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Face to Face with Biometric Facial Recognition

Until recently, Facial Recognition technology used to be something only seen in the movies. However, in the past year, facial verification devices have surfaced to become a mainstream biometric time and attendance data capture choice for businesses of all sizes. Many companies are quickly adopting Facial Recognition, which allows them to seamlessly capture employee punch in / out data as well as eliminate buddy punching – at a much more affordable price.

How does Facial Recognition Work?

As a “touchless” biometric device, Facial Recognition units allow employees to simply look into the terminal to punch in or out. In just seconds, a 3D face recognition camera captures the relative position, size and shape of the employee’’s eyes, nose, cheekbones and jaw to create parameters for the biometric template. This template is made up of the employee’’s facial points only and is stored as a file; no photograph is captured, saved or shared, keeping each employee’’s privacy protected. The Facial Recognition system is touchless, accurate and fast, with verification time of less than one second!

Facial Recognition vs. Traditional Readers and Biometrics?

Facial Recognition data collection is quickly replacing the traditional swipe card reader, as well as biometric finger and hand scanners. Swipe cards can be expensive to issue and replace when lost, and dirt can result in the inability to read a magnetic or barcode strips. Dusty or moist fingers and hands are not easily read by scanners and can quickly contaminate devices. Since there’’s no need to touch the device, Facial Recognition technology is an excellent choice to reduce cross contamination and the spread of germs in food processing, healthcare or manufacturing environments.

Too good to be true?

It is common when introducing a new technology for concern or pushback to arise. Are Facial Recognition devices too hi-tech? Although the technology is fairly new to the time and attendance market, it has been proven in other markets for over a decade. Employees may be concerned that their photograph is being taken and/or stored, but as described above, only unique facial point data is stored for their template. With proper employee education and training, these apprehensions are easily diffused. For tips for easy implementation, see the Owl Time Clock Blog post: It’s No Surprise: Top 5 Tips for Implementing Biometric Devices.