M2SYS Launches White Paper Library on Web site

M2SYS releases a library of White papers on biometric technology

M2SYS White Papers

Recently, we launched a new page on our Web site for current and future M2SYS biometric research White papers written on a variety of topics. Separated by tabs that categorize the White papers based on the vertical markets to which they apply, currently you can find the following research:

1. Patient Misidentification in Healthcare  - “Eliminate Patient Fraud and Increase Patient Identification Accuracy with Vascular and Iris Recognition Biometric Identification Technology” – this White paper examines the growing concern of medical identity theft and patient misidentification, measuring the negative impact they have on patient care and how healthcare facilities can use palm vein and iris recognition biometric technology to correctly identify patients.

 

2. Retail Point of Sale (POS)/Workforce Mangement“Eliminating Time Theft and Increasing Profits with PC-Based Biometrics” – This White paper details the effect that time theft, manual labor tracking methods, and non-compliance can have on employee productivity and the corporate bottom line. It then studies how PC-based biometric identification technology is a smart solution to halting these productivity and profit killers and why companies should consider incorporating biometrics for employee identification.

 

3. U.S. Biometrics“The Perception of Biometrics in the United States” (co-written by Ravi Das from biometricnews.net) – Biometric technology is quickly being adopted across the globe for a multitude of purposes ranging from border security to voter registration to benefit entitlement parity. Despite the wide scale adoption of biometrics in other countries, it has been slow to catch on here in the U.S. This White paper studies theories as to why biometrics has not been embraced in this country, fear about how biometrics affects privacy and civil liberties, what steps biometric vendors can take to educate the public on the technology and a conclusion explaining what can possibly be done to increase U.S. adoption rates.

 

4. Global Biometrics - (White paper forthcoming) – Due to be released within the next month, this White paper will focus on future applications and growth areas of biometric technology as seen through the eyes of biometric vendors from all over the world.

We hope that you enjoy our collection of White papers and welcome any comments or feedback on the content. Have a suggestion for a White paper topic? Let us know in the comments section below.

Does Being Overly Productive Absolve an Employee from Time Theft?

Does employee productivity justify time theft?The negative effects of employee time theft on a company are well documented.  Time theft not only drains profits but it can also lower employee morale, stifle accountability and damage loyalty.  Despite these facts, employees who are overly productive at work may feel that they are entitled to occasionally sneak a couple of extra minutes here and there on breaks or during working hours because they more than make up for it through high productivity.  Their philosophy about time theft is rooted in the misconception that performance above and beyond standard job responsibilities and exceeding established expectations is somehow entitlement to steal time.

Not only is this a fallacy and a ridiculous justification of time theft, but what these employees may not realize is the ripple effect that this type of rationalization can have on other staff through the power of influence.  Overly productive employees tend to be role models within a working environment by setting a good example and proving that with dedication, focus and determination, goals can be met and exceeded.  As role models, they are closely watched by other employees who want to be successful and move up the ladder, mimicking their habits and copying their actions with the hope that it will help them to become more productive too.  However, if a model employee sets an example that occasional time theft is earned by being overly productive, they send the wrong message to others that may be following in their tracks exacerbating the problem and multiplying the negative effects in can have on a company.

As we stated in a blog post last month and a recent White paper on the detrimental effects of time theft,

If everyone in a 100 employee organization took a 15 minute extended lunch each day, that would equate to 1,200 free vacation days per year.”

Justifying employee time theft due to high levels of productivity is a dangerous practice because of the impression that it can leave on other employees and ultimately the negative repercussions it creates for a company.  Instead, be proactive about publicly recognizing and rewarding employees for exceeding expectations to set an example that outperforming goals while following the rules is ethical and a strong motivator to quickly advance in a career.  Work quickly to quash employee habits that center on strong production but occasional time theft so they do not spread to others.

What strategies have you used to stop time theft from highly productive employees?

M2SYS Receives Frost & Sullivan’s 2011 North American New Product Innovation Award for Hybrid Biometric Platform™

Biometric recognition platform used with fingerprint, finger vein, palm vein and iris recognitionToday, Frost & Sullivan announced that M2SYS is the recipient of the 2011 North American New Product Innovation Award for Hybrid Biometric Platformthe first scalable, multi-modal biometrics system that supports fingerprint, finger vein, palm vein, and iris recognition from a single server.  After careful evaluation of modern biometric recognition platforms, M2SYS was recognized for its ingenuity in creating a software platform that helps end users to hedge against investment risk and lower their total cost of ownership.

Frost & Sullivan recognized M2SYS and their Hybrid Biometric Platform™ multi-modal biometrics system for the award through careful evaluation against the following key benchmarks:

  • Product Innovation
  • Leverage of Leading Edge Technologies
  • Value Added Features and Benefits
  • Ability to Increase Customer ROI
  • Potential for Customer Acquisition and Market Penetration Potential

 

Released in July 2010, Hybrid Biometric Platform™ has already been deployed in many different capacities across the vertical markets that M2SYS operates in.  Many customers are already taking advantage of Hybrid Biometric Platform’s™ unique attributes by leveraging the flexibility to switch between biometric hardware devices without any additional investment in software thereby reducing capital expenditures and helping to ensure near 100% read rates for their users under any condition.  We are proud of this important recognition for Hybrid Biometric Platform™and thank Frost & Sullivan for the award.

