A large number of companies and entities need to verify their employees’ entry and exit. The employee is required to “punch the timecard” for each entry and exit.

Usually these activities are carried out by providing each employee with a personal badge (card) that is utilised in dedicated readers, which register entries and exits.
It is well known and emphasised by various media services that there is a problem: the badge can be used by anybody and it is common practice for an employee’s “timecard” to be punched by a friend. Thus, the employee is registered at work when in actual fact he/she is absent.

This problem could be easily resolved by memorising some biometric data in the control system (fingerprints being the most obvious), but this would go against the privacy concept.

In this case, the PrivacyCard would resolve this problem by ensuring that the badge is effectively used by its owner. Our card is able to memorise the biometric data inside the same badge, which is duly encrypted. Therefore, the said biometric data is not memorised in an archive and consequently the employee’s personal data will remain in the latter’s complete possession.

Let us give a factual example of the PrivacyCard functionality for a better understanding of the process.

Company X has a large number of employees together with an access control system to verify the employees’ entries and exits. But the company has noted that some employees were having their timecards punched (‘swiping’ the badge) by other persons, thus resulting in being absent without any justification. Therefore the company decided to run our system in parallel with the access control system already in place at the company.
Therefore, each employee was provided with a new badge and a dedicated reader was installed in parallel at the various control points (where the employees had to “punch their timecard”).
From that point going forward, the employees were required to insert the new badge in the dedicated reader that would be validated through the personal fingerprint instead of swiping their old badge (which became automatically obsolete since it was completely substituted by the new badge). At that point, the reader would communicate the employee code to the company’s access control (or any other necessary information related to the employee). In this manner the company will have the absolute certainty that the employee is physically present on entry and exit to and from the company.

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