Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Door control system compares individual security profiles with that of an access point
A man was warned he faces a custodial sentence after he admitted stealing signalling cable over a rail track, a court heard. Prosecutor Claire Fear said the offences took place on January 27, when Lee Vincent used bolt croppers to steal £785 worth of cable from the line belonging to Network Rail. She said around £25,665 damage was caused to cable under the Gaer Bridge in Wales. Mr Vincent will be sentenced next month. Tensor Access is a door access control system based on smart cards which can also include digital CCTV, barriers and other security technology. When a person attempts to pass through an access point, the T32xx access control unit compares the individual’s security profile with that of the access point. Security profiles are based upon the day, time of day, and the security threat level of the attempted access. An individual's security profile is based upon their access group. People are assigned to an access group, either unique to them or common to their department or status.
Dedicated business digital surveillance recorder can be located on or offsite
A 39-year-old thief caused more than £25,000 damage after stealing just £700 worth of signalling cable, a court heard. Lee Vincent pleaded guilty to destroying signalling equipment belonging to Network Rail, stealing signalling cable and going equipped for theft on the Brecon Mountain Railway. Fortunately for Welsh passengers no rail services were disrupted as the signalling works were not connected at the time. Vincent was released on bail until receiving sentence on December 15. Recent advances in technology have revolutionised the security sector and, in particular, the methods available to monitor movement and access within a specific area. Businesses investing in a Tensor Digital CCTV system will find it works extremely well as a standalone system, and it can also be fully integrated with previously installed Tensor access control or visitor monitoring equipment to provide a security network that is top notch. The CCTV footage generated by your camera network is recorded on a dedicated digital video recorder, which can be located either onsite or offsite.
Up to 2000 users can be stored on one clock with time and attendance network
Hundreds went on strike today (Wednesday, December 7) at an oil refinery and similar sites over working conditions. Construction workers took wildcat strikes and protests at locations in London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Hull, Lincolnshire, London, Manchester and Merseyside this morning. Union members when balloted had voted 80% in favour of strike action. Employers Balfour Beatty Engineering Services challenged the walkout and a re-ballot was ordered by the trade union. Glasgow saw protesters stood outside the headquarters of Balfour Beatty Engineering Services. WinTA Enterprise is Tensor's multi-user, networked, multi-site Time and Attendance, Fire Roll Call and security system intended for larger companies. It is a complete Time & Attendance system for 20 to 10,000-plus people. It features web enabled, mobile and wireless technology. Up to 2000 users can be stored on one clock, with extra scanners used for time and attendance, access control, job booking and job costing. Comprehensive user-definable working patterns, rosters and shifts, annualised hours and flexi patterns can be created with the software.
Business time management system accommodates different overtime rates
Steel workers will be taking a 50 per cent pay cut to help their employer stay afloat. As well as the cut, employees at the North Lincolnshire firm Caparo Merchant Bar will take an extended holiday over the festive period. Staff will return to work on January 3, 2012 after taking a longer break than usual and at half their usual wage. Workers are being supported by Community which is one of the largest trade unions for the steel industry in the region. The business benefits of an advanced Tensor Time & Attendance system are widespread. It combines rostering, job costing and fast Smart Card time management, while handling all major hours calculation methods. The likes of WinTAnet and WinTA Enterprise simply determine matters like overtime and working rules. It can accommodate different overtime rates, handle night shift working and will insert unpaid breaks if employees do not clock them. You can also use WinTA to ensure breaks are activated between set times.
Protect sensitive or dangerous areas at a site using biometric fingerprint reader
A former Manchester United player has been jailed for 15 months after being involved in a stolen car parts ring. The ex-soccer star Ronnie Wallwork, now retired from the game, was found breaking up the parts at a scrap yard and as a result he admitted three counts of receiving stolen goods earlier this year. Among the activities investigated by detectives, he was observed driving a Mazda Furano into the scrap yard three days after it was stolen from a car dealer. The T34xx Biometric Access Control Scanner combines Tensor smart card technology with a fingerprint reader which provides irrefutable proof of identity. In an elegant case and easy to use, this high-end security product is for those companies who want the absolute peace-of-mind, certainty and the assurance that only the right people can gain access to a site’s sensitive or dangerous areas. The unit can be directly connected via a peer to peer cable connection, or be part of a network using your existing Ethernet IT backbone.
Visitor management system provides individualised passes with signature recording
A raid on a warehouse fetched thieves £120,000 worth of high-value metal and cabling. Police are appealing for witnesses after the criminals stole supplies intended for the Great Dorset Steam Fair. The thieves broke into locked shipping containers in the store sometime between 12pm on Sunday, October 30, and 11.30am on Wednesday, November 16. Officers are especially keen to hear from scrap yard dealers or anyone who has been offered any of these items under for a particularly low price. Visitor Management Systems (VMS) from security experts Tensor use the latest PC technology that controls, records and monitors the arrivals and departures of an organisation’s visitors and contractors. Unlike paper-based systems VMS provides individualised, bar-coded passes with monitored expiry dates and biometric fingerprint recording of visitors and contractors, plus signature recording. VMS can print different styles of pass documentation depending on the type of visitor or contractor. These can be produced in advance of a scheduled appointment or impromptu on arrival.
Secure turnstiles adapt to control access to toilet facilities
An 84-year-old woman was attacked and mugged in a public toilet in a quiet market town on Tuesday morning. The woman, who has not been named, suffered head injuries in the attack in the Yorkshire Dales. North Yorkshire Police said the pensioner was hit on the head four times before her handbag was taken. She was said to be in a stable condition. The bag was later found in a separate block of public toilets with its contents missing. With heightened security now paramount, it is imperative to have a durable and reliable system. Tensor will provide a business premises with just that, as our gates, barriers and turnstiles prevent unauthorised access while providing minimum inconvenience to those who do have authorised access to your site. Our turnstiles, which are available as either single or double half height, even adapt to control access to toilet facilities. They are suitable for prestige access points and can come in attractive glass models.
Office clocking package handles all major hours calculation methods
In his Autumn Statement Chancellor George Osborne revealed public sector pay rises are to be capped at one per cent for two years. This follows a two year pay freeze for public sector staff. The Chancellor also has announced that UK economic growth would be lower, and borrowing higher, than was forecast during the Budget in March. Mr Osborne told MPs the UK economy was now forecast to grow by 0.9% this year. A major requirement of any Time and Attendance system is the ability to export information to the payroll system. Tensor has worked with all of the major payroll packages and our WinTAnet office clocking system handles all major hours calculation methods. The Tensor WinTAnet system 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.
Manual override facility on access gates prevents closure on a pedestrian
Vandals have been blowing up 14 parking meters with explosives in Sussex. Police are investigating whether the acts of wreckage are linked to a previous spate of attacks between 2004 and 2006 in which about 200 meters were damaged. Fifteen attacks have been made on 14 meters in Lewes in three months with the most recent taking place last Monday (November 21). The authorities think someone with a grudge against parking rules is responsible for the vandalism. Tensor can boost security around company car parking facilities as our gates, barriers, and turnstiles give you full jurisdiction over movement and access in and around your site. Access Control Barriers prevent unauthorised access while providing minimum inconvenience to those who do have authorised access to your site. All gates from Tensor include a manual override facility preventing closure on a pedestrian or vehicle as well as offering safety in a power failure. The Tensor range of barriers and gates need no routine maintenance.