Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
PC Clock requires no separate time and attendance network
Record numbers of primary school children skipped lessons without permission last year. The Department for Education has revealed that the number of primary age youngsters skipping class continues to rise. The figures show that primary pupils skipped 0.68 per cent of half days, up from 0.65% for the same terms in 2008/09, and 0.52% three years ago in 2006/07. The statistics suggest that 22,700 primary pupils missed class on a typical school day in 2009/10 through truancy, family holidays, illness and other reasons. Tensor makes life easier for parents, teachers and pupils in attaining better attendance records at school through its Time and Attendance technology. Tensor’s smart cards and software provides the fastest and safest method of recording attendance, while features like Fire Roll Call can be integrated into the attendance monitoring system to ensure the little ones are safe in an emergency. We even have a basic but tried-and-tested attendance system called PC Clock that requires no separate time and attendance network – pupils simply log on via a computer.
WinTA Net guarantees the safety and security of your employees
Six elderly people were injured in a fire at a residential home in the north west. Firefighters rescued five of the victims and five others were led to safety shortly before crews arrived. The Lancashire constabulary is treating the blaze as deliberate and are desperate for anyone with information to contact them, as one of the casualties was a 95-year-old woman who sustained third degree burns. WinTA Net is Tensor's world-class web enabled Time and Attendance and integrated Security Management System. Put simply – it's the best there is in the world at guaranteeing the safety and security of your employees. Tensor clocks and Access Control units are linked into your company's fire alarm system to trigger a fast, automated fire evacuation list. From the most basic "on site" reporting, to the individual tracking of employee's movement between fire zone/fire assembly points, Tensor's Fire Roll Call can be tailored to meet your safety requirements. It combines the requirements of time and attendance, access control, visitor control, identification, rostering and job costing.
Tensor security gives crime a ghost of a chance this Halloween
Police are urging the public to give criminals a ghost of a chance to strike this Halloween, which takes place on Sunday (October 31, as if you didn’t know). Officers warn that dark afternoons and evenings can provide extra cover for criminals seeking out empty homes to target. They say leaving a light on can keep burglars guessing on whether your home is occupied and encourage them to give it a wide berth. Recent research involving interviews with convicted burglars supports this simple tactic as an effective deterrent to thieves. Tensor security products will help banish crime on Halloween. As well as access control systems our affiliated company CCTV Surveillance supplies and maintains digital quality CCTV Surveillance, from one camera to an entire network. Your office or site is protected with Tensor Access, which controls your car park barriers, turnstiles, site entrance gates, electronic door locks, and almost any other electronic mechanism that powers a physical security device. There is seamless interfacing to our other systems of Attendance Monitoring, Visitor Control and Personnel.
Proximity read smart cards allow employees to quickly clock in and out
Jobs have been created for between 40 and 50 staff in a new catering block which cost a total of £5 million, three quarters of a million below its budget. The new centre at Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital replaces the former 1960s building and includes an advanced system of sensors and computer controlled ovens, cookers and kettles. Martin Cantor, catering project manager, said: “The food will be far more fresh than it is now. The biggest difference for patients is that they will be able to make their choice on the day.” The catering staff will be based on wards preparing the meals. Tensor is a leading provider of smart card and biometric systems and software – which is just the job for your job costing and HR requirements. Our proximity read smart card technology allows your employees to quickly clock in and out because the card or key fob can be read through any non-metallic items, while the time and attendance software accurately records attendances. Our time and attendance systems come with ten days of free helpdesk support to help ‘bed in’ your set-up.
Enterprise edition personnel system has no employee limits
Sandwell Council in Birmingham has defended its handling of an arts centre which has gone over budget. Council leader Darren Cooper said: “In the medium term financial plan, the council has allocated £1.5m for The Public per annum,” referring to the centre. “It is not anticipated that this will change in the next financial year. However, the council has yet to set its budget for 2011/12 and this allocation will be reviewed before the budget is finalised. In the past we have only given the management £1.1m. The £1m we currently get each year from the Arts Council is in addition to this.” Tensor is skilled and experienced in the world of human resources and time and attendance. Our personnel software offers everything you would expect from a personnel management system and many more additional features that will save time and aid strategic planning. There are three versions of Tensor Personnel currently available, the third being Enterprise – a multi-user, multi-site edition that has no employee limits. Click here for more details about our time and attendance hours calculation and budgeting systems.
Low cost T3512 one scanner system ideal for compact access control
CCTV released by South Wales Police shows how a staff member in a Llandaff store was threatened by a man and forced to hand over cash. Officers want to speak to a man who bought the same type of mask the robber was wearing. Although the masks are widely available, officers wish to eliminate this man from their enquiries. Llandaff councillor Kirsty Davies expressed concern for staff at the store because they are “quite young.” She added: “I just really think it’s horrendous for staff and maybe they need to get tighter security.” For small scale but top quality access control, the T3512 Low Cost One Scanner System is the solution. Installing a T3512 door access system is just the beginning to providing your organisation with a platform and route for installing other Tensor products such as digital CCTV. 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. The T3512 system comes with everything you need to start controlling door access right out of the box.
Employees can change shifts in advance with clocking software
Thousands of people attended a rally arranged by the Scottish Trades Union Congress in Edinburgh to demonstrate against public sector cuts. The protest was to highlight the UK government's fiscal tightening, which heralds the most stringent cuts since the Second World War and threatens thousands of public sector jobs. George Samson, of the Dundee Pensioners Forum, said: "We're here to defend public services. Pensioners depend on these services, and these cuts that are forthcoming are going to affect us adversely." Our smart card clocking and software recording systems are unsurpassed at collecting accurate and reliable time and attendance clocking data, which will aid your firm or organisation in becoming leaner, fitter and more profitable. There are numerous extra features that can be implemented on your time and attendance system to take into account diversity with working rules between different organisations. For example, in Auto Clockout employees are automatically clocked out at a certain time. The Shift Swapping function means that employees may have their shift for a particular day changed in advance.
Personalised smart cards available complete with photograph and company logo
Senior staff fear redundancies at Central Scotland Police are unavoidable because of deep cuts to the force's budget. Plans have been drawn up for the potential loss of 80 civilian posts and 48 police officers. A recent spending review prepared by Chief Constable Kevin Smith outlined two scenarios – one with a 23 per cent cut in officer numbers if an old employment regulation can be used, and a reduction of 13% if it cannot. Unions are likely to strongly resist plans to lay off staff in a compulsory way. A variety of smart cards (including dual interface cards) can be used to operate both your Tensor access control and time and attendance system if you so require. All smart cards supplied by Tensor can be customised to fit in with your corporate identity. Dye sublimation printers are used to print high quality images onto adhesive labels for sticking onto your smart cards. This means that each employee at your organisation can have a personalised smart card complete with photograph and company logo.
Security audit trail shows if access granted or denied at any location
Four men have been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged housebreaking from a commercial premises north of the border. The arrests were made as part of an operation involving all police forces attempting to crack down upon those gaining unlawful access to Scottish business sites. Edinburgh is the scene of both the arrests and court appearances of the men. All access control software supplied by Tensor is packed with features allowing you to successfully implement and maintain a top level security system for your site, office or building. A range of equipment, devices and releases can be connected to your security network, which can be operated through your access control software, including: alarms and hooters, break glass buttons, door locks, door release buttons, and electro-magnetic door locks. An audit trail is generated showing who was granted or denied access at any location at any time. Standard features also include ‘Access Control Profiles’ where employees have an individual profile, customised to suit your particular site, which can be varied minute-by-minute.