Gone are the days when Biometric technology was reserved for the military and spy films – now it’s not uncommon to see technologies such as fingerprint, voice, facial or iris recognition on a daily basis. Today, we can just look in our pockets to find examples of this technology integrated with our mobile phones.
With this technology being so commonplace now, more and more people are becoming comfortable with using it and the many benefits are becoming clear. This is why more workplaces are choosing to implement biometric technology throughout their buildings and sites.
There are many options to choose between when it comes to which technology to include, for example the MSite fingerprint access control can be used for contactless sign-in. Increasing security is, of course, a huge benefit of these systems but they can offer even more for your employees and the working environment in general.
Improving Security and Reducing Fraud
Every workplace wants to ensure their employees and their buildings and sites are secure and safe. We’re all familiar with using passwords to access private or sensitive information, but how reliable is this form of security? Passwords are not a safe form of security, they are easily hacked and are regularly forgotten. An upgrade to biometric securities to replace passwords would greatly improve security in the workplace, as well as removing the burden from employees to remember a variety of different passwords for work systems. This will, in turn, cut down on time wasted and will maximise efficiencies and processes throughout the business.
Whereas construction sites once had a gateman with a pen and paper sign-in book or used a card/fob system, nowadays, they can benefit from biometrics to replace these methods for a faster and more reliable system. Introducing contactless technology is also proving useful in mitigating the spread of Coronavirus and the digital transactions generate data which can then be reported more readily, thereby providing real-time workforce insights.
With up-to-date and efficient biometrics in place, the strengths and benefits are clear, employees will always have their voice, fingerprints or face with them. There’s no need to remember any additional passwords or fobs for entry to a building or site and this unique information is not something that can be easily faked. If biometrics are used in a multi-modal way, for example by incorporating both fingerprint and facial recognition into a site access system, then this creates a far more robust and secure method of entry.
Thinking of the safety of your employees is clearly paramount and biometrics can help here as well. If an employee has a biometric profile, this can be checked whenever work associated with risk is being undertaken. In addition to this, biometric technology can be used to authenticate worker identities and can then authorise site transactions, such as e-goods receipting and access control. This ensures that only workers with the relevant permissions can perform certain transactions.
Building a Happier Workforce
Security isn’t the only benefit of biometric technology, it can also be very useful when it comes to ensuring your workforce is a happy and healthy one. For example, a company could use this technology to monitor how workers speak, walk, type and more. This would help them check that employees are functioning as usual and there is no undue stress or changes to their work habits that may indicate a potential health issue.
An example of how this behavioural biometric technology could be used is for checking that workers are moving around enough, away from their desks and stepping away from their screens. Of course there are many ways that employees can benefit from this but the priority is always to ensure a happy and healthy workforce.
It’s always worth remembering your legal obligations when it comes to gathering employee data and you should always be transparent about how you will be using the information. Make sure you explain the benefits but also why it’s being collected and how it will be used.
Helping Save Time and Money When Hiring
There have been many discussions about the benefits of tracking total build hours by employees using biometric technology, with some feeling the benefits are very much with the employers. However, there are ways that this technology can save the employer and the employee both time and money.
For the employer, they can save their HR departments a lot of time by incorporating biometrics into their hiring process; collecting Right-to-Work documents will be a fast and simple task in future. It’s also much easier to complete security checks on new hires with this technology in place. Biometrics also provide a cheaper alternative to employing a gateman at the site entrance.
Employees benefit from biometrics, such as facial recognition technology, providing them with a quicker sign-in process and therefore, site access. In addition to this, employees can enjoy remote onboarding when they’re starting at a new company – avoiding expensive and unnecessary trips just to hand in paperwork, thereby freeing up time and money for both employees and the employer.