Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Tensor awarded certificate for high health and safety standards
Tensor plc has successfully passed accreditation this year for SAFEContractor, a leading scheme designed to help industry improve its safety record and which recognises high standards among UK contractors. Kate Smith, After Sales & Project Manager at Tensor plc, said: “This has confirmed that our health and safety policies are impeccable.” The SAFEContractor Certificate, awarded annually, can be used to demonstrate to clients the high standard of health and safety (H&S) the firm has attained and to reduce the burden of completing future prequalification questionnaires. Tensor was sent a letter of confirmation from SAFEContractor, based in Caerphilly in Wales. Among the following H&S topics that considered during the assessment were: H&S policy and training, and control of substances hazardous to health. It means Tensor is now listed on the website www.safecontractor.com as an approved contractor. The website is used by SAFEContractor’s clients to search for accredited contractors; and can be used by Tensor to search all approved contractors in order to find a suitable sub-contractor. The certificate is awarded for the following security services that Tensor performs: Access Control Systems installation and maintenance; CCTV installation and maintenance; Time and Attendance Systems installation and maintenance; and other work activity.
Tensor range of security products rival those at Disney World
Being a multinational corporation with huge numbers of visitors from all over the world filing through their gates, it is no surprise that Walt Disney World is serious about security. The measures the theme park employs include surveillance, identification cards, fingerprint readers at the turnstiles and routine bag-searches at each park entrance. Tensor plc does not have as high a profile (for now!) as the company Walt Disney and his brother Roy founded, but we believe our security products and technology as just as, if not more, effective. A CCTV camera from our company CCTV Surveillance Ltd you will find to be of the utmost quality when you purchase it, as we only use the top manufacturers. As we install and maintain the system ourselves you can expect only the best service. Or we provide a range of sophisticated time and attendance systems guaranteed to meet an employer’s clocking requirements. We also supply a combined time attendance and access control system. Furthermore there is a full stock of barriers, gates and turnstiles, which again can be integrated with the access control system to lock up a building or site tight.
Tensor products can help businesses with rising staff costs
The Government have just confirmed increases to the national minimum wage, which will see the adult rate rise to £5.93 an hour on October 1. The 13p rise was proposed by the previous Labour government, as well as a 9p hike in the rate for 18- to 20-year-olds to £4.92 and a 7p increase for 16- and 17-year-olds to £3.64. The Government added that the remit of the Low Pay Commission for making future recommendations will include paying particular attention to the competitiveness of small firms and the employment prospects of young people. Products from Tensor’s companies can help businesses whose staffing costs will go up this autumn when the minimum wage increase kicks in. The time and attendance smart card hardware and software will make the jobs of your payroll more efficient and simple, as well as being the quickest way for employees to clock in and out. Complex payment schemes can be used, based on factors such as the time of working to the grade of employee. The time and attendance system can be combined with a biometric access control system to give your firm a totally networked and integrated security regime.
Security technology helps police clamp down on anti-social behaviour
Police have reported that a crime clampdown campaign based on reinforcing front line resources is a resounding success in terms of results and public support. The force has identified reductions in almost every crime level in Fife, particularly in the area of public disorder where there was a down turn of 22 per cent. Offences also reduced in the areas of vandalism, which is down by 18 per cent and petty assaults, which is down by 13 per cent. It is not surprising that the report said that 85 per cent of the public surveyed want these operations to continue as they see crime shrink across the Scottish force area. Tensor plc can help drive crime downward with its range of security technology. Smart card based Access Control systems can control any door, plus any electronically-powered barrier such as a turnstile, gate or automatic bollard. The smart cards need not be removed from a wallet or purse to be used. The set-up can be used for a single door, so is affordable for anyone; or it can be ranged over a network of sites or buildings. Furthermore, state-of-the-art bespoke CCTV systems are available for purchase from our company to monitor and deter incidents of anti-social behaviour or vandalism.
