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What our clients say ...

Capita plc Financial, Insurance and Business Management Services  
P&Q client: Capita
Q>TAR has been in place for over twenty five years and has been used as our time recording system for monitoring staff attendance, sickness and holidays. The data captured has been instrumental in ensuring there has been sufficient oversight of the company's staff utilisation across its operation.
During this time, there have been minimal issues with the software in terms of reliability and ease of data access. The hardware, as it has aged, has shown an expected level of reliability, with any fix on fail requirements dealt with efficiently under the annual maintenance agreement.
All in all, the use of Q>TAR has continuously satisfied the needs of the company, and the service provided by P & Q International has been very satisfactory.”
(Tim Sill of Capita plc)

Cadbury (Ireland) (Manufacturer of Confectionery products)  
P&Q client: Cadbury Ireland
“We employ approximately 1400 employees between two plants in Ireland. We have been using QTAR since 1987 and operate it in both these plants. Our shift patterns are very variable. The staff at P&Q are always very helpful.”
(Catherine Murphy of Cadbury (Ireland))

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (Aircraft servicing & repairs) 
P&Q client: Monarch Aircraft Engineering
“We installed QTAR in 1991. It revolutionised our whole system of doing the payroll. QTAR is reliable and flexible and P&Q are always ready to help, they respond very fast.”
(Pat Thomas of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd)

Goodyear Dunlop (world's largest tyre manufacturer)    
P&Q client: Goodyear Dunlop
“At the Wolverhampton site, the rules for calculating employees' gross pay are incredibly complicated, depending on a multitude of factors such as the type of work, when they are working compared with their normal shift, the reason for the overtime or shift swap and even how dirty the work is! So QTAR has to be used to calculate the gross pay for each period of work. The supervisors approve and record reasons for overtime, shift swaps and absences during the shift, directly into the system, which has streamlined the process enormously.”
(Audrey Woolvin of Goodyear Dunlop)

Caparo Precision Tubes (Manufacturer of Steel tubing)       
P&Q client: Caparo Precision Tubes
“We first installed QTAR in 1991. We have found QTAR extremely flexible - it can do anything you require of it. Day-to-day operations are simple. It rarely goes wrong or gives us trouble. The Support team is well-informed and comprehensive. P & Q have kept their focus squarely on T & A - they simply have to be good at it.”
(Bob Sharratt of Caparo Tubing)

Crown Cork and Seal (International packaging company)    
P&Q client: Crown Cork and Seal
“We've had QTAR installed for quite a few years, and we find it to be a good program. P&Q are very friendly and helpful. If I have a problem or question they are always ready to assist me.”
(Christine Wathan of Crown Cork and Seal)

Unisys Insurance Services (Administering Life Insurance schemes)    
P&Q client: Unisys Insurance Services
“We have been using QTAR since 1991. We have a flexitime system with complex flexible working time requirements. It is largely self-administered (within the rules configured into the system) by the 1,500 employees. A competing system was installed and then rejected, since it was unable to cope with our requirements.”
(Julie Coldridge of Abbey Life)

TMD Friction (Manufacturer of Brake friction components)    
P&Q client: TMD Friction
“Our shift patterns are complex – 5-day, 7-day, morning, afternoon, nights and rotating, and we also have people on fixed salaries. QTAR handles these fine. When we upgraded QTAR just before Christmas, that went very smoothly.”
(P. A. Rothwell of TMD Friction)

Kraft Suchard (Manufacturer of Chocolate and confectionery) 
P&Q client: Kraft Suchard
“We have a workforce of about 850 and have used QTAR since 1992 to keep track of shift work, contractor hours and salaried personnel for payroll. We also rely on QTAR in our costing processes, to authorise overtime, book employee holidays, report excessive unauthorised absences, etc.”
(Martin Buckle of Kraft Suchard)

