Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Access control software automatically generates report if fire occurs
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) from across the southern region gathered for a mass meeting in preparation for a protest march in the capital over job cuts. The FBU, which contains 700 members in Hampshire alone, met to discuss central funding cutbacks to the service. The FBU says the cuts will be the worst in living memory. Firefighters joined other public service workers for the mass rally which took place in London on Saturday, March 26. Tensor's security, visitor control and time and attendance products can be integrated with fire roll call software that will automatically generate a report in the event of a fire or other emergency. This represents the biggest priority for any safety-conscious employer. A typical two door access control application using a Smart Card reader to gain entry and exit has the advantage of recording who entered and who left the building, essential for accurate fire roll call. The ‘break glass’ units unlock the door from the inside in an emergency.
Single time clock can record employee details for up to 250 people
A new report is the first one to look into front-line policing. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary report, called Demanding Times, is designed to help forces compare their performance. It has been published in the wake of announcements from forces nationally about cuts to their budgets. For example, Devon and Cornwall said last month that it aims to save about £47m over four years, which could see 700 officer posts lost. Tensor’s Time and Attendance systems make it simple for businesses to manage their employees. During recessionary times, you might be employing fewer people but it is important those you do have are being utilised to the best possible effect. The first step in this efficiency drive should be to know when and where everyone is and are they available for work. Designed for smaller companies, Tensor’s WinTA Lite system operates a single time clock and can record employee details for up to 250 people. It handles Time and Attendance, Working Time Directive, multiple shifts, flexitime and job costing.
Tensor at the Home Office Scientific Development Branch 2011 Exhibition
Tensor had a stand at the Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) 2011 Exhibition, the UK’s premier platform for showcasing world leading public security applications and technologies. This was held from 22nd to 24th March 2011 in Farnborough, Hampshire. In partnership with the UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation, this exhibition is the UK’s only closed event for the engagement of UK and international police and security professionals with the pinnacle of the UK security industry. Tensor Chief Executive Ashley Smith said: “Once again, the HOSDB show was a fantastic event for Tensor, providing our company with many unique opportunities. Due to the secure nature of the HOSDB show, we were able to discuss the detailed security requirements of many public sector organisations and overseas equivalents, in strict confidence.” He continued: “Many attendees were delighted with the Tensor products demonstrated on the stand and how Tensor’s integrated security solutions can benefit their organisations.” Now in its 31st year, HOSDB 2011 involved more than 400 companies showcasing the latest specialist security products, technology and services. It focused on the Home Office priority areas such as Security & Counter Terrorism, Crime and Policing, Border Security and Immigration Control. Senior government and security officials hosted a series of workshops and briefings providing insight on key areas of government planning and strategy as well as information on current and future programmes. The event is attended by prior Home Office agreement only, enabling visitors to discuss requirements with the companies such as Tensor, who can demonstrate more sensitive equipment in confidence.
Built in security and integrity checks ensure clocking smart cards cannot be misread
Liverpool City Council leader Joe Anderson said of a new multi-million pound business and retail development on the city’s docks: "It will deliver a major boost to the city's economy." He added: "We have to turn down a lot of conferences and there are a lot of people asking for exhibition space alongside the conferences.” Mr Anderson said the waterfront complex, which could open within three years, would allow the city to compete with the rest of the UK. If your business is growing and moving offices, you need clocking and payroll expertise from Tensor’s smart card time and attendance systems. Contactless smart cards are used to operate your time and attendance systems. The smart card microchip is a passive device which holds a unique factory encoded ID number that cannot be duplicated, making it very secure indeed. As a smart card enters the clocking reader's electromagnetic field, it is automatically activated by the field's energy. Each ID number has built-in security and integrity checks ensuring that it cannot be misread.
