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Fingerprint vs punchcard

20 May 2017
Fingerprint vs punchcard
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Advantages and Application Scenarios

Many companies and corporations seek after fingerprint technology in time attendance these days because the system has been proven to provide better employee management and control. “You are you” concept that only biometrics can offer has been able to solve many problems arising from traditional time clock such as punch card system or even electronic card system i.e proximity and smart card, such as buddy punching, lost of cards, inaccurate reporting, etc.

Fingerprint Comparative Advantage: Fingerprint VS Punch Card System

Reduce Cost, Improve Efficiency, Increase Quality

Punch Card System
  • Operation Convenience
The use of fingerprint is simple, nobody forgets to bring his fingerprint to work.
Verification takes a second and it speeds up.
Staff have to carry card to record attendance or to gain access.
Staff need to
  • Better Discipline Control
There is no way to cheat time with “you are you” concept. “Buddy punching” where a colleague could punch time for other staff is always an option.
  • Setup cost
Time Attendance:
Terminal cost, software included plus software training (if required)


Access Control:
Terminal Cost + Installation Cost + Training and Commissioning

Terminal Cost + Card Cost (recurring monthly) + Installation Cost + Training and Commissioning Cost + Maintenance Cost
  • Variable Operating Cost
Prism is wear and tear part, which needs to be cleaned to maintain a longer lifespan. Changing of prism is very economical. Punch card system: Card needs to be replenished every month, ink ribbons to be changed, clock tuning and mechanical parts worn off.
  • Labor Operating Cost
Employee data is keyed into the system once, automatic duty roster management, report preparations are generated by the system, audit trail is available and it reduces human error in calculation and reporting. Punch card: Data entry and calculation are manually done, prone to human error. Duty Roster management and reports are manually prepared, posing inaccuracy risk. Genuine attendance data is disputable because cards can be exchanged between employees.
  • Software Support
Free software support and software upgrades. Manual calculation and self generated reports.
  • Deployment Flexibility
Light weighted terminal with USB interface available is suitable for any place with or without network availability.

DIY setup materials are available as standard package.

Single system manages multiple terminals and different models.

Extra space is required for keeping the punch cards.

Heavy manual workload is proportional to the number of punch card machines installed and cards used.

  • Data Management
Data needs to be enrolled and inputted once into the system and transferable to other terminals and computers over network.

Automatic and scheduled data download is available.

Simple full system data backup and restore function is provided.Centralized data management
Labor intensive where data has to be inputted by administration personnel at the end of the month for attendance records and salary calculations.

Keeping of employee’s used cards require space and management.

  • Management Monitoring
Monitoring can be done over TCP/IP from a remote site for example from headquarters by instant data download. When data is manually inputted at month end, even though monitoring is possible, the data is scattered and not centralized.
  • System Extension
Different models can work under the same software management

Access control terminals can be added to the current system without disrupting any software or hardware operation

Huge user database is made possible via Fingerprint
Not possible due to system design limitation and no connectivity.
  • Data preparation for 3rd party system
     e.g. payroll
Attendance data can be exported based on user self-definable table format to MS Excel, ASCII and ODBC.


Data is manually prepared therefore slow, inaccurate and tedious.

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