LEONI Wiring Systems (Manufacturer of Lucas brand electronic vehicle parts)    
P&Q client: LEONI Wiring Systems
“We originally purchased QTAR in 1990 purely for payroll management, with up to 3000 individuals on the system. We found that using the system was simple, with a lot of standard reports included. But when we realised how QTAR could be expanded, we had extra ones written for reporting things like absenteeism in different ways that suited our requirements better. P&Q staff give good support and are easy to talk to, even if you aren't very familiar with computers.”
(Stella Pepper of LEONI)

British American Tobacco (Tobacco manufacturer)    
P&Q client: British American Tobacco
“The QTAR system has been in our factory since 1986 and has been very stable with few issues. P&Q support has been reliable and efficient. The application has outlived a number of HR system transitions, and migration of interfaces has not been problematic. A number of custom modules have been designed to meet our special needs, including absence and overtime reporting.”
(Hans Commandeur at BAT)

MBM Produce (Foodstuffs)    
P&Q client: MBM Produce
“We have been using the QTAR system about 16 years. It works well. It's hard to make set rules about this kind of factory. Work patterns change often. People work very variable hours. Sometimes they make time up when they need to come in late. I find it easy to go into the system and override it. We upgraded a few years ago, and we found P&Q very helpful. They are happy to talk me through any problems I may come across.”
(Jenny Hawkins of MBM Produce:)

Dunlop Oil & Marine (Manufacturer of Industrial hosing) 
P&Q client: Dunlop Oil & Marine “Dunlop Oil & Marine has been using QTAR since 1984. We have had no trouble with the system in all that time. Because P&Q concentrate on T&A, the system works perfectly.”
(Sue Thomas of Dunlop Oil & Marine)

Some P&Q clients (from UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Africa, etc) 
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Using QTAR® in Hospitals

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Hands-free access control

Face recognition readers from P&Q can be used in conjunction with automatic door openers, to provide hands-free access control.

Security without risk of cross-contamination

iFace 302 reader

The individual is recognised automatically without a badge having to be presented or a numeric code entered, followed by the door being opened without being touched.

In a hospital environment, this has several health and safety benefits, including for example:

  • avoiding risk of cross-contamination by eliminating the need to touch readers or the door or to find and present a card;
  • allowing access control to areas that should be secure but which cannot normally be made secure (e.g. operating theatres);
  • avoiding the need to juggle items being carried while finding and present a card or using other biometric recognition methods;
  • avoiding the possibility of someone inappropriate using a card that has been found or produced fraudulently.

Higher Security where required

For areas where higher security is required, it can be required for staff to use both a card (perhaps with photo incorporated) or key-fob, and face recognition, before the door is opened.

Securing expensive equipment

Hospitals have lots of rooms with expensive equipment that needs to be kept secure. A badge-only (or key-fob-only) solution can be provided (using Smart Access Locking Technology) which:

Salto lock in use

  • is much cheaper than alternative solutions;
  • avoids the need to carry out wiring and installing magnetic locks as normally required;
  • doesn't use a Wi-Fi or other Wireless solution that generates radio or other electromagnetic radiation;
  • is much cheaper than a master-key based solution;
  • doesn't require keys or codes to be changed manually when the employment of someone with access to these secure rooms is terminated (perhaps without their keys being returned);
  • allows the badges or key-fobs to be immediately cancelled when someone's employment is terminated;
  • in the event of any equipment going missing, you can get a list of who accessed that room recently and when;

Salto i-Lockers

Securing personal belongings

The same cards or key-fobs can also be used for lockers fitted with Smart Access Locking Technology. The lockers may be either assigned to specific individuals long-term or for use only while on a shift (then being free for another staff member to use). Such lockers can also be used for securing personal belongings of patients.

P&Q International plc

P&Q International has specialised in the provision of such innovative solutions since 1979, and has an enviable list of well-known companies and organisations as clients.

As software developers, P&Q can easily customise their solutions if required, to solve problems that may be specific to your organisation – for example, by providing mixed solutions, incorporating different recognition technologies (e.g. face, fingerprint and/or card), different types of access (e.g. corridor doors, room doors, car park barriers, turnstiles, etc) and different applications (such as Access Control, Time & Attendance and Data Capture).