Lean on Biometrics for Efficient Workforce Management

Biometrics technology measures physical and behavioral characteristics to verify an individual’s identity and the patterns can be anything from fingerprint, facial, voice, palm print, and voice recognition. According to a report by Report Linker, global biometrics market stood at $12.84 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach $29.41 billion by the end of 2022. The increase in biometrics use is observed due to its adoption in an array of recent solutions which include mobile payment, online banking, immigration services, IoT, wearable devices, on top of the existing workforce management, e-Government processes and many more. In general, biometrics-based technology has been largely accepted by the general public due to its feasibility/affordability, and fingerprint technology leads the way by 91% market share as reported by French research firm Yale which finds that fingerprint-based biometrics dominated the $4.45 billion global biometrics market in 2016. Biometrics Technology Improves Staff Efficiency Biometrics-based technology such as fingerprint verification and facial recognition has been proven to be user-friendly and more reliable than other verification methods such as cards and password systems, and it was introduced to the workforce management system to streamline the collection of attendance data from manual to automated, in addition to some value-added advantages. Hence, the number of biometrics technology deployment as an authentication method for workforce management solutions has increased tremendously over the last 20 years for one simple yet crucial objective of any company: to improve bottom line profitability with better workforce management. Biometrics Technology Automates Data Collection Employees are hired for their different skill sets and this applies to any corporation, organization or government department. Therefore, it’s important for a workforce management system to be able to quantify the amount and types of labor needed to accomplish certain jobs on a daily or hourly basis. By installing biometrics solution that ties to the correct scheduling, employee pay class, and work codes, data collection can be done automatically and accurately thus saving the company not only money but a lot of time as well. With biometrics-based technology, employees can move fluidly throughout the day based on their job tasks or schedule, yet the management doesn’t lose control of the most important matter, time and task performed. Biometrics Prevent Time Theft Time theft at work is common and is causing companies annual lost in the billions. Some employees steal time intentionally and some don’t even realize that they are doing it because they always fail to see the value of 10-15 minutes extra break a day to the company’s bottom line profitability. Time theft at work happens when an employer has to pay a salary for the work hours that the employee hasn’t even served. For example, if you have a staff making $10 an hour and he has an average short of 2 hour weekly, that adds up to $960 a year of lost time and company money, and that number could simply multiply if there is no effective solution being placed to curb it. Biometrics is designed to measure the features of the body that are unique to each person. They offer greater accuracy in attendance whereby it eliminates “buddy punching” occurrences automatically. Higher ROI with Biometrics With all the advantages it brings, biometrics is definitely going strong for workforce management system, because obviously, biometrics promotes ease of use, accuracy, and efficiency way past its investment value, and as we are looking into the future of cloud solutions, AI and big data, there’s no better system that can capture accurate identity of an individual as good as biometrics.

FingerTec is a global brand in Biometrics for workforce management and door access solution. We offer a range of fingerprint, facial recognition and card products suitable for any type of office and all our hardware comes complimentary with powerful time management software and door access management software. For cloud solutions for time attendance, leave management and many more, visit TimeTec.

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Multimodal Biometrics: Luxury x Complementary

Unimodal biometrics, such as fingerprint technology, face recognition technology, voice recognition technology has been around in the market for quite sometimes serving diverse industries in various applications. Broadly, unimodal biometrics delivers a high degree of accuracy and authenticity to satisfy customer requirements. Nevertheless, and this runs true to all unimodal biometrics, none of the biometrics technology provides a 100% guarantee of user acceptance. Usually, there is a small degree of incompatibility arise due to variance in ones’ biometrics traits explained by the FAR (False Acceptance Rate) and FRR (False Rejection Rate) of each device. 

Even though the percentage of user non-acceptance in unimodal biometrics is very low, it poses an inconvenience to organizations that have to deal with it because as a whole, everybody wants a system that can cater to everybody. There were rare cases of black-henna-ed North African women who couldn’t register their fingerprints because the dark henna covered the characteristic of a fingerprint such as ridges, pores, arches, and making it impossible for the scanner to differentiate those traits from a fingerprint. Some more examples of fingerprint that is hard to register are those of the elderly people, as well as individuals who handle abrasive materials that ruin the traits of their fingerprints. On top, fingers that are too large or too small, dirty fingerprints, cut and damaged fingerprints also could pose some challenges during verification. 

