Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
CCTV is the answer to police budget cuts
The 2010 general election followed by the likely period of hard decision making for the next government means tough decisions on spending cuts in order to tackle the massive national debt caused by excessive government spending and the bank bale-outs. All parties say they will not reduce police numbers but many police forces are already taking measures for the cuts to come. Like other public sector services the of members of the constabulary and their business managers are looking at ways of still providing public protection whilst cutting costs. West Midlands Police for example have streamlined and reorganised their back office systems to be more efficient and cut costs. Part of this includes installing a new Time & Attendance and Access Control system so that they know where officers and other resources are and where they can be deployed. Unlike almost all public sector IT systems, this one appears to have gone in on time and on budget! Business also need to form a greater partnership with the police and take their own proven measures to prevent themselves from being victims of crime. An integrated security system that combines the functions of CCTV, Access Control and Attendance Monitoring is a good start. Here, video clips digital CCTV cameras are tagged against attendance and access control time & date stamped transactions to provide an instant integrated security system that enables businesses to simply manage the 1st level of security themselves. Tensor plc designs, manufactures, installs and an perennially maintains CCTV and integrated security systems for industrial, commercial, and public sector sites across the UK. Our systems produce cost effective evidence quality CCTV and activity monitoring that is tailor-made to meet your requirements. Where we do not manufacture particular pieces of equipment, we used products manufactured by Panasonic, Samsung, Genie, Pelco, Dedicated Micros, Wavestore and many more. The BSIA (British Security Industry Association) has investigated the use of CCTV and access control systems within the public sector and says that the spending on CCTV and other security measures is worthwhile. They noted that CCTV images are frequently called upon in the criminal justice system to help secure prosecutions. Tensor PLC is a member of the BSIA so you can trust the reliability of our products and services. Security and surveillance CCTV and integrated security systems are available for indoor and outdoor environments – day and night.
How Tensor’s Time and Attendance helps beat pupil truancy
Tensor is helping pupils gain better attendance records at schools and beat truancy through its Time and Attendance technology. It is vital that children do not miss school, plus it is the legal duty as parents or guardians to ensure the regular and punctual attendance of their children at school. But partnering Tensor has made life easier for parents, teachers and pupils. Tensor’s Time and Attendance systems, incorporating Smart Cards, Key Fobs, or Fingerprint Biometrics, are suitable for any organisations, including schools. A product like WinTA handles all your Time & Attendance and security and software needs in one integrated security management System. It is so important to monitor pupils’ attendance. The time you have to prepare your child for his or her future is very important. Each year, there are just 190 statutory school days. If your child were to miss one day a week for their whole time at school, they would miss the equivalent of two years’ school! That would be like not starting school until you were 7 or leaving at 14. Tensor, whose equipment provides the fastest and safest method of recording attendance, have already installed systems in schools. For example, Holywell Middle School, based near Cranfield in Bedfordshire, educates pupils aged from 9 to 13 years old and needed to be able to account for staff as accurately as for the pupils. Schools are impressed by Tensor because elements like its Fire Roll Call can be integrated into the Attendance Monitoring system.
Tensor Club Personnel scores by computerising your sports club’s records
Are the manual personnel records for your sports club making your clubhouse or changing room bulge at the seams? As a former football and cricket official myself, I know how difficult it is to keep tabs of the squad. Who’s available, are they injured, what is their contact number, have they paid their weekly subs? Then Tensor Club Personnel scores a hat-trick – a simple-to-use and inexpensive way to computerise the existing manual personnel records for your sports club. With its comprehensive reporting on all personnel data, especially injuries, treatments and medicals, it handles a lot more than just storing personnel records. Tensor Club Personnel includes a user-friendly screen designer, enabling you to add additional tabs of data to existing screens so that you can create your own new screen layouts and data structures. This enables you to log vital information about player injuries, treatments and medicals as well as other criteria for complete personnel record monitoring. Club Personnel can handle all sizes of clubs and associations depending on the number of personnel records required to be held. To start with, you can install the "Small Business" version, which is designed for teams and organisations wanting to store up to 50 personnel records. It operates on a single PC and with a price tag of just £160, it is excellent value for money.
Better public toilets and how to finance them
The British Toilet Association (BTA) campaigns for better public toilets for all. The BTA says: "Our mission is to represent the interest and aspirations of ‘away from home’ toilet providers, suppliers and users of all types and to act as the catalyst for change in the pursuit of standards of excellence in all areas of public toilet provision and management.” The BTA ‘mission statement’ says that: Britain’s public toilets were once the envy of the world In recent years, significant number of public toilets have been closed down We need more and better toilets Let’s stop the rot Some providers of public toilets such as the W12 shopping complex in west London have installed toilet turnstiles to help defray the costs of providing public conveniences to those using their shops. The advantage of coin operated system supplied and installed by Tensor plc is that it is not only an income stream but also a better method of providing security at the same time. The BTA have produced a video about the thousands of hidden dangers in Britain’s washrooms. Log onto the web address www.britloos.co.uk to see it for yourself.
Berkshire manufacturer Coca Cola controversy over sick days label
It claimed employee absence was costing the UK’s economy almost £12bn-a-year in lost working days, so when the wording on a Coca-Cola branded drinks said "If you’ve had to use sick days because you’ve actually been sick, then you’re seriously missing out." It was bound to cause some controversy. The Glaceau Vitamin Water advert, which angered the Forum of Private Business, continued: "The trick is to stay perky and use sick days to just, not go in." Coca-Cola, – which has head and regional offices based in Uxbridge and Slough – said the advert was in no way meant as a serious recommendation. Timely arrival of employees for work is important for most employers, so if clocking in and out is important to you as an employer in the capital, and you need to keep on top of the matter of workers’ unauthorised sick days, the recent furore over Coca-Cola’s advertising campaign might make you think its about time you had a more user friendly method of registering employees hours. The good news if that a time and attendance and monitoring system from Tensor using its famous smart cards is available at a very low price, starting from only £1,495 plus VAT. This system can manage all your attendance (and absence) reporting. The smart cards allow employees take to using the system very quickly, good when using new technology. It includes a simple PC software package for monitoring working patterns, overtime, and job costing.
