Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Reliable contactless clocking and security smart cards allow consistent read range
On trial at a Southern-based rail company is a reusable smart card giving commuters an alternative to paper tickets. If the card is successful, it will be rolled out elsewhere. In September the card system will be trialled between Brighton and Seaford stations. Commuters will be able to use the card for season, single and return tickets when the trial starts in September. Rail bosses said there will be other innovations such as rail-bus tickets. Tensor smart cards or key fobs are used to operate our time and attendance clocking and access control security systems – they can be integrated so one card can be used to both clock in and gain entry. All Tensor contactless 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. In addition, Tensor can also provide smart card software, which gives you an easy way to professionally produce your own ID cards.
Keep out crime at a site with full control over access at door or road entry points
A 70-year-old man is believed to be the oldest arrested for being involved in the violence and looting that plagued London recently. Police have not named the man but have said he was held in connection with the theft from a shop in west London, on August 8, 2011. The individual was released after receiving a police caution. The Metropolitan Police said it had more than 20,000 hours of CCTV footage to review. Tensor can install a complete access control and security system to keep out crime at your business premises. Tensor's gates, barriers and turnstiles fully integrate with our smart card and biometric access control systems giving you full jurisdiction over movement and access in and around your site. A Tensor system can stop vehicles or personnel at the relevant barrier and disallow entry or exit until they identify themselves via their smart card and/or biometric fingerprint. The system gives full control over who is allowed access through any controlled door or road entry point.
Business time and attendance software allows user definable working patterns
There are worries the Welsh Government is not being quick enough to sort its plans for enterprise zones with fears those in England may attract businesses away from Wales. Conservative councillor Matt Wright, executive member for economic development at Flintshire, said: "We know that the economy is having difficulties… but if we don't push ahead and make decisions on these things, the jobs will go to England and other areas.” Some of the English zones are 10 miles from Flintshire's proposed site. Tensor can give a ‘shot in the arm’ to your business or enterprise with our unbeatable Time and Attendance software. Using the software you can view all time and attendance information for an employee or a single department. User-definable working patterns, rosters and shifts can be created with the multi-lingual system. The Group Holiday Planner displays a whole year of absences at a time. It allows easy view of incidences of multiple absences, whether in the past or the future, making it an ideal management tool.
Simple to use badge swipe verifies identity of a person visiting a prison
A man who fled overseas days before his trial has now failed to return to jail after being granted a weekend pass. Martin Evans had been an inmate at the category C prison in the West Country near Devizes after being sentenced. He had been extradited from the US. Before that he went on the run to Spain and Holland where he masterminded a drugs and money laundering operation, shipping at least £3m of ecstasy and cocaine into Britain. Tensor has adapted our tried and tested Visitor Pass system to provide a simple to use and tailor-made PC-based network for prisons. The Prison Pass is a low cost pass system for registering each visitor, both on and off site. At controlled monitor points, the visitor pass badge is simply swiped and a high quality digital image appears to the HM Prison Service Officers thus verifying that the correct person is passing through. Data can be stored for future reference or exported to other compatible databases.
Labour hours analysis package ideal for clocking at smaller companies
More than 2,000 businesses with fewer than 10 employees were surveyed by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), and many said they struggle to recruit the staff they desire. The BCC points out that these businesses generate one-fifth of private sector turnover in the UK. One in five firms plans to double staff numbers between now and 2015. Half say they find it difficult to recruit the right people, and they believe that rules around dismissal are “burdensome”. Designed for smaller companies, WinTA Lite is the latest in the proven Tensor range of Windows™ based time and attendance products, from simple collection of employees' clocking data, through to extensive analysis of labour hours. It can be connected to Tensor Access Control or Personnel systems. The package includes a WinTA Lite software installation CD, a T32xx Clocking Station, 50 Smart Cards (additional cards are available on request), a User Manual, a serial cable for communications to PC, and 12 months of free helpdesk support from the date of purchase.
Simple attendance recording system merely requires access to a computer
Many theories have been put forward during the past week as to why the riots took place, and some commentators blame a lack of discipline installed in young people through the home and schools. The Prime Minister yesterday mentioned schools that do set an example as he described how part of “the social fightback” involves what happens in the classroom. David Cameron said: “They provide an alternative to street culture by showing how anyone can get up and get on if they apply themselves.” Tensor can help with its WinTA PC Clock – a simple attendance recording system suitable for anywhere that each pupil has access to a computer. PC Clock's analysis module consists of a scaled-down version of Tensor's acclaimed WinTA Lite time and attendance software. In this case pupils are simply presented with an input screen on their PC allowing them to clock in and out. PC Clock can be used for any number of users and there is no need for additional licences.
Upgrade an analogue CCTV system to digital to better protect premises
A six square-metre display unit has been driven around in a city centre to catch more rioters. The mobile device – believed to be the first of its kind – shows dozens of CCTV images of trouble-makers and is circulating around Birmingham where some of the worst recent disorder has taken place. Total arrests connected with the riots across seven police forces were nearing the 3,000 mark by Monday (August 15) morning. If you already have an analogue CCTV system installed at your site, you may only require a simple upgrade of some of the elements on your network in order to adopt a Tensor digital CCTV system to better protect your premises. A Tensor digital CCTV system works extremely well as a standalone system, and can also be fully integrated with any previously installed Tensor access control or visitor monitoring equipment to provide a surveillance and security network that is second to none. Tensor retains membership of the British Security Industry Association among other accreditations.
Software predicts most appropriate shift depending on when an employee starts work
A city council said it will put an extra £1 million towards staff salaries so a pay cut can be marginally reduced. Southampton City Council has been in a protracted dispute with unions – who have rejected the new deal – over new contracts forcing council workers earning more than £17,500 to take a pay cut of up to 5.5%. Bin and toll collectors, parking officers, street cleaners and library staff have all been on strike during the past three months. Details of contracts and pay should not be an issue at a company which uses hours calculation, absence planning and payroll Time and Attendance software and systems from Tensor. Our most comprehensive systems, WinTA Enterprise and WinTAnet, can supply working rules to calculate the correct result in matters of flexitime, night shifts, overtime and annual contracts. Work patterns are a combination of daily rules that are either a repeating pattern of shifts or a list of alternative rules. Here, WinTA will predict the most appropriate shift depending on when an employee starts work.
Durable gates keep out trespassers and offer safety in a power failure
British Transport Police (BTP) said patrols are being increased to keep young people off railway lines. The problems are especially bad in the West Midlands and for this reason one station in the area (at Yate) has had eight security cameras installed following a spate of vandalism. BTP added that last year, between August 1 and September 30, 82 offences were recorded with the majority being for trespass. A spokesman said the school summer holidays traditionally coincided with a rise in trespassing. Tensor can stop trespassers gaining entry to your site with our range of access control, gate and barrier technology. Tensor’s high quality, durable gates offer reliable performance in the most demanding environments. Ideal for controlling vehicle access to and from your site, Tensor’s gates are quick to respond to the user’s instructions and they follow strict security standards. All gates include a manual override facility preventing closure on a pedestrian or vehicle as well as offering safety in a power failure.