Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Access control system includes break glass for safe emergency exit
A gas blast destroyed a bungalow after stolen copper piping caused a leak. Luckily the dwelling was empty and the residents in the house next door somehow escaped injury. The blast blew the roof off during the night-time explosion. Police said of the Cambridgeshire property: “This incident shows how dangerous stealing copper pipes from homes can be. It is only sheer luck that the offender responsible, or the people living nearby, was not killed or seriously injured.” The latest .NET PC based Access Control system from Tensor includes door entry and exit devices that facilitate staff safety in an emergency. The T3512 is a one door Smart Card Access Control system that has everything you need for controlling access through a single door. It comprises a T3511 controller, WinACnet PC software, magnetic door release, push button for exit, break glass for emergency exit and 10 Smart Cards. The T3512 includes a Fire Roll Call from fire panel input and early warning LED’s.
Signature capture tablets used for visitor verification purposes at a site
A further education college had its licence suspended by the UK Border Agency following revelations of visa fraud involving foreign students. The Rayat London College suspended three members of staff after an investigation by the BBC. The broadcaster had looked into claims that students were offered help to cheat their way to degrees. After these allegations were made public the college was raided by the UK Border Agency at the end of last year. Tensor offers a computer based Visitor Management and Visitor Pass production system that will prevent visitors with fraudulent ID attempting to enter your site or building. The Visitor Management System (VMS) allows Signature Capture Tablets to 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 or as proof that the visitor or contractor has read and understood the site’s health and safety or security policies.
Workplace PC software produces four different pay bands in each shift
Sources close to a top soccer club today (March 9) say players have agreed wage cuts to lessen the impact of redundancies. In order to save the troubled club Rangers, leading players like Steven Naismith have already struck deals to take a 75 per cent cut. On Tuesday night administrator David Whitehouse said a failure to agree to certain clauses with players’ advisers had blocked the deal. The Scottish champions need to make savings of around £1m per month. User-definable working patterns, rosters and shifts are possible at your workplace thanks to Tensor’s time and attendance technology. The large fluorescent display of the T32xx clocking station makes it easy to confirm your clockings and check flexi-time hours. Overtime is easily monitored by the PC software with up to four different pay bands in each shift. Bands are selected based on the time and the number of hours worked. The T32xx works independently of the PC, if the computer is switched off or fails.
Control a single business entrance using real time monitoring of doors
Two people were arrested on Friday in connection with an armed robbery of a jewellery store. Police announced the pair – a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old youth – were detained in the London area overnight concerning the raid on the Francis Wain shop in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, a month ago. Staff had gone through a terrifying ordeal when a gang of armed robbers, one of whom was carrying a handgun and another wielding a sledgehammer, struck at the business. From one-door, one-clock systems to large communications networks, businesses can buy direct from manufacturers Tensor a variety of access control products. At the forefront of security solutions, Tensor’s products are Windows™ based and are suitable for any site size. You can decide at first to control a single entrance, and then your access control system can expand upwards. A smart card access control system from Tensor gives you real-time monitoring of doors and photographic recognition and checking of employees, visitors and contractors.
Clocking system shows when night workers are due a health assessment
An employment panel was told that a custody nurse made an allegation of bullying against an officer dealing with her absence levels. Ms Anna Hulse was part of a small team of 19 nurses at North Wales Police. The hearing – which was convening to reach a decision on her fitness to work – revealed that the bullying accusation was rejected after investigation, and meant Ms Hulse was able to go on claiming her £40,000 a year salary package for a year. Tensor knows that you will get the best out of your workforce if their hours and pay are properly regulated, monitored and conform to the law. Luckily, our automatic smart card operated WinTA time and attendance clocking systems do just that. Our clever WinTA software means management is pre-warned when applying a shift pattern that will result in a Working Time Regulations infringement. Standard reports show any instances when rest day rules have been broken and when night workers are due a health assessment.
PC logon device uses fingerprinting to securely authenticate identity
The suspected leader of a hacking ring has pleaded guilty to carrying out attacks on several companies. Hector Xavier Monsegur of ‘Lulzsec’ had been charged with conspiracy to engage in computer hacking, according to unsealed court papers. News agency sources suggest that the suspect had co-operated with the US government. Computing expert, Professor Alan Woodward, commented that Lulzsec had been quiet since the middle of 2011 following a well-documented attack on money handling organisation Paypal. Tensor is a leader in the field of Biometrics, or fingerprint matching technology, for corporate clients who wish to beef up their internal IT security. Our range of ‘plug and play’ biometric control scanners have revolutionised access control for your computer. The state-of-the-art technology means there is no need for external power cables or batteries, as it plugs directly into the USB port on your computer. The T4251 is ideal for use as a PC logon device, where a person’s name and fingerprint are used to securely authenticate a person's identity.
Turnstiles for commerical premises do not compromise on safety and security
Many businesses in the United Kingdom are joining schemes where they are asked to open their facilities free of charge to build up trade in town centres. They are then compensated for their services – payments can be anything from £600 up to £1,500 per annum. Mendip District Council is promoting a ‘share your toilet’ scheme as a means to cut costs. The council says it does not have to provide toilets, saying that they are “discretionary”. Tensor solves the problem of providing toilets for the community as our access control technology includes custom built Coin Operated Toilet Turnstiles. The mainly self-funding devices are manufactured from graded stainless steel for ease of cleaning and maintenance and are duty cycle rated for intensive use. The turnstile bodies have lockable lids to prevent unwanted access. Half height and full height turnstiles also prove to be an unbeatable solution for improving security at your company premises while not compromising the safety and security of those passing through it.
Bosses receive warning email notifications when staff late for work
Union bosses have disagreed over whether to strike during this summer’s Olympic Games. The TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said his organisation were “strong supporters”, adding: “This was reflected in the agreement we reached with London 2012 in 2008, which included proper procedures for the speedy resolution of any disputes should any arise during the games.” However Unite chief Len McCluskey said public sector cuts were so deep that targeting the Games would be justified as part of the anti-cuts campaign. Lateness Summary and Absence Summary are just some of the standard reports contained within a comprehensive WinTA workplace clocking recording system from Tensor plc. Accurate information about staff absenteeism and lateness is crucial for many businesses. WinTA provides this information through warning email notifications, SMS messaging direct to a supervisor’s mobile or via hardcopy reports. The WinTA software quickly shows at the touch of a button colour-coded charts that are the ideal way of viewing an individual’s or a shift’s absence records.
Durable skirts prevent pedestrians from walking under company automatic barrier
A bunch of car clampers have been sent to prison for a combined total of nearly eight years. The court heard the quintet, operating as the firm Midland Parking Contracts, intimidated drivers into parting with up to £335 to unclamp vehicles. Prosecutor Anthony Potter said victims included a disabled woman displaying a blue badge, adding: “It's difficult to put an accurate figure on the proceeds – we suggest a figure of up to £500,000, but it is very difficult to be specific.” Tensor offers barrier technology as a means of safely and securely controlling access to a car park or other exterior company property. Barrier Skirts are ideal for preventing pedestrians from walking underneath your automatic barrier. Not only suitable for automatic car park barriers, your barrier skirt can also be fitted to most manual barriers of varying boom lengths. Each barrier skirt is individually adjusted to neatly attach to your installed automatic barrier, ensuring exceptional durability and delivering longer lasting, problem-free operation.