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December 29, 2010

Biometric Time Attendance System is a Need for Indian Government Offices

Filed under: Access Control, Attendance system AHMEDABAD, Biometrics — secuwatch @ 7:44 am

Government offices in India were infamous, and continue to remain so. It is the hub of corruption! The case of I P Venkataraman serves an example. He was arrested by Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) for working full-time as a senior official for both India’s federal government and Karnataka state government. He managed both the jobs and was also promoted in them. He attended both the offices irregularly, both situated in the same city. This is symbolic of the work culture in government offices in India. Government officers lack time keeping abilities. Late coming, longer breaks, unnecessary leaves are a part of the daily life of an ordinary civil servant in India.

Face recognition time attendance system can bring down this problem to a considerable extent. Most of the modern government offices have the traditional paper-based time attendance system. Employees mark their in-time and out-time on a sheet of paper. A supervisor approves the recorded detail. This manual process of attendance keeping is time consuming and prone to error. It can be easily manipulated leaving room for corruption. A biometric time attendance can prevent malpractices related to attendance in a government office. Face recognition time attendance has the following benefit that makes it reliable as compared to the attendance sheet of paper:

* Government of India works for the development of the physically disabled in a number of ways. Job reservations are made in government offices for the disabled. A face recognition time attendance will enable them to record daily attendance details without any contact with the attendance keeping system.

* A working day consists of eight hours. Biometric time attendance will help adhering to this schedule. Automated system ensures correct record keeping of attendance in a government office. Late arrivals, leaves and breaks will be calculated systematically.

* The traditional attendance keeping may only require the employee to mark on a piece of paper. Even if the employee is absent, a friend can mark on his behalf and the absentee remains undetected. However, a face recognition time attendance will eliminate this problem.

The Ministry of Home Affairs and Atomic Energy Installation has a biometric time attendance installed in its premises. Other central government institutions are also expected to follow this trend. State governments have also installed biometric time attendance system to achieve better results. Gujarat state government resorted to this system to prevent absenteeism amongst teachers in tribal areas. This will eventually reduce drop-out rates in primary schools. Karnataka State Pollution Control Board employed biometric time attendance system to improve punctuality amongst the staff.

The need of a government office is different from a commercial office. Similarly, the benefit of a face recognition system in a government office is different from that of a commercial office. It helps in preventing identity fraud. Government offices have more data to hide. Leakage of sensitive information can be reduced with this tool. Besides, a face recognition time attendance will work as a whistleblower in the offices. Government offices in India are desperately in need of an image make-over. A biometric time attendance with face recognition will help in this regard.



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October 5, 2007

Biometrics to keep tabs on lazy cops

AHMEDABAD: The days of traffic policemen playing truant while on duty are now numbered. Ahmedabad traffic police will soon install 50 biometric devices to check the ‘lazy’ policemen from dodging duty.

The biometric attendance recording gadgets would be installed at traffic pickets to ensure the punctuality of the staff. The move comes at a time when the city traffic department is looking to add to its staff strength.

“Our proposal has been cleared and the pre-requisite sum has been sanctioned by the state government for acquiring the biometric devices which will be soon in place at traffic pickets in the city,” said additional commissioner of police, traffic, Manoj Agarwal.

The biometrics device uses a touch-screen-based technology which will read thumb impressions and match them with the original records. Each device would cost somewhere between Rs 7,000 to Rs 15,000.

Finally, the long drawn problem of shortage of manpower in traffic police department will also be addressed soon, especially since the state government has sanctioned additional 800 traffic personnel for the Ahmedabad traffic police.

The traffic department already has 50 power bikes and will soon get 50 wireless handsets.Agarwal said, “The state government has approved our proposals for increasing traffic posts given that the city is expanding fast and so is the population.”

Talking about the training schedule for the traffic personnel, he said, “We will be recruiting personnel from police department from constabulary positions. Their traffic management skills will be honed before being posted.”


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