Attendance systems are set to undergo a massive change in the new normal. This article discusses fingerprint based biometric attendance systems and why they aren’t good enough in the current market. With advent of easy, contactless, face recognition based attendance systems, employee attendance is set to see a massive change in the near future.
We have all heard of the ‘new normal’ — a person who slept through 2020 would be shocked to see the changes that have happened in 1 year to the way we live our personal and professional lives. While most companies have chosen to adopt a flexible policy of allowing employees to work from home and office, some companies have announced a bold step of a permanent ‘work-from-anywhere’ policy. In this context, HR and admin teams are forced to rethink how to track, monitor and evaluate employee productivity.
Most companies track time of employees and contract workers. Tracking check-in and check-out times is integral to employee attendance solutions. For most companies, this serves 4 purposes:
While some companies are fairly flexible about check-in and check-out times, most companies enforce some kind of discipline to ensure maximum productivity.
Here are some commonly available employee attendance solutions in the market.
Biometric devices capture attendance based on fingerprint of employees. They are popular employee attendance solutions among small businesses, factories, gyms, schools etc. They are touch based hardware and support attendance only for on-premise employees, two reasons why they are unfit for post-Covid workplaces.
A technician installs a biometric device and usually these devices are integrated with an access control system such as a magnetic door lock, a turnstile, flap barrier etc. Employees do a one-time registration by linking their thumbprint with a unique employee ID. Every time an employee comes inside a facility, she places her thumb on a sensor that tracks the check-in and check-out times.
Biometric solutions became popular in the last decade primarily because of the following reasons:
While these systems did a great job in the past decade, biometric attendance solutions have outlived their utility in the post-Covid world. There are 4 major challenges with fingerprint based scanning hardware:
Thanks to advances in technology, employee attendance is seeing a massive shift from touch-based hardware-centric solutions to contactless, mobile-app centric attendance. What is further fuelling this transition is advances in the field of artificial intelligence based facial recognition technology that instantly identifies faces with a high degree of accuracy.
Organizations are looking for employee attendance solutions with the following wish-list:
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