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Zoos are very busy places that require a high number of staff on site at most times of the day to oversee and care for the huge array of animals that situate there. With this, comes the demand for workforce management and access to restricted areas.

High security at zoos is vital not only for the safety of staff and visitors, but for the well-being and safety of the animals too. Access control systems and time and attendance systems can both guarantee high levels of security for zoos with a whole other range of benefits. This article explains how.

Access control systems for zoos

An access control system at a zoo can have huge safety benefits for members of staff, visitors and the animals. Our access control systems ensure that only authorised personnel are granted access into sensitive or restricted areas.

This is possible with our proximity card readers that are controlled only by authorised smart cards. It means that zookeepers and relevant staff members have a quick, easy and contactless entry into animal enclosures, making their lives easier when it is time to feed the animals or clean out their pens. Our smard cards are also completely Covid friendly, making your zoo a safe and hygienic place to work for members of staff. All proximity card readers are weather resistant, meaning they will work all year round and are dependable no matter the weather (or task).

Additionally, we offer facial recognition access control which offers very high matching speeds, accuracy, and level of security. It can be very easily integrated into a new or existing Tensor access control system, as it is fully supported by our software suite that is explained later in this article. The facial recognition access control system will allow quick and easy access within the building/through the door, and can even be used together with your existing smartcards for additional security. 

Our access control systems are the perfect solution for zoos to be in complete control of who has access to specific areas on site, while ensuring that visitors can not get into animal enclosures and animals can not escape. 

Zoos benefitting from time and attendance solutions

The beginning of this article highlighted the vast number of staff required to run a zoo efficiently in order to maintain high standards for the animals that call it home.

Our time and attendance system is a simple and easy solution to managing the large numbers of staff on site. Our biometric time and attendance systems, also known as fingerprint scanners, incorporate job costing, labour hours analysis and security management including quality CCTV playback. The state-of-the-art system will drastically improve your HR and security management with our advanced time and attendance software.

Clocking terminals allow members of staff to clock in and out of their shift using their smart cards, while simultaneously notifying employers with accurate clocking times. This is hugely beneficial from both an employers and an employee’s point-of-view. It allows managers to know exactly what time staff are clocking in and out – meaning they can easily check whether they are late or on time, but more importantly it means they can rest assured that each enclosure has been visited and at what time.

Software for managing a zoo workforce

We also provide unparalleled software for both access control and time and attendance that sync up with our hardware. Known as WinAC.NET, our access control software is a powerful and secure software platform integral to Tensor’s proven range of Windows based access control solutions. It allows users to easily control alarms, break glass buttons, door locks, door release buttons, fingerprint readers and CCTV cameras – giving zoo managers an overview of the zoo from the comfort of their office or even from home.

Alongside this, the impressive WinTA.NET time and attendance software gives you a detailed overview of staff clocking information along with other vital readings. Additionally, users have a web-based application available to them – the Self Service Module (SSM) – that allows employees to clock in or out of shifts and book themselves on or off the fire evacuation list via. mobile phone.

An employee can also use SSM to request new periods of absence, cancel pending absence requests, or cancel approved absence requests that have not yet occurred. Requests can also be made to add missed clockings, amend or delete clockings made in error. This enables employers to have all the required information about employees in one database.

If you are interested in more information on any of our access control or time and attendance systems, or if you would like to inquire about getting a quote for your zoo or other business, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our friendly sales team.


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