Africa is Leveraging Biometric Technology to their Advantage

biometric technology deployments on the African continent

Africa

A story popped up on the news wire today that caught our eye and got us thinking.  The story, “Techno Brain deploys gov’t info kiosks in Tanzania” reports that Tanzanians who are eligible for Social Security funds can now, “have the freedom to gain access to their account details and conduct transactions in both in English and Swahili…” through a new kiosk located all regional social security offices.  In addition, social security recipients can also set appointments with inspectors through the kiosk, something that previously had required citizens to wait in long lines to accomplish.  Fingerprint biometric identification was built into the kiosk architecture to help prevent fraud and protect user privacy.

This is yet another example of a country in Africa who is leveraging biometric technology to their advantage.  Although we could not definitively determine exact statistics that confirms Africa leads the rest of the world in biometric technology deployments, outside of the recent UID project launched in India, the biometric news feeds are dominated with stories about how African countries are leveraging biometrics to combat fraud, protect data, stop waste, manage complex political processes, boost security, and many other applications.

While it may be too early to tell what type of affect that biometric applications have on raising African standards of living, it has definitely proven to be an effective tool to stem the tide of some widespread fraud, corruption and waste that was characteristic of many countries throughout the continent.  It remains clear that there is a strong willingness among African citizens to participate in biometric identification deployments for the sake of improving their living standards and less concern about what possible implications using biometrics could have on their privacy rights.

Expect to see more future applications of biometric technology throughout the African continent as they continue to see success and learn from their mistakes to make the necessary adjustments that will improve performance down the road.

Do you feel that Africa has done a good job of leveraging biometric technology to their advantage?

You Can’t Leave Your Fingers at Home

ACS church management software check-in with the M2-EasyScan Reader

Please enjoy this guest blog post from ACS Technologies, a M2SYS partner who provides excellence in information management solutions for the faith-based community.

This post was written by Eleanor Pierce, Communications Strategist at ACS Technologies.  A link to the ACS Community Blog page can be found here.

 

 

 

Imagine the rush of people at check-in before church services on a Sunday morning. Hundreds of families, all trying to move through the process as quickly as possible so they’re not the one trying to sneak in after the sermon has already started. Today’s churches are looking for anything that can a) speed the process of checking kids in and b) assure the security of kids and c) create accurate attendance records and pickup lists.

Checking-in 350 kids in 10 minutes

Northwoods Community Church in Peoria, Ill., checks in about 800 kids every weekend, between its four services at two different campuses.

“For our 11 o’clock service, it’s probably close to 350,” said Jason Lee, Information Technology Director at the church. “We’re trying to process that many children in, let’s say a 10 minute window.” Creating a smooth check-in experience isn’t optional, it’s necessary.

“People don’t come early just to check in. We needed to create something that accommodates the attendees, because we could say sure, we’ll just put in one kiosk, but you’ve got to come 30 minutes early to church to check in,” Jason said—but of course, that approach wouldn’t won’t work for the attendees.

That’s why Northwoods has several self-check-in stations that use biometric technology. There’s a guest services desk for those who are not yet in the church’s database, or those who have brought a child that’s a guest, perhaps a cousin or neighbor. For those who are already entered in the system, there are stations where parents can check-in their kids quickly and easily, using a biometric scanner.

The preregistration requirement allows the Northwoods staff to be sure they know the kids who are being checked in and to assure that parents have signed any release forms. Once the paperwork has been handled, staff help parents pre-scan their finger so that they’re entered into the M2SYS system.

Returning parents who have been entered into the system can check-in at an express kiosk. “They walk up, scan their finger, and then it comes up and displays all the children in their family that can be checked in,” Jason explained.

Using the finger scanner with parents instead of the kids assures that parents are actually dropping their kids off in person, rather than just pulling up their cars out front and letting their child come inside alone.  While it might save a parent time, Northwoods doesn’t like the safety issues for kids younger than 5th grade.

One key benefit to biometric scanners is that there’s no way to forget what you need to check in.

“You could use a barcode, any sort of RFID, but you can forget those at home,” Jason said, “But it’s pretty challenging to forget your fingers unless you get in a fight with a lawnmower.”

Midwest dry skin = tough-to-capture fingerprints

Northwoods initially used a fingerprint scanner, but tough Midwestern weather means that there can be problems getting a good fingerprint. One problem is that cold winters and dry air can make fingerprints difficult to capture. Also, people who work outside and have calloused hands just might not have a good fingerprint at all. For that reason, Northwoods is in the process of transitioning to finger vein scanners for all check-in. They’ve already begun using the new scanners at one of their satellite campuses, and they’re getting ready to move the 1,500 parents who have been entered into their system using finger prints to re-scan using finger veins.

“The scanners are easier to use, the technology is not environmentally dependent, and it’s very accurate,” Jason said. While testing the machines with his own hand, he tried to create an error.

“I tried to get my finger to scan wrong, and unless I turned my finger sideways, it worked,” he said.

A real partnership

One aspect he’s been very happy with is the working relationship between ACS Technologies and M2SYS. Northwoods uses M2SYS in conjunction with its ACS Technolgies check-in software. It’s a totally integrated system that helps the church keep track of the families that attend the chuch.

“It’s nice to have a partner. That ACS Technologies said M2SYS is good, go work with them, and it’s not some just random third party that we’ve picked up off the shelf, that’s key for us; knowing that we have the support and backing of ACS Technologies and that they have the backing and support of M2SYS.”

Jason Lee also writes a blog called “Bytes about bits in church IT”