No Touch Policy - biometric
With the COVID-19 Pandemic, a NO TOUCH policy is the ultimate goal.
The lesser you touch on public area surfaces, the lesser the risk of contamination.

Some offices are now operational and one of the things in an office is the daily time record thru biometric time attendance. The problem with fingerprint biometric is that you will be touching the fingerprint sensor and so as with all other employees of the company.

So if this is implemented, you will be forced to either put some alcohol or wash your handseverytime you use the biometric time attendance. Another option is to use an RFID, but problems with passing the RFID to other employees to login is a disadvantage of RFID. One other option left is a facial recognition biometric time attendance. It is one of the best solution out there that is secure and safe. There is no contact to the machine and it is secure. All that is needed is to position your face in front of the device and you can already do a log-in and log-out. But all of these should be investigated properly. It does not mean that because it is part of the specs means it is the best solution.

In line with this discussion, we will review the ZKteco MB460 biometric.
Click here for pricing and availability - ZKteco MB460

Based on it's product website, it supports multiple verifcation methods including Face, Fingerprint, Card and Combinations between them. It can also be connected to a door lock to only allow staff enrolled to be allowed inside. It has other features that we will not discuss in details but focus only on the Face Recognition feature that is needed to capture time attendance.

Here are some tips on setting up a face recognition biometric time attendance:

1. Location
- It should be installed where staff will go there to login and logout.
- it should not be installed where people pass thru it all the time or else it will try to do a facial recognition and might have unintended recording.

2. Lighting
- It should be installed where lightning should be uniform all the time, may it be during morning or evening.
- It should be installed where the face is well lighted for easy detection.

3. Registration
- Face registration should be done in a way that glasses are removed and proper angle is made.
- Multiple check on the registered face should be done to ensure that the angle is the most easily detected angle.

Sad to say, the no touch policy using this product out of the box is not absolute.
There is a limitation to at least require the user to press what kind of recording it is, may it be a login, logout, breakout, breakin, overtime-in or overtime-out.

There is a solution to this limitation. If the data is extracted to a 3rd party software, it can be manipulated in such a way that all recordings will be filtered accordingly. And this way, a no touch policy can be achieved.