The use of facial recognition systems has become common at many airports around the world. It has managed to significantly cut waiting times, whilst also enhancing security in and around airports. Another benefit, which has become more relevant since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, is that it helps reduce the amount of physical contact needed when checking the identity of individuals.
Essentially, biometrics are used to identify and authenticate a person using a set of recognizable and verifiable data unique and specific to that person, in this case, facial features. Identification answers the question: “Who are you?” Authentication answers the question: “Are you really who you say you are?”.
So how does this technology potentially impact HR? One of the key activities that can benefit from the use of this technology is contactless time and attendance recording, a feature now available with HRBluSky.
Traditionally, capturing employee’s time and attendance is a relatively manual process, a practice that often leads to errors in records and friction between supervisors and employees. Gate entry using identity cards and the use of punch cards come with their own problems, and cards are often misplaced or misused. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, even the use of finger or hand-scan entry systems has become an issue with the need to sanitise between each individual use creating significant logistical problems. And all of this is in addition to the cost of the hardware and software needed to operate these systems.
As the need for social distancing, hygiene and minimizing of physical contact has become a priority, both for the government and for individual organisations, now is the perfect time to consider an alternative with a facial recognition-based time and attendance system that can eliminate all these problems by automatically capturing an employee’s identity and instantly recording his or her attendance. Once an employee’s face is registered into the system, the cameras in the system recognise his or her face when the person appears, instantly marking attendance and granting building access as appropriate. Other associated benefits include ease of use, speed of registration, reduction in fraudulent access, improved data accuracy and reduced costs.
What makes the HRBluSky facial recognition attendance system a market leader?
1. Mobile App
HRBluSky software uses a mobile application to make the facial recognition system accessible for employees at a single touch. The app is available for all types of mobile devices and operating systems, with push notifications and instant updates giving you improved management capabilities. The app has been built to maximise positive user experience and provide interactive engagement and being accessible on mobile devices makes it available at any time required and across all organisation premises.
2. Geo Fencing Technology
To support secure access control HRBluSky uses ‘Geo- Fencing’ in the application, which means that employees can only login when they are at the physical premises. This is done by mapping the location of employees with the authorized office locations.
3. Integrated with the payroll management system
HRBluSky integrates the attendance system with payroll management, thereby avoiding instances such as late attendance or overtime not being recorded effectively in the employee’s payroll.
4. Fully functional app with no specialized support requirements
Unlike many other automated systems, the HRBluSky app doesn’t require specific hardware or software specifications to be implemented in hand-held devices. It also does not require specialized installation and training for an employee or administrator to be able to use the software. The facial recognition attendance system works in a simple and user-friendly way across all hand-held devices and mobile operating systems.
5. Higher accuracy
Unlike many other automated attendance systems, the HRBluSky level of the facial recognition attendance system is very accurate, ensuring that only valid employees can gain access to office premises, and this level of accuracy is valid whether for a small or large number of employees. Time data recording is available to the level of minutes an employee has worked in a day.
6. Increased security
The HRBluSky facial recognition attendance system can also be used to record the entry and exit of any visitors to the premises, improving overall security for the organisation.
7. Data accuracy and availability
HRBluSky‘s facial recognition attendance system ensures that employee data is readily available and accurate for audit, analysis and production of management reports as and when required.
8. Reduced costs
The costs associated with maintaining a common system to login, register books, administration resource and CCTV can be onerous. The HRBluSky solution provides you with enhanced functionality, security and accessibility whilst removing these base costs.
9. Low maintenance and flexibility
The HRBluSky solution automates updates, reducing any human intervention needed to maintain the system. This makes both the implementation process and ongoing usage quick and flexible.
Specifically designed with the UAE market in mind, HRBluSky provides a unique industry-leading solution, covering all the major HR processes that both SME and larger UAE-based organisations have to manage. Features include end-to-end visa process for employees, employee travel, efficient payroll management, medical benefits management, IT device support for employees, advanced facial recognition attendance management, relationship tie-ups with key service providers, integration with ERP systems as required … and so much more! And the good news is that if you identify a new feature that is required, the HRBluSky team will be happy to review and consider implementing.