Safe and durable parking posts can be colour coded for visual deterrent at a premises
A lorry crashed into a petrol station which had to be shut down as a result. Following an examination the premises was declared unsafe by Surrey County Council after it was hit by the lorry. Police said the kiosk in Godalming suffered widespread damage because the vehicle struck it and also an unoccupied car sitting on the forecourt. Officers confirmed the 63-year-old lorry driver was treated for minor injuries in hospital. Tensor can help improve both the security and safety aspects of your business premises using our posts, bollards and automatic car park barriers. Tensor’s automatic barriers are also capable of operating alongside any installed control or ticketing systems. Tough and durable parking posts can protect vulnerable corners of buildings as well as providing a physical barrier that can stop most types of vehicles. The posts can be used in any weather, and can also be colour-coded to suit your corporate identity at little or no extra cost, or in order to provide an additional visual deterrent.
Time and attendance system allows using a specific shift on public holidays
"Totally unacceptable" was the majority verdict of firefighters to a new set of rules which they claim will extend response times. "The results of the survey clearly indicate that the council leaders and service managers have got it wrong," said Surrey Fire Brigades Union (FBU) secretary Richard Jones after firefighters were consulted on Surrey Fire and Rescue Authority's draft plan to cut back night cover. “The proposals are totally unacceptable.” A spokesman for the Authority said it proposes "appropriate" cover over 24 hours. Comprehensive user-definable working patterns, rosters and shifts and individual and group absence planners are just some of the features in Tensor’s smart card and biometric Time & Attendance systems. Up to nine reason codes can also be stored in the easy to use clocking station. These allow clocking out for configurable reasons such as Dentist, Business or Smoking Break. The working patterns or shifts can be customised, with either fixed or flexitime rules plus features to override the normal pattern like using a specific shift on public holidays.
Access control graphical display shows doors which have had forced entry
Police are warning lorry drivers they should leave it to the morning to fill their tank when sleeping in vehicles because of the high number of fuel thefts. Sgt Kevin Chase, from the force intelligence bureau, said "simple steps" could be taken to prevent fuel being stolen. "Anti-siphoning devices and alarms for fuel tanks could also be used." Sgt Chase said the force recommended that buildings storing fuel be fitted with alarms and lighting improved. Tensor has a range of barrier devices, access control, visitor control and CCTV surveillance to make up an unrivalled package which secures your business premises. All supplied scanners, barriers, turnstiles, bollards, posts, pedestals, and fencing can be installed on your premises by our qualified engineers, all of whom are security vetted and Criminal Records Bureau checked. Barriers can be integrated with our smart card access control networks. These offer near real time graphical display which shows doors being opened or closed, those with an alarm status set and those which have had forced entry.
Digital video recorder triggered by movement to secure your site
Copper thefts have reached an all-time high and pose such a threat to Britain’s infrastructure that it is targeted as the second highest priority after terrorism, police have said. A Network Rail spokesman added that measures taken to prevent the robberies included remote movement CCTV. He remarked the crime wave is the worst it has ever been, and added: "We want compulsory registration for scrap dealers and the police to be given the power to close scrap yards using stolen material." Tensor can supply access control and CCTV to protect your vulnerable site. Digital CCTV is a PC-based, multi channel video surveillance system that utilises the most advanced compression technologies to bring you the highest picture quality and video performance. The CCTV footage generated by your camera network is recorded on a dedicated digital video recorder (DVR), 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.
Business fire roll call function executed directly from clocking stations
The need to save £8 million over the next four years has prompted Dorset, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue to discuss sharing resources. Chair of Devon and Somerset Fire Authority Mark Healey said of the plans: "This will not affect firefighters and back office services at that level, it is at senior management level and is about collaborative working between fire services.” He continued: “We find it an exciting move." Senior managers have met and given provisional approval to the proposals. Tensor's security and clocking products can be integrated with fire roll call software that will automatically generate a report in the event of a fire or other emergency. In such an evacuation situation, the instantaneous reports contain the crucial safety information concerning who is on site. Unlike most other systems, this function is executed directly from the clocking stations and does not rely on the controlling PC or computer infrastructure. The fire roll call software announces the emergency while simultaneously activating your existing warning system.