[LTR] In large workforce facilities, tracking employee time, attendance and location can be a challenge. Keeping accurate records of employee whereabouts within a facility can be almost impossible, and this can put large workplaces at security risk. While badge readers and pin code entry systems can provide some security and heightened accuracy to large facilities, these systems can be easily bypassed using falsified information.

Biometric time and attendance keeping software uses fingerprint or hand scanners to verify employee identity, eliminating inaccuracies and falsified information. Biometric scanners can also double as door entry systems, providing enhanced time and attendance keeping as well as enhanced facility security.

Common Types of Biometric Scanners

Fingerprint scanners and hand scanners are the most common types of biometric scanners used in the workforce today. Both provide highly accurate employee identification, and may be used as employee time clocks, locational tracking and job costing data entry devices. Fingerprint scanners are smaller than hand scanners, and are therefore more convenient when being used for job costing in many locations. The sensor pad on biometric fingerprint scanners may wear out, however, while hand scanners use lasers to measure employee hand dimensions and tend to last much longer. Workforce supervisors or purchasing managers should take longevity and device size into account when choosing the right biometric time and attendance keeping devices for a facility.

Improving Workforce ROI

Biometric time and attendance keeping devices are nearly impossible to bypass using falsified information, eliminating the possibility of buddy punching and other forms of employee time theft. By obtaining more accurate employee time and attendance data, facilities can cut payroll losses, making production more efficient. With fewer payroll dollars going towards unproductive or absent workers, workforces can turn over a higher return on investment.

Improving Workforce Security

Large workforce facilities which don't restrict access to sensitive areas are open to many costly liabilities, including theft of equipment or intellectual property and employee injury. Even when facilities use common badge ID readers, they are at risk. Badge ID readers and pin code entry systems can easily be broken into using borrowed or stolen ID cards or pin codes.

Biometric time and attendance keeping software and scanners may be used to restrict and allow employee access to certain areas within a facility and track employee duty location. This provides facilities with accurate information on exact employee whereabouts from day to day. When integrated into an online interface, biometric time and attendance keeping software also allows supervisors to change employee door access to various locations depending on the employee's job duties from day to day.