Biometric Time and Attendance
What is biometric time and attendance?
In its most basic form, time and attendance tracking is a schedule, in which workers, volunteers, or students write down entry and exit times so that they can be logged. A slight step up from that rudimentary system, you will find punch cards, or shared digital spreadsheets. But all of these systems have a critical flaw: they can’t prove you are who you say you are. Truants can have a friend sign in for them or punch their card—a fraudulent practice termed buddy-punching—and effectively steal time from employers or falsely claim hours of work they otherwise spent elsewhere.
Enter biometrics. With a biometric time and attendance system, there is no disputing who is signing in for duty. A scanned finger, iris, face, or other biometric modality ensures accurate payroll, efficient records keeping, and can even keep track of certain work related tasks, like what cash register a sales associate uses. When arriving for work, an employee signs in by submitting a biometric—an act only they can do—and scans out of work on breaks and when the shift is over. The result is a more accountable workforce, cleaner records, and a stronger bottom line.
Where is biometric time and attendance deployed?
Any workplace that requires an employee to be physically present is a prime candidate for biometric time and attendance technology. Healthcare clinics, retail spaces, construction sites—these are just some of the jobs that demand staff be present for work according to a set schedule. It’s especially important on large projects with multiple overlapping shifts. A payroll dispute due to an error in record keeping can cost administrative time, but with automated and accountable records, based on the strong identity assurance of biometrics, such a possibility can be minimized if not outright eliminated.
Schools and educational institutions are also ripe for biometric attendance. Such solutions can ensure students taking online courses are in fact the ones taking tests and participating in online discussions. In physical lectures, biometric systems can track large populations in student attendance, ensuring mandatory classes are attended and exams are actually taken by enrolled students.
How is biometric time and attendance making a difference?
In India, many time and attendance systems are linked to the Aadhaar national ID program. Such a system is used within the government offices of the country in order to cut down graft. Some departments even have their attendance records published online for reasons of public trust.
The Trade and Development Bank of Mongolia uses a sophisticated biometric system that fuses access control with time and attendance tracking. When employees use the fingerprint lock on their office door, their time is recorded automatically on the attendance record.
The biometric enrollment of public sector workers in Kenya has enabled the government to weed out ghost workers—non-existent employees who are buddy punched into to a work site to syphon funds. It is estimated that within six months of implementing biometric time and attendance, the Kenyan government saved over 11 million USD that would have otherwise been stolen by time frauds.
Read on to meet the leading providers of Time and Attendance solutions.
Green Bit has been in the market space since 1997 and is headquartered in Turin (Italy). It designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of FBI certified fingerprint readers ranging from single finger, dual/rolled, 10-prints up to Palm-Livescans for Law Enforcement and ID Management markets. A slim organization combined with an unequalled flexibility to develop custom solutions for biometric enrollment applications, providing a competitive edge to our customers which is proven by a long track record of successful installations all across the world. Green Bit is acting globally with subsidiaries in the US, Kazakhstan and China. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Border Control / Airports, Justice / Law Enforcement .
MorphoTrak provides the technology and performance trusted by FBI NGI for 10-print, latent, and RISC fast-ID matching and 50% of U.S. State Law Enforcement. Reporting to Morpho, MorphoTrak is part of the world’s largest biometric company. Morpho is a leading innovator of interoperable biometric identification systems as well as finger/palm/vein, facial and iris recognition. With 40 years’ experience, Morpho technology serves more than 450 government agencies in over 100 countries and is consistently ranked #1 by NIST for enrollment and matching accuracy. For more information, visit www.morpho.com/USA
Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition, Smart Cards, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Middleware/Software, Vein Recognition.
Suprema Inc. is a leading global provider of biometrics technology and identity management solutions. The company’s range of products includes fingerprint modules, biometric access control systems, e-passport readers and live-scanners. Suprema’s solutions are featured by integration of the excellent embedded system design capability and the strong backgrounds in theories and algorithms backed by a number of experts having the rich experience and extensive knowledge in the field of biometric solutions, embedded system design and signal processing. Suprema has worldwide sales network in over 120 countries and also a listed company in stock exchange in South Korea (KOSDAQ). For further information, visit www.supremainc.com. Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Mobile Biometrics
ZKTeco is a leading global developer and manufacturer of security and time management solutions headquartered in Shenzhen. It is subdivided into 5 business segment/divisions–ZKSoftware, ZKAccess, ZKiVision, ZKBiolock and ZKAFIS. Its products range from Multi-biometric and RFTD identification Time & Attendance solutions to Access Control solutions like IP-based standalone access control, networked access control panel, readers, and tripod turnstile, from IP Cameras and total surveillance solutions to consumer products, such as intelligent biometric lock, RFID hotel lock. ZKAFIS is engaging in providing economic and reliable AFIS solutions. Products and Services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Facial Recognition, Middleware / Software, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Fingerprint and Biometric Locks, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics , Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance.
Iris ID has been the key developer and driver of the commercialization of iris recognition technology since 1997. IrisAccess, now in a 4th generation, is the world’s leading deployed iris recognition platform. Found on 6 continents, in thousands of locations, authenticating the identities of millions and millions of persons, more people in more places authenticate with IrisAccess than with all other iris recognition products combined. Products & Services: Iris Scanners & Recognition, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Border Control/Airports, Financial and Transactional
Biometric Time Clock Systems provides hand geometry and facial recognition technology for employee time & attendance tracking. Please visit our website for more information about how a biometric time clock can lower your payroll costs. You can also call us at (516)385-5661.
BioConnect is on a Quest – for Rightful Identity. Why? To empower people to use their unique biometric credentials (their Rightful Identity) in their everyday lives – delivering greater security, assurance and convenience along the way. BioConnect revolutionized the physical access control market with its industry-first identity platform that enables the integration of biometric technology with the industry’s leading access control solutions. Learn more at www.bioconnect.com Products and Services: Healthcare, Physical Access, Time & Attendance, Fingerprint Readers