Tuesday, July 11, 2006

RFID in company ID systems

Let's talk about systems utilized by companies to track the log in and log out of employees. Depending on the company, it can range from the very basic such as employees creating their own timesheets to the very sophisticated using biometrics and multi-character passwords. For this instance though, let us discuss medium security access only.

If you are an ordinary employee, whatever system is used can be quite time consuming. If you use a logbook, you actually have to stop, sign in/out the time. The time spent might be small, but in the larger scale of things, when you add it all up, it can be quite big.

If it takes a minute to log in and then a minute to log out, multiplied by say 21 days per month, that means per employee 42 minutes per month is spent alone in just logging in and then out.

Wouldn't it be better to just have RFid chips embedded within an ID card and then employees can just walk in and then walk out? with the scanner doing all the scanning without having to other the employee?

that is something I would love to have in the companies I work with. I don't have to stand in line to swipe/scan/ or sign in. thus less time lost, more time for work.

1 comment:

Jamz said...

Amen to that! In fact it should technically be possible with the current proximity cards already in use everywhere. The proximity cards are nothing but RFID that registers whatever comes close to it. The strength of the system can actually be tailored to need. What is LACKING, is really quite simple in many systems -- a decision function with a timer to repudiate various log entries.

Personally, I've never really been a fan of proximity cards. What does it really matter where I was if the end result was that my tasks were done, and that in fact I'm exceeding expectations?

Proximity cards have their own place surely, and I respect that. Having managed teams that were time critical or that monitored systems that weren't portable that you couldn't just bring a laptop or login wirelessly elsewhere, as one example.

Yet that then brings up policies that serve to strengthen and build, rather than to restrict. It all comes down to implementation.