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Bearing Man Group turned to Dengard Systems to upgrade its surveillance and time and attendance systems.

With its doors first opening in 1974, the Bearing Man Group (BMG) is said to be Africa’s largest specialist distributor of engineering components. With a combined force of over 100 outlets in southern Africa, BMG is strategically positioned to service all sectors of industry including agriculture, mining, petrochemical, sugar, paper and general engineering, as well as the automotive and domestic sectors.

The company strives to be a part of the productivity and operations of each customer’s business. It accomplishes this by providing technical solutions that optimise productivity.

The immediate availability of a comprehensive range of quality branded products sets the company apart in a highly competitive industry.

Since 1974 the company’s workforce has expanded tenfold, so a decent security and time and attendance solution was critical to keep day to day operations running smoothly. Thus the company looked to Dengard Systems to implement newer, more reliable access control and CCTV systems.

BMG decided to go for this upgrade a few months ago, as part of a complete overhaul of its main warehouse. Apart from upgrading the current CCTV system, the group was looking for a better way of controlling time and attendance and thus shifted its focus towards biometrics.

“Our previous time and attendance solution worked well when we employed a smaller workforce, however, with the growing number of employees, numerous problems such as buddy-clock-in occurred,” a company spokesperson said. Furthermore, the company faced endless security problems. The previous time and attendance system was also very outdated and was completely unserviceable.

The overall reward the company was looking for when the solution was operational was that of an effective access control system. Furthermore, it wanted detailed, accurate time and attendance reports to curtail unauthorised overtime and unauthorised access to the factory.

When BMG approached Dengard Systems with our needs it proposed we install a series a Sagem biometric fingerprint readers all connected to an Impronet backbone. However, before things could get underway, BMG’s executive committee had to be convinced that the proposed solution was the best way to go and would deal with all the shortcomings of the previous access control solution.

BMG’s Anton Kritzinger specified the needs and the entire project was then left up to Dengard Systems. The project was not put up for tender, nor were additional companies called in to work on the installation.

After the installation was complete, BMG’s time and attendance records were accurate and up-to-date, security improved and overall the employees are now experiencing a much healthier working environment.

For more information contact Denis Guard, Dengard Systems, +27 (0)83 228 2881.

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