The 17th China Public Security Expo held in Shenzhen in 2019 was still as big as the previous years. But I came out of the exhibition halls faster than I did before.
There are more and more homogenized products exhibited at the Expo, and fewer and fewer foreign manufacturers taking part; far less this year. According to a report, only 5%. For China, this is an achievement, because international products have been wiped out and replaced by the locally made products. This trend also means China is capable of producing the same products, as good as its foreign counterparts, and even more economical at that.
But this boasted achievement has quickly become a hidden worry in China.
Outsiders can't get in; eventually, insiders can't go out too.
Because we can almost foresee the outcome, in which foreign products have difficulty to enter China, and Chinese products will be harder to export as well in the future. (I will discuss this in the last chapter)
From the product is king, to the application is king.
The era of “Product is King” has come to an end, “Application is King” is taking the reign.
Now, the products are standalone dotted points, and the applications connect them all, and the connectivity makes the golden age of pure products obsolete. The 4G era of connecting people has completed its mission. The future 5G emerges to connect people and things, things and things. With the rise of IoT or Internet of Things, Internet of Everything, AIoT or Artificial Intelligence of Things, the factories that produce purely standalone objects are getting bitter.
Cheap labour drives the China’s economy. The security industry was initially hardware-driven. Surveillance cameras, access control barriers, clocking readers, and door locks, they all started with hardware. Later, during the era of computerization in the last century, these products were linked to computers. Usually, the front-end of the surveillance camera, access control, etc. is responsible for collecting data. Then the data is transferred into the computer system through some interfaces such as RS232, RS485, TCP/IP for further processing to output the results. From the standalone to the local area network, the manufacturing of products and the programming of software is a division of labour, and the combination of use is also divided. This model is beneficial to China. We witnessed how Hikvision and Dahua have rapidly emerged as international market leaders that dominate the surveillance industry.
The road to moving forward
Only by maintaining an open-minded attitude towards new ideas, willingness to cooperate with new partners, walking the talk, only then security industry players can create new values in the new cross-industry and cross-sector security industry.
Foreword The 17th China Public Security Expo held in Shenzhen in 2019 was still as big as the previous years. But I came out of the ex...
CAUTION: DON'T CALL ANY SUPPLIERS BEFORE YOU READ OUR FREE TIPS BASED ON A 20-YEAR EXPERIENCE IN THE INDUSTRY
Your organization is looking forward to changing the attendance system that has been adopted by your business a gazillion years ago. Everybody knows that it is an ancient system, but somehow the company is taking its good sweet time to replace it. While the management thought that the company could escape the cost (of changing the system), the business couldn't withstand the hassle and the workload that comes with that conventional system. Okay, now there is no excuse for not changing the system anymore.
But, the question is, which system to replace the old ones and how can you get the most value out of the investment. Bear in mind that not all systems are created equal and all you have is that X amount of budget.
Therefore, it is wise to spend a couple more minutes reading these FIVE TIPS of choosing the modern best solutions for attendance, to get more values for your money and stretch your investment further.
(Personally, I have 20 years experience in this industry, and I've been marketing time attendance solutions for all those years worldwide. These are my 5 take-home points for buyers to use in their procurement process.)
BRAND MATTERS and those who say that it's not is not forward-thinking. I'm not afraid to say so because a well-known, famous brand is almost always associated with good values and vice versa. Because a brand ONLY becomes strong and established after it is put into the market for a duration, and after it withstood the market pressure. Product quality, service quality and customer experience sum up the brand's worth eventually. Buying a quick paste-on sticker 'brand' risks the company down the road because once the deal is sealed, whatever comes next could or could not be the seller matter anymore. Hence, the buyer must hold the brand accountable for the marketing, the 'promises' it makes to the market.
SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL because we know that &^$# happens when it comes to electronic products. While one product is okay, another one could be having a problem right from the start. Apart from warranty offered, support is REALLY REALLY REALLY important because let's face it, most of your employees do not know (or pretend not to know) how to operate ANY machines. Even though the products come with a warranty, it doesn't necessarily mean that support is offered. Support means that someone is there to attend to your problems. And while you are there, check the warranty duration too. The duration tells quality actually.
MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE has to bundle with the hardware. You do not settle for less and do not accept substandard software. You must list down the purposes of your company buying the new attendance machines, and compare them against the features offered by the management software. If the software features match more than 90% of your requirements, and it's complimentary, perhaps you have found the perfect system. However, while reviewing the software offered, please bear in mind, tip no. 2 again. Remember this slogan “No support, More headache” going forward.
VERSATILITY IS THE KEY. Look for a system that can travel through time with you, well at least for a decent period of say, 5 years. And would that system be able to cope with the demand of the working environment 5 years ahead? You must also explore the possibility of integration with other solutions. How about the possibility of cloud integration? Questions like these need to be asked to get the best value for your money. If you are buying product A for one purpose at X dollars, you need to make sure that no other brands are providing product B for 2 purposes at X dollars with free software.
