The Benefits of Using Cloud-Based Identity Management for Student Tracking

“With a feeling of great enthusiasm and eagerness, I arrived at the Lake view middle school where I planned to begin my career as a geography teacher. I was only 22 years old at that time and had just completed my grad course for teachers. I can still remember how well prepared I was for my first lesson, a good plan, an interesting topic… (climate change) I was full of energy and hope. After nervously and less than confidently entering in the sixth grade class the first thing I had to do was ‘ROLL CALL’. It took me almost 10 minutes to complete and I could not finish the day as I’ve dreamed. Did you ever track student attendance on a paper sheet during class hours? If yes, then you know how difficult and time consuming it is. Doesn’t it take the fun out of teaching? However, it doesn’t need to be this way.” – Susan Verhoff

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Photo: Attendance monitoring with manual roll calls

Susan Verhoff is an imaginary middle school teacher but this scenario is common for every teacher from charter schools to universities around the globe. The problem of paper based attendance records stretches not only to attendance tracking but also in admission, assessment, library, cafeteria, classroom, enrollment, facility, financial, and fundraising management – all which take a large portion of teacher and student time.  Teachers and administrative staff have to spend a lot of unproductive time to track these events.
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Biometrics and Access Control on the Move: A New Era

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New developments in biometric identification management technology now allow access control on the fly.

The following guest post was submitted by Sarah Smith on behalf of The Real Estate Academy of Australia. Sarah is a small business owner, and is currently learning about marketing and using the internet. Aside from working on her own business, she likes to use social media, and read travel books.






Story Behind Latest Innovation to Hit Real Estate Development

Last summer FST21 America LLC, a biometric security startup company, raised five million dollars to develop and market the company’s facial, voice, and behavioral recognition technology designed to replace security desks at building entry points and eliminate access systems, e.g., existing key card readers, etc. FST21 founder Aharon Ze’evi-Farkash, former head of the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate, has applied his knowledge base to the use of existing residential and office security hardware in buildings. Patented technology, developed over several years, scans people as they move toward doorways and unlocks and relocks access in less than two seconds. People not in a building’s FST21 database are denied access. The company has working systems in the U.S., e.g., schools, corporations, homeowners, and managers of residential housing.

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The Importance of Using Biometrics to Eliminate Ghost Worker Fraud


Governments around the world are adopting biometrics to establish accountability and eliminate ghost worker fraud.

Ghost worker fraud has been a chronic problem for many governments across the globe for many years. For most of these countries, billions of tax payer dollars are pumped out annually from the government treasury through salary payments to non-existing employees who have fraudulently been listed in the payroll system. Some of these employees may include retired civil servants, the deceased or pure fictitious names. One major reason behind the rise in unqualified, non-eligible individuals is the absence of accountability which allows corrupted civil servants to manipulate government expenditures through the placement of ghost workers on the payroll. As more governments around the world try to figure out a solution to the ghost worker issue, many are adopting biometrics for identification of employees — a perfect tool for establishing accountability.

What is “Ghost Worker Fraud”?

A ghost employee is someone who is recorded on the payroll system but who does not work for the organization. The ghost can be a real person who knowingly or not is placed on the payroll, or a fictitious person invented by the fraudster.

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Using Biometric Identification Technology to Combat Time Theft in Workforce Management

Biometric attendance system in the workforce management has great potential not only to combat time theft of employees but also to increase productivity and profits.

Biometric workforce management attendance systems have great potential to not only combat time theft of employees but also to increase productivity and profits.

Time theft is widely considered as a great obstacle of employee productivity and profit maximization in the workforce management industry. Time theft at works occurs when an employee accepts pay from their employer for time they have not actually put in, and it can occur in different ways such as time clock theft, proxy attendance, buddy punching, over extended breaks, excessive personal time, and more. Biometric identification technology is now taking a permanent place in the workplace to combat time theft and increase profits in the workforce industry, for many reasons.

Time theft has become a prevalent problem within many organizations worldwide and if you are a company owner or engaged with workforce management you might face similar problems. According to an American Payroll Association study, employees reported stealing roughly 4.5 hrs/week – the equivalent of 6 weeks’ vacation! However, business are looking for new ways or technology to prevent employee time theft and effectively manage their attendance. The use of biometric identification for employee time and attendance is the most reliable option and the future of workforce management accountability may be non-existent without this very useful technology. Let’s dig deeper on why a business should consider implementing a biometric attendance system to combat time theft in workforce management and how it can increase profits.

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The Advantages of Multimodal Biometric Systems for Human Identification


Advantages of multimodal biometric systems are going to push back the limitations of unimodal biometric for human identification.

As the technology world evolves, challenges to implement secure personal identification protocols with biometric technology are increasing and the need for accurate human identification is higher than ever in just about every market across the world.  Parallel evolution of the biometric identification management market has identified that use of a single hardware modality for identification purposes may no longer be the most intelligent choice for many industries. Single modality biometric systems have to contend with a variety of problems such as noisy data, intra class variations, non-universality, spoof attacks, and distinctiveness. Some of these limitations can be addressed by deploying multimodal biometric systems that integrate multiple biometric modalities in a single scan to alleviate the challenges of a uni modal system.

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