@M2SYS Partners with RedPrairie to Offer PC-based Biometric Time Clocks for Employee Time and Attendance

A biometric time clock for labor tracking, preventing time theft and lowering costs.

RightPunch™ PC-based biometric time clock

Today M2SYS announced another partnership to broaden the reach of RightPunch™ a PC-based biometric time clock designed as an affordable alternative to a wall mounted time clock or a way to augment exist time clocks. We are proud to say that RedPrairie Corporation, a leader in enterprise workforce management software and labor tracking solutions that improve employee performance will now offer the RightPunch™ biometric time clock as a complement to their existing workforce optimization tools.

Many companies are already using the RightPunch™ biometric time clock and realizing the benefits after switching from paper time sheets, non-biometric time clocks or outdated time and attendance systems. Among the long list of benefits that a PC-based biometric time clock can bring to a company seeking to lower costs, raise employee productivity and maximize return on investment with a workforce management application the following are important benefits for companies to consider that seek to control labor costs:

  • Increased employee productivity by eliminating time theft and speeding up punch times.
  • Strengthened security and efficiency over ID cards or personal identification numbers (PINs).
  • Reduction of payroll inflation and payroll error rates.
  • Ensuring compliance with labor tracking laws by establishing a concrete audit trail of punch activity.
  • Offline punch capture and schedule enforcement to ensure accurate data and compliance in cases of network loss.

M2SYS has developed a customized version of RightPunch™ that interfaces with RedPrairie’s workforce management platform and communicates with RedPrairie time and attendance software to seamlessly submit stored punches, enforce schedule restrictions and provide access to employee self service features. RightPunch™ also has an optional touch screen interface allowing it to run on kiosks or terminals that can be mounted to the wall just like a traditional time clock. Under the terms of the partnership, RedPrairie will market and resell the RightPunch™ biometric time clock to its customers and prospects.

We are excited for the future of PC-based biometric time clocks and the benefits they can bring to companies seeking to fortify their workforce management software solutions. Please contact us with comments or feedback on this partnership or any other questions about our RightPunch™ solution.

A link to the press release announcing the partnership between M2SYS and RedPrairie can be found here.

Retail Technology for Inventory Management, Customer Data Protection, Mobile Market & Lowering Shrink – #biometricchat – December 1, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST

Using biometrics for employee identification at point of sale to help retailers reduce shrink

Tweet chat on retail technology

When: December 1, 2011

11:00 am EST, 8:00 am PST, 16:00 pm BST, 17:00 pm (CEST), 23:00 pm (SGT), 0:00 (JST)

Where: tweetchat.com (hashtag #biometricchat)

What: Tweet chat on retail technology

Topics: Using retail technology for inventory management, protecting customer data, capitalizing on mobile markets, reducing shrink

We are happy to welcome Dan Jablons (@danjab) from Retail Smart Guys as our guest for December’s #biometricchat on using technology in retail to:

— help better manage inventory

protect customer data

— capitalize on the mobile market for the holidays and beyond

lower shrink

On Ohio State grad, Dan has worked with retailers such as Walmart, Target, JC Penney, American Apparel, Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan, Jimmy Choo, Charles David, Diesel, Oakley, Tumi, Hollywood Bowl, and many others.  He has worked for a clothing manufacturer where he piloted vendor-managed inventory programs, a leading point-of-sale provider (where he installed systems and provided merchandising help to retailers large and small) and internet marketing (where he helped retailers establish a presence on the web.)

Dan will be discussing what technology retailers should be considering when developing strategies for: inventory management, mobile markets, protecting customer data from fraud and theft, and reducing shrink. We will ask Dan his thoughts on using biometric technology for employee identification at point of sale as a strategy to lower shrink and what other retail applications he sees biometrics working with in the future.

Just in case you are interested in participating but are new to Tweet chats, please read this post which outlines the instructions and procedures. We hope that you will join us for the discussion, and please spread the word among your colleagues and friends.

Do you have any questions that you would like to ask Dan? Please send them to: john@m2sys.com or come prepared with your questions, comments and feedback on Thursday, December the 1st!

Public Opinion on Biometric Technology Points to Wider Acceptance

fingerprint biometric technology

Fingerprint Biometrics

A recent report released by Unisys Corporation revealed that over half of Americans surveyed are willing to offer biometric information to secure their identities. Airport checkpoints, banking transactions and government benefit distribution topped the list of services Americans identified as worthwhile to give up their biometric data in exchange for security and convenience. Interestingly enough, only 21.3% of those surveyed said they were willing to provide their biometric information to social media sites suggesting their distrust with these platforms and their perceived inability to carefully manage biometric identity information. Do these recent survey results suggest that perhaps we have reached the tipping point for Americans greater acceptance of biometric identification technology for security and protection against identity theft?

One of the biggest impediments to widespread acceptance of biometric identification technology in the U.S. has been the overwhelming perception that offering one’s biometric information is akin to sacrificing your right to personal privacy and opening the door to possible identity theft if a hacker or criminal were to steal your identity. What’s worse, unlike an ID card or a personal identification number (PIN), once compromised, biometric information can’t be changed or replaced. This perception combined with additional concerns about governments assembling massive databases on citizens has quelled the adoption of biometrics as a mainstream technology for individual identification. Whereas other countries have openly embraced biometrics as a means to identify individuals, the U.S. has moved much more cautiously with most major biometric deployments coming from the government sector for areas like border security and immigration.

However, the last three years have witnessed steady growth of biometrics within the commercial sector as businesses begin to realize the inherent benefits and potential large returns on investment that biometric identification can bring. Retail is using biometrics for point of sale application secure sign on. Biometrics is enjoying growth in workforce management for time and attendance to combat employee time theft and payroll fraud. Healthcare is using biometrics for patient identification to eliminate duplicate medical records, increase patient safety and lower hospital liability. Fitness clubs now look to biometrics for member ID to avoid the costly fees of maintaining plastic ID cards. And this is all just the tip of the iceberg. As use of mobile devices continues to explode and custom applications simplify the daily tasks of our lives, strong support for biometric technology to secure these devices is increasing. It’s almost as if the technological dynamics of our society has changed information access so radically  that biometrics has become a necessity to verify the identity of an individual without a shadow of a doubt.

As more is known about biometrics and word spreads of the benefits it offers to help industries strengthen security, cut waste, stop fraud and lower risk, growth will continue and the technology will flourish in the years to come.