Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Management can quickly view all types of absences at the workplace
Employment Minister Chris Grayling denied that there were any government financial targets to reduce people on sickness benefits. He said: “The reason why we reassess people who are on sickness benefits is that all the evidence is that a substantial proportion can return to some form of work. We have no financial targets for this.” The minister’s comments came after advisors the government tasked to review the ‘fit to work’ tests system warned that it still needed improvement. Even Tensor’s entry-level Time and Attendance systems handle sickness, absence and other clocking issues at the workplace. For example, Individual and Group Absence Planners are features of WinTA Start, which manages time and attendance recording for up to 50 people. Management or HR can choose to view all types of absences, a single absence type or all types with a common category. Absence categories and types are fully user-definable. Reports can be instantly generated as a customised web page that integrates perfectly with a company Intranet.
Control who is allowed site access through a point at any time of day
Ram raiders stole a cashpoint machine from outside a bank in the early hours of Thursday morning (August 2). Police say the raid happened shortly after 2.15am at a Lincolnshire branch of Barclays Bank. At least four men wearing balaclavas loaded the cashpoint into the back of a 4×4 vehicle and made their getaway. Detectives say the gang’s getaway vehicle and the cashpoint were both liable to be abandoned in an isolated rural area. Tensor can provide your business or organisation with a sophisticated access control system guaranteed to meet your security requirements. Tensor Access Enterprise is the multi-user version intended for larger companies. It 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. It provides total control over who is allowed access through any controlled point at any time of day at a site. Adding biometric technology will practically eliminate any chances of mimicking a person’s identity.
Human resources tool organises training courses at the office
A workplace study has shown the value of people management to the bottom line. It says firms that are highly skilled in core human resources practices experience up to 3.5 times the revenue growth of less capable companies. The report, From Capability to Profitability, was based on a survey of more than 4,200 HR and non-HR managers worldwide. The report found the correlation between economic performance and HR capability was especially strong in certain areas, including performance management and leadership development. Tensor Personnel is an HR management tool which integrates with our WinTA Lite and WinTA Enterprise time and attendance systems. It will prove to be a pivotal part of leadership development at your company. Using Tensor Personnel, extensive information can be stored on each employee in your office. The Training Information function takes care of pending courses, including locations, descriptions and notes. The Letter Writer feature includes mailmerge functionality. Tensor Personnel allows full customisation of generated reports and exporting options.
How businesses can promote flexible working during the Olympics
The Olympics is driving down business as companies say the current Games have deterred visitors. For example, at the normally hectic retail and tourism hub Oxford Circus, the streets have been noticeably quieter than usual. Ahmed Waqas, who runs a nearby souvenir stall, had planned to work longer hours during the expected Olympic boom. He lamented: “It has been a disaster. Our sales are down about 50% on last year.” Tensor can help drive efficiency and profits up with our time and money saving Time and Attendance clocking regimes. WinTA uses Tensor’s range of Smart Cards where the badge or fob does not need to be removed from a wallet or purse. The badge will read through your wallet or purse in a quarter of a second (up to 15 times faster than swipe systems and more reliable). If flexible working during the Olympics is an issue, then using the Shift Swapping function means employees may have their shift for a particular day changed in advance.
Signature capture tablets for ID verification at point of entry to a building
The case of a man accompanying a ‘solicitor’ has been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service. The 43-year-old John Evans – who himself posed as a trainee solicitor – and a friend were given passes by police and strolled into the custody suite last year. The duo wanted access because they were seeking to aid another friend who was under arrest. Officers then asked Mr Evans for identification, which he could not produce, a court was told this week. Tensor can quickly supply a PC-based regime employing digital photographs and signature capture technology for visitors. The system registers visitors on and off site with their photograph taken on arrival using a digital camera. Signature Capture Tablets can be connected to the system so that the signatures of visitors and contractors can be stored at the point of entry to your premises. This signature can be used for verification purposes. These signatures can also be printed on to a visitor pass for added security.
Ensure employee hours are recorded properly with a contactless smart card
Legal expert Chris Wellham, counsel in the employment team at Hogan Lovells, commented on the case of a long-term sick employee who was allowed to carry leave forward automatically and to be paid for all that leave. “This opens the way for employees on long-term sickness absence to claim holiday pay for the whole period of their absence when their employment terminates,” said Wellham. “For an employee who has been absent for two leave years for example, this could represent nearly three months’ pay.” One method of ensuring employees’ hours are recorded properly is to adopt a contactless smart card clocking system from Tensor. All Tensor cards and key fobs use the same well-proven and reliable RF (Radio Frequency) reading technology. This gives a consistent read range which is unaffected by most external conditions. Our most popular smart card is the T1305, which is approximately the size of a standard credit card and is thin and flexible enough to be carried in your wallet.
Turnstiles provide access control entry to work sites or toilets
A boss has slammed rail station yobs who have repeatedly targeted toilets. During a visit to Bolton Station to meet passengers and staff, Lee Wasnidge, area director west for Northern Rail, expressed exasperation that work had to keep being done to repair damage. He commented: “We’ve invested £4 million and people can see we’re getting a lot of things right, but having spent a lot of money on the new toilets we’re constantly repainting them because they’re being vandalised.” Tensor’s gates, barriers, and turnstiles fully integrate with our smart card and biometric access control systems giving you full jurisdiction over movement and access in and around your site. Our turnstiles can perform various access control tasks, including providing entry to sites or toilets. It is imperative to have a durable and reliable system. Tensor will provide your organisation with just that. A Tensor system allows rapid communication when any delay occurs, such as when unauthorised personnel attempt to access a restricted area.
Sliding gates decrease chances of criminals gaining entry to a premises
A judge described the robberies of a jailed five-man gang as carefully planned and violent. The group tried to rob a jewellers in February last year. Today (Monday, July 30) three of the gang were sentenced to six years each at Ipswich Crown Court for conspiracy to commit robbery. Two of the gang were given nine years for that raid and for their involvement in stealing £80,000 of watches from an Ipswich jewellers in June last year. Tensor’s sliding gates are just some of our barrier devices that decrease the chances of criminals gaining entry to your site or premises. The gates cope with high traffic volumes and conform to strict security standards. The units perform under severe operating conditions and need no routine maintenance. Working alongside Tensor’s smart card and access control products, your gate can be used to monitor the throughput of an access control point. To find out more about our range of gates, please contact our experienced sales team.
Biometric clocking device eliminates chances of incorrect office scannings
The Aslef union is protesting at plans to reduce pension contributions, and train drivers who are members will soon be on strike. Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said of the pension scheme deficit: “Our members face the prospect of either cripplingly high contribution rates or reduced benefits.” Transport giant Stagecoach, who own the trains affected, retorted that the public will be “shocked and angry” that strikes are being planned at a time of “great national pride” during the Olympics. Tensor has a range of clocking devices and networks, and biometrics can be added to your time and attendance system. Biometrics measures unique human characteristics as a way to provide irrefutable proof of identity, for example, finger scanning. A biometric scanner from Tensor (pictured) works by bouncing electro-magnetic waves off the live tissue and blood flow underneath a person’s skin in order to form a picture of the structure of the print. By actually reading below the skin, the chances of incorrect scannings are eliminated.