Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
WinTAnet warns via email of missing employees
Having a puff on company time could be stubbed out from next week in one part of eastern England. William Nunn, leader of Breckland council, which proposes that staff will not be paid in future for the time they take to have a cigarette, said: "We want to make sure this policy is fair for all, including those that don't smoke and don't take advantage of breaks out of the building.” He added: “We surveyed all of our staff and 75% responded and said we should get a policy through the authority which made it fair for all.” WinTA Net is Tensor's world-class web enabled Time & Attendance and integrated security management system. It handles all absence planning and entitlement management, as accurate information about absenteeism is crucial for many businesses and bodies. 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.
Contactless smart cards will not wear out unlike swipe readers
Milk and juice carton company Tetra Pak is set to close a depot in Wales, resulting in 150 jobs going. Rik Jacobs, Tetra Pak managing director for the UK and Ireland, said: "The decision to consult on Wrexham's future has been an extremely difficult one, but is necessary to ensure our continued competitiveness. If the proposal to close production in Wrexham goes forward, regrettably there will be significant restructuring and job losses." Mr Jacobs said if the closure went ahead it would offer "fair and equitable severance packages over and above the statutory requirements." If your firm is restructuring or moving you can benefit from efficiencies in your HR and overheads with Tensor time and attendance software and systems. The all-in-one system features job booking and job costing, while employees log in using smart cards. As there is no physical contact between the card and reader, neither will become worn-out by continuous use, unlike swipe readers. You can quickly find the details you need with the ability to sort on any column or perform a surname search at the touch of a button with the software.
Term time absences reduced via PC Clock for schools
Holiday companies have come under fire for charging significantly higher prices during the school holidays than at term time, giving parents little choice in some instances but to arrange breaks during lesson time. Staffordshire County Council has recognised the problem and has been running a deal with one holiday firm to address the issue. The county saw 136,500 term time absences in 2008/09, and now the authority hopes through the initiative, it can ensure family holidays are offered at the same price throughout the year to combat the problem. Term time absences can be reduced thanks to the easy to operate Tensor Time and Attendance clocking system which schools can use as an option which will not break their budget. Via the WinTA PC Clock software the easily-customised reports can be printed automatically at any given time of the day. PC Clock can be used for any number of users as long as they have access to a computer, which is where they book in and out, and there is no need for additional licences.
Access control hardware allows a building block approach to security
Police are in an urgent hunt for a group who attacked and mugged a student who has just started being a special constable. His assailants rifled through his pockets and stole his police ID card, wallet with £20 cash, his iPhone and cash cards. Police released pictures of three suspects wanted in connection with the robbery, which happened around Castle Street in Wolverhampton. Sc Simon Rooke, who is based at Bloxwich and who has only just started in the job, had been to a nightclub with friends and was trying to stop a fight outside. Surveillance digital CCTV camera and recording systems are simple additions to your Tensor hardware thanks to our clever and versatile smart card Access Control technology. The T351x range of hardware allows seamless interfacing to our other systems of Visitor Control. As the security network grows and requires more control points, further T3510 scanners are installed, working side by side within the same network. This “building block” approach is the most cost effective way to install Access Control.
WinTA keeps track of time worked in a year by an employee
Hundreds of thousands of commuters face a travel nightmare due to a 24-hour ‘Tube’ strike finishing next Monday, October 4 over planned cuts to London Underground. Rail Maritime and Transport union general secretary Bob Crow said: "RMT remains totally opposed to the planned Tube cuts which will have devastating consequences for passenger and staff safety. We now have the ludicrous situation where passenger groups are being consulted after London Underground have already begun bulldozing through their plans.” He continued: “That makes a mockery of the process and reinforces the union position that the cuts be halted to allow proper discussions and negotiations.” One of the top Tensor workplace smart card products is a fast, accurate and easy-to-use way of recording employees' hours of working and site security. Suitable for organisations employing just a few people, right up to large multinational, multisided businesses – WinTA handles all your Time and Attendance and security and software needs in one integrated management system. It is simple to keep track of time worked throughout the year by a particular employee with the advanced Annualised Hours feature.
WinTA Enterprise provides total control over working rules for large companies
West Midlands Police Chief Inspector Matt Markham responded to Birmingham MP Jack Dromey’s prediction that more than one thousand officers would be lost. Mr Markham would not confirm jobs were at risk and said the force could not comment on speculation. “We understand there will be challenges ahead but we are confident we will deal with them while continuing to protect the public and maintaining the high quality of service in the communities we serve,” he said. The force’s budget has been cut by £6.9m this year as part of Whitehall steps to reduce the UK’s debt. WinTA Enterprise is the flagship product of our proven range of Windows™ based smart card time and attendance products. It provides total control over working rules, access control and job costing intended for larger companies or bodies like police forces. WinTA Enterprise holds details for up to 2000 employees, including a photograph of each person, if required. Searching for the details of a particular employee is quick and easy, with the ability to sort on any column or perform a surname search at the touch of a button.
Tensor software activates your building warning system in an emergency
A Greater Manchester Fire Brigade Union spokesman has grave concerns about an order to hospital staff in the city that they must look for signs of a fire if an alarm triggers before dialling 999. Paul Fogerty said: "We've got great reservations about the policy not only around our members' safety, but also for the safety of the public we serve." Mr Fogerty said that the size of hospital buildings would make it difficult and potentially dangerous for a member of staff to establish whether there was a fire. Employees’ safety is paramount, and those at your workplace are in good hands with Tensor’s Fire Roll Call software. Your staff simply log themselves on and off site using either a smart card or key fob before assembling at their fire roll call point. In the event of an emergency, the fire roll call software announces the emergency while simultaneously activating your existing warning system. Instantaneous report generation of highly accurate attendance reports makes this software the best in the industry, and a must-have addition for any safety-conscious employer.
Biometric clocking unit has digital outputs to control locks and alarms
An adventure playground at a community farm has been hit by suspected arson. No one was inside the Bristol premises at the time, said the city farm, which added that the adventure playground building would be closed until further. City farm interim director Ariaf Hussain said: "This is a real setback for the farm. The adventure playground building is a significant community resource offering activities for toddler groups, youth clubs and adult learners.” He added: "The farm is just recovering from a tough couple of years." Tensor's security and Time and Attendance products safeguard your staff with fire roll call software. Employees simply log themselves on and off site on the Tensor T32xx clocking station using either a smart card or key fob in the event of a fire or other emergency. The T32xx Biometric Clocking Unit is equipped with biometric fingerprint technology, GPS auto location, 480 x 272 pixel colour LCD with digital outputs to control door locks, fire alarms, wall clocks, etc; plus digital inputs for door monitoring, and alarms.
Large colour display on T32xx clocking station makes job bookings simple
Controversial financial giant Royal Bank of Scotland announced in a statement this week it will be trimming 500 more investment banking jobs in the United Kingdom due to changing market conditions. State-rescued RBS has axed nearly 30,000 jobs since October 2008 when it was slammed by the global financial crisis, and the firm pays big bonuses despite it having to be bailed out by the government. It currently employs a total of about 160,000 people worldwide. Tensor and its associated companies are market leaders in providing smart card and biometric time and attendance systems which make your business more efficient. The large colour display on Tensor’s T32xx clocking station make it simple and easy for employees to confirm their clockings, check flexi-time hours or make job-booking transactions. Staff clock on and off using smart cards which do not have to be taken out of a wallet or purse, and provide the fastest throughput in time and attendance. Special blue smart cards are available which meet hygiene and health and safety regulations.