Electronic access offers features that traditional mechanical locks cannot. While these features may not be as fundamental as keeping doors secure, they can provide significant management, safety, and security advantages over locks and key alone.
In this note we examine three of the most powerful features available in modern systems:
- Time & Attendance
We explain each of these features in depth inside.
Time and Attendance
One of the most powerful features of EAC is the time/date stamp associated with every event in a system.
Not only do systems log when door opens, they also record whose credential was used to open them, typically down to the second, making them ideal for keeping track of employee attendance.
Time Logging makes it possible to 'track' a user's movement through a system, and provide a concrete record of where a person was at a given time. These logs have even been used to solve murders and otherwise establish presence at certain times with high precision.
Time Clock Function
With relatively minor adjustments, most access systems can use 'time logging' with time clocks.
Many workers are paid an hourly wage. Clearly establishing when they start their job and when they stop working is crucial, as 'time' is indeed 'money'. Capturing this time has traditionally been the function of precise clocks, where workers insert cards to have a the time indelibly punched out on a given day. Indeed, "punching the timeclock" is a common saying.
However, the method is not problem free. First and foremost, abuse is a risk, where an employee punches more than only his/her card. This type of fraud is at the forefront of many HR and Corporate issues. Many seek to eliminate this risk/temptation entirely. While time clocks are primarily intended to protect the employer, the employee also benefits from having a clear record of attendance to lean on when calculating paid vacation days, sick days, or overtime pay.