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The access control manufacturer TDSi has launched the latest version of its TIMEgarde Time and Attendance software.  TIMEgarde version 4 offers support for lunch breaks, rolling shifts, real-time reporting and support for Windows 7 64-bit version.



The software is web-based and provides time and attendance logging against user-defined working patterns by using identification through automated access control systems. TDSi Managing Director, John Davies, said: “Featuring a powerful reporting tool, TIMEgarde gives you precisely the information that you need in an easy to understand format allowing you to maximise employee efficiency. The new version has been released to make it even easier to cater for the variations in working hours that are inevitable with modern work shifts and practices.”


The new version of the product allows users to specify fixed lunch break periods and durations (which can then be deducted from the total work hours) but there is also the flexibility to override this if required. There is also support for rolling shifts that allows for working patterns that cross midnight for example and are therefore technically over two days or dates. To make running reports easier and faster TIMEgarde now calculates the hours as they are accrued and runs in the background so as not to monopolise the HR database all in one go as the report is run. This could be scheduled to run overnight for example, when system resources requirements are far more relaxed. 


The software is now easier to install, it is claimed. To be installed with SQL Sever for example previously required installation of the SQL software before TIMEgarde. The new version includes an updated installer that checks for any pre-requisites and installs them along with any IIS configuration. The makers have also recognised the continued migration of companies to Windows 7 64-bit and TIMEgarde is now also able to accommodate this as well as the 32-bit version.


Controlling absenteeism such as sickness, holidays and off-site working is paramount to managing resources effectively. TIMEgarde allows staff to enter absences remotely for later approval by departmental managers or HR staff. This fundamental HR functionality is ideally suited to smaller businesses. As well as working with more traditional card or token based access control readers, TIMEgarde can be used in conjunction with TDSi’s DIGIgarde Plus fingerprint readers. It offers an intuitive Time and Attendance package incorporating the latest in biometric identification technology, practically eliminating the risk of fraudulent clocking in and out of personnel, according to the makers. For further information about TDSi and its products, visit the website on <>   


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Established in 1982 and with its global head office in Poole, and a regional office in Noisy-le-Grand, France, TDSi designs, manufactures and supports access control systems and their assimilation with other electronic security and building management solutions.  The company has customers across a wide range of areas including: Healthcare, Finance/Banking, Education, Transportation, Ports and Airports, Utilities, Industrial and Commercial/Retail. Clients include Bristol International Airport, University of the West of England, Guildhall School, Natwest Bank, Bentley Motors, Vodafone and Jaguar Landrover. 


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