Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Expandable access control system features a burglar alarm output for forced entry
A Police Federation spokesman said the disappearance of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) as well as conventional officers from one authority is the shape of things to come. The number of PCSOs has been reduced by 15 to 182, plus 230 officers are planned to go at Cleveland Police Authority. The spokesman said: "I do not want anyone to be under the illusion that this is the end of the story. There are more cuts in government funding in coming years." Tensor supplies comprehensive security protection for your business premises for a price lower than you may think. The T3510 Low Cost 4-Scanner Controller is the ultimate Smart Card Access Control system for doors, car park barriers and turnstiles. For just £395 you get one to four door access control – linked together you can control up to 128 doors from one PC. It holds details on up to 10,000 smart card holders. The expandable, upgradeable modular security system features a burglar alarm output for forced entry and email warnings and alerts.
Turnstiles offer improved security and extended flow capacity
Payments to local shops and businesses have been proposed as part of a council project to maintain public toilet provision. Where a pub, shop or other premises can open its ‘WC’ facilities to the public, the nearest local authority toilet at Highland Council would be shut down. The Scottish council wants to widen the project to save money on its bottom line. It currently spends more than £1.2m a year on its 115 public toilets. Tensor's turnstiles offer improved security and extended flow capacity as well as smart card and coin operating options, the latter raising much-needed revenue to keep the toilet open. Coupled with a set of smart cards, flow capacity is significantly increased compared with any swipe card system, as the card is read in under ¼ second and does not have to be removed from a wallet or purse. Without compromising the safety of those who use the turnstile, speed and reliability are provided even during rush hour periods. Also available as a double half height turnstile, your throughput can be doubled.
Durable clocking smart cards can be read an infinite number of times
A minister has slammed ‘cheerleading development officers’ and similar jobs not part of traditional 'front line local services, which have been calculated to make up a quarter of public services. Local Government Minister Bob Neill said: "These figures reveal the explosion in town hall jobs and bureaucracy under Labour and reinforce the need for some councils to start cutting out middle management." He continued that getting rid of these jobs “will ensure local authorities can protect front-line services." Does your organisation feel bloated or inefficient? Tensor’s time and attendance clocking networks can save your company money as our smart card operated systems offer the fastest throughput possible. All Tensor smart cards and key fobs use the same well-proven and reliable RF (Radio Frequency) reading technology. This gives a consistent read range which is unaffected by most external conditions. The factory encoded ID code cannot be duplicated, therefore it is very secure. Cards have no battery, thus usually can be read an infinite number of times.
Protect your vulnerable site with static or automatic bollards
Raiders have hit a church for a third time in as many months after taking advantage of the high black market prices for metal. Lead was stolen on all occasions. Property steward Ken Pennells arrived at the West London church to see the thieves had struck yet again. He said: “My reaction was unprintable. We're looking at improving security, CCTV cameras and things like that, we just didn't expect the thieves to come back so quickly.” CCTV tracking, secure sliding gates and barriers are just some of the securing devices Tensor can deliver to your organisation in order to protect your vulnerable site. Static or automatic bollards provide a genuine deterrent and the automatic ones fully integrate with our smart card and biometric access control systems. With a range of styles and designs, your bollards are available in any RAL colour as a special order at low prices. Our bollards have a range of uses, including protecting vulnerable points like corners of buildings or deterring ram-raiders.
Multi site time and attendance regime records unlimited employee details
Business Secretary Vince Cable said after business had been concluded on the £291 million sale of a steel plant: "Coming just over a year after the plant was mothballed, it is a tribute to both companies involved – Tata Steel and SSI. I welcome the return of steelmaking to this historic steel site later this year.” Mr Cable was referring to a deal which should secure 700 jobs following months of negotiations involving Thai company SSI and Tata Steel's Teesside Cast Products. If your company is expanding, moving to a new site or taking on workers, you need a comprehensive time and attendance payroll system which works over multiple sites. WinTA Enterprise is the multi-user, networked, multi-site Time and Attendance, system intended for larger companies. It can store up to 2000 employees on a single Time & Attendance clock, to which extra scanners may be attached for Access Control, Job Booking, and Job Costing. WinTA Enterprise operates both the T32xx and T256x clocking stations and can record employee details for an unlimited number of people.
Clocking system stores information on up to 1000 production or department jobs
It may seem strange for a profession to be recommended a pay rise of almost a quarter in these austere times, but that is the case for Scottish councillors according to an independent review of their salaries. The Scottish Local Authorities Remuneration Committee says their increased workload justifies the rise. The total pay bill would increase from about £22.8 million to £28.3 million per year. The report argued this sum must be seen in the context of councils’ £10.9 billion revenue budget. WinTA Lite is the latest in Tensor’s proven range of complete Windows™ based time and attendance products which meet your firm’s clocking and payroll requirements. The WinTA Lite software allows the creation of many daily working patterns, with either fixed or flexitime rules; plus overtime, and paid and unpaid breaks. WinTA Lite stores information on up to 1000 production or department jobs. Using a smart card or key fob, employees book time against these jobs to produce a fully costed analysis and breakdown of time spent on each one.
Minute by minute access control profiles customised to suit your business site
Forces in other parts of the world are following the lead of a business crime strategy which has won international praise. Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce will provide administrative support for a police-involved scheme which advises businesses on fighting crime. Scott Knowles, the Chamber's deputy chief executive, believes the public-private partnership is unique to Notts. He said: "It is absolutely crucial that firms do all they can to protect their premises, equipment, product holdings, staff and customers.” Tensor can aid firms realise that aim with our comprehensive choice of smart card access control, door and registration point control, visitor control and security devices. Access Control profiles are easily created or customised to suit your particular site, and can be varied minute-by-minute. An anti pass back facility limits the same card being used by more than one person, thus tightening control on who gains access to your premises. A near-real time graphical display shows doors being opened or closed, those with alarm status set and those with forced entry.
Elegant glass toilet turnstiles can cope with high traffic volumes
A council has come under fire for preventing people from using its town hall toilets at the same time as it persuaded more businesses to open up their own facilities. A sign warning people away from ‘spending a penny’ at the town hall was quickly taken down after the authority realised an employee had mistakenly banned people from entering. At the same time Ealing Council announced its Community Toilet Scheme has been extended to business premises in West Ealing. Councils and private companies can continue to employ toilet facilities for members of the public via the installation of coin operated Tensor Toilet Turnstiles. Glass Turnstiles will give you all the benefits of controlling access to your toilet facilities, yet fit seamlessly and elegantly into any high-status environment where appearance is equal to functionality. Allowing optimum pedestrian throughput in an elegant, sophisticated style, the glass turnstiles are an essential element for any lobby environment. They can cope with high traffic volumes and with severe operating conditions.
Personnel network will automatically assign correct shift to an employee
A Liberal Democrat amendment was agreed upon by Bolton Council in a tempestuous budget meeting where hundreds of public service jobs were cut. Cllr Roger Hayes, Lib Dem leader, put forward the amendment which included reducing the number of the Executive from 10 to seven, reducing members’ allowances by five to 10 per cent depending on responsibility, and going back to a slimmed down committee system. Other methods employed to slash £41 million from the budget included stopping the council’s Scene newspaper. Tensor's WinTA networked time and attendance systems and personnel software saves your organisation time and money. Employees clock in on the fastest throughput time available using their contactless smart cards at the clocking stations, at which they can book jobs and absences. The software can create multiple shift patterns available per day via the AutoSelect Groups function. The WinTA system will select the most appropriate shift depending on when an employee starts work. If you move an employee's shift, WinTA will automatically assign the correct shift to the employee.