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10 December 2015

What Is Biometric Identification?

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What Is Biometric Identification

Although biometric technology has been used for various applications over the last several years, there have been many improvements to this technology, which have led to the inclusion of biometric identification in attendance systems (time clocks). Now, after a reduction in cost, biometrics are readily available and affordable to consumers as well as business owners.

First: What Are Biometrics?

We receive this question frequently, and for good reason. The concept is simple, but the phrase may throw some people off. Essentially, biometric technology automates the ability to recognize a person based on a specific physiological characteristic. So, there are time clocks that have the ability to measure biometric features like fingerprints and hand geometry. Newer identification methods include iris, voice, odor, signature, and even vein pattern recognition. This biometric data is so distinctive, that it is nearly impossible to be reverse-engineered for criminal use. At VCS, we offer biometric identification capabilities using time clocks, hand geometry and fingerprint scanners, self-serve kiosks, and tablets which automatically update attendance within our systems.

How Can Biometric Time Clocks Improve Workforce Management?

Biometric identification boasts several main benefits: it’s accurate, secure, and solutions can be custom designed to match the unique requirements of any company. It’s the perfect addition to scheduling automation, as it provides verification of the schedule. The efficiency of a schedule can only be truly realized by the confirmation of employee attendance. Other benefits include:

Security: Although employees have objected to its use in the past, many are ready to acknowledge the security benefit that biometric identification provides. It ensures that only authorized individuals will be granted access to company office locations.

Elimination Of Time Theft: There are instances where employees ask co-workers to sign in for them if they are either late or need to leave work early without approval. This behavior has been called “buddy punching” and costs companies tens of thousands of dollars a year. Since biometrics identify an employee based on a unique physical characteristic, which cannot be lost or replicated, there is a lower chance of time theft. Employees must be physically present to clock in and out.

Ease Of Use: Biometric time clocks are quite easy to use, with essentially no learning curve. Your employees won’t have to worry about carrying a time card or remembering PINS/passwords to punch in; rather, they can place their finger on the machine, a process that takes only seconds. With biometric time clocks, punching has never been easier, and each punch is guaranteed to be genuine.

Cost Efficiency: Obviously, not all biometric time clocks are sold with a cloud-based scheduling software solution, yet, purchasing a solution that is web-based can help you to streamline management of your operations and help to increase efficiency. Switching to an automated time and attendance system decreases labor costs, reduces time spent on payroll, eliminates errors, and increases efficiency.

VCS Software | Scheduling Software Systems

Traditional time & attendance systems - which are still widely used today – clock the hours employees are on the job after they have worked because the hours are counted after the shift has taken place. This reactive approach breeds overspending and inefficiencies for companies. VCS’ software systems compute data prior to shift work, so that the planned hours and positions are properly staffed. Proactive scheduling promotes a productive, compliant, and fiscally responsible workforce. For more information, visit www.vcssoftware .com or contact us directly by calling 888-864-4144.

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