Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Labour hours analysis package ideal for clocking at smaller companies
More than 2,000 businesses with fewer than 10 employees were surveyed by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), and many said they struggle to recruit the staff they desire. The BCC points out that these businesses generate one-fifth of private sector turnover in the UK. One in five firms plans to double staff numbers between now and 2015. Half say they find it difficult to recruit the right people, and they believe that rules around dismissal are “burdensome”. Designed for smaller companies, WinTA Lite is the latest in the proven Tensor range of Windows™ based time and attendance products, from simple collection of employees' clocking data, through to extensive analysis of labour hours. It can be connected to Tensor Access Control or Personnel systems. The package includes a WinTA Lite software installation CD, a T32xx Clocking Station, 50 Smart Cards (additional cards are available on request), a User Manual, a serial cable for communications to PC, and 12 months of free helpdesk support from the date of purchase.
Simple attendance recording system merely requires access to a computer
Many theories have been put forward during the past week as to why the riots took place, and some commentators blame a lack of discipline installed in young people through the home and schools. The Prime Minister yesterday mentioned schools that do set an example as he described how part of “the social fightback” involves what happens in the classroom. David Cameron said: “They provide an alternative to street culture by showing how anyone can get up and get on if they apply themselves.” Tensor can help with its WinTA PC Clock – a simple attendance recording system suitable for anywhere that each pupil has access to a computer. PC Clock's analysis module consists of a scaled-down version of Tensor's acclaimed WinTA Lite time and attendance software. In this case pupils are simply presented with an input screen on their PC allowing them to clock in and out. PC Clock can be used for any number of users and there is no need for additional licences.
Upgrade an analogue CCTV system to digital to better protect premises
A six square-metre display unit has been driven around in a city centre to catch more rioters. The mobile device – believed to be the first of its kind – shows dozens of CCTV images of trouble-makers and is circulating around Birmingham where some of the worst recent disorder has taken place. Total arrests connected with the riots across seven police forces were nearing the 3,000 mark by Monday (August 15) morning. 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 a Tensor digital CCTV system to better protect your premises. A Tensor digital CCTV system works extremely well as a standalone system, and can also be fully integrated with any previously installed Tensor access control or visitor monitoring equipment to provide a surveillance and security network that is second to none. Tensor retains membership of the British Security Industry Association among other accreditations.
Software predicts most appropriate shift depending on when an employee starts work
A city council said it will put an extra £1 million towards staff salaries so a pay cut can be marginally reduced. Southampton City Council has been in a protracted dispute with unions – who have rejected the new deal – over new contracts forcing council workers earning more than £17,500 to take a pay cut of up to 5.5%. Bin and toll collectors, parking officers, street cleaners and library staff have all been on strike during the past three months. Details of contracts and pay should not be an issue at a company which uses hours calculation, absence planning and payroll Time and Attendance software and systems from Tensor. Our most comprehensive systems, WinTA Enterprise and WinTAnet, can supply working rules to calculate the correct result in matters of flexitime, night shifts, overtime and annual contracts. Work patterns are a combination of daily rules that are either a repeating pattern of shifts or a list of alternative rules. Here, WinTA will predict the most appropriate shift depending on when an employee starts work.
Durable gates keep out trespassers and offer safety in a power failure
British Transport Police (BTP) said patrols are being increased to keep young people off railway lines. The problems are especially bad in the West Midlands and for this reason one station in the area (at Yate) has had eight security cameras installed following a spate of vandalism. BTP added that last year, between August 1 and September 30, 82 offences were recorded with the majority being for trespass. A spokesman said the school summer holidays traditionally coincided with a rise in trespassing. Tensor can stop trespassers gaining entry to your site with our range of access control, gate and barrier technology. Tensor’s high quality, durable gates offer reliable performance in the most demanding environments. Ideal for controlling vehicle access to and from your site, Tensor’s gates are quick to respond to the user’s instructions and they follow strict security standards. All gates include a manual override facility preventing closure on a pedestrian or vehicle as well as offering safety in a power failure.
Employees can be allocated different absence entitlements using HR network
Half of all working mothers could be taking cuts in their maternity pay if proposed changes to parental leave are implemented. The TUC gave this warning in its submission to a Government consultation on proposals to allow mothers and fathers to share parental leave. The TUC is worried that mothers could lose out financially if the current 52-week statutory maternity leave is replaced by an 18-week period of designated leave for mothers, after which time at home can be shared between parents. All pay scales and payroll issues are covered at your business if you invest in a Tensor WinTAnet time & attendance system. The cutting edge multi-lingual network can dramatically improve your HR management. It can handle different overtime rates and night shift working, and can insert unpaid breaks if employees do not clock them. Graphical calendar charts provide a colourful way of viewing an individual's or a department's absence records. Each employee can be allocated different entitlements for absence such as annual leave or allowed sickness.
Stand alone or integrated barriers prevent unauthorised access to sites
Reports included scores of youths rampaging through a shopping area asfurther looting and rioting spread across England. The violence began in London before the weekend but has continued into the early part of this week. An extra 1,700 police officers were deployed in London, where shops were looted and buildings were set alight. Locations like Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol also saw violence. More than 69 people have been charged with various offences. Ranging from visitor control and access control systems to CCTV cameras, gates, and turnstiles, Tensor can provide stand alone or fully integrated security for your retail or office building. Our smart card and biometric access control systems give you full jurisdiction over movement and access in and around your site. The key role of gates and barriers is to prevent unauthorised access whilst providing minimum inconvenience to those who do have authorised access to your site. The system gives full control over who is allowed access through any controlled point at any time of the day.
Business payroll system can accommodate flexitime and annual contracts
A senior union leader has warned the Government that talks aimed at averting strikes were now in "jeopardy". The criticism from Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, followed an expected announcement from ministers that public sector workers will have to pay up to £3,000 a year more to keep up their pension schemes. Mr Prentis added: "These talks are being put in jeopardy by the crude and naïve tactics of Government ministers who don't seem to understand the word negotiate." Tensor's ultimate Time & Attendance WinTAnet system combines the requirements of payroll, rostering, job costing and more for your business. It handles all major hours calculation methods, from simple determination of overtime by the number of daily hours worked to the more complex payment of overtime hours adjusted when periodic targets are not met. It can accommodate the formal flexitime contracts worked by many public sector employees. Workers paid on an annual contract basis can be handled by the annualised hours procedures and reports within WinTAnet.
Easily upgraded personnel software saves time and aids company planning
A football club will this weekend do the supporting for a change as it pledges allegiance to an ailing local train firm. Players of Derby County FC will go on the pitch against Birmingham City wearing T-shirts during the warm-up and workers at the firm Bombardier will carry a large banner on to the pitch. Children of Bombardier workers will be mascots at the match. Bombardier recently received a blow when the government said a rival bid offered tax-payers better value. The three versions of Tensor's Personnel Software will save you time and aid strategic planning at your organisation. Software is easily upgraded, allowing you to install a new version as and when your company grows in size. Tensor Personnel completely integrates with both the WinTA Lite and WinTA Enterprise time and attendance systems, but may also be used as a stand-alone application. The Intelligent Graphical Diary enables messages to be entered and viewed for selected users. Other features include a Letter Writer, including mailmerge functionality.