The use of biometrics data collectors as a way to track employee attendance has become ubiquitous in virtually every industry, the world over. The popularity of biometrics is highlighted throughout the mission impossible franchise with iris, finger and face recognition technology. And, with this technology becoming the norm in 95% of ATS time and attendance deployments it’s an indication of just how far this technology has come. Biometrics however, has a long and storied history.
This paragraph, from the website Wikipedia, describes the history of biometrics in this way “Biometric identifiers are the distinctive, measurable characteristics used to label and describe individuals. Biometric identifiers are often categorized as physiological versus behavioral characteristics. Physiological characteristics are related to the shape of the body. Examples include, but are not limited to fingerprint, palm veins, face recognition, DNA, palm print, hand geometry, iris recognition, retina and odour/scent. Behavioral characteristics are related to the pattern of behavior of a person, including but not limited to typing rhythm, gait, and voice. Some researchers have coined the term behaviometrics to describe the latter class of biometrics.”
If your company is considering deploying a biometric time and attendance solution, it’s important to note that while the capturing of data is similar, the difference is, at times, in the dissemination and data processing. For example, an ATS FaceScan time clock can be set up for “Look and Go”- in this scenario, an employee simply puts their face against the reader and once the image is recognized it registers their “In or Out Punch.” Whereas, a fingerscan reader will require an employee to key in a number on keypad that is attached to the unit in addition to placing their finger on the reader.
The mention of biometrics conjures up a plethora of questions and concerns including; health, safety and privacy. And, there are well documented cases of companies having to explain to employees the convenience of a biometric time management system, after its installation as oppose to taking the time to give their workforce advanced notice. The implementation of biometric time and attendance system is made that much easier if everyone-especially the main users are included in the discussion process namely; Payroll Practitioner, HR Manager, and a member of the plant or production team. By the large, implementing biometric time clocks is simple if you have the right vendor. It’s also important to note that not all biometrics are suited for every environment and that’s where the expertise of vendor with deep industry expertise helps.