M2SYS and Fujitsu will be offering a free webinar on August 30th from 2:00 to 2:30pm EST, 11:00 to 11:30pm PST on how palm vein technology can help to strengthen workforce management and PCI compliance. The webinar will cover how using biometric palm vein technology to strengthen compliance can: help replace passwords with a palm scan, increase record storage security, establish significant cost savings, stop employee buddy punching, improve productivity, create a concrete audit trail, reduce payroll errors and strengthen labor law adherence.
We are proud to announce that we have recently released a free white paper entitled: “Eliminating Time Theft, Establishing Accountability and Increasing Productivity with Biometric Technology.” This white paper begins with a look at the problems lack of employee accountability creates for a business and how it negatively impacts efficiency and profitability. It then examines the increasing problem of employee time theft (offering in depth look at actual examples like extended lunch breaks, lollygagging, etc.) and how it impacts a businesses bottom line, causing billions of dollars of losses each year. The white paper then studies limitations that traditional employee time and attendance methods pose including; sharing personal identification numbers (PIN’s), replacing stolen or lost employee ID badges, cost of resetting passwords and more. We then explore monetary and productivity losses from inefficient payroll techniques including detailed charts and graphs that break down the numbers and present alarming statistics on just much these factors can drain profitability.
The white paper then discusses the positive impact that biometric identification technology has on employee time and attendance providing concrete examples on realized monetary savings and the direct links of adopting biometrics to increase risk mitigation. Next we break down the different biometric modalities (fingerprint, finger vein, palm vein and iris recognition) providing the benefits of each as well as a detailed modality usability and accuracy chart. We finish up the white paper by comparing a PC-based biometric “soft” clock with a wall mounted biometric time clock.
We hope that this white paper is helpful for our readers to gain a more thorough understanding about the value of biometric technology for time and attendance and the advantages that it brings compared to other more traditional forms of employee identification. Please fill out the contact form on the right if you would like to receive a copy of the white paper, or click on this link:
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Recent reports have suggested that the contactless biometric sensor market is poised for rapid growth as more deployments of the technology take hold in vertical markets around the globe. The report suggests that market growth for touchless sensing could reach $3656.8 million ($3.6 billion) by the end of 2015. Touchless biometric sensors can be found in biometric hardware like Fujitsu’s PalmSecure Palm Vein biometric reader, Hitachi’s VeinID Finger Vein device and contactless fingerprint readers. The report defined target applications for the technology as gaming, consumer electronics, automotives and transportation.
As biometric deployments begin to expand into markets and environments that are characterized by end users who may possess less than ideal skin conditions to use fingerprint technology, contactless biometric sensor technology is proving to be a viable solution. We have previously stated that fingerprint technology is not a one-size-fits-all solution due to its reliance on skin integrity and difficulty to function properly in certain environments and with various ethnicities. Contactless biometric sensors (which have also proven to be more accurate than sensors that require contact) alleviate these problems plus offer the added feature of being more hygienic, a problem that plagues biometric technology with sensors that require contact.
Expect to see more interest in vascular biometrics and iris recognition as companies, organizations and countries seek to deploy secure, accurate, hygienic biometric identification solutions in the future.
The following is a guest post from Jason Hodge, Vice President of Business Development for SecurLinx. SecurLinx specializes in networked biometric deployments and multi-modal biometric integration. You can read more about biometric technology on the SecurLinx blog which can be found at http://securlinx.blogspot.com/
Iris, Retina, Face, Fingerprint, Finger vein, Palm geometry, Palm vein, gait, ear, DNA, body odor, voice, typing rhythm, signature recognition. The range of human physical traits and behaviors offers fertile ground for scientists interested in quantifying them for use in identifying individuals.
Two main forces have influenced the selection of biometric identification modality from the near limitless choices: Convenience and Necessity.
Face and fingerprint have been by far the most convenient from both scientific and deployment perspectives.
