Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Resilient smart card security regime runs even when cables are damaged
Mirroring the national trend over the past three decades, Nottinghamshire Police have reported a fall in crime figures for the Keyworth area. January's figures for the areas of Willoughby-on-the-Wolds, Keyworth, Tollerton and the Neville ward have dropped compared with the previous month. There were 31 crimes reported in December 2010 and the number fell to 22 last month. In Keyworth during the past month there were nine recorded crimes, compared with 14 the month before, including a shop theft. Tensor’s simple to use Access Control software, called WinACnet, creates alarm messages when predetermined actions take place, or if a forced entry occurs at your business premises. These alarms are immediately emailed to a specified address. The resilient system keeps running even when certain cables are cut or damaged or PC networks fail. Other features in the smart card operated security regime include sensor monitoring to detect forced entry; and an audit trail showing who has gained access (or has been denied) at any location at any time.
Automatic fire roll call generation ensures safety of your workforce
Eleven engines and 70 firefighters were required to bring under control a big fire which started in a restaurant building. The conflagration had begun in the kitchen area of the Glasgow premises, spreading quickly to the upper floors and roof. A family who lived above in a flat had to be rescued. A fire services spokesman added: "Due to the construction of these property types, hidden fire spread via enclosed voids and spaces, and they are notoriously difficult and dangerous for crew to tackle." 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. The report contains the crucial information concerning who is on site. As employees assemble at their fire roll call points, they use their smart cards or key fobs to record their presence. The automatic report generation of highly accurate attendance reports makes this a must-buy item for any employers concerned with the safety and welfare of their workforce.
Staff clocking station works independently of PC if it fails
Birmingham City Council is understood to be earmarking its museum and art gallery, above, for job cuts as it needs to save £75 million. Widely regarded as Britain's largest local authority, it plans to shed up 2,000 jobs, freeze staff pay and reduce services in this financial round, which is held to be a taste of cuts to come in council budgets nationwide. Council leader, Mike Whitby, said: "All the forecasts indicate the next few years will be tough. Quite simply we have to do more for less." A complete system for calculating wages, bonuses, pay and shifts is WinTA Enterprise, which is Tensor’s flagship Windows™ based time and attendance product for businesses. It provides total control over working rules, job costing and system security. The T32xx Clocking Station works independently of the PC, if the PC is switched off or fails. It has digital outputs to control door locks, fire alarms, wall clocks, and much more. Automatic fault reporting via the Internet is another one of its myriad features.
Single time clock records employee details for up to 250 people
The Managing Director of an expanding electronics firm explained why it is opening a new online sales and distribution centre, thus creating up to 60 jobs. Clive Murphy said the availability of the new building meant his firm Trojan was able to meet growing demand. The company, which specialises in the repair, refurbishment and recycling of consumer electronics products, is based in Gorseinon, Wales, and will also use the new depot in Swansea. Tensor can help your business grow, whether you need updating your personnel and clocking system or are moving sites. Our entry-level time and attendance system WinTA Lite operates a single time clock and can record employee details for up to 250 people. Job booking, job costing and labour hours analysis is included in the network, as are individual and group absence planners. Thanks to its modular design this particular time and attendance solution can also link to your Tensor access control application, where it is able to efficiently share employee data. For larger sites our WinTA Enterprise system fits the bill.
Clocking and payroll system handles overtime and bonus payments
Professor Stephen Soumerai, part of a research team looking into doctors’ pay, said of a bonus scheme introduced in 2004: "The programme's lack of effect may be explained in part by performance targets that were set too close to existing practice." It was found the system had no real impact on the treatment of high blood pressure. The researchers did not look at other parts of the bonus system, but their findings echoed concerns about whether the targets were ambitious enough as doctors hit them regularly. Tensor’s WinTA time and attendance systems provide the ultimate payroll solution as they enable the creation of a wide range of daily working patterns. The software exports to all popular payroll systems and can deal with fixed or flexitime rules, night shifts, overtime and bonus payments. Bands are selected based on the time and the number of hours worked. Employees use their contactless smart cards to book jobs at the clocking stations, which are also used to register attendance by clocking in and out.
Attendance reporting regime much quicker than older manual card based systems
An electrical giant will close its customer service centre in North Lanarkshire with the loss of 40 jobs. Employees of Comet who work in the service operations section have already been consulted. The company plans to centralise the posts at two distribution sites in Harlow and Skelmersdale further south in England. The firm's home delivery operation at the site in Scotland is not affected by the job losses. Comet said the move will enable them “to provide an improved and faster repair service for customers.” An all-in-one Time and Attendance system with job booking, costing and comprehensive user-definable working patterns, rosters and shifts is available from Tensor. Individual and group absence planners are of the many features of our WinTA software. Users can print reports created by themselves on any standard reports using a range of parameters, such as different dates, departments, groups or employees. This makes available information that would normally take hours or even days to produce with older manual card based systems or older DOS based computers.
T2002 stand alone two door access system is ideal for small sites
David Cameron defended himself during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons when Labour Rhondda MP Chris Bryant accused him of breaking an election promise to protect frontline services. Bryant revealed the cuts affecting South Wales Police, but the Prime Minister said of the force’s loss of 600 staff: “Next year they have to find a 5% cut that will take them back – not to some figure of the 1980s – [but] to the spending they had in 2007-08.” A Tensor Access System gives your company full control over who is allowed access through any controlled point at any time of any day. If you want the sophistication and speed of smart card control, but do not wish to use a PC, then the T2002 is for you. It is simple to programme and operate, easy to maintain, and has the capability of connecting with up to two Tensor T149x scanners to create a "stand alone" two-door system. The T2002 is ideal for remote barriers or small sites, and is perfect for a low profile security application.
Absence view software makes it simple to plan staff training and holiday dates
A technology group has been strongly criticised by a local government consultant for relocating to a cheaper labour market in Eastern Europe, while seeking to fund a new plant in the UK. Former Bridgend Council leader Jeff Jones said the decision by Bosch to put its 400,000 sq ft Miskin plant on the market in Wales for what sources said was £10m was “bonkers.” He added: “It really is absurd that they close a factory down in one part of the UK and then try to get taxpayers’ money in another part of the UK.” Personnel and clocking systems from Tensor offer all-in-one Time and Attendance recording facilities with job booking and job costing. Customised reports allow you to get the in time and attendance information you need to make on the spot personnel decisions. Our packages are tailored to the size of your business. For example, WinTA Start holds up to 50 employees’ details including a year-to-view absence planner. This shows absences for individuals or departments, making it simple to plan training and holiday dates.