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Science fiction movies are the first association that most people have when biometric technology is mentioned, but such solutions are reality in many enterprises in North America. In particular, fingerprint identification is becoming widely available and much more affordable than just a few years ago, motivating employers to consider adopting this technology 2018. Depending on exact circumstances of each organization, embracing this emerging trend could be a wise decision
Here is the list of the main reasons why deployment of biometric solutions may be a good idea:
1) Security concerns
Precise and automated identification of people passing through certain key points has an obvious value in terms of security. In a way, biometric systems represent an upgrade on CCTV cameras, magnetic card scanners and other traditional security methods. While the critics often imply that technologies of this kind infringe on privacy, in reality they perform access control function that would have to be performed anyway, only faster, more reliably and with less hassle.
As new security challenges continue to arise on the global level, local companies have to explore all options at their disposal. While fingerprint algorithms alone can’t completely block threats, they can provide a strong deterrent to infiltration and prevent any unauthorized persons from entering the premises. That’s especially useful for corporations that have a pronounced need to protect their trade secrets and want to track which employees have access to the most sensitive areas.
2) Attendance management
With a biometric time and attendance system, employers can easily track where their workers are at any given moment. This practically eliminates any opportunity to manipulate the controls and falsely claim compensation for hours spent elsewhere. By minimizing absence from work and introducing a greater sense of accountability, biometric solutions can greatly contribute to effective and transparent workforce management
In fact, automated systems for identification based on biological markers benefit the employees as well. They won’t have to suffer penalties for forgetting their ID cards at home, and will be able to gain access to their office at any hour just by pressing a finger to the scanner. When time sheets are fully data-based, the most productive workers will naturally stand out without having to worry about office politics or management’s biases.
3) Financial benefits
One of the most persuasive arguments for use of biometric technology is that it makes a tangible impact on company finances. It reduces the need for hiring additional security guards and purchasing protective equipment, while at the same time keeping accidental damage or theft at a minimum. Since fingerprint identification systems typically affect productivity in a positive way, it is clear that long-term gains are more than significant.
Many businesses are resisting this upgrade out of fear that costs would be prohibitively high, but that’s not accurate any more. Specialized scanners that can read fingerprints are now available at reasonable prices, while implementation and maintenance is handled by specialized companies. It should also be noted this is an investment with a very short return period, as the value of biometric equipment will be recouped quickly through lower operating expenses and higher output.