Paying for our shopping using Apple Pay, signing into our Doctors appointment and shouting our requests at Alexa – biometric readers and scanners are all around us. They are a normal part of life for society and whether you trust Siri or not, digital biometrics are now widely accepted. But can biometrics successfully enter the business world, helping organisations to improve security and workforce management?
Here are the top 5 ways that biometrics can help organisations to improve workforce management, productivity and security:
Finger prints are stored in a central location that the clocking terminals are connected to. Once clockings are downloaded to the database, they are compared to what is expected for that employee. If they fit parameters set, the hours for the day are calculated. If the clockings fall outside the parameters an anomaly is created to ensure further action is taken.
Using biometric time and attendance, employers can prevent their workforce clocking in and out inaccurately and improve accuracy across the business. Biometric time and attendance allows your workforce to efficiently clock in and out without the need for checking these online to see if they have gone through. Security is not an issue with this, as copies of employee’s fingerprints are not stored and cannot be retrieved from the terminals. You can rest assured that this a safe and secure solution.
Biometric time and attendance waves goodbye to inaccuracies. Clocking in with your finger print ensures for real-time and accurate clocking in and out, meaning your employees hours are accurately measured. Not only does this reduce errors in flexible working, it also means you can pay your workforce correctly for the hours they’ve worked. This is of huge benefit to your employees but also you as an employer. This means you can save money on overpaying and you keep your workforce happy with accurate clockings.
Biometric Access Control with time and attendance can also restrict who is on your company site and when, meaning security is easier to manage. This is helpful for external people trying to get onsite unauthorised, but also assists in restricting your employees’ access to certain areas. This is useful for keeping data that needs to be secure and making sure you have no unexpected visitors on site. Gone are the days for the need to get employees to physically sign in and sign out with their signature on a piece of paper – say hello to the future of security.
Biometric time and attendance not only prevents employees from borrowing cards from each other to gain access to controlled areas, but it also reduces time and attendance fraud with ‘buddy clocking’.
Replacing old security measures with biometrics is a big step forward for reducing errors and fraud.
Biometrics is used all around the world in many organisations. Not only does it provide accuracy in many areas of administration, but it also gives competitive advantage against others in similar sectors. The use of biometrics is often seen as cutting-edge and progressive to many customers and prospective employees looking for jobs.
Over on the other side of the world, the Australian government is planning to allow 90% of travellers to pass through passport control without human help by 2020. This plan comes alongside $100m budget and would be a world first for border security. The benefits of a system like this are plentiful, meaning staff costing would reduce and reduced waiting time for many jet setters.
This system could lead the way for many other countries to follow suit, with the wait time at airports being a major dissatisfaction for many travellers globally.
The reality is that society is just at the beginning of developing biometrics that are completely trustworthy and effective. We’ve come a long way in developing secure technologies and the tests from companies like Amazon are just at the beginning of what is possible. There are so many possibilities with where biometrics could take your company and society, we’re just at the very beginning.
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