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Myths.Facts. and The Biometric Time and Attendance System

Published: March 29, 2017

Ever since technology has paved its way from the operational to the managerial domain of the business, a lot of myths and false perceptions have stigmatized smart and automated management systems. These myths have put a question mark on the efficacy the technology and are the major reason why many organizations are resorting to perform their essential and regular managerial functions on manual procedures.

The biggest victim of such misguided conjectures is the biometric clocks and biometric time and attendance systems. The biometric technology has brought an incredible revolution in various industries and business spheres and has automated a host of functions and procedures.

In addition to that, biometric time and attendance system have eliminated the chances of time thefts and time frauds and has optimized the accuracy, efficiency, and authenticity of the recorded data and information. However, they are still prone to some false accusations. Here’s an insight into the common myths associated with biometric time and attendance systems.

Biometric Systems only operate under ideal conditions.

This is one of the most common myths associated with biometric systems that they can only operate under an ideal and controlled environment and will become useless if the environmental is dirty or has a cold or high temperature.

The reality is that today, the biometric systems are built on multi-spectral technology that is not affected by the weather, temperature or other influential environmental factors. They can conveniently detect finger tap or other biometric data and work optimally in all industries and environments.

Biometric Systems require an exuberant investment.

If you think biometric time and attendance systems are pricey and offer no significant cost versus benefits value, try comparing the cost of the system with the redundant expenditures that you have to incur in terms of time thefts, time frauds, and buddy punching. Biometric systems only require a one-time investment and by automating a variety of your regular tasks, save a considerable amount of your business costs and organizational budget.

Biometric Systems should only be used in the case of time frauds.

You might never have an idea about how, when, where and in what ways time fraud is happening within your organization. Buddy punching and time sheet cheats are just some of the ways in which employees alter, modify and play with their time records. Even if you think that your workforce is not involved in time frauds, using biometric systems eliminates all such risks that might arise in future.

Biometric Systems involve a high risk of data breach.

Contradictory to the popular perceptions, biometric systems do not store the actual biometric information or the personal credentials of the employees. Upon enrollment, the system creates a unique template for each information entry and that specific template is used to detect and record time for each employee.

Biometric Systems involve a tedious and time-consuming installation.

The enrollment of employees into the systems is considered as an exasperating and time-consuming task. However, it should be noted that this is only a one-time procedure that not only automates your regular time recording function but also allows you to get a real-time insight into the employees’ attendance and time checks from remote locations. Furthermore, the enrollments of information can be managed remotely through a cloud-based portal.

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