Scientists need data to develop the algorithms that biometric systems use to identify individuals. For face and finger, data was never a problem. Bureaucracies have been collecting both for a century.
In deployment, it’s easy and convenient for participating individuals to interact with the technology.
Necessity, playing its usual role, has driven the development of other biometric modalities. From a development perspective, given enough data, time and money, I suspect any definable aspect of the human anatomy could be used as a biometric identifier.
In instances where teeth are all that is known about an individual, they are used for high confidence identification.
As long as the telephone is with us as a ubiquitous communication tool, there will be significant demand for voice recognition no matter the challenges.
In order to displace finger/hand and face/eye biometrics in wide scale deployments, the newer biometric modalities will have to out-compete them on two levels, in the lab and in the market. But in order to thrive as high value-added tools in highly specialized deployments they just need to help solve a high value problem.
Any biometric modality can be useful, especially if it’s the only one available.
Ok, so you readily admit you are a biometric novice. You know that biometric identification is growing in prominence, offers many unique features and characteristics not available with other technologies like barcoding and personal identification numbers (PINs) and is an affordable option. However, what isn’t so clear is the difference between biometric readers in addition to the when, where and why of their use. Let’s try and shed some light on that by comparing fingerprint to palm vein biometric readers.
Fingerprint biometrics is the most widely used modality in the industry hands down. Well over half of all the biometric deployments across the globe are for fingerprint technology and it works very well in most situations. Despite this, fingerprint biometrics is not normally viewed within the industry as a “one-size-fits-all” solution. There are some subtle variables to recognize and keep in mind if shopping for a biometric system and considering fingerprint as your choice of reader. Variables that may not be obvious at first but could very well cause you to choose palm vein biometrics instead as the optimal hardware for your deployment.
You may not have considered these top 5 reasons to evauluate palm vein biometrics over fingerprint, but we assure you that they are important reasons to consider and deserve careful review before moving forward:
Reason #1 – Your workforce tends to have unfavorable skin integrity.
Many people work in industries that require the use of tools, chemicals and machines. Industries that are heavily dependent on the hands of their workers which may compromise skin integrity. Cuts, scrapes, scars, bruises, dryness, roughness, moisture and other skin conditions can render an individual’s fingerprint unreadable which can cause difficulties when using a fingerprint reader. Consider using palm vein technology instead which does not rely on skin integrity but instead uses near infrared light to map the vein pattern beneath your palm and uses that as the template for your biometric identification.
Reason #2 – Hygiene is of particular concern to you and your staff.
Fingerprint readers require direct contact with the sensor to scan and identify an individual. Direct contact can lead to periodic reader cleansing especially in environments that see a high volume of use. Palm vein readers require direct contact with a hand guide placed over the sensor, and theoretically a successful scan could be executed by simply hovering over the device. For those utilizing the hand guide however, the device is easy to clean and keep sanitary without compromising the performance of the actual biometric sensor.
Reason #3 – Maximizing return on investment.
Because fingerprint readers require direct contact with the sensor (see #2) which accelerates wear and tear on the device, the longevity of the reader tends to be shorter. Since palm vein readers do not require direct contact with any sensor to capture biometric credentials, they tend to last longer helping you to achieve a higher return on your initial investment.
Reason #4 – The stigma associated with fingerprint readers.
One of the most important aspects of deploying a biometric identification system is communicating to employees the safety and integrity of capturing and storing their biometric template data. There are those who consider the capture of their fingerprint visceral because of the stigma that an image being stored has the potential to be misused or stolen. Palm vein technology uses near infrared light to read vein patterns beneath the skin so the system is non-traceable – i.e. there is no latent footprint when a person enrolls and uses this type of system. Because vein patterns exist inside of the body, it is practically impossible to recreate someone’s biometric template.
Reason #5 – Palm vein technology is affordable.
