How much is absence costing your business?

How much is absence costing your business?

Date icon16 November 2018

According to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), unplanned absence costs UK businesses £29 billion a year. For private sector companies, this equates to £522 per employee on average, while it costs public sector organisations £835 per employee. This is undoubtedly significant in itself, but there’s more that businesses should consider than just the financial impact of team members missing work. This feature takes a closer look at what staff absenteeism really means.  Read More >>

How much is absence costing your business?

How much is absence costing your business?

Date icon26 October 2018

According to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), unplanned absence costs UK businesses £29 billion a year. For private sector companies, this equates to £522 per employee on average, while it costs public sector organisations £835 per employee. This is undoubtedly significant in itself, but there’s more that businesses should consider than just the financial impact of team members missing work.  Read More >>

Five signs you should upgrade your security

Five signs you should upgrade your security

Date icon01 October 2018

Your organisation works hard to stay at the forefront of your field, and there are few things more gratifying than to see that dedication rewarded by growth and advancement. Yet, alongside the passage of time, business progression can often render your building security less effective than it should be, which a developing company can ill-afford. If your access control system no longer seems to meet the needs of your organisation, it may only be a matter of time before a chink in the armour turns into a full-scale security lapse. Here are five signs you should look to upgrade your building security without delay.  Read More >>

Why you should integrate your security system

Why you should integrate your security system

Date icon01 October 2018

These days, there’s much more to building security than simply keeping the wrong people out. While access control is an essential consideration, in offering optimum business value, a system should include every aspect of your physical premises security, plus site visibility, staff and visitor management, and time and attendance functionality. Crucially, each of these systems should interact and communicate with the others, based on data in a central location.  Read More >>

University Security: Are you adequately prepared?

University Security: Are you adequately prepared?

Date icon03 August 2018

University can be a rite of passage and, for many young people, it’s the first time they find themselves living away from home. Safe and secure learning and living environments go a long way towards helping new students settle in and find their feet, so campus security should be a top priority for university administrators. Read More >>

Key trends: wireless access control in 2018

Key trends: wireless access control in 2018

Date icon19 July 2018

Assa Abloy a leading manufacturer of access control hardware, and an important partner of Touchstar ATC, has produced a detailed report on the current status of the wireless access control market. The report was produced in conjunction with IFSEC and we’ve highlighted some of the main findings. Read More >>

CCTV for SME

CCTV for SME's: More than basic security

Date icon29 May 2018

We’re always encouraging small and growing businesses to invest in CCTV, and with good reason: even former criminals vouchfor the effectiveness of video surveillance. But the latest cameras can be used for much more than just catching bad guys. Within this feature are a few applications for CCTV equipment that you might not have considered before. Read More >>

How will GDPR affect access control?

How will GDPR affect access control?

Date icon03 May 2018

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) – the next major shakeup to European Union (EU) data privacy laws – is set to come into full force on May 25, forcing businesses of all kinds to reassess their attitudes towards and processes around personal data.  Read More >>

CCTV in 2018: The biggest trends

CCTV in 2018: The biggest trends

Date icon04 April 2018

CCTV has long been a useful tool in the business owner’s battle against crime, but the technology’s users find themselves at a crossroads. In 2018, with purse strings tighter than ever, most are being forced to do more with less – minimising costs without weakening defences. Fortunately, this corporate security mainstay is evolving, and various new features and trends are helping organisations get the most from their CCTV investments Read More >>

CCTV

CCTV and the Human Rights Act

Date icon30 January 2018

CCTV is everywhere in the UK. Although accurate figures are hard to come by, some reports have estimated there to be almost six million cameras watching the population – roughly one for every 11 people. It’s not difficult to see why, as a security measure, CCTV is so popular: it’s cost-effective and it works. But the rapid spread of surveillance over the past ten years has caused many members of the public to question their rights to privacy. For any business considering CCTV, then, and those using it already, it’s crucial to understand the legal implications. And namely, how it fits within the Human Rights Act 1998.  Read More >>

5 essentials to protect your business from crime

5 essentials to protect your business from crime

Date icon20 December 2017

Although government figures suggest that crimes against businesses are falling in most areas, the tens of thousands of incidents still occurring show that companies still have plenty to fear. The threats go far beyond just theft as well; owners and workers across all industries are at risk of fraud, assaults and cybercrime too. So how do you go about keeping your business and the people within it safe?  Read More >>

