Biometric & RFID terminals
There are an increasing number of ways in which time and attendance or clocking in data can be collected. RFID proximity terminals have been around for a while but more organisations are now choosing biometric terminals for employees to clock in and clock out.
Biometric clocking in terminals
Biometric fingerprint and facial recognition terminals are a simple way to stop ‘time fraud’ and ‘time theft’. Time fraud includes ‘buddy clocking’ where one employee clocks in for another. Time theft is where employees round up time worked or ‘guesstimate’ start and finish times.
Fingerprint scanning: To set up an employee on the system their fingerprint or prints are scanned-in, the system creates unique codes related to the prints. The code or codes are then stored. When the employee subsequently clocks in the system compares the print to the stored code. The fingerprints themselves aren’t stored on the system which means there are no personal privacy issues.
Facial recognition: There are a number of different ways in which face scanning algorithms are calculated, most commonly the key points of a person’s face are triangulated and turned into a unique code. When the face is scanned at clocking in it’s compared to the stored algorithm for that individual.
In our experience it’s often a good idea to inform staff about the way biometric terminals work when installing a new time and attendance system so they don’t have any worries about personal privacy or security issues.
RFID proximity terminals
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has been around for a while. You’ll have come across it if you’ve had a pet microchipped, the vet uses a reader to view the information contained on the chip.
Like a pet’s microchip the card or fob an employee carries for clocking in and out is a passive transponder which comprises a microchip with unique information stored on it, and an antenna. When the cards or fobs pick up the signal from the clocking in terminal (reader) the information is passed over. The exchange of data between terminals and cards or fobs only occurs within a close radius (or proximity) of each other.
You can choose wired or WiFi uAttend swipe card or proximity fob terminals.
The uAttend clocking in terminals have been designed to work exclusively with the uAttend employee management system. uAttend is a cloud-based time and attendance software solution which manages clocking in data from a range of clocking in options including clocking in terminals, web, phone and smartphone. Find out more
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