For all of the distinct advantages that palm vein technology offers, it is an affordable alternative to fingerprint. You may think that switching to a biometric modality that uses near infrared light through a contactless sensor to map a vein pattern beneath the skin might be wildly more expensive than fingerprint but this is not the case. We have examples of customers who were originally using fingerprint and decided to switch to palm vein technology for one or more of the reasons listed above.
Contact us to learn more about how Fujitsu’s palm vein technology can work to your advantage if you are considering a biometric system or if you have a current system that uses fingerprint technology.
We’d like to hear from our palm vein users – how has using Fujitsu’s palm vein reader been an asset to your biometric system deployment? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Earlier last week, Mizan Rahman (M2SYS CEO/CTO) was recognized by InfoWorld as a 2011 Technology Leader for creating Hybrid Biometric Platform, a multi-modal biometrics system that supports fingerprint, finger vein, palm vein and iris recognition. Details of the award and information about why Mizan created Hybrid Biometric Platform can be found here:
We are proud that Mizan was recognized as a Technology Innovator for creating Hybrid Biometric Platform, a true testament to the will, creativity and hard work that Mizan injected into the project and the biometric software engine that resulted. Mizan is honored and humbled by the recognition from InfoWorld and even more pleased that many of our customers are actually using Hybrid Biometrics and reaping the vision that Mizan had for this system.
If you plan on attending the 29th Annual American Payroll Association (APA) Congress this week in Salt Lake City, please stop by our Booth (#1019) to see firsthand how RightPunch PC-based biometric time clock identification technology can interface with your payroll software to help cut costs, increase efficiencies and boost productivity. We will be showcasing fingerprint, finger vein and palm vein biometric technology with demos and plenty of experts on hand to answer your questions.
With the ability to now seamlessly interface with Kronos, ADP, TimeForce (Qqest), Empower and Insperity workforce management platforms, RightPunch is an affordable PC-based biometric time clock that has the potential to save 2%-4% of gross payroll. Plus, it speeds up the check-in/check-out process to boost employee productivity and it is more safe and efficient than ID cards or personal identification numbers. RightPunch also eliminates employee time theft, reported to cost U.S. companies nearly $400 billion per year.
The hallmark themes of the APA Congress are “Competence, Compliance, Community” so what better time to educate yourself on biometric technology, which ensures compliance with labor tracking laws and offers so many benefits and a strong potential to maximize your return on investment.
Take a look at this video to learn more about one of our customers who recently implemented RightPunch biometric identification with their Kronos time and attendance software to replace paper time sheets and instantly saw a 90% efficiency increase:
This week, M2SYS created a training video on proper and improper scanning techniques for the M2 Palm Vein reader that uses Fujitsu’s PalmSecure sensor. If you are a new or existing palm vein customer, this video demonstrates the correct placement of the hand on the hand guide to ensure an accurate read of the end user’s palm vein pattern as well as incorrect placement of the hand that will cause difficulty in obtaining a proper scan.
Please take a moment to view the video and contact us if you have any comments or questions:
Despite the numerous benefits that biometric technology brings to the table for the many vertical markets that it serves, there are some reasons to NOT use biometric identification technology. May seem strange for a biometric software developer to be listing reasons to not use their technology, but bear with us as we explain some reasons that biometrics just may not be the technology that can help your business.
Reason #1 – You do not understand how biometric technology works.
We will be the first to tell you that if you have not done your homework and proper due diligence on how biometric technology works and which software and hardware application is best suited for your business then it probably is not a good idea to use it. As with any investment in technology, businesses should spend time researching options, asking questions, reading case studies, engaging with others that currently use the technology, and evaluating long term return on investment (ROI) potential.
After completing adequate research, you may find that biometrics is not best suited for your needs. However most businesses discover that when weighed against the alternatives, biometrics is usually the most efficient and secure identification technology that offers the highest potential for maximum ROI.
Reason #2 – You think that biometric technology is a passing fad that will soon be replaced with yet another more technologically advanced identification.
