Biometrics in the office

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Biometric technology is sweeping the technology industry, but is something that businesses have so far been wary to introduce to their own workplace. 

Biometrics is used to identify an individual according to their physical or behavioural characteristics: the most familiar examples being retina scanning, fingerprint and hand recognition. This method means badges, passwords, pins and attendance checks can be thrown away and replaced by a new system, which is quicker and more efficient. We’ve investigated some of the major benefits of the technology below.

The most common reason for installing biometrics in the workplace is for the added security that it brings to employees. Biometrics can monitor doors, meaning only those with authorised access can enter. This is particularly useful for companies working with hazardous materials or sensitive information that needs to be protected from the general public.

With devices collecting information from fingerprints, eyes and hands, only permitted employees can unlock doors and gain entrance to specific areas of a building. It will also hold a log of who has entered which room to ensure that confidential information is kept safe at all times. This can also prevent dishonest practices, such as ‘buddy punching’, where one worker clocks in extra hours for another.

Biometrics can be extremely useful when inputting data; mistakes can easily be made in terms of accuracy when inputting manually. Biometric systems record when employers enter and leave work, allowing employers to monitor their pay accurately, taking into account absences and over-time. The information is then transferred straight to the payroll team digitally.

Recording movements in and out of a building means it’s easier to find out who is accountable when something goes wrong. When there is a clear trail of activity, you can see who is responsible if there is a security breach.

Passwords and pins can be a pain for companies. They can be easily forgotten and when written down, they can easily be memorised by unauthorised staff members. A biometric system means only the people authorised to enter a building can gain access. This means that not only are buildings better protected, but there is no need to constantly change pins or passwords to keep security levels high. It also means employees can’t lock themselves out of buildings when they’ve forgotten their pass or badge, increasing attendance levels and accurate time-keeping.

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