Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Warnings via Email or SMS when company staffing levels are short
Patients on Thursday (June 21) had appointments and surgery cancelled due to doctors boycotting non-urgent care in a dispute over pensions. There was relief, however, that the total impact of the day of action across Britain appears to be more limited than feared. Doctors had been wrong to “penalise” patients, said Health Secretary Andrew Lansley. In reply, unions stressed it was always the intention that GPs would turn up for work and ensure emergency and urgent services would run. Would your company like a complete Time and Attendance Clocking System installed that warns when staffing levels are short and when employees don’t turn up to work? Tensor provides just that, including Email / SMS / speech notifications and alerts in the flagship version of our WinTA network. Our Online Self Service module allows staff to check their hours, request leave and a host of other functions via internet, mobile or other communications. WinTA affords a seamless interface to Tensor Personnel and Visitor Management products.
Workplace PC software reports easily printed from an internet browser
PG Tips, Pot Noodle, Marmite, Walls, Hellmann's, Colman's – Unilever produces some of the most famous brands in Britain. The company is planning to shut a handful of sites around the UK, putting 800 jobs at risk. The firm has a total UK workforce of around 7,200. It said the proposed changes could be implemented by the end of 2013 and would be made up of 500 direct job losses and around 300 contractor and third party posts. Workplace PC software from Tensor allows the summary of clocking details to be viewed at-a-glance, showing individuals or groups of employees, and soon flags up abnormal working patterns. The WinTA Start system includes password limits to specific areas of the software. Web Page output provides professional reports that can be easily viewed and printed from any system (PC, Mac, Linux etc) with an internet browser. WinTA Start is your entry-level smart card-based HR system. From this simple beginning, you can upgrade to add ID Badge Production, Job Costing and Personnel.
Paid and unpaid work breaks dealt with by office clocking regime
One in four call centre workers are denied toilet breaks according to a new survey. Almost 800 employees in the industry were consulted. More than 80 per cent of respondents said that their work had caused them to feel stressed, which sometimes crossed over into their personal lives. The union Unison called on call centre employers to improve working conditions for staff, to address the “alarming number” of problems highlighted by the report. Work breaks and other rotas in the office are dealt with by WinTA Lite – one of many Time and Attendance systems from Tensor. The systems encompass the simple collection of clocking data, through to extensive labour hours analysis. Using the cutting-edge WinTA Lite software, both paid and unpaid breaks are easy to define and calculate. Your organisation’s human resources department can also create a wide range of daily working patterns or shifts. European Working Time Directive checking and reporting is also included, ensuring that your company remains compliant with employment legislation.
Secure skirts prevent pedestrians from walking underneath an automatic barrier
A guide has been published concerning the incidents of crime around universities. The guide is designed to give students the most details yet known about robbery and assaults around places of learning, particularly with tuition fees costing as much as £9,000 per year. The highest crime levels are in inner London, followed by Manchester Metropolitan, Leeds and Manchester. Buckingham, Aberystwyth and Durham have the lowest rates. About one in three students become victims of crime, says the Complete University Guide. Keeping crime off campus or any other large site is difficult, but at Tensor we believe we have most of the answers. Barrier Skirts are ideal for preventing pedestrians from walking underneath your automatic barrier. Barrier skirts offer the flexibility of a rising arm automatic barrier and the deterrent of a gate, but at a much lower cost. Not only suitable for automatic car park barriers, your barrier skirt can also be fitted to most manual barriers of varying boom lengths.
Same standard of modular business security whether for one or four doors
Opportunistic criminals are using the summer to take advantage of village festivals to steal. This and other patterns of crime were revealed in a study which investigated the tactics used by thieves. The criminals often called village festivals “opportune events” for theft and the research revealed that the type of help volunteered by rural criminals differed depending on the time of year. For example, typical work offered in the spring was pest control. Businesses in rural areas can better insulate themselves from crime with a Tensor 1 to 4 Scanner Access Control System. Tensor Access is modular in design, and so has the advanced capability of being able to be adapted and extended with extra time and attendance clocks and access control kit quickly, easily, and without complication. The T351x range comprises the ultimate Smart Card Access Control units for doors, car park barriers and turnstiles. T351x achieves the same standard of security throughout, whether for a single door up to a four door system controller.
Night shifts and periodic overtime handled by time and attendance system
Night shift workers kicked off strike action taking place this week. Coastguard workers walked out over station closures they say would mean the loss of life-saving local knowledge around the UK’s coastline. The industrial action began with night workers last Friday followed by day shift workers from 11am to 12pm on Saturday (June 9). The strikes alternated between night and day shift strikes up to and including the day shift today (Friday). Driving test examiners this week also took action. If your firm or organisation includes many complex shifts and pay arrangements in its weekly schedule then a Tensor Time and Attendance network is the best there is at sorting rotas and rosters. The various WinTA systems and software handle all major hours calculation methods. A number of basic rules control how hours are calculated. These include settings to separate ‘worked time’ into different overtime rates, plus night shift working. Periodic Overtime is used to calculate overtime on weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis.
Unmanned visitor reception console for premises operated via touch screen
Police confirmed an escaped prisoner was back in custody after being partly helped by a media campaign. Officers acknowledged the aid of a local newspaper when apprehending the runaway near Swansea. Detectives who had caught the missing man said: “Leon Llewellyn Passmore has been arrested and returned to custody. The media are thanked for their assistance.” Passmore had been jailed for being among a gang of robbers who, after leaving a shop, wished their victims a “merry Christmas”. Tensor numbers in its unrivalled range of access control security for premises a Visitor Management System including a version that can be used in prisons, among other locations. Visitor Pass production systems allow Reception and Gatehouse staff to quickly check the identity or enter the details of visitors, and print their personalised ID pass. Companies that do not have a front desk receptionist can take advantage of the VMS Unmanned Reception Console. This Console is operated via touch screen technology only; no mouse or keyboard is needed.
Secure smart cards ensure accurate information on company wages and hours
The GMB union described the payment of a big bonus to a water services provider as “an outrage”. The union's national officer Gary Smith said: “This is a classic case of reward for failure,” referring to Thames Water awarding boss Martin Baggs a bonus nearly equal to his annual salary while adopting a hosepipe ban. The utilities firm said that the bonuses paid to its top three executives combined had fallen 22 per cent. Tensor smart card-based clocking systems ensure the most up-to-date, accurate time and attendance information on company wages and hours is transferred from our clocking stations to our software. With up to 34 billion different combinations of ID number, there is no chance of duplication in our secure cards. In addition, each ID number has built-in security and integrity checks ensuring that it cannot be misread. A cross-reference list correlating the external printed card number and the programmed ID number is also provided, for easy system administration.
Access control gates give crime the red card during Euro 2012
Police are encouraging all football fans to enjoy watching the Euro 2012 tournament without causing trouble. Extra officers will be on duty in town centres for England’s games, ready to deal with those who commit crime or anti-social behaviour. A police spokesman said: “As always, people caught committing public order offences or alcohol-fuelled violence in our town centres can expect to be arrested and dealt with accordingly.” The Euro 2012 competition runs from Friday, June 8 to Sunday, July 1. Owners of property who are worried about break-ins this summer can rest easy as Tensor gives crime the red card with our access control devices and smart card systems. Tensor’s gates are ideal for controlling vehicle access to and from your site, and are quick to respond to the user’s instructions. Gates (the swing variety is pictured here) and our other barrier devices cope with high traffic volumes if your site is busy and operate to strict security standards when the area is unmanned.