Access control: More than just security

Access control: More than just security

Date icon23 November 2017

There are many ways in which one of our systems can protect your business from theft and unauthorised entry, and while this is the primary function, there is more to access control than just security. With the right solution in place, you stand to improve record-keeping, productivity and safety across your business - and in this article, we’ll explain how.  Read More >>

The Future Of Access Control

The Future Of Access Control

Date icon09 November 2017

The methods businesses use to keep their property and people safe have changed significantly over the years. New technologies are constantly making their way into security strategies, promising to deliver stronger and more efficient protection. The industry is in no way standing still either – the future is bright, with various exciting solutions and trends on the horizon. Read More >>

The Top 5 Benefits of Access Control Systems  

The Top 5 Benefits of Access Control Systems  

Date icon06 November 2017

For decades, access control systems were considered a security tool that let authorised personnel enter a building or area. While many people still think of access control in these terms, advanced access control systems boast a variety of tools and benefits that are often overlooked.  Read More >>

Access control failings and how to prevent them

Access control failings and how to prevent them

Date icon29 September 2017

As much as we’d all like to fully trust those around us, there will always be some people who have malicious intentions – so you need to protect your premises. The key is to invest wisely in security, and more specifically, access control. Even when you have security in mind, though, there are pitfalls to consider; pitfalls that many organisations are still falling foul of today. This feature highlights some of the most obvious failings, and a few tips on how to avoid them.  Read More >>

Managing visitor access to your building

Managing visitor access to your building

Date icon04 August 2017

While the internet has undoubtedly revolutionised business communication, most companies still need to welcome visitors to their premises regularly - whether for important meetings or just introductory tours of the office. As such, visitor access – and managing it effectively – is still a major consideration for managers across all industries. Thankfully, the task is made easier by the host of innovative access control technologies available, each one built to address the various security challenges faced by your business.  Read More >>

Ongoing support – How we can help you

Ongoing support – How we can help you

Date icon25 July 2017

Implementing a new access control system is no small step. Choose the right setup though, and you’ll be reaping the rewards in no time. TouchStar is committed to ensuring its customers get the most from their investments, and as part of that we offer a range of ongoing support through our online portal. Our job is in no way done once the initial installation is complete; we’ll be there by your side to prevent and fix problems, advise and update for as long as you need us. Read More >>

What happens during your site survey?

What happens during your site survey?

Date icon09 June 2017

To find the best security solution for your business, TouchStar undertakes a detailed site survey to find out what you’re looking to achieve, how well your current system works and your future business plans.  Read More >>

Ensuring your access control system is user-friendly

Ensuring your access control system is user-friendly

Date icon19 May 2017

If you’re to get the most from your access control investment, you need to ensure that as well as being secure, your set-up is user-friendly. Consider things such as tuition, freedom of access and scalability for the future.  Read More >>

Security in education: Keeping students and staff safe

Security in education: Keeping students and staff safe

Date icon05 May 2017

The safety of students and staff is a primary concern in the education sector and now innovative and easy-to-use technologies are making monitoring and controlling complex premises of all sizes straightforward and cost-effective. Read More >>

Understanding Internet Protocol technology

Date icon20 April 2017

Internet Protocol (IP) technology offers advanced security solutions which provide greater convenience and better protection than ever before. Here we look at the benefits and the ways forward in the future.  Read More >>

Microtrak Evolution: Security in the palm of your hand

Microtrak Evolution: Security in the palm of your hand

Date icon11 April 2017

Today’s businesses face all manner of security challenges. To achieve the ultimate peace of mind it pays to invest in a state-of-the-art, fully-featured access control system. One of the market’s leading solutions is TouchStar’s Microtrak Evolution software. Read More >>

How does Biometrics work?

How does Biometrics work?

Date icon02 March 2017

Biometric access control systems are becoming increasingly popular reading a person’s voice, retina or fingerprint to determine if they can be permitted entry. But how does the biometrics system works and what businesses are systems of this type most suited to? Read More >>

CCTV

The History of CCTV

Date icon13 February 2017

The CCTV systems that Touchstar ATC provide offer a wide-variety of modern technological advances. These include instant playback allowing people to instantly rewind and view footage in the event of an incident, round-the-clock monitoring with digital footage storage devices and zoom functions so cameras can focus in on suspicious activity.  Read More >>

Managing a security incident

Managing a security incident

Date icon26 January 2017

Have you considered how you would manage a security incident within your building? Depending on the industry you work in, the type of incident that you might encounter will differ, but we are talking about something sudden, unexpected, dangerous or distressing. There are several technology solutions that can help with managing an emergency situation.  Read More >>