Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Signature capture tablets store signatures of visitors and contractors at a site
Reducing surveillance camera time due to cost concerns in a Devon town has raised security fears. The District Council has said it cannot afford to continue providing off-peak CCTV camera coverage in Newton Abbot. The current budget of £47,000 will only cover the costs of live monitoring through weekday hours. It will cost almost as half again, a sum of £26,000, to provide the additional 22-plus hours for evening and weekends. Tensor can supply to a business effective Access Control, CCTV and Visitor Monitoring Systems (VMS) which can provide total security coverage. Unlike paper-based systems VMS provides accurate date and time stamped audit trail of visitors and contractors. 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 has read and understood the site’s security policies.
Human resources package includes Pay Reviewer projected salary expenditure
Pay at the executive level has been the most contentious issue hitting the headlines in the past few days. PM David Cameron at the weekend criticised the “casino-style economic boom” and “the people at the very top who filled their boots with bonuses”. To back up his strong words, the government is planning to take decisive action on excessive boardroom bonuses. Echoing the banking crisis fallout, Cameron said on the BBC: “Big rewards when people fail make people's blood boil.” Tensor’s personnel and time & attendance software is the culmination of over a decade of real world experience in the human resources sectors. Included within the package is software that ensures your company complies with the recent changes to the EU Working Time Directive. Fully customisable reports can be exported to a variety of formats including HTML and CSV, ideal for either printing or displaying within your company's intranet. The system even includes a Pay Reviewer including reports, projected pay increases and salary expenditure.
Tensor exhibiting at the Security and Policing 2012 event
Tensor will be exhibiting at the Security & Policing 2012 (formerly HOSDB) event in Farnborough from Tuesday 31st January 2012 to Thursday 2nd February 2012. A number of Tensor technical experts will be representing Tensor at the exhibition to advise and assist delegates with security related issues and matters. Tensor will be exhibiting with over 400 other companies attending this UK Government event which is the largest, police, security and National Resilience event in the UK. It provides a platform for showcasing world leading technologies, products and solutions to more than 570 institutions including police services, government departments and many other organisations and agencies from the UK and overseas. The event, which has been running for 30 years, is attended by Home Office agreement only, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to discuss security related operational requirements with exhibitors who can demonstrate more sensitive equipment in confidence. Tensor’s attendance at this prestigious event further confirms Tensor’s leading role in the Access Control and Security industry. The unique UK Government Zone brings together UK government agencies from all aspects of the policing and security sphere, creating a forum designed to tackle the threats posed by today’s security environment against a background of increasing financial pressure. For more information on the Security & Policing 2012 Exhibition, go to http://www.securityandpolicing.co.uk
Single time clock regime ensures company wages are paid on time
The head of a national football league said fresh sanctions would be imposed on Hearts FC if it continued to delay paying its players. The Scottish Premier League (SPL) ordered that the club’s December wages should be paid by January 11, 2012, while interest on all sums overdue from October, November and December wages must also be paid by that date. SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “Today's decision demonstrates how seriously the SPL take late payments of wages to players.” The WinTA Lite time and attendance system from Tensor will ensure wages are paid on time at your company. WinTA Lite operates a single time clock and can record employee details for up to 250 people. Tensor smart cards and key fobs can be used to operate your time and attendance system. The package includes: WinTA Lite software installation CD, T32xx Clocking Station, 50 Smart Cards (additional cards available on request), a User Manual, a Serial cable for communications to PC and 12 months of free helpdesk support from date of purchase.
Advanced payroll system shows when night workers are due a health assessment
Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show that a pay pot of more than £10 million has been awarded to 102 regional hospital staff. The money will go to management and senior clinicians at hospitals in the Black Country and Staffordshire every year. They represent half a per cent of the workforce of more than 21,000. Corporate affairs director at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust Dawn Clift said: “The vast majority of these high earners are our senior clinicians.” Tensor’s advanced Time & Attendance networks should be a New Year’s resolution for an organisation’s payroll department as they cope with all major hours calculation methods. Our range includes WinTAnet, which can determine overtime by the number of daily hours worked; as well as the more complex payment of overtime hours adjusted when periodic targets are not met. Its standard reports show: average hours worked during any period; instances when rest day rules have been broken; and when night workers are due a health assessment.
Corporate CCTV cameras can be viewed all through a single PC monitor
In-house surveillance footage showed a man carrying a knife thwarted in an attempted robbery by the store owner. The would-be thief tried his luck at a jewellery shop by suddenly grabbing an employee, and menacing both her and the owner. CCTV footage showed the attacker releasing the woman before he was chased out of the establishment by both of the brave members of staff. Essex Police say they need help from the public to track him down. Recent advances in technology means all sizes of business can benefit from a corporate crime-fighting Tensor digital CCTV system which is able to monitor movement and access within a specific area. Digital CCTV utilises the most advanced compression technologies to bring you the highest picture quality and video performance. Compared to analogue CCTV, a far greater number of CCTV cameras can be connected to your network and viewed, all through a single PC monitor. All digital CCTV systems supplied by Tensor are fully compliant with UK police requirements.
Workplace software deals with staff paid on an annual contract basis
London Underground (LU) has said it will not appeal against a judge’s decision, which means a Tube strike will proceed on Boxing Day. LU’s bid to halt the 24-hour walkout by drivers failed in court. LU’s management said they would not resort to the Court of Appeal to try to overturn the decision. Lawyers for LU had argued that the strike had a “false mandate” by extending the ballot to those people who were not rostered to work on the bank holiday. All facets of shifts, rostering and hours at work are dealt with by an automated Tensor Time and Attendance system. Our sophisticated software handles all major hours calculation methods, as well as job costing, absence planning and entitlement management. Workers paid on an annual contract basis can be handled by the annualised hours procedures and reports within the WinTA network. Settings are included to separate ‘worked time’ into different overtime rates, night shift working, unpaid and paid breaks, and more.
Unmanned reception security console for companies that do not have a front desk
Schools have had to spend nearly £100,000 on fences to stop vandalism. The fences and gates will be put up at seven schools where it is felt “enhanced security measures are necessary”. Swansea Council has asked central Welsh Government to fund the work, although it is more likely it will receive a maximum grant of £60,000. The incidents of vandalism have included lead ripped from roofs, damage to play equipment and smashed windows. Among the access control products offered by security experts Tensor is a Visitor Management System (VMS) which uses the latest PC technology. 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, so no mouse or keyboard is needed. Visitors with appointments can book themselves in and out and the back office can contact their host upon their arrival. This can be done manually or the host can be automatically notified by email.
Fire roll call software automatically generates a report in an emergency
It is feared that a massive fire at a business park which was raging today (Thursday, December 22) may not be totally extinguished until Christmas. Firefighters tackling the blaze in Lancashire have now contained the flames to one building, the fire service has announced. Officials are narrowing down where the fire could have broken out. Fire service official Paul Richardson said one of the buildings involved had been storing toilet paper, a “ready-made fuel for fire”. Tensor’s security and attendance products have staff safety in mind because they can be integrated with fire roll call software that will automatically generate a report in the event of a fire or other emergency. As employees assemble at their fire roll call points, they use their smart cards or key fobs to record their presence. If employees have not brought their cards or fobs with them, they can be checked off manually using the generated reports. The fire roll call function is executed directly from the clocking stations.