Thursday, 26 December 2019

Can Biometrics be Metal Strong?

When Biometric attendance machines and access control systems took birth in plastics, can there be any other option to offer them more firmness?

Plastic, a Stereotype for Biometrics:

The world is now well versed with the thought on how a biometric attendance machine would look like. If a person wants to go deep down into the Design & Development part of it, apart from all the electrical and electronic devices, it is majorly being made up of good quality plastic. And that's what we desire for, in terms of outer finish and appearance of a bio-metrically operated attendance machines and access control systems as features are always given preference over the casing.

Why the need for Metallic Casing appeared?

But the conditions are not same everywhere. A light weight plastic made biometric attendance machine can be best suited for Corporate offices with fewer employees and comparatively less wear and tear as compared to big industrial setups, factories, warehouses where a machine will come in contact with Thousands of labors, workers, technicians and many others. It would be difficult for a plastic to bear such amount of load.

Unskilled labors are not familiar with such equipments and training needs to be given to use such machines but results won't be satisfactory as deformity will definitely appear in the machine. Next problem arises with the environmental conditions of such places as manufacturing units are comparatively hotter, moist and unpleasant. On the other hand a machine would come in contact with labor's dirty, greezy wet hands or fingers making the machine more prone to defects and UN-functionality. So the question here is,

  • What can be used instead of Plastic?
  • What can be more strength-full with decent looks along with outstanding performance?

Answer can be simple, to use any metallic substance for casing of biometric machines but the next obstacle will be the Design & Development facility with which it can be designed, manufactured and assembled. This can only be implemented by an Indian manufacturer with in-house Research & Development team and facilities. Next struggle is with the user friendly approach of the machine which should help the unskilled employees to mark the attendance easily.

  • Symbols to show where to punch the attendance through finger or card in National or Native language can be the finest idea for labors
  • Visual confirmation through Red/Green indicators can act as an add on for surety
  • Audible confirmation in National/Native language can mark the final acceptance for attendance

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