Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Touch screen is optional feature on T32xx time station
The autumn spending review means like every other department which needs trimming, police numbers will fall. Strathclyde Police has already said it plans to cut 200 officer posts through early retirement as well as inviting all its civilian staff to apply for voluntary redundancy. This is the reason the union representing Scotland's police officers wants to meet politicians of all parties to discuss the imminent loss of thousands of officers before the Scottish government is due to publish its budget in November. Tensor, the leaders in smart card time and attendance recording, can help your business recover its balance sheet if it is set to lose resources. The Tensor T32xx time and security station is simply the best of its kind – an all-in-one, affordable, IP enabled, smart card time and attendance recording and security access control workstation. It incorporates job booking and costing, labour hours analysis and security management including quality CCTV playback. It has a 480 x 272 pixel colour LCD with video playback and it is possible to add a touch screen as an optional feature.
Attendance recording gives management easy view of multiple absences
In 2011 Wolverhampton City Council is facing a budget black hole of about £7.9 million – despite already making colossal savings. The finance department has started to draw up plans to cut £3.9m even before the government’s comprehensive spending review is revealed on October 20. Advertising and publicity budgets will be reduced by £26,000 per year. The controversial changes already implemented have seen the city’s tips close two days a week, while the price of hot food for the elderly and disabled has nearly doubled. A Tensor workplace time and attendance smart card recording network will save your employer on its personnel and payroll – ideal when you are looking at trimming the bottom line. The system has many advanced features: for example it is possible to view all information for an employee or a single department with the software. The Group Holiday Planner displays a whole year of absences at a time. This allows easy view of incidences of multiple absences, whether in the past or the future, making it an ideal management tool. Absence codes or colours are user definable with separate rules for each.
Smart card system controls almost any physical security mechanism
Government budget cuts should not mean that support for business security is neglected, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned. In its report, “Localism and tackling crimes against business”, the FSB said that nearly half of small businesses (46%) were not reporting crime as they didn’t think it would achieve anything. More than a third (34%) thought the police would not be able to succeed in prosecution and a quarter (25%) said they thought the police just would not be interested. Tensor access control technology, allied with other products we supply like surveillance cameras and visitor monitoring, is all your business needs to stay secure. Our smart card access control system will control your car park barriers, turnstiles and site entrances, or almost any other mechanism that provides physical security. Doors may be configured to lock automatically on burglar alarms; while there is the option of CCTV tracking of video clips showing evidence quality footage of forced entries, alarm events, or users of smart cards gaining access or being denied.
T1481 access control scanner provides a consistent read range
A police force whose jobs are under threat has achieved a dramatic drop in its crime figures. Between April and June this year there were nearly 2,500 fewer victims of crime in County Durham compared with the same period last year. At the same time detections were up from 31 to 42 per cent. The figures cover a period when talks began between Durham and Northumbria forces about a merger, because of huge cuts in public spending. Police numbers are only going one way, which is down, so ensure your site is secure and safe with Tensor smart card access control technology. T1481 Access Control Scanners are supplied ready to install and can operate across a cable or Ethernet network. They can also be mounted next to your barriers or turnstiles enabling you to quickly set up a security network. The T1481 uses RF (radio frequency) technology to read your smart card and grant access. Unaffected by most external conditions, this type of access control scanner is durable, resilient and provides a consistent read range.
WinTA Lite is just the job for expansion of smaller companies
A jobs policy initiative is at the heart of Ed Balls’ bid to become the Labour Party leader, as the contest winds up this week. Mr Balls said: "We need to do more to boost jobs, promote growth and get the economy moving again. That's why I have called for 100,000 more affordable homes to be built to tackle the housing shortage and create hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs." He added: "The best way to secure economic recovery and get the deficit down over time is to make sure more people are in work and paying taxes." Tensor personnel time and attendance software is fully customisable, enabling you to decide on the specific features that your organisation requires when it is expanding and taking on new jobs. WinTA Lite is the choice for smaller companies with less than 250 staff. A WinTA Lite time and attendance system comprises: WinTA Lite software installation CD, a T8440 Clocking Station, 50 smart cards, an extensive user manual, a serial cable for communications to a PC and ten days of free helpdesk support from date of purchase.
Security system controls access to 372 different areas of your site
Officers have warned raiders after a string of bookies have been targeted in the North East. Chief Insp Bob Ryan of Northumbria Police’s harm reduction unit said: “People are mistaken in thinking there are large quantities of cash lying around in bookmakers’ shops. Bookmakers employ cash minimisation practices which mean there is very little cash in the store at any one time.” He added: “This means that criminals who consider stealing from these premises and committing such a serious offence are risking long prison sentences for very little gain.” Security systems from Tensor provide a wide range of options. The Access suite of software is the latest in our proven range of Windows™ based access control products, from simple door and registration point control, through to a fully computerised global networked security system, including CCTV cameras to catch thieves in the act. The software can maintain control of doors, barriers and locks across a single or multi site network and can combine biometric access control with smart cards if required. The systems can control access to 372 different areas of your site.
Create secondary pay bands with time and attendance software
Prime Minister David Cameron took a 5% pay cut when he took office and earns £142,500; however research has found that almost 10,000 public sector employees earning a better salary than him. The BBC survey in collaboration with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that there were more than 38,000 public employees earning above £100,000, a subject about which Mr Cameron has already raised concerns. The PM and his cabinet took the 5% cut when they formed the government at a time of record deficits and a sluggish economy. You can create a wide range of pay rates, shifts and working patterns with Tensor time and attendance software. All time and attendance systems have a familiar Windows interface, providing quick and easy access to information. The working patterns can run past midnight, making night shifts simple to define. Additional features are available, which can be implemented to take into account diversity with pay scales. For instance Secondary Pay Bands, where certain pay bands pay into other bands either on a 1:1 basis or by using a multiplier.
Ten thousand smart card holders on one access control network
Scottish police force mergers to be discussed by a new committee set up by the government. The first meeting of the Scottish Policing Board is expected to examine the possibility of merging eight forces into three constabularies – or even one. It will consider a report from four deputy chief constables who have been studying the future of policing. Sources close to the group say the senior officers have not made any recommendations, but instead will ask for permission to undertake more detailed work on the cost of shutting existing forces. The future of policing is uncertain, and is time for your firm to audit its security features. Tensor is a market leader in providing smart card and biometric access control systems. The T351x range achieves the same standard of security throughout, catering for those who require access control, whether it be a single door up to a four door system controller. Starting from an incredibly low price of less than £150 for the controller and software, which represents the best door access security you can buy for the money. Up to 10,000 smart card holders can be accommodated on the network.
Producing management reports is easy with WinTA software
The country faced deep-rooted problems with its fragile economy, “massive” deficit and “dysfunctional” banking system, said Cabinet minister Vince Cable. In a London speech (his first since the coalition formed) the Business Secretary vowed to slash red tape, force banks to lend more to good businesses, and make it easier for universities and inventors to make their products commercial successes. Rather than “waving a chequebook” at firms, Mr Cable instead stressed that boosting skills and certain kinds of science or research were key to Britain’s future prosperity. Tensor is also a key factor in your company’s prosperity with its money-saving and efficiency-promoting Time and Attendance smart card and biometric time and attendance systems. For large and small offices or factories, your time and attendance system will accurately and reliably record your staff's clocking data, and can be effortlessly integrated with your preferred payroll software package. Designing your own reports is easy with the versatile WinTA software. Using a "drag and drop" interface, reports are quickly defined and you will find this feature a powerful management aid.