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Biometric clocking in machines – alleviating staff concerns

There’s no simpler or more secure way of clocking your people in and out every day than with biometric clocking in machines/fingerprint readers. But for some, the mere mention of ‘fingerprint scanners’ raises concerns about cyber security and the possibility that someone, somewhere could copy your fingerprint and steal your identity. But can they?

The short answer is no, they can’t.

The slightly longer answer is that Addtime biometric scanners and clocking in machines store codes, not images. Every user’s fingerprint is stored – but it is stored as data, a series of 1s and 0s that the scanner uses to create a digital template.

The template is based on lines, angles and measurements unique to every person’s fingerprint. It is these that are used to match your stored template against your finger next time you come to scan in or out.

There’s no photographic element here. No image. Nothing that can be reverse-engineered to reconstruct your fingerprint.

What’s more, every template is encrypted, and uses a standard fingerprint template methodology approved by NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology), the UK’s leading biometric standards organisation.

Talking to your staff

Conspiracies are always more fun than reality, but the reality is that once your fingerprint is stored in an Addtime machine, no-one can steal it because it’s encrypted, and even if they could find a way around the encryption they couldn’t use the information to recreate your fingerprint.

These facts are usually more than enough to satisfy the most security conscious employee. That’s why it’s important to speak to them before you install biometric scanners (so you have time to explore fears, explain the reality and put any unease to rest) rather than afterwards.

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