Apart from the fingerprint quality, another matter of concern is the device’s operation. As some workers need to work in an environment that does not want them to have contact with devices, a contactless solution is an answer. Mechanics with dirty hands, cooks, servers, factory workers, employers who want to maintain the longevity of the hardware and etc., and this is where multimodal biometrics come handy. Multimodal biometrics is not meant for users to have two biometrics methods in one system just for the sake of having more, it works to complement one biometrics’ deficit and ultimately to provide users with convenience. 

Options provide users with flexibility and convenience
Multimodal biometrics refers to the use of a combination of two or more biometric modalities in a verification/identification system for improvement of performance over the individual systems either to work together as a multifactor solution or to allow a multitude of authentication options. The multimodal biometrics can be used separately for different users or you can choose to register few methods for one person to tighten verification process. Some workers could be assigned to only fingerprint verification method and some others can only use face, while another group is given verification combination such as fingerprint first followed by face or the other way around. Besides biometrics, multimodal also allows combinations of biometrics with a password, biometrics with a PIN or/and biometrics and card. 

Multimodal biometrics devices like FingerTec Face ID 2 is gaining popularity fast because of the added advantages it brings to the consumer. The price of multimodal biometrics is slightly on the higher side as compared to unimodal biometrics but the extra dollars invested are negligible with the features that it offers. 

Read more about Face ID 2 and its deployment stories in FingerTec Newscenter

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TimeTec Says Hello 2018!

2017 is a year full of interesting challenges and the major one for us to solidify our footing as a cloud solution provider for the workforce and security industry. In 2017, we have had the pleasure to serve various large corporations from diverse industries in the local market as well as in abroad with TimeTec TA, and this experience has provided us with invaluable feedback from the real consumers for system and feature improvements. The market responds well to our solution and it's been accepted around the world without many glitches. Due to the market growth and our immense enthusiasm for cloud development, our R&D team size has multiplied and we are adding more members into our sales and marketing team to preach cloud to more companies out there. More and more amazing features have been added into the solutions to the benefits of our subscribers without imposing them with additional charges and we keep on finding ways to improve on the user experience and the user interface of our solutions. In 2017 as well, i-Neighbour comes along and dangles its sexy ideas of managing visitors into a gated guarded neighbourhood using mobile coupled with the promise of a more modern community living through IoT integration that makes the market salivate for more. The i-Neighbour team has been supremely busy throughout the year meeting interested parties who are keen to explore the solution further. Overall, the rising demand for cloud solutions has made us feel excited to enter into 2018. So, what’s in store for 2018. TimeTec workforce management subscribers can look forward to a more wholesome array of solutions which include attendance, leave, profile and recruitment that can be integrated with one another. Customers can pick and choose the solutions suit to their companies and look forward to a more modern and better process automation. i-Neighbour will be introducing more IoT solutions such as smart lock, smart lift, smart barrier and don’t forget to look out for Smart Sensing that can trace the changes in your surrounding environment in order to make informed decisions about your quality of life. Yes, bring on 2018. We are thrilled to install more FingerTec biometric solutions around the world and more importantly, we are excited about the prospect of cloud businesses and we’ll strive to achieve cloud-awesomeness in 2018 and beyond. 

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Embracing A Mobile-Centric Lifestyle

If people were to open a computer every time they want access to their Facebook account or Instagram or Gmail, many people will instead prefer to talk to each other. In 2017, smartphones have become universal, crucial and ubiquitous in the lives of many, simply because phones are now not merely a tool for people to connect to someone, these gadgets are being used for a variety of tasks including but are not limited to information findings, tracking of progress, tracking of locations, playing games, keeping photo albums, and the truth is, the possibilities are endless as we head into the future. In January 2017, there were 2.2 million apps available in the Apple Store while Android offers a whopping 2.8 million apps ready to be downloaded into the smartphones. Ask any question and I’m sure there is an app for you out there. You always forget to drink your daily dose of water? Download a drink water app that reminds you to drink water regularly. You want to keep a diet diary, have at it. You want to make yourself taller, there is even a tall editor to feed your denial and fulfill your illusion. Basically, the app world has what you need and much more.

