Security tap tightened

May 2009 Access Control & Identity Management

Founded in 1980, ISCA is a South African manufacturer of high quality brass taps and mixers for all domestic applications.

It operates from a head office and factories in Johannesburg with sales and service offices in major metropolitan areas around South Africa, as well as in Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

ISCA’s product range is aimed at all market sectors, from the low- to the top-end of the market, with various finishes, including satin chrome and gold plating.

As can be imagined, a company of this size employs a rather substantial crew. Thus the need for robust, accurate time and attendance solutions is of the utmost importance to empower the company to prevent theft and to properly track employee time and attendance.

Before ISCA decided on a biometric access control system, the company used a card-based solution, which allowed for all kinds of dishonest behaviour, such as buddy-clocking, costing the company thousands of rands.

The solution provider, Timewatch, has been working with ISCA for over two years and it endeavoured to deliver a solution that would solve the above problems in ISCA’s existing and new premises.

The proposed solution was a rather complex one, with Turnstar turnstiles at the entrance points, complete with handheld metal detectors. Sagem MA500, MA100s biometric finger scanners were installed at workplaces throughout the factory to monitor time and attendance. These were linked into the access control system. The system would then monitor if an employee has clocked in for duty. Furthermore, if he or she is on duty, the system would prevent the employee from exiting the building until the shift ends.

The main benefactors of a biometrics solution will be the manufacturing and administration departments. A reduction in theft, stricter control over time and attendance and improved security are the benefits to be gained from this solution.

Timewatch had a system design architect overseeing the entire implementation to ensure that everything was done according to specification. ISCA is happy with the solution: theft is down, time and attendance is accurate, and overall it is deemed to have been worth the money.

For more information contact Garth Odendal, Timewatch, +27 (0)83 458 4693.

Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

The benefits of electronic visitor management
August 2019, Powell Tronics , Access Control & Identity Management, Residential Estate (Industry)
Access control is a critical aspect of estate security as it represents the controls put in place to restrict entry (and possibly exit) along the outer boundary of the location.

Addressing risks by means of access control layout and design
August 2019 , Access Control & Identity Management, Security Services & Risk Management
In order to develop a suitable, practical and appropriate security system for any organisation, it is essential to first develop a master security and life safety plan strategy.

Secure hands-free access
August 2019, Suprema , Access Control & Identity Management, Residential Estate (Industry)
Suprema’s facial biometric terminals bring no-touch access into secure residential estates, high-rise apartments and luxury homes providing fast, easy and intuitive user authentication with the added benefit of hygiene.

MorphoAccess Sigma Extreme
August 2019, IDEMIA , Products, Access Control & Identity Management
MorphoAccess Sigma Extreme from IDEMIA is a touchscreen device with multiple recognition device interfaces (NFC chip reader, PIN and BioPIN codes, contactless card readers).

Outdoor access terminals
August 2019, Suprema , Access Control & Identity Management, Residential Estate (Industry), Products
Rugged, dust- and weather-proof access control solutions that provide exceptional durability in extreme conditions is a strong requirement for many residential estates.

MorphoWave Compact
August 2019, IDEMIA , Products, Access Control & Identity Management
The MorphoWave Compact captures and matches four fingerprints on either the right or left hand in any direction. It is robust to environmental factors such as extreme light or dust.

MorphoAccess Sigma Lite
August 2019, IDEMIA , Products, Access Control & Identity Management
IDEMIA’s MorphoAccess Sigma Lite and Lite + are fingerprint access control terminals, offering time and attendance in and out function keys.

Eliminating forced gate opening scenarios
August 2019, ET Nice , Home Security, Access Control & Identity Management
When activated by the gate forced open alarm feature, the transmitter transmits a wireless alarm signal up to 750 metres in any direction.

IAM has business on high alert
August 2019 , Access Control & Identity Management
Identity and Access Management (IAM) is now a must in commerce and the need to protect digital assets is driving the development of solutions and widespread adoption

Came acquires Turkish company Özak
August 2019, CAME BPT South Africa , News, Access Control & Identity Management
Came broadens its market horizons and signals growth and consolidation in the Middle East.