Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Compact digital CCTV cameras can reduce thefts occurring at premises
Hundreds of passengers were delayed after cables were stolen which led to signal problems on Friday (November 18, 2011). The theft of copper cables near Hull caused delays to services from the start of the day between Hull, Doncaster and Selby. The charity organisation Crimestoppers is offering a reward of £1,000 for information about the theft. Furthermore, the Association of Train Operating Companies has called for tougher regulation of scrap metal sales. Tensor can install a comprehensive system to reduce or prevent thefts occurring at premises which are difficult to secure. Digital CCTV camera and recording systems using the best picture quality can be incorporated with PC-controlled access control door and barrier security networks. Digital CCTV Bullet Cameras are cameras mounted in a cylindrical casing that resembles a bullet. The casing makes them easy to install when pointing them in the right direction, and keeps the case compact. Their smaller size and inbuilt lens make them ideal for situations where space and price are paramount.
Smart cards can stay in a wallet to be scanned to ensure quicker throughput
A pub has installed a swipe card machine that can be used to dispense beer when it is busy. Landlord at the South Yorkshire establishment Dave Barron says measures are in place so that customers could not abuse the system and staff could monitor issues such as drunkenness. “The machine is in full view of staff at all times, and there’s also a method of blocking a particular card, so if anyone has had too much, we can block that card,” Mr Barron commented. All Tensor smart cards or key fobs for time & attendance and access control systems use the same well-proven RF (Radio Frequency) reading technology. This is much quicker than equivalent swipe card clocking technology – sometimes up 15 times faster. Smart cards from Tensor have no battery, thus theoretically they can be read an infinite number of times. Our most popular smart card is the T1305, and the RF technology means it can stay in a wallet or purse to be scanned, thus ensuring quicker throughput.
Lists of banned prison visitors are maintained and updated in real time
The chief inspector of prisons says an overcrowded jail is unsafe. Barlinnie is more than 50 per cent over capacity, which meant Brigadier Hugh Monro said it could not be regarded as “safe”. He has called for a review of the management of overall prisoner numbers and wants an explanation of why so many men who have not yet faced a trial are held in the Glasgow prison. “The prison has an operational limit for very good reasons,” he said. The Prison Pass easy to install computer based pass system from Tensor allows HM Prison Service Officers to quickly check the identity and monitor the movements of visitors. Using our tried and tested visitor control system, Prison Pass allows the pre-booking of legal representatives, contractors and inmate visitors with maximum speed and minimum fuss. Lists of banned individuals are maintained and updated in real time. The list is checked during registration and will immediately warn prison staff both visually and audibly (as an option).
Clocking system quickly identifies employees that are expected to be at work
A key Coalition member has accused some trade union leaders of being “hell bent” on strike action. The Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander said the Government would be soon contacting 2.5 million public sector workers to “explain to them” the latest improved pensions offer. Mr Alexander told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that the Government wanted to appeal directly to union members. The MP added of unions that “there are some who seem desperate, hell bent if you like, on strike action.” Accurate information about absenteeism and lateness is crucial for many businesses. Clocking experts Tensor offer the advanced WinTAnet Time and Attendance network. 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. As absence is booked and taken, the available remainder for each entitlement is updated. The system also quickly identifies missing employees that are expected to be at work.
Visitor management software makes issuing ID passes quick and cost effective
As the nation has just commemorated those who have given their lives in conflict, David Cameron has called metal theft, particularly from war memorials, “an absolutely sickening and disgusting crime”. The Prime Minister was commenting in the wake of Armistice Day, which is observed on November 11 each year, and which fell just before the weekend. The War Memorials Trust estimates one monument is vandalised per week for its bronze, copper or other metal. Tensor offers a range of devices and systems aimed at preventing thefts from occurring at your commercial premises. A Visitor Management System can combine a multitude of tasks while giving greater control over who is visiting your site. ID badges can be produced with varying degrees of security depending on the card printer and software, but all invariably use the same card production process. Tensor’s visitor management software makes the issuing of visitor passes a quick, easy and cost-effective process. It can print a full colour personalised pass in seconds.
Automatic bollards a trusted way to control access to restricted parking facilities
Men armed with a bladed weapon robbed a store of more than £10,000 in cash. The partially disguised trio entered a branch of Tesco Express in Aberdeen and threatened staff. No-one was hurt and investigating officer Det Insp Norman Stevenson said: “I want to offer our assurance to the community that the force is committed to identifying those responsible and to bringing them to justice.” The men were wearing dark coloured clothing including hooded tops. A huge range of access control devices can be purchased from Tensor to bolster security at your retail or office premises, including solutions for controlling vehicle access to road entry points. Automatic Bollards limit vehicle access to a specific location, and can easily be lowered when passage is authorised, typically within two to three seconds. They are constructed to completely stop the majority of vehicles. Tried and tested in a range of environments, automatic bollards are a trusted way to control access to restricted parking facilities and emergency routes.
Simple PC based attendance booking is ideal for a school
West Yorkshire teachers are staging a one-day strike over plans to turn their school into an academy. Staff at Prince Henry's Grammar School are walking out because they fear the change could affect their pay and conditions. Head teacher Janet Sheriff said there was “no intention whatsoever” of changing terms of employment. Ms Sheriff stated the academy move would ensure the school got “good value for money”. Unions have given notice that 64 teachers will take part in the strike action. WinTA PC Clock is a simple PC-based booking system from Tensor that requires no clocking stations and therefore is ideal for a school or college. PC Clock is also designed for companies where each employee has access to a PC. Pupils are simply presented with an input screen on their computer allowing them to ‘register’ or clock in and out. Tensor also supplies comprehensive automated smart card time and attendance clocking networks that report on employee absence, holiday entitlement and lateness.
Workers can use clocks to produce full breakdown of time spent on each job
Just two years ago the company was shedding staff as reeled during the recession, but now Jaguar Land Rover is taking on 1,000 jobs. The new positions are in support of the Midlands based firm's ambition to deliver “40 significant product actions over the next five years”. This may include new models or derivatives of existing cars. Tensor can add value to your firm with our automated smart card Time and Attendance clocking systems. Using a Tensor Smart Card and input device (keypad or barcode scanner), workers can book time against jobs to produce a fully costed analysis and breakdown of time spent on each job. Reports show jobs that are over budget or those approaching their budget limit. This information can also be exported to a spreadsheet. The new range of T32xx clocks, one of which is in the picture, actively communicate with the computer system when a person clocks. Real time communications provides you with the information as it occurs.
Workplace dermal fingerprint scanners provide irrefutable proof of identity
Goods worth at least £10,000 were stolen from a farm machinery retailer on Monday (November 7, 2011) night. Two trailers were taken and used to remove various items and tractor parts. Ian Robertson, service manager at the south coast Massey Ferguson agricultural dealership, said staff were angry at the disruption. Mr Robertson appealed for anybody who is offered the goods or who saw the two trailers being towed away last weekend to call the police. To ensure extra security at your premises, biometric technology – which measures unique human characteristics – can be added to a Tensor access control system to provide irrefutable proof of identity. Tensor has a range of dermal fingerprint scanners that read below the surface layer of skin down to the dermal layer where your true fingerprint resides. With biometrics implemented on an access control system, the employee is prompted to present their fingerprint to the scanner where it is matched to the one on file, typically within one second.