Biometrics create a spark

May 2009 Access Control & Identity Management

Steinmüller Engineering opts for biometrics to control worker access.

Steinmüller Engineering is an engineering services provider that has been operating in southern Africa for over 45 years. The company’s core business is the maintenance of power stations.

The company was unhappy with its time and attendance solution, which allowed employees to clock each other in and out, making the time attendance register completely inaccurate. This also had an impact on the company’s payroll as some staff would be paid for work not done.

The company decided it was necessary to curb the time and attendance problem, and Steinmüller put out a tender for an appropriate solution. Stanley Security Solutions won the bid and was tasked with running the project from design to implementation.

The new system is based on biometrics and does not allow employees to clock in or out for each other as they have to physically be present in order to register for work.

Steinmüller decided on Sagem fixed and portable biometric readers as well as BESAccess software to interface the clocking data to Navision ERP software. However, before the rollout could commence, Stanley faced a problem. A lack of bandwidth and poorly performing networks made the implementation a challenge, one which Stanley managed to overcome.

To measure the project progress, the company decided to set up weekly status meetings. Any issues that needed addressing were brought into the open and resolved at these weekly meetings.

Once the solution was up and running, Steinmüller was pleased with the results as it is now able to accurately record time and attendance and completely eradicate the buddy-clock-in system.

For more information contact Kobus le Roux, Stanley Security Solutions, 0861 500 500.


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