A biometric clocking in machine can benefit your business by uniquely verifying an individual’s attendance on site and eliminating time clock fraud. In this blog we will give you insight on some of the improvements that it can make to your business.
How do biometrics work?
Whether it be logging into a computer or locking the door to our home, we all use basic security measures in our day-to-day lives. Rather than using an object like a card or key or a password or login, biometrics identifies who you are by using facial, fingerprint or hand recognition. A person’s behavioural and physical characteristics are unique to them, which makes biometric clocking in machines more secure and reliable than any other. It is impossible to reconstruct a fingerprint from the algorithm, which rules out the infamous ‘buddy punching’ completely, all while protecting your own privacy.
The Benefits of Biometric Time and Attendance
There are multiple benefits of implementing these systems into your organisation as they eliminate the need for swipe cards and passwords, therefore saving money. Biometric time and attendance systems have become more popular because they are accurate, easy to use and reduce payroll costs. Having a biometric clocking in machine in place frees up time, as the practice of manually inputting data is eliminated. Manual input of data is prone to error, whereby biometric systems are risk free and reliable, leading to a payroll department that is managed more effectively.
Are Biometric Clocking In Machines Safe?
There is no simpler or more secure way of clocking your people in and out every day than with biometric clocking in machines and fingerprint readers. But for some, the mere mention of fingerprint scanners raises concerns about cybersecurity and the possibility that someone, somewhere could copy your fingerprint and steal your identity. But can they? No, they can’t.
Our biometric clocking in machines and scanners store codes, not images. Every user’s fingerprint is stored – but it is stored as data, a series of 1s and 0s that the scanner uses to create a digital template. The template is based on lines, angles and measurements unique to every person’s fingerprint. It is these that are used to match your stored template against your finger next time you come to scan in or out.
There is no photographic element here. No image. Nothing that can be reverse engineered to reconstruct your fingerprint. What is more, every template is encrypted and uses a standard fingerprint template methodology approved by NIST, the UK’s leading biometric standards organisation.