Five Myths about Biometric Attendance Systems

Biometric attendance systems are fast, convenient, extremely accurate, and cannot be circumvented by a borrowed card. As new technologies can be haunted with uncertainty, people are often clueless on how the system handles their data. Below are the top five myths and the facts that the Fingera attendance system has for them.

Myth No. 1: The biometric attendance system stores the fingerprints of employees.

The Fingera attendance system does not store images of employee fingerprints, only so-called templates or samples are. These have long been a general standard in biometrics. All the essential elements of the fingerprint are stored in a tiny file, making the comparison several times faster. To get a better idea, it is possible to store several thousand templates in the space for an ordinary photo from a mobile phone, so the database of a large company does not take up much space.

It is technically not possible to re-create a fingerprint itself from the samples. A comparison template is created during the first registration, but the image itself is not saved anywhere. If, by chance, hackers steal the samples, they’re useless as they cannot be used to get inside. Thanks to our own algorithm, comparisons are extremely fast. In a single second, it can find the matching fingerprint among more than a billion others.

Myth No. 2: The introduction of a biometric system means that the employer does not trust their employees.

The Fingera system is designed to make life easier and increase comfort for both employees and employers. Employers have an overview of the time worked by employees and can pay monthly wages accordingly. Employees also have an easier sign in when they arrive to work. The program also shows them how many hours they have worked in a given month and the number of remaining working days, but also displays leave and other benefits. This overview is available to them any time. Fully transparent for both parties, it increases mutual trust.

Myth No. 3: Biometric attendance systems are expensive and mainly for large companies.

Fingera is able to adapt to the specific requirements of a company – be it a small, medium or large enterprise. The attendance system can be made of a single terminal, but it can also be a solution with dozens of terminals supporting cloud and virtualization technologies. Or alternatively, attendance can work exclusively on mobile phones.

The complexity of the solution also impacts the operating costs. For example, for a small family business with eight employees, the price for the Fingera attendance system is around 10 Euros per month.

Myth No. 4: Biometric attendance systems are demanding in terms of operation and administration.

You do not need any expert knowledge to set up and operate the Fingera attendance system. All essential features can also be set up using video manuals. Fingera offers a user-friendly mobile app and also works in web browsers, where you can edit your attendance with one click. In addition to simplified records, companies do not have to purchase large quantities of unecological paper for attendance.

Using the system itself is also convenient and simple. During the first registration with Fingera, multiple fingers are scanned, but only one of them is required when signing in. By removing cards from the sign-in process, administration is also simplified. This could cause problems in case cards are lost or forgotten especially in larger companies.

Using a biometric system is a much faster and more accurate method of not only attendance recording, but also for processing employee requests related to attendance. The employer can handle these requests in real time, which again brings more accurate data, time savings, and flexibility for employees.

Myth No. 5: Biometric systems only work in ideal conditions and are easy to circumvent.

Today, biometric systems are based on multispectral technology that is unaffected by weather, temperature, or other environmental factors. They are, therefore, applicable in all sectors and environments. The possibility that the system would mistake a random fingerprint for another is practically zero.

It’s similar in regard to attempts to circumvent it, for example by using photos or artificial fingers. In this aspect, a biometric access system is fundamentally different from others based on passwords or cards. Cards can be stolen or voluntarily provided to others, and the same can be done with a password. However, biometrics can ensure, for example, that a missing employee cannot be signed in by friends. Attendance data is therefore much more reliable.

See for yourself that a biometric attendance system is suitable for you as well. Try our demo and increase your workplace convenience.

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