Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
WinTA PC Clock is easy PC for schools
Education Secretary Michael Gove faced a political storm when attempting to justify the cancellation of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. The minister was already under fire over the botched announcement covering more than 700 projects nationwide. Mr Gove has attracted particular ire over his axing of 26 school rebuilds in Merseyside, and admitted that these secondary school projects were among three areas nationwide to be hardest hit. Tensor’s unbeatable Windows™ based Time and Attendance systems include WinTA PC Clock, which is a simple PC-based clocking system ideal for a school or college and is EU Working Time Directive compliant. Employees are simply presented with an input screen on their PC allowing them to clock in and out. The analysis module within the package then performs all the calculations necessary to ensure compliance with both regional and national legislation. With many of the features of the acclaimed WinTA Lite software included in PC Clock, such as the holiday and absence planners, PC Clock remains the best product on the market for small-scale time and attendance monitoring; thus saving your school time and money when times are tight.
Maximise your staff resources with clocking system
A body which represents civil servants has announced concern about the Welsh government’s plans to lay off hundreds of staff. The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) spokesperson said: "We are concerned about the likely effects on workload and work-life balance for staff.” The government's economy office is to shed at least 250 jobs, or a quarter of total staff levels, in order to bolster the economic renewal programme recently outlined by the Deputy First Minister. The announcement is not directly linked to the UK government's spending cuts but unions expressed their worries about the size of the measures. Businesses worried about the implications of the difficult economic climate can cut their overheads through Tensor’s two dedicated time and attendance systems available, which will maximise efficiency. Operated by our contactless smart cards and key fobs, the system is guaranteed to meet your clocking requirements since it easily and accurately record your employees' clocking data. WinTA Lite is our entry-level system, and is ideal for smaller companies with fewer than 250 employees. For larger companies, WinTA Access Enterprise is the comprehensive choice as it can can store up to 2,000 employees on a single clock.
Two WINning ways to make your firm more efficient
Problems have occurred in a Welsh town due to new limited waiting zones forcing long-stay motorists to travel further up town to quiet areas to find a free space. Colwyn Bay Town Councillor, William Bagnall, forecast packed residential roads in the town on implementation of the new rules. He said: “The actual price of a ticket in the long-stay carpark on Lansdowne Road is under a pound a day if you have a season ticket. As that carpark is not fully utilised, if people are working in Colwyn Bay there is that. People should appreciate Colwyn Bay and the restrictions.” To avoid issues such as illegal parking on your site, Tensor can install a range of parking barriers which have the option of integrating into the company’s cutting-edge smart card access control networks. Each barrier mechanism is individually adjusted to meet your needs, ensuring exceptional durability and delivering longer lasting, problem-free operation. All automatic car park barriers are supplied complete and are ready to accept power and data connections. Boom arms are available in a number of different lengths to suit various road widths.
Tensor steps up security at your plant or site
SmartWater is an intelligent move from BT, as it is a form of dye which stays on the skin of the increasing number of those who are stealing copper wire from their telephone network. Bernie Auguste, head of security at BT Openreach, said: "From now on, any criminal who targets the BT network risks being invisibly tagged with SmartWater, meaning that the police can trace them, and any stolen cable or equipment, back to the scene of the crime.” Tensor can equip firms with an arsenal of visitor control, surveillance and access control technology to step up security at their plant, factory or site. Smart card operated access control systems are ideal for your office or factory, and can control most standard types of internal and external electronic door locks and releases, for companies with under 250 personnel to large multinational corporations. You are given total control over who is allowed access through any door on your access control network, at any time of the day. Maintenance contracts are available for support of digital CCTV systems and software, which can be added to the access control system.
