The Future is Here: More Employers Adopting Biometric Authentication Techniques
An increasingly popular choice with employers, biometric authentication techniques, which rely on biological data to record information, are rapidly replacing conventional card and PIN-based equipment in the workplace. IHS Technology estimates that biometric terminals accounted for more than one-third of all hardware sold in 2013. [i] While multiple biometric technologies are available—including hand, facial and fingerprint recognition—employers overwhelmingly choose fingerprint recognition technologies.[ii]
What’s driving the biometrics trend? A combination of falling costs and increasing levels of accurate authentication. In addition, growing familiarity with biometrics at the consumer level—it’s now available to unlock iPhones and Android smart phones—has led to greater acceptance.
Biometric time clocks are proven to prevent time theft, a universal labor problem that costs employers an average of 2.2% of gross payroll each year.[iii]
“Because biometrics are such an effective means of preventing time theft,” predicts Mike Haberman, founder of Omega HR Solutions and author of the HR Observations Blog, “We’ll continue to see the technology advance.”
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