Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Pupils and teachers can benefit from simple PC time and attendance regime
A teacher who stayed away from school by forging doctor’s notes has avoided being sent to prison. It was revealed in court that Kulvinder Billan forged half a dozen notes and a letter from a doctor so he could avoid teaching at a school in Northampton. The court heard the 31-year-old had a substantial amount of time off sick during his first academic year of 2009/10 but he found it difficult to go back to school in the following year. Pupils, parents and teachers can benefit from a scaled-down time and attendance regime. PC Clock from Tensor is a simple PC based booking system ideal for schools or other organisations where each pupil or employee has access to a PC. The input screen books them ‘in’ and ‘out’ and has an Analysis Module used to calculate the necessary information for the EU Working Time Directive. Pupils are simply presented with an input screen on their PC allowing them to clock in and out.
Proximity read clocking smart cards have encoded ID that cannot be duplicated
Two southern England police authorities could face having to cope with redundancies after signing a merger agreement. A new combined unit will share and manage police data across the two forces, will be based in existing locations across Hampshire and Thames Valley. A police statement said: “The creation of the joint unit will reduce the total number of posts required to deliver information management for the two forces.” The new unit will involve “few, if any, redundancies.” Tensor proximity read smart card clocking methods can save your organisation resources and improve efficiency. The most popular T1305 Tensor Smart Card is the size of a standard credit card (thin and flexible enough to be carried in your wallet) and operates our time and attendance, access control and visitor monitoring systems. The product comes in two different colours, is very secure and is virtually foolproof. The reason is that the smart card microchip is a passive device which holds a unique factory encoded ID number that cannot be duplicated.
Site security network can configure doors to lock automatically on burglar alarms
A large amount of diesel stolen from two vehicles has been the latest in a series of recent fuel theft incidents. Thieves siphoned the substantial quantities of diesel from two trucks in east Surrey. Police believe the theft of fuel from a building site in Walton-on-Thames could be linked to this incident. Officers explained that as fuel becomes more expensive it becomes more attractive to thieves and urged all vehicle owners to take extra precautions. The access control software for all of Tensor Access door and site security systems has a familiar Windows™ interface, providing quick and easy access to information regarding potential breaches. A range of monitoring devices and releases can be connected to your security network, which can be operated through your access control software including: alarms and hooters, door release buttons, electro-magnetic door locks, fingerprint readers and scanners. The software can configure doors to lock automatically on burglar alarms. CCTV monitoring and barriers can be integrated for total security coverage.
Self service module allows workers to request leave via the internet
The BBC is planning to cut an estimated 2,000 jobs in order to trim one-fifth from its budget over the next five years. This follows the decision by the UK government to freeze the BBC licence fee for six years. Director of BBC News Helen Boaden announced there would be up to 800 post closures in news alone. That would be offset by the creation of new positions, meaning a total reduction in staff of between 550 and 650. Web enabled Time and Attendance systems from Tensor are unmatched on the market for comprehensive employee HR management. Our WinTAnet brings mobile and wireless technology based Time & Attendance for those employing 20 people to 10,000-plus, so it would suit large organisations like the BBC. Absenteeism and lateness reporting plus annualised hours and flexi patterns are just some of the advanced functions. An on-line Self Service module allows staff to check hours, request leave and other functions via internet, mobile or other communications.
Automatic barriers can operate alongside installed access control technology
A series of suspected arson attacks has probably permanently closed a community BMX bike track. The track in Wrexham cost £18,000 to complete, funded through grants and the local community council. Because the equipment was not insured the community council cannot afford to replace the burned wreckage. The track cost £11,000, mostly raised via grants, and the council added £7,000 for a site and soil survey, since it was on the site of a former tip. A Tensor security system for your premises can include automatic barriers and they are capable of operating alongside any installed access control or ticketing systems. All automatic car park barriers are supplied complete and are ready to accept power and data connections. Boom arms are available in a number of different lengths to suit various road widths. Optional extras include: a folding arm mechanism, impact release mechanism, hanging racks or barrier skirts and pedestals. Our experienced engineers can install each barrier, individually adjusting it to company specification.
HR management system accommodates flexitimepublic sector staff contracts
This week has been a case of ‘mind the pay gap’ after it was revealed Tube drivers will get £50,000 per year. London Underground (LU) says a new four-year wage deal negotiated with union leaders meant the pay of train drivers, currently around £46,000, will go over the £50,000 mark. Under the deal, LU staff will get a 5 per cent pay increase this year followed by RPI inflation plus 0.5% in the ensuing three years. Tensor’s WinTAnet Time & Attendance Management System combines the requirements of time and attendance, rostering and job costing, plus access control security. It can dramatically improve your HR management by supplying working rules to calculate the correct result. It contains special rules to accommodate the formal flexitime contracts worked by many public sector employees. WinTAnet will predict the most appropriate shift depending on when an employee starts work. Each type of pattern can be set up to override the normal pattern and use a specific shift on public holidays.
Workplace clocking stations can connect to a fire alarm panel to aid health and safety
Eight people were hurt after an explosion and fire caused devastation at an industrial estate in Surrey. Of the eight who received injuries, two are thought to have sustained serious burns. One of them was airlifted to a London hospital, while the others were taken to nearby hospitals. One witness Natalie Dugdale told Sky News she heard three explosions and could see "masses and masses of smoke". She said fire officers told her the blast was caused by recycled printer toner. Tensor smart card security and time and attendance scanning products can be integrated with fire roll call hardware and software that will aid health and safety at the workplace. The software will automatically generate a report in the event of a fire or other emergency. The reports are generated containing the crucial information concerning who is on site so every staff member onsite can be accounted for. Tensor’s T32xx clocking stations have hardware links that can connect to a fire alarm panel.
Advanced time and attendance product works with major payroll systems
The UK government is expected to respond fully within the next month to a report which says the railway industry could make annual savings of £1bn. The independent report pushes forward the use of machines to replace ticket offices currently provided and staffed by rail company employees. Rail consumer watchdog Passenger Focus said ticket machines were "second rate" compared to a staffed ticket office. The Department of Transport said it is reviewing staffing options. WinTA Enterprise is the flagship Windows™ based time and attendance product from Tensor. Its modular design can link to Tensor Access Enterprise and Tensor Personnel Enterprise. Powerful individual and group absence planners as well as comprehensive user-definable working patterns, rosters and annualised hours are just some of its advanced features. The Export to Payroll function links to Sage, Pegasus, Centrefile, Unipay and other systems. The T32xx Clocking Station works independently of the PC if the PC is switched off or fails and has digital outputs to control door locks, fire alarms and wall clocks.
Automatic number plate recognition technology can be added to business security
Officers from the Warwickshire and Leicestershire police forces mounted a joint operation and used automatic number plate recognition technology to catch a gang of criminals. As a result the men were arrested in a ‘sting’ to clamp down upon metal thefts and burglary along the A5 road, which runs through both counties. A variety of goods which were believed to have been stolen were recovered. Automatic number plate recognition technology can be incorporated into a Tensor access control, visitor control, barrier or digital CCTV system. There are now many methods available for businesses to monitor movement and access within a specific area. Completely upgradable, your network can be expanded quickly and easily by simply installing additional cameras. In addition, you are not restricted to the type of camera you wish to install as the CCTV software is able to support all cameras within our product range. Picture quality of a digital CCTV system is evidence quality and is far superior to that of an analogue system.