Tensor at the 2010 Home Office Scientific Development Branch Exhibition
The Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) series of events is the most significant police and security equipment exhibition in the UK. It has a well established international reputation. HOSDB 2010 is closed to the general public with all exhibitors and visitors approved to participate beforehand. Exhibitors are all vetted in advance of participating by the Home Office and visitors have a strict criteria applied to establish their eligibility to attend. HOSDB and their annual equipment exhibition have been developed to reflect the greater responsibilities of the organisation in a changing security climate. The strict criteria maintains a high quality of visitor to the event so that exhibitors can rest-easy in the knowledge that they can display products which may be considered sensitive if public visitors were permitted access. HOSDB 2010 is owned by the Home Office Scientific Development Branch and organised at FIVE, Farnborough on their behalf by A|D|S Group. International delegations to the event were organised and coordinated by UKTI DSO. The exhibition visitor’s include departmental representatives from police forces around the UK and Europe and all emergency services and government departments such as the Home Office, prison, customs and immigration services, government security and MoD departments. Ashley Smith, CEO of Tensor plc, was on hand to present the latest Tensor access control and security equipment as used by British Police and other Governmental departments. He told the Tensor reporter, “HOSDB 2010 has given us and our customers, from the UK and abroad, an opportunity to discuss customer requirements within a confidential environment”. International Delegations also attended the event to review the “best of breed” from the British security manufacturing industry.
NEW: The T3240BK
Housed in a stainless steel case, the rugged T3240BK can operate in a variety harsh of conditions, providing excellent reliability throughout rain, storms and heavy use. This makes it ideal for almost all outdoor environments, allowing you can rest assured that Tensor’s reliability and standards of manufacture will not let you down. The T3240BK combines all of the features of the T32xx, however, it is specifically designed for the tough life of outdoor time and attendance systems. So if you need a system that can cope with virtually anything you can throw at it, look no further than the "all new" T3240BK.
London Green500 Approval for Tensor
HeatingSave and its parent company Tensor plc have been appointed as approved suppliers to the London Green500 scheme that aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 1.5 million tonnes by 2010 – the equivalent to a saving of around £150 million in energy bills. The scheme provides London’s businesses with practical advice and support on how to reduce their carbon emissions. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, launched the London Green500 scheme saying that the current economic crisis was the right time to implement the campaign as a lot of money could be saved if businesses became more energy efficient. “In lean economic times, there are real financial savings to be made for businesses by becoming more energy efficient, helping them to remain competitive. This can often be done in really simple and cheap ways, and it is our job in City Hall to rally, support and publicly recognise organisations that want to do so“, said Johnson. HeatingSave’s intelligent heating and boiler management system is well placed to make a dent in the £150 million spend, already making a good start, for example, by reducing the fuel consumption of the Sea Cadets head office in Lambeth Road by over 50%. The HeatingSave computerised controller does this by learning a buildings “heat loss profile” and then applies this to its internal heat loss algorithm to use the least amount of energy to heat or cool a building. Other advanced techniques such as boiler load optimisation, dry cycling prevention, automatic occupancy detection, intelligent frost protection, outside temperature compensation and variable temperature patterning are employed; all linked back to a PC software package that no only shows graphs and statistics of the savings made, but also calculates the kWh usage and CO2 emissions produced on a daily basis. Typical cash savings are between 25% to 30%+. “We are vey pleased with the Green500 approval” said Matt Ellwood of HeatingSave, “this was only given after a full technical review by the London Development Agency of the HeatingSave system and examination of our other business credentials and accreditations“. Matt Ellwood further added “HeatingSave is being used by both public and private organisations to reduce their energy bills and can make a significant reduction in London’s CO2 emissions“. HeatingSave is already Government approved to make savings by the Carbon Trust, DEFRA and the Energy Savings Trust. Green 500
Tensor Apprentice wins top apprentice award
One of Tensors young apprentices, Chris Tinsley, has won a prominent national award for demonstrating huge potential on an apprenticeship scheme for electronic security manufacturers and installers. Chris is 20 years old and he fought off tough competition from across the UK to become a national winner in the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Apprentice Installer Awards 2009. He demonstrated that he has grasped the technical side of the equipment and that he continued dedication and enthusiasm for all jobs that are given to him. He is now in a position to provide training/advice to other engineers who are not as familiar with the Tensor products as him. Chris was guided into the industry after seeking a job that combined electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering. He is now a valued member of Tensor plc Operations Department.. Paul Summerfield, Tensor’s Installation Manager, said “Chris excels with his positive attitude, logical thinking and a desire to perform his role to the highest standard possible. He has a keenness to learn new skills on both the installation and maintenance side and he has received praise from several customers who have commented on what a pleasure it has been to deal with him.” Commenting on this year’s deserved winners John Bates, BSIA Chief Executive, added “Each year our winning apprentices demonstrate the commitment they are already making towards a successful career within the security industry. The BSIA is proud to acknowledge the contribution these apprentices make so early on in their careers to continue the high standards of the industry. Chris should be justifiably proud of his achievements.” Chris was presented with his award by Admiral the Lord West of Spithead, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State responsible for security and counter-terrorism at the Home Office at the Association’s annual luncheon on 15th July at the London Hilton, Park Lane.