. Not this time, though, as the intruder trying to steal from Michael Owen’s house was caught by police. Owen held a running commentary on social networking website Twitter as he watched the man on his CCTV system. Easy to use Access Control software can be swiftly installed at your site or premises by Tensor. WinACnet creates alarm messages when predetermined actions take place, or if a forced entry occurs. These alarms are immediately emailed to a specified address. Optionally a warning email can be sent if communications to the PC are lost. Free software upgrades to those with maintenance contracts means the system is always up to date. Digital surveillance cameras can be added to your organisation’s security regime by Tensor technicians.
Workplace network easily accommodates public sector flexitime contracts
Some 68,000 staff at NHS Trusts could face one per cent pay cuts after the health service needs to save £20billion over the next four years. The 20 Trusts concerned argue that the changes, which will involve introducing regional pay and cutting holidays, will potentially save as many as 6,000 NHS jobs. Presently the worker wage bill makes up more than two-thirds of employer spend, which the public sector union Unison said the Trusts want to trim to 60 per cent. Your organisation can properly regulate and organise its pay, terms and working conditions via a cutting-edge automated Tensor Time and Attendance network. It contains special rules to accommodate the formal flexitime contracts worked by many public sector employees. Shifts, breaks, lateness recording and pay scales are all dealt with by our Web enabled WinTA systems that can be customised to your requirements. Each member of staff can be allocated different entitlements for absence such as annual leave or allowed sickness.
Improve pupil time keeping using small scale PC attendance booking
A primary school has been put into special measures after inspectors found its standards to be “inadequate”. An Ofsted report said the Birmingham-based establishment was “failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education”. Ofsted inspectors visited the premises in June, and said it found there were “weaknesses in teaching in too many classes”. The report also commented: “As a result of weak teaching, achievement is inadequate overall. It is particularly weak in reading.” Tensor can give schools an ‘ABC’ in improving pupils’ attendance and behaviour. WinTA PC Clock is a simple PC based smaller scale booking system from time and attendance experts Tensor that is ideal for organisations where each pupil has access to a PC. PC Clock allows pupils to accurately record their own individual clocking data, without the need for a new time and attendance network. PC Clock's analysis module consists of a scaled-down version of Tensor's acclaimed WinTA Lite time and attendance software.
Premises access scanner has option of built in fingerprint reader
A gang of four hauled a total of £700,000 after breaking into a series of cash machines. During the raids they targeted these models because they knew exactly where to cut so as to disable the machine's security system. A template was even used by the cunning crooks which they placed over an exact spot on the ATM. The men, of no fixed address, raided stores in 17 English counties, from the south-west to the north-east, from November 2010. For the effective ‘two-factor’ security authorisation of an individual to a Tensor time and attendance or access control system fingerprint recognition is used in conjunction with a smart card. Biometric methods of identification work by measuring unique human characteristics as a way to provide proof of identity, for example, finger or iris scanning or dynamic signature verification. Our recommended product for use with a Tensor system at your premises is our smart card access control scanner with built in fingerprint reader.
Surveillance security is set up according to strict police guidelines
The head of a campaign group has raised concerns about the number of schools that use CCTV cameras. Director of Big Brother Watch, Nick Pickles, said: “This research raises serious questions about the privacy of schoolchildren across Britain, with some schools having one camera for every five pupils.” Almost one in 10 of the schools which use CCTV said cameras were positioned in such locations as changing rooms, while 54 have more than one camera for every 15 students. When your organisation orders a surveillance security system from Tensor you know it will be set-up according to strict guidelines. All digital CCTV systems supplied by Tensor are fully compliant with the UK police requirements. Certification is also an ongoing process that encourages continuous improvement with a focus on customer satisfaction while supporting our organisation's goals. Our accreditation includes the ISO 9001 quality assurance model for organisations that produce, install, and service products; and Secured by Design, an initiative from the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Turnstiles help to raise cash for repair and cleaning of WC facilities
Complaints from residents have caused town councillors to reconsider bringing public toilets back into use. The toilet block in Bridport was closed in April after a repair bill rose to more than £12,000 during the last financial year. The Dorset-based town council announced in February this year that it was intending to sell the WC outbuilding but so far the authority has not confirmed a price. It had decided to build a new toilet block nearby. A set of toilet turnstiles from Tensor offer improved security and help to raise money for the repair and cleaning of WC facilities. Coupled with a set of smart cards, tokens or other access control devices, flow capacity is significantly increased compared with any swipe card system, as the card is read in a quarter of a second and does not have to be removed from a wallet or purse. Tensor’s gates, barriers, and turnstiles fully integrate with our smart card and biometric access control systems.
Unmanned reception console for visitors with appointments to book themselves in
An assistant chief constable said his team has performed well in crime reduction this summer despite possible problems caused by outside factors. Gareth Pritchard remarked about his force covering North Wales lowering crime by 6%: “There was some concern earlier in the summer that deployments of staff to the Olympic Games in London would damage our capability to reduce crime during this busy period.” He urged people to take simple security precautions to keep their homes and business premises safe. An effective way to keep your business premises safe is to set up a Tensor visitor monitoring scheme at Reception where personal details are recorded and digitally stored. Companies that do not have a front desk receptionist can take advantage of the Unmanned Reception Console. This is operated via touch screen technology only; no mouse or keyboard is needed. Here, visitors with appointments can book themselves in and out and the back office can contact their host upon their arrival.