I believe that smartphone hasn’t reached its maximum potential just yet.  Smartphone users should be aware that with the increase in the computing power of the smartphone and other technologies introduced alongside like BLE, NFC, Wifi, GPS, QR Code and many more, various other actions and transactions can be accomplished through the smartphone. Taking this development into account, the smartphones have not only been useful in taking care of personal matters but now they have also transcended into all aspects of our everyday living including managing our bank accounts and managing our jobs.

Online banking, for example, has been around for quite some time, however, banks have been striving to offer services on Mobile Application but with limited features. Of late, more and more features have been added to the app to increase customer's satisfaction and to serve consumers who do not own a personal computer. Movie tickets, hotel confirmations, flight tickets and much more are made mobile ready, no printing required. At the workplace, Mobile Applications have started to become a norm whereby employees can clock attendance through smartphones, offices can trace employee's’ whereabouts using GPS, view attendance data in real-time, and etc. Employee leave applications and approvals can be done through smartphones; making all transactions accurate, paperless, effective and traceable. The automation of leave management will enable human resource department to focus on other pressing matters at hand rather than to spend time calculating leave accruals according to staff’s service period and policy. The use of the application in the office promotes two-way communication between the management and the staff which will result in more positive engagement.

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The use of smartphone does not only apply to a personal life or at the workplace anymore, it has now also become widespread across the community as well. i-Neighbour, for example, has led the way in combining cloud-based technology with IoT to offer modern communities with a mobile-centric lifestyle that uses a smartphone to manage visitor access as well as to gain access into many smart hardware such as smart boom gate, smart elevator, smart lock and many more. The main advantage of Mobile Application on top of convenience is its traceability, whereby nothing is lost in translations and transactions.

One might not be keen to embrace a mobile-centric lifestyle but I reckon, when the going gets tough, the mobile phenomenon will win because when life gets more dynamic; time and convenience matters.

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Keep Your Team Together with TimeTec Profile

Employee’s personal and employment information is most of the time private and has to be kept confidential by the Human Resource department. Information such as staff’s remuneration packages and other sensitive information need to be safely guarded by the HR personnel to avoid office crisis and complication.  Nevertheless, how do the they (HR) obtain and keep that information, as well as how accessible and updated is the information are the questions management need to ask going forward.

Conventionally, when a candidate comes for an interview, the person needs to fill up a form, bring their certificates and credentials, etc, and the HR personnel will file all the information and documents for future reference. While that has worked in the past, it doesn’t mean it has to be that way to stay relevant. Times have changed and many modern companies are indeed looking for a simpler way to manage employee information and that some information needs to be made accessible to other people apart from the HR personnel to achieve corporate efficiency.

TimeTec Profile has been created to centralize all your team members profiles into one place making it easier for authorized personnel to access into relevant information when required. TimeTec Profile offers employee data online, data intact, data correct and updated at all times.

With TimeTec Profile, all employee details can be keyed into the system straight from the interview phase and the information can be directly assimilated into the company’s profile during onboarding process. No more manual data entry required when TimeTec Profile saves all the information on cloud, online, complete with soft copies of certificates and credentials.    Create your company’s own organizational uniqueness by creating relevant fields to your employee’s profile. Get all the relevant details in your system and manage the organizational hierarchy easily through this single solution. No man is an island, and with TimeTec Profile, you can connect your team members effectively and efficiently. Don’t worry about confidentiality or information leak because the admin can determine the access levels of employees to safeguard your company’s confidential information and let different personnel to view different areas.

Through TimeTec Profile also, the company can subscribe to other useful workforce solutions such as TimeTec TA for workforce time attendance and scheduling as well as TimeTec Leave for leave management, and all the solutions can be managed from one place to avoid confusion and mismanagement.

By having everything integrated and accessible through different access levels, TimeTec Profile safeguards all your employee’s information so you can build your organizational structure and keep your team together effectively and affordably.

TimeTec Profile will be available by TimeTec Cloud by December 2017. Rest assured that the solution will be useful to any type of organization at a tiny price. Watch this space for more TimeTec Profile announcement.

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