The Challenge of Biometric Attendance amidst COVID-19: How this Pakistani Startup is Innovating the Attendance System

According to the Ministry of Health Pakistan, Corona virus can stay active on an infected surface for a “few hours to a few days”. Another research states that Corona virus can stay up to 5 days on any metal, ceramic and plastic surface. Thus, there is a high chance of Corona virus spreading, from touching an infected surface. Biometric system, which requires a person to place a finger on the surface, increases the likelihood of spreading the virus. 

 

 

In light of this, on March 14th 2020 Government of Pakistan & Punjab Primary Health organization issued issued an order for the suspension of biometric attendance in its offices via letter written to all government offices, district offices, hospitals and other private sector for suspension of biometric attendance. This presents a problem and at the same time, presents an opportunity to introduce contactless App based attendance systems to rise by 20% in the year 2020 as per industry experts. 

 

 

While facial biometric attendance systems could be potentially be an alternative, as per Health & Safety SOPs everyone has to wear face masks and facial recognition system wouldn’t be able to identify a person and facial recognition solutions are also easily hack able using an employee’s photograph. In the midst of this, Government departments, private offices, hospitals, universities and all departments require a reliable, secure and COVID-19 friendly solution for employee’s attendance system.

 

Retailigence attendance App solution is a COVID-19 friendly solution, which eliminates human touch and works without having to install any hardware. Employees can mark their attendance by scanning dedicated QRCode with Retailigence App on their office premises while using mobile phone fingerprint scanning (Dual process QRCode scanning along using thumb impression) Qrcode stickers are tagged with respective GPS location. This means no hardware requirement; multiple QRCode sticker can be placed for queue free attendance marking and live reporting is done through a dashboard with easy integration, as shown in this video

 

 

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