Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Business fire roll call software automatically prints evacuation list at a safe point
A fire which started near a supermarket is being treated by the authorities as arson. Four fire crews were needed to attend in East Anglia town King’s Lynn after two domestic outbuildings were set ablaze. The buildings were situated just 15 feet away from the store. A fire service spokesperson said the four crews were required because the fire threatened to spread to the supermarket. Police and a fire investigation officer were also called to the scene. Tensor's security and time clocking products can help your shop or business improve its emergency protocol since they can be integrated with fire roll call software that will automatically produce a report in the event of a fire. In such a situation, your immediate fire roll call reports are generated containing the crucial information concerning who of your employees are on site. Employees simply log themselves on and off site using either a smart card or key fob. An evacuation list is then printed at a safe pre-determined remote point.
Payroll system shows when night workers are due a health assessment
Member of Parliament Lyn Brown, who has campaigned for the living wage, has been criticised for recruiting an unpaid worker for her House of Commons office. She is looking for a voluntary worker to do jobs like conducting research. The living wage is an hourly salary rate which is higher than the minimum wage and that campaigners say is needed to allow a family to meet their basic needs. In London, where Ms Brown's constituency is, it is currently £8.30. Tensor’s Time & Attendance management systems meet all the personnel and payroll requirements at your workplace. WinTA handles all major hours calculation methods and contains special rules to accommodate flexitime and annual contracts. Settings are included to deal with different overtime rates. The system allows you to create a series of shift premium rules that enable employees to earn bonus payments under special circumstances. Standard reports show the average hours worked during any period by an employee and when night workers are due a health assessment.
Companies can improve security in WCs by installing access control toilet turnstiles
A 12-month community order and the completion of 60 hours of unpaid work was the punishment for a man in his 60s who defaced a public toilet. James Allen admitted in court causing the damage to the building. On seven different occasions between April 23 and June 7, staff at a Yorkshire railway station found the graffiti scrawled on the back of doors in the male toilets. Mr Allen was also ordered to pay compensation of £100 and £85 towards costs. Public and private companies can improve security at their toilet facilities by installing a Tensor toilet turnstile which features reliable, safe and efficient access control technology. The sturdy coin operated turnstiles deter potential criminals from wandering into the toilets since people now have to pay for the privilege. The turnstile bodies have lockable lids to prevent unwanted access and are securely mounted to the floor plate. Tensor’s turnstiles offer improved security and are available in a number of styles to suit the needs of your business and building.
Onsite automatic car park barriers can immediately recognise authorised personnel
Following a swoop involving uniformed and CID officers, police in north England found no evidence that any of the sites they investigated were involved in processing stolen scrap metal. Sergeant John McIntosh commented: “There have been 20 thefts of metal, mainly lead and copper, over the last 30 days in South Cumbria. We visited three sites in Barrow and we went through their records. This is a good result as it shows local firms are doing things correctly.” Automatic car park barriers, bollards and gates from Tensor are ideal security additions if your site or office has extensive outdoor space. Automatic barriers are the default choice for controlling your site's car park and road entry points. The barriers can also double up as a way of monitoring the number of vehicles passing through the control point. Suitable for both large and small premises, they can work in any weather, and are able to immediately recognise authorised personnel. Optional extras include a folding arm mechanism and an impact release mechanism.
Door security for larger companies can record unlimited number of employee details
Three workers at a warehouse in Lancashire were tied up by a gang of robbers who stole cigarettes. The staff were loading them into a vehicle at the depot in Blackburn for a morning delivery when a white Mercedes Sprinter van pulled up. Police said six to eight men masked men with Liverpool accents grabbed and tied up the men inside the warehouse. Detectives added the trio have been left incredibly shaken by the incident. Tensor Access Enterprise is a multi-user version, intended for implementing door security at larger companies and is a companion to our WinTA Enterprise time and attendance application. It includes extra software to enable you to easily add and edit profile settings to all registered hardware equipment attached to your company's network of Tensor equipment. Tensor Access Enterprise can operate a maximum of 372 scanners and record an unlimited number of employee details. This edition can also link to your Tensor Personnel Enterprise application, where it is able to share employee data.
World class clocking network extracts payroll information in exactly the correct format
Leaked documents show the average salary at the British Olympic Association (BOA) has risen by more than one-fifth during the past 12 months. Figures which have been leaked to the BBC demonstrated that the average pay of a member of staff at the BOA, which admitted earlier this year it was struggling to fund Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, has risen by more than £13,000. The average salary at the sporting body is now more than £75,000. For gold medal performance at dealing with your company’s payroll and clocking, look no further than Tensor's WinTAnet world-class web enabled Time & Attendance system. It handles all major hours calculation methods, including simple determination of overtime – whether the number of daily hours worked or the more complex payment of overtime hours adjusted when periodic targets are not met. Tensor is the leader in the field of exporting information to the payroll system. WinTAnet has a wide range of configuration options to extract payroll information in exactly the correct format.
Resilient coin operated toilet turnstiles an alternative if company staff cannot check lavatories
Included in a refurbishment of out-of-date Victorian station toilets are anti-vandalism materials. Train operator London Midland is bidding to tackle vandalism and other crimes head-on at Worcester station. Mike Hampson, London Midland’s head of facilities, said of the refurbishment plan: “When the works are complete London Midland anticipates a significantly improved environment for the benefit of our passengers and other station users.” Tensor's resilient coin operated toilet turnstiles are manufactured from graded stainless steel for ease of cleaning and maintenance. They can be a stand-alone access control device and are duty cycle rated for intensive use. They are ideal for rail and other companies who cannot afford to assign staff to the job of checking the lavatories at regular intervals. The turnstile bodies have lockable lids to prevent unwanted access and are securely mounted to the floor plate. If necessary 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.
Time management system emails alerts when employees are missing from work
Health bosses are putting forward an action plan to get workers to set an example over sickness levels and absenteeism. The health board serving the Swansea area said in a report: "As one of the largest employers across Bridgend, Neath, Port Talbot and Swansea – the ABM Health Board should be an exemplar of a public health practising organisation." Statistics for Swansea show the average number of working days or shifts lost through sickness absence was 12.9 days per annum. WinTA Net, Tensor's world-class web enabled Time & Attendance Management System, is the best there is for time and attendance absenteeism and lateness reporting. Accurate information about absenteeism and lateness is crucial for many businesses. WinTAnet provides this information through warning email notifications, SMS messaging direct to a supervisor's mobile or via hardcopy reports. The system quickly identifies missing employees that are expected to be at work and then informs you via automatic email reporting. Alerts via email are also given on factors like manning levels.
Time and attendance network handles all frequently used methods of hours calculation
Allowances for senior council officers at one authority will be limited to make savings of £34,000 from year two of the plan. There will be an allowance for the new ‘champion roles’ at Gloucestershire County Council, but this will be capped to ensure that overall the changes will save the equivalent of one cabinet member’s allowance (£17,599), increasing to two in future years. Council leader Mark Hawthorne said: "With less cabinet members and time-limited project champions, we will save money and still get the job done." Tensor’s WinTA time and attendance network handles all frequently used methods of hours calculation. WinTAnet can supply working rules to calculate the correct result. It contains special rules to accommodate the formal flexitime contracts worked by many public sector employees. Workers paid on an annual contract basis can be handled by the annualised hours procedures and reports within WinTAnet. A number of basic rules control how hours are calculated. These include settings to separate "worked time" into different overtime rates and to handle night shift working.