The simple truth is that biometric identification technology is here to stay and will be around for a long time to come. Whether it’s for time and attendance/workforce management, healthcare, banking, membership management, public safety or point of sale biometrics has continued to spread throughout many vertical markets and is increasingly recognized for the many benefits that it brings to businesses and governments that use it. Furthermore, the global biometric market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 23% through 2013.
Biometrics is the only identification technology that can verify with near absolute certainty the identity of an individual. As word spreads of the tangible benefits that biometrics offers and the truth about how the technology works becomes more understood, expect to see more deployments for businesses that wish to invest in a technology that establishes the efficiencies that they expect.
Reason #3 – You like losing 2 – 4% of your payroll each year to payroll error rates and time theft.
Employee time theft costs U.S. employers hundreds of billions of dollars per year and among the most egregious of time theft practices is buddy punching. Buddy punching is a preventable facet of time theft and biometric technology is the perfect solution, eliminating the ability of employees to clock in and out for a colleague and significantly increasing productivity as a result. Plus, biometrics is more secure and efficient than ID cards or personal identification numbers (PINs), helps to save the environment and ensures compliance with labor tracking laws.
Reason #4 – Security and safety of your employees is of no concern.
One of the major problems that barcode ID cards and PINs present is that they can be swapped, shared or stolen. For example, barcode cards can be stolen and used for unauthorized access to secure areas of a business, jeopardizing the safety of other employees and acting as a catalyst for theft of merchandise, information or other assets. Biometrics relies on human physiological characteristics for identification which can’t be swapped, shared or stolen creating a more safe and secure environment for you and for your employees.
Reason #5 – You don’t really care if anyone is held accountable for anything at anytime.
Of the many benefits that biometric identification technology offers its end users, establishing accountability is perhaps one of the top reasons to use it. If the identification system you are using is archaic, subject to malfeasance and corrupting your staff by tempting them to abuse it for their own gain then why not consider incorporating a system that removes these inadequacies? Biometric technology also ensures that there is a clear audit trail, thereby encouraging responsibility from your employees to act ethically and be accountable for their actions.
Take time to think about some of the problems in your business that biometric technology can solve. Hopefully this post brought a few reasons to mind on how biometrics can help you.
What are some other reasons that biometrics would not be a benefit to your business? Be creative…
In case you missed it, last week Fujitsu Frontech released a smaller, slimmer and faster vascular palm vein reader that promises to be small enough to add biometric recognition user authentication in laptop computers and other electronic components. This is a significant announcement for the evolution of vascular palm vein sensor technology proving that Fujitsu continues to innovate in the field and encourage the widespread adoption of this technology throughout the industry.
If you recall, vascular biometric technology does not rely on fingerprints for identification purposes, so the integrity of the skin is not an issue. Instead, vascular biometrics uses a near infrared light to map and capture vein patterns beneath the skin and then uses that image as the basis for individual identification. In most cases, fingerprint technology works well but has proved to not be a “one size fits all” biometric modality especially in cases where end users may have cuts, scrapes, scars and bruises or fall under a certain age or ethnic demographic.
With the release of the new, slimmer palm vein sensor Fujitsu has opened the door for laptop, notebook and electronic device manufacturers to adopt a vascular authentication modality for their components essentially providing what is arguably one of the most reliable and accurate biometric technologies to a wider array of products. Fujitsu also stated that the new palm vein sensor technology has significant improvements in speed and functionality over previous sensors. This is significant news and will most likely continue to catapult the rapid growth of palm vein vascular biometrics into the higher echelon of biometric modalities.
We have already discussed how palm vein and vascular biometrics has impacted healthcare and membership management and why its important to consider this technology if you are searching for a biometric identification system for your business. Now that Fujitsu has released the new palm vein sensor technology, we hope to soon be writing about how this technology has helped to increase security on laptops and electronic devices and the continued proliferation of vascular biometric identification within many vertical markets.
What are your thoughts on Fujitsu’s new, slimmer and faster palm vein sensor?