Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
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.
Night shifts simple to define with WinTA personnel software
Jobs will be lost as a result of the £14 billion St Athan national defence training academy being axed as part of defence cuts. First Minister Carwyn Jones, answering questions in the assembly from Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams, said cutting the South Wales project was a "betrayal of the people of Wales," adding: "What is expensive is the seven years of work that we have put in here to working with the UK Government to the delivery of the defence training academy. It has been ripped out from underneath our feet – 4,000 jobs will be lost to Wales as a result.” The time and attendance software for all Tensor systems provides quick and easy access to information, which ensures you get the most out of your personnel. You can create a wide range of daily working patterns or shifts, with either fixed or flexitime rules with our state-of-the-art WinTA network. These can run past midnight, making night shifts simple to define. Overtime is easily monitored, and both paid and unpaid breaks are easy to define and calculate.
Durable Tensor key fobs can be read an infinite number of times
Police are chasing a three-strong gang who stole a sizeable four-figure sum during a weekend robbery in which a mobile phone was also stolen. The phone belonged to a male employee of a golf club in Surrey. The man had been restrained with cable ties, which luckily did not cause any serious injury to the victim. Members of the public can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with any information. A combination of robustness, accuracy and speed has placed our Tensor key fob access control systems at the forefront of secure, reliable access control systems. They operate using well-proven and reliable RF (Radio Frequency) technology, which gives a constant read range and is unaffected by most external conditions. It also means that there is no onboard battery, so theoretically, each key fob has an infinite life and can be read an infinite number of times. When placed within range of your access control scanner, the key fob will be read in under ½ second. It allows for fast throughput of employees, especially useful at peak periods.
Infra red detectors for all light conditions can be added to CCTV body cameras
DI Tudor Thomas said police are keen to speak to a man seen on CCTV footage walking with a young woman in the Cathays area of Cardiff before she was attacked. DI Thomas said: "We are keen to identify the individual on CCTV and we would ask him, or anyone who recognises him, to contact South Wales Police. This incident has left the young woman extremely upset and [she] describes it as the worst thing that has ever happened to her.” Tensor’s affiliated company CCTV Surveillance is able to use a range of technologies to give your organisation what it needs for effective digital CCTV camera protection, whether it is required for one or multiple sites. Infra red detectors, which are popular since they can see in all light conditions, can be added to digital CCTV body cameras. These evidence quality cameras require a lens to be attached to them and these generally have to be bought separately, but this allows you to choose the best lens for your needs.
Comforting matter that turnstiles generate revenue for maintenance
A tribunal decreed that employers could be in breach of the Human Rights Act if they prevented workers going to the lavatory. In a written ruling, the employment tribunal said that Mr Gavin Ruddick's quality of life had been "severely impaired". It decided that although the security industry was not subject to the law that requires workers to have a 20-minute break every six hours, it must do the "next best thing", such as allowing a number of shorter rest periods or one longer break. Ensure your industry is run within the provisions of the EU Working Time Directive, which says that most workers are due at least one break, with Tensor time and attendance technology. All our smart card clocking personnel systems are compliant with the Working Time Directive and other legislation. We also provide coin operated toilet turnstiles that enable public conveniences to be kept to a good standard and generate revenue for their general day to day maintenance. All of our rugged graded stainless steel turnstiles are supplied complete with a two year warranty.
Define multiple paid or unpaid breaks with multilingual clocking software
A leading defence contractor fears jobs will go in a number of sites due to defence spending cuts, which are set to be 8% of the overall budget. In a document seen by the BBC, BAE Systems is worried about the government's commitment to the Joint Strike Fighter project. The aft fuselage for every plane produced is being built in Lancashire, with 1,000 workers there involved, plus more defence-related contractors based in Manchester and Bolton. There is the threat of premature closure of the site at Woodford, in Greater Manchester with the end of Nimrod production. Tensor’s time and attendance WinTA comprehensive clocking software means you have total control over HR and payroll. You can define multiple paid or unpaid breaks and ask WinTA Start to insert breaks if an employee doesn't clock them. You can set breaks to activate between set times, and/or after a minimum number of hours have been worked. Security profiles and passwords limit users to specific areas of the multilingual software, which has a familiar Windows™ interface. Request a demonstration copy of the software so you can try it out for yourself.
T32xx clocking station provides fastest way of recording attendance
Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday revealed one of the outcomes of the first strategic defence and security review in 12 years: the UK's Harrier jump jets will be axed. One Harrier pilot, Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Kris Ward, asked the PM on his visit to the armed forces: "I have flown 140 odd missions in Afghanistan and I am now potentially facing unemployment. How am I supposed to feel about that sir?" Mr Cameron thanked him for "everything" he had done for his country, but the military advice was that "it was right to keep the Typhoon as the principal ground attack aircraft, working in Afghanistan at the moment." Smart Card and Biometric Time & Attendance and security systems from Tensor provide the fastest and safest method of recording attendance and will save your organisation money through increased efficiency. The large colour display on Tensor's T32xx clocking station makes it simple for employees to confirm their clockings, check flexi-time hours or make job-booking transactions. The T32xx has a user friendly, multilingual GUI (Graphical User Interface) with an illuminated keypad.
Access Lite entry control system has CCTV tracking option
Neighbourhood Insp Lisa Musgrove, of the Sunderland Neighbourhood Policing Team, commented that a robbery at William Hill bookmakers in Sunderland was an isolated incident. She said: “Thankfully the member of staff was not seriously injured. We’ve been following a number of lines of inquiry to find those responsible and are now releasing CCTV footage in the hope members of the public can help us.” She added: “We know that one of the men has Lidl shopping bags over his shoes but would ask anyone who may know the brand of clothing or where it could have been bought from to contact us.” CCTV is one of a number of security methods that can be employed in a Tensor Biometric and Smart Card access control system. With Tensor Access Lite and Tensor's T149x scanners, you can control most standard types of internal and external electronic, magnetic door releases and devices, making full use of location points, whether in full view or hidden out of sight. The optional CCTV tracking of video clips shows evidence quality footage of forced entries, alarm events, or users of smart cards gaining access or being denied.