ADDED VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY. That's a pretty cliche promise of many brands out there, but YOU as a consumer must be able to list down the values that are actually offered. If you struggle to write down the additional benefits provided, that phrase is a scam. Factor all your concerns in and compare them against the values you get for your dollars.
All in all, a little research won't hurt and definitely useful to your organization in the long run. You have more questions? Engage with me at email@example.com and I’ll be there with you. Should you want to try out biometrics as a business, I can consult.
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FingerTec Software Makes Way for the Superior Cloud Software. 10 Reasons Why You Should Elevate to Cloud, Now!
FingerTec biometrics are bundled with Windows-based software, be it TCMS V3/TCMS V2 for time attendance, or Ingress for door access. For the most part, the Windows-based software is able to fulfill the majority of our worldwide customers requirements. However, there are circumstances whereby the business requires more from a solution and this is where the cloud software like TimeTec steps up.
Growing Business Needs Scalable Solutions
When the business thrives, the staff count multiplies and the management of employees become more complex for a Windows-based system to handle. Quantity-wise, Windows-based software has its own limitation, for example in Ingress when one customer connects 150 units in a system, real time monitoring is no longer an option and eventually the customer is forced to invest more on servers. The problem worsens particularly when the company has branches in multiple locations, mobile workforce and flexible working hours. With TimeTec TA, not only that it can handle unlimited FingerTec terminal connection regardless of the locations, it also can connect to the mobile App that can capture attendance through other ways apart from biometrics, such as GPS, NFC, Beacon and Wifi. TimeTec TA promotes efficiency with cloud technology.
Data is King
Data is an asset to any organization and people are talking about its importance now, more than ever. While Windows-based software such as TCMS V3 and Ingress contains important data, TimeTec cloud solution offers that and a whole lot more. TimeTec provides huge data storage without having to spend a large amount of money, and there is no limitations set on the number of connected biometrics terminals to connect to TimeTec. Data in TimeTec is accessible and available at all times on web and app for convenience.
How many times do you have to wait for your software to finish updating? Updating on Windows-based software stops you from using the system and worse, you need to repeat the process in every computer. Software update for Windows-based usually take months to be developed, so if there’s any bug or problem, you’d have to wait for the fix in the next few months release. Cloud solution like TimeTec updates automatically, regularly and quick so the next time you log into the system, you can see the changes and updates; time saving and efficient.
The common rule when using any software is to perform housekeeping and maintenance by removing or archiving old data. The process is tedious and requires a dedicated personnel to perform this regularly. Software that hasn’t been maintained well will lag and prone to crash. That’s not the case with TimeTec cloud solutions. At TimeTec, the maintenance of servers and database are taken care of at all times. Users will be informed on scheduled maintenance date and time, and the down time will be very minimal to avoid any disruption to its users.
Better Server Performance
The capacity of a server in a Windows-based software depends on the PC, and for a PC to act as a server, a user needs to have a high spec PC; which will be very costly. Even then, there’s still limitation on the memory (RAM) which will reduce the speed of the software, server maintenance and so on. TimeTec solutions runs on the highly reliable and well known Amazon server, which is robust, stable and secure. Its huge storage and server facilities provides smooth and better user experience as a whole. Data in the server is also backed up regularly, keeping all data safe and sound.
Access from Anywhere
Windows-based software is not designed to work with Internet or with different devices such as mobile phone. Connection for Windows-based software is limited and cannot be used for companies with multiple branches from different countries. As TimeTec solutions are cloud based systems, users can access the solutions from anywhere, anytime from a place with Internet connection. TimeTec mobile apps are also available for user to clock and view their attendance, leave information and more.
Shorter Implementation Time
As accessibility for Windows-based software is limited, implementation time for a new system would take much longer time than on cloud. On premise system requires the same implementation to be done at multiple locations, so you have to repeat the setup process every time. With cloud services like TimeTec TA, you can setup for multiple branches a lot more quicker as the setup is shared and will reflect at all branches. Admin also can make changes and it will reflect to all branches within seconds.
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What comes to mind when one thinks of security? The image of a heavily guarded premises with tough and muscular bodyguards enters the mind. This kind of representation is not totally wrong though. Security has always been associated with iron shields, vaults, locks and bolts; the image of bravery and security. Nevertheless, secured premises shouldn’t exude cold and uninviting vibe, especially for businesses that rely on the customers presence.
TimeTec BLE-2 and TimeTec Security App duo present a more welcoming feeling that matches the open and minimalistic feature in which modern companies are striving for without compromising the security at all. TimeTec BLE-2 controller can seamlessly be installed out of sight and the system shifts the control entirely to TimeTec Security App on the mobile. Simply connect TimeTec BLE-2 to TimeTec Security and unlock the doors straight from the App via 4 options: Tap to Unlock, Voice Command, Auto Unlock and scan QR Code. Through bluetooth low energy connection, the Mobile App will then send the command to TimeTec BLE-2 controller to unlock the door as well as keep the transaction details for future reference.
Simplicity and minimalist feature of TimeTec BLE and TimeTec Security redefine security for the modern days. Security doesn’t have to be rigid and uninviting, choose TimeTec for a secure, cozy and inviting work premises.
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