Time and attendance systems make savings on staff
A plan to save millions in the police force seeks to introduce a voluntary redundancy package for officers who are on "light" or "restricted" duties following injury. It would need to be more lucrative than the sum officers would get if they were to take the pension entitled to them at that moment in time. But it would be less than the pension the force would be required to contribute to should the officer continue working in a back-office function until he or she had worked the 30 years required to claim a full pension. Tensor offers state of the art time and attendance systems, based on smart cards and fobs, which mean businesses or organisations make savings on payroll and staff. Since the cards are simply presented to the scanner and do not have to be swiped they will last longer, and dust and residue picked up from the working environment presents no risk of clogging the reader. Fingerprint scanners (as seen in the picture) can be added to your system to take care of more secure areas. Reports show jobs that are over budget or those approaching their budget limit.
Strictly good payroll software from Tensor
According to sources close to the hit television show, the BBC is reportedly revamping the pay structure for this year's 'Strictly Come Dancing' and will pay the competitors per dance. The change is being made to ensure that stars who are voted out in the early weeks do not receive huge one-off payments. Under the new system, celebrities who reach the final stages of the series could earn more than £100,000, while those voted off in the first or second weeks could dance away with as little as £10,000. Coping with different pay bands or with a complicated salary structure is easy with Tensor’s Time and Attendance payroll software, which is based on smart card clocking technology. This information can be exported in many forms to your existing payroll software. Among the features are Secondary Pay Bands, meaning certain pay bands pay into other bands either on a 1:1 basis or by using a multiplier. Additional features are available, which include Shift Premiums: here complex payment schemes are set up, based on factors such as the time of working to the grade of employee.
Tensor access readers transport security to another level
Government figures released this week revealed that crime on public transport is costing society £1.5 billion a year. This is the first time that such cost-of-crime figures, relating to public transport in England in 2006/07, have been published from the Department for Transport. They include all the consequences of crime, including health costs, court costs and preventative measures. There were more than 77,000 reported and recorded incidents of crime on rail, light rail and London Underground in England in 2006/07, plus unreported crimes bring the estimated total to nearly 197,000 – which excludes fare evasion. Tensor can aid transport and other companies, both large and small, with its range of top quality security devices. We manufacture, supply and install various smart card and biometric access control door entry systems which can control shutters, gates, turnstiles and virtually any other electronic barrier mechanism. A Windows™ based system, Tensor Access is modular in design, thus allowing you to build your access control system to match your specific requirements. Access readers can be located out of sight – even hidden behind brick walls – yet also providing secure entry for authorised personnel.
Tensor hardware protects offices or homes from burglars
We reveal some of the 10 worst places in the country for burglaries in the UK – in fact London, Burnley and Manchester top the hit list. Londoners have the highest risk of having their homes burgled, with 46.35 burglaries per 1000 people; runner-up Burnley has 24.63; and Manchester 23.76, although the Mancunian figures have gone down in the past decade. The area which has the lowest rate is Ceredigion in Wales, a tiny 2.84 burglaries per 1000 people. Tensor can provide some simple, cost-effective steps to protect your office or home from burglars. Our easy to use Access Control hardware is the most cost effective way for your business to protect its premises. The controllers can be networked together to create a powerful computer controlled security infrastructure. This provides a platform for installing other Tensor products such as Visitor Monitoring, Automatic Number Plate recognition and digital CCTV; as well as controlling all your doors, car park barriers and turnstiles. Evidence quality digital CCTV is ideal for both businesses and homes and can be customised to suit a range of needs and budget.
Smart card clocking accurately records pay to prevent disputes
Inequality of pay has been smoothed over by BT following the possibility of industrial action. The chief executive, Ian Livingston, saw his bonus more than triple last year, taking his total pay package, including shares, above £3m – while the workforce were initially offered a 2% pensionable pay rise from April 2010 and a 3% rise from January 2011. The union had previously demanded a 5% rise for 2010/11 alone. The company had also offered lump sum payments worth up to £500 for each team member but these have now been removed given the revised 3% terms agreed over 39 months. Using Tensor’s Time and Attendance computerised smart card clocking regime, however, your company can ensure all pay rates, shifts and other complicated wage matters are all streamlined and accurately recorded to prevent any disputes. With the software, among other features, you can view all time and attendance information for an employee or a single department; or 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.