Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Up to nine office absence codes can be stored in workstation
More than one-third of UK workers have ‘pulled a sickie’, says Confused.com. When the consumer website interviewed the staff, they admitted having lied to their boss about the reason they took time off. The latest Confederation of British Industry (CBI) workplace health survey shows that the UK economy lost 190 million working days to absence last year, with each employee taking an average of 6.5 days off sick. CBI figures say there were 30.4 million days of non-genuine sickness absence. Contingency plans for sickness and recording staff absence are all issues handled by a Tensor clocking station and accompanying WinTA Time and Attendance system. The year-to-view absence planner shows absences for individuals or departments, making it easy to plan office training and holiday dates. Up to nine reason codes for workplace absence can also be stored in a Tensor clocking workstation. These allow your staff to legitimately clock out for configurable reasons such as Dentist, Business or Smoking Break.
Corporate door registration network controls electronic and magnetic releases
Last Tuesday outgoing HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary Denis O’Connor gave evidence to the Home Affairs Committee on the subject of Olympics security. The Home Office last year commissioned Sir Denis to produce a report on this matter. Committee chairman Keith Vaz MP said: “The Committee intends to conclude its inquiry into Olympic Security by the end of September.” It has been arranged so that any criminal cases directly connected with London 2012 were especially fast-tracked in the courts. Tensor Access Lite is a simple door and registration point control Access Control network which is a starting point for corporate security. Using Tensor Access Lite and Tensor's T149x scanners, you can control most standard types of internal and external electronic, magnetic door releases and devices. Tensor Access Lite can operate a maximum of four T32xx clocking stations and record employee details for up to 250 people. This edition can also link to your WinTA Lite time and attendance application, where it efficiently shares employee data.
PC spoken alerts of missing employees are heard in a variety of voices
At its annual Congress the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has voted to support co-ordinated strike action over a public sector pay freeze. Newly-appointed TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said government spending cuts were “sucking money out of people's pockets”. Downing Street said it would continue the freeze and rejected calls to re-open talks on pay or pensions. A Downing Street spokesperson said: “We have put in place some changes to pensions – we don’t intend to reopen those talks.” Both planned and unplanned absences from work are tracked via mobile and wireless technology based Time & Attendance from Tensor. Absenteeism and lateness reporting are just some of the functions of our advanced WinTA system. Email / SMS / speech notifications and alerts of missing employees are an advantage of the Tensor network. Using speakers attached to a PC or to Tensor’s audio distribution network, spoken alerts are heard in a variety of voices and on screen ‘agents’ (similar to the Microsoft paperclip).
Superior picture quality digital CCTV is a cornerstone of site security
On Tuesday (September 4) police arrested two men in connection with a ram-raid on a bank. Officers carried out a warrant at a premises near to where the crime occurred, at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire. The men, aged 50 and 27, were arrested on suspicion of burglary. A month ago five men wearing Balaclava head gear used a JCB to break into the branch of HSBC in the early-hours raid. Police soon recovered the JCB and another vehicle. Recent advances in technology have revolutionised the methods available to monitor movement and access within a specific area. A Tensor Digital CCTV system works extremely well at protecting all sorts of premises and is a cornerstone of an effective site security network. If you already have an analogue CCTV system installed at your site, you may only require a simple upgrade of some of the elements on your network in order to adopt digital. Picture quality of digital CCTV systems is far superior to that of analogue ones.
Attendance network inserts breaks if an employee does not clock them
Conservative MP Mark Pritchard said extending Sunday trading hours would not “necessarily bring about significant growth”. He added in his objections: “A lot of people don’t want to have to work on Sundays… they want some downtime.” The prime minister’s official spokesman stated that there had been a specific act of parliament to extend trading hours during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. However, when asked about a permanent change in the law, he said the issue needed to be looked at. Has your firm had to consider significantly changing its operation and working hours? A Tensor Time & Attendance system gives you complete control over hours, rosters, pay bands and holidays. You can define multiple paid or unpaid breaks and ask the WinTA Time & Attendance system to insert breaks if an employee doesn’t clock them. Periodic Overtime is used to calculate overtime on weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Standard reports include: Weekly clock card, Lateness Report, Payroll Summary, Absence Summary and Exceptions.
Swing gates ideal for controlling vehicle access to and from a site
A man got a rude shock – literally – after he tried to steal from an electricity sub-station. Martin Gavin was hurled to the ceiling by the force of an 11,000-volt jolt. The 48-year-old was intending to swipe scrap metal but instead spent three weeks in hospital on a ventilator. Gavin and a friend broke into the heavily protected sub-station in Salford, Manchester. Gavin was convicted of burglary after a trial and was sentenced to three and a half years. Tensor has an unbeatable range of access control outdoor products which conform to strict security standards and operate under severe operating conditions. Tensor’s high quality, durable gates (a swing version of which is pictured), offer reliable performance in the most demanding environments and cope with high traffic volumes. Ideal for controlling vehicle access to and from your site, Tensor’s gates are quick to respond to the users instructions. They can be integrated with an access control network and need no routine maintenance.
Overtime easily monitored using PC workplace recording tool
Nearly two-thirds of UK staff believe employers are breaking overtime rules. The Workforce Institute found that a majority of workers in every region, except the United States, said their employer had at some time violated overtime rules. Thankfully there were lower levels of perceived legal breaches in the UK (63 per cent) compared to places like China where it hit a high of 88pc. Researchers found that working extra hours at the office was “commonplace around the world”. Using a Tensor PC clocking recording system your firm can create a range of daily working patterns (shifts), with either fixed or flexitime rules, to ensure overtime and other working rules are adhered to. These can run past midnight, making night shifts simple to define. Overtime is easily monitored with up to four different pay bands in each shift. Bands are selected based on the time and the number of hours worked. An Exception view quickly identifies areas where the normal working pattern has not been followed.
Digital passes provide highly secure way of monitoring prison visitors
Police say a prisoner who has gone missing does not pose a risk. They said Bernard Sharkey was picked up from where he was working in a silver saloon car, which indicated a level of planning. Officers added that Sharkey was deemed as “low risk” by the prison, which is why he had been working on a farm among the community. Police added it was “important to stress we do not believe he poses a risk to the wider public.” Prison Pass from Tensor, a version of our visitor monitoring systems, is a highly secure way of monitoring your prison visitors. A photograph taken by a digital or eyeball camera is printed on a bar-coded pass using a high speed printer so each visitor is easily identified. 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.
Flexible factory clocking system changes working hours or pay bands
The retail industry is debating whether to loosen Sunday trading restrictions, which has been triggered by the temporary extension granted during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In a BBC interview Mark Wallace from the Institute of Directors said these types of businesses should be given a level playing field. He added: “It’s a historical quirk that offices, factories and all sorts of other businesses can open when they need to, but shops are forbidden from doing so.” If your office or factory is changing its opening or staff hours then you want a flexible clocking system that can change with it. Tensor provides just that via our networked PC-controlled multi site time and attendance systems. There are numerous extra features that can be implemented on your WinTA system to take into account diversity with working rules between different organisations. There is Secondary Pay Bands, where certain pay bands pay into other bands either on a 1:1 basis or by using a multiplier.