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 Biometric Time and Attendance solutions.
Suprema is a global leader in biometrics and securities technology. By combining world renowned biometric algorithms with superior engineering, Suprema is able to continually develop and manufacture reliable industry leading products. Suprema’s extensive portfolio of products include biometric access control systems, time & attendance devices, fingerprint/live scanners and embedded fingerprint modules. Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Consumer/Residential Biometrics, Justice/Law Enforcement, Mobile Biometrics
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 Recognition, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Border Control/Airports, Financial, Healthcare
Invixium is a leading manufacturer of beautifully designed, modern, IoT ready biometric products for access control, time and attendance tracking and smart homes & buildings. Fiercely passionate about revitalizing the antiquated biometrics industry, our enthusiasm for innovation and product development is fueled by the desire to eliminate antiquated means of entry; enabling people to use the technology they were born with. Products & Services: Facial Recognition, Fingerprint, Consumer Biometrics, Physical Access, Time & Attendance
IDEMIA is the global leader in Augmented Identity for an increasingly digital world, with the ambition to empower citizens and consumers alike to interact, pay, connect, travel and vote in ways that are now possible in a connected environment. Securing our identity has become mission critical in the world we live in today. By standing for Augmented Identity, we reinvent the way we think, produce, use and protect this asset, whether for individuals or for objects. We ensure privacy and trust as well as guarantee secure, authenticated and verifiable transactions for international clients from Financial, Telecom, Identity, Public Security and IoT sectors. Product & Services: Fingerprint, Facial, Iris, Healthcare, Border Control/Airports, Financial, Justice/ Law Enforcement, Logical Access, Physical Access, Smartcards, Time & Attendance.