Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Employees can have different absence entitlements under human resources system
Some teachers have had to hand back holiday pay they were not entitled to receive. There had been a change in holiday payment arrangements and headteachers at all nine secondary and 64 primary schools affected in the Scottish Borders were emailed back in January with news of the changes. Nevertheless in some cases, classroom teachers did not receive the information. A second email was sent to schools in June to alert them, but again the warning did not reach everyone. Within hours of Tensor's WinTAnet Time and Attendance system being installed it can dramatically improve your human resources management. WinTAnet deals with all major hours calculation methods and can supply working rules to calculate the correct result on overtime, night shifts and other matters pertaining to staff wages and holidays. 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.
Smart card entry network includes speech output announcing security breaches
Around 160 properties remained without power the following morning because thieves tried to steal cables from a substation during the previous day. A statement from the power company UK Power Networks said it hoped the power would be back on to all those affected in the Cambridgeshire town of Wisbech by the end of the next day. All properties fed by the affected underground cables had to be checked before power could be switched back on. A Tensor security network featuring CCTV, gate and barrier technology can be integrated with our Smart Card Access Control system to control access at and monitor a site. It can be combined with the latest .NET PC based Access Control multi-lingual software to enable the easy setup of badge holders and security patterns. Quick activity analysis and reporting is possible, including email alerts and speech output announcing flagged arrivals and security breaches. Also included are a burglar alarm output for forced entry and remote monitoring via a modem.
Modem facility allows installation of access control system at a remote location
Thieves stole metal from a business park in Norfolk but sustained a tyre blow out. Burglars broke into the park near Fakenham at some time overnight between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. A large amount of scrap metal was taken including alloy wheels. The vehicle suffered a tyre blow out and the offenders had to abandon it on the A148 road. Security specialists Tensor provides a door entry Smart Card Access Control system that can include barriers, gates and visitor monitoring. The T3511 Door Access Controller can be linked to up to 128 other T3511s. The T3511 is the ideal way to start off small, but to have the flexibility to grow at a later date. This is so much better than installing a door controller that only operates as a ‘stand alone’ unit with no future expansion capability. The modem facility within the T3511 enables you to install a simple system at a remote graphical location where there is only power and a phone line.
No dead time is unnecessarily stored on business security digital video recorder
CCTV images have captured a man wanted by police in connection with a shop robbery. The man entered the shop in Skegness, in Lincolnshire, just before 10am on Friday. Police said the robber demanded a holdall be filled with gold chains, and escaped with a large quantity of goods. The man is described as being in his 20s, around 6ft tall, white, and of large, muscular build. Digital CCTV camera and recording systems from Tensor are affordable by small businesses too as a security boost. The CCTV footage generated by your camera network is recorded on a dedicated digital video recorder, which can be located either onsite or offsite. Triggered by motion detectors or movement on a CCTV camera, the DVR only records footage of activity so no ‘dead time’ is unnecessarily stored. A digital video recorder is able to achieve digital storage multiplexing across up to 16 channels in one standalone box, so all CCTV footage from your site can be recorded on a single unit.
Personnel network extracts payroll information in exactly the correct format
A key figure in education has recommended strike action for teachers about to fight pension changes. Member of the teaching union the Educational Institute of Scotland, Ronnie Smith, said pensions will cost more but pay out less. He added: "For hard-pressed teachers, the prospect of paying more of their salary into a pension scheme with the promise of working longer and getting far less at the end, just might be the straw that breaks the camel's back.” A major component of a Tensor Time and Attendance system is the ability to export information to the payroll system. Our WinTA Time & Attendance networks, including the class-leading WinTAnet, have a wide range of configuration options to extract payroll information in exactly the correct format. WinTA handles all major hours calculation methods and contains special rules to accommodate the formal flexitime contracts worked by many public sector employees. You are pre-warned when applying a shift pattern that will result in a Working Time Regulation infringement.
Door security hardware produces accurate fire roll call for safe work evacuation
Reports said that canisters were flung into the air following a massive fire at a battery recycling plant. Thankfully there were no reports of injuries. Fire crews remained at the site of the fire which began at an industrial site beside an airfield on Friday (August 26) in Hampshire. Glider pilots who had been flying from the airfield said they had witnessed canisters thrown into the air by explosions. Computerised security and personnel networks from Tensor can be integrated with fire roll call hardware and software to ensure safety at work 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, break glass and 10 Smart Cards. A T3511 can differentiate which Smart Card reader was used so you know who is left in the building. This is essential for producing an accurate fire roll call register.
Customer friendly half height turnstile ideal for controlling entry in reception and toilets
A town’s long wait for public toilets will come to an end after a five-year absence. The toilets at Barnard Castle, which date from Edwardian times, were closed because of their state of disrepair and problems with accessibility. The town’s residents and local officials have been calling to have the underground facilities re-opened ever since. Refurbishment on the Durham County Council scheme started last week and is expected to take about six weeks to complete. Tensor's turnstiles provide improved security and extend flow capacity while offering a coin operated option which is ideal for public toilet facilities. Coupled with a set of contactless smart cards in an access control set-up, flow capacity is significantly increased compared with any swipe card system, as the card is read in under ¼ of a second. Half Height Turnstiles are ideal for controlling access in environments such as reception areas, toilets, and libraries. They feature 304 or 316 grade stainless steel construction and are a customer-friendly alternative to full height turnstiles.
Office access control technology emails alarm messages when forced entry occurs
A 21-year-old’s four-month sentence for suggesting a riot was criticised as 'too lenient'. The case of David Glyn Jones was different to others where four-year jail terms were given for specific instructions issued of when and where to riot. Mr Jones, on the other hand, posted via Facebook a more general message for people to riot. However, Clwyd West assembly member Darren Millar said: "If you look at the destruction that was caused and could have been caused it seems quite a lenient sentence." Tensor provides security upgrades to offices or sites in the form of simple to use Access Control technology, software and systems. The WinACnet software emails alarm messages to a specified address when forced entries occur. Optionally a warning email can be sent if communications to the PC are lost. Free software upgrades to those with maintenance contracts means the system is always up to date. An audit trail showing who gained access (or was denied entry) is available at any location at any time.
Time and attendance system works with all of the major payroll packages
The details of large pay packets earned by thousands of temporary staff at a major company were accidentally revealed via email this week. A recruitment agency by error sent the information about Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) temps which showed they received up to £2,000 a day – which is the equivalent of £500,000 a year. This revelation comes at the same time as RBS is in the process of cutting thousands of permanent staff jobs. Tensor Time & Attendance systems are the best there is for handling all major hours calculation methods and payroll issues. Our systems, for example WinTAnet, combine the requirements of time and attendance, rostering and job costing. They include settings to deal with different overtime rates, night shift working and paid or unpaid breaks. A major requirement of any Time & Attendance system is the ability to export information to the payroll system. Tensor is the leader in this field and has worked with all of the major payroll packages.