Fight crime using door access control or surveillance
Scotland has proved that concerted efforts to fight crime are rewarded, and Tensor plc can play a full part. Councillor Paul Edie, the Edinburgh community safety leader, reacting to a 10 per cent drop in all recorded crime, said: "Often the fear of crime can be disproportionately higher than the actual reality and these figures show that police and the council are having great success in catching criminals." Cllr Edie, who also represents the Corstorphine/Murrayfield ward, added: "The eight per cent increase in crime in Corstorphine/Drumbrae/Gyle represents a relatively small numerical rise of 99 offences. I would like to reassure residents that it remains a low-crime area although we have to stay vigilant to try and reverse this trend." We offer security and access control products that are second to none. From door access control to barriers to surveillance systems, we have something for every wallet. In fact, the readers or scanners work with smart cards that stay in your wallet or purse meaning authorised personnel can gain entry in a quarter of a second – and that you just flash your wallet once when paying for the product! For details on CCTV surveillance cameras, please contact CCTV Surveillance Ltd via this link.
WinTA Lite will simplify jobs of small business payroll
The Office for National Statistics shows that the employment rate for the three months to April 2010 was 72.1 per cent, down 0.1 on the quarter. There was a small increase of 5,000 in the number of people in employment compared with the previous quarter to reach 28.86 million. Furthermore, the number of people unemployed for more than twelve months increased by 85,000 over the quarter to reach 772,000, the highest figure since the three months to April 1997. There were 5.2 unemployed people per vacancy, up 0.1 on the quarter. Fears remain this year about more job losses if some sort of ‘double dip recession’ materialises. By entering into a partnership with the time and attendance technology Tensor plc has at its command, your business will simplify the jobs of your payroll, meaning that both time and money is saved. Do not worry if you are a ‘small fish’. Our smart card clocking systems from Time and Attendance UK can be combined with software such as WinTA Lite (designed for smaller companies). This handles Time and Attendance, Working Time Directive, multiple shifts, flexi time and job costing.
Tensor products give you piece of mind on security
Tensor plc has a number of companies whose products offer a complete security service. If you are buying a property or premises in an area, there is now a mobile application that measures levels of anti-social behaviour at your current postcode (within England and Wales). The ‘app’ enables access to key local statistics and is available for iPhone and Android phones. Our services will give you piece of mind on the security of your building. Ideal for businesses is a simple-to-use, highly secure Access Control technology as a way of keeping access to areas or buildings under control, as well as monitoring who is present. It uses smart cards, where access readers can be hidden behind brick walls so they cannot be vandalised, but at the same time secure entry for authorised personnel. Other gates and barriers are available that can be controlled by the same set-up. The Tensor group also hosts a company that deals with evidence quality surveillance technology, CCTV Surveillance Ltd, the number one supplier and installer of CCTV systems for homes or offices. CCTV Surveillance is able to uniquely customise your CCTV installation, depending on the size of your site and budget.
Time and attendance clocking features can save jobs and money
The coalition government is looking to the public sector as one of the ways to blitz spending and reduce the huge deficit caused by the bail-out of the banks. The Scottish government, which currently gets all its funding from Westminster, has to decide how much it can afford to give councils. With this in mind, BBC Scotland approached all 32 councils in Scotland to ask about anticipated job losses, and ten Scottish local authorities replied they expect to cut 10,000 jobs between them over the next few years. The councils said they hoped the savings would happen through natural turnover, retirement and voluntary redundancy. Tensor has many sophisticated time and attendance products that can save time and money at your firm and would help minimise job cuts if you are feeling the pinch. Starting with a simple to use smart card clocking regime, there are numerous extra features that can be implemented on your time and attendance system. For example is Auto Clockout where employees are automatically clocked out at a certain time; or Secondary Pay Bands where certain pay bands pay into other bands either on a 1:1 basis or by using a multiplier.
Tensor time and attendance systems help employers in World Cup month
Don't lose your job over the World Cup – instead work with your employer for a solution if there is a big game on. Thousands of workers up and down the country will be trying to watch the World Cup, either at their desks, or worse, attempting to sneak off down the pub on the big screen without permission and risking a red card from their boss. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging employees to speak to their employers rather than just take a ‘sickie’. The FSB says employers may consider one of these options: Operating flexible working hours on match days; allowing regular short breaks; or authorising shift swaps with other employees. Luckily Tensor plc has the technology to help employers in this situation. The renowned security specialists’ sister company Time and Attendance UK has clocking systems that can deal with all sorts of shift patterns that arise during World Cup month. Our smart card technology allows your employees to quickly clock in and out, with the time and attendance software accurately recording attendances. The software also compensates for the recent changes to the Working Time Directive and related issues. Time and Attendance UK's systems are fully compatible with all working hours regulations and provide an easy and cost-effective solution to your clocking issues.