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New Thin Client Technology To Manage Time and Attendance

MinuteHound, the provider of time and attendance systems using a fingerprint scanner which attaches to an existing PC, has now eliminated the need for even the shared standard PC. Reducing costs and adding flexibility, customers with a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) have another option. MinuteHound scanners, available for under $100, can now be installed with a minimal thin client at very little cost. The rest of the MinuteHound system, as always, is located "in the cloud."

The convenience of MinuteHound's attendance tracker has been their quick installation to an existing PC nearby. A convenient and quick way to begin or expand the use of the company's scanners, companies that are removing PCs in favor of server-based "virtual" environments have the option of using low-cost "thin client" technology for the scanner connection. Some thin clients may still be PC replacements in use in an office or other workplace. With the price of virtualized PC hardware dropping to near or below $100 in some cases, new options have arrived.

In addition to wall mounted clients, similar-sized thin clients can be combined with a fingerprint scanner for a mobile unit which can be relocated as needed wherever network access to the virtualization servers is available. If additional time clock capacity is needed either temporarily, for example to handle a large production order, or long term, IT personnel can provide a network hub for multiple fingerprint scanners and thin client combinations.

MinuteHound's scalable time and attendance solution works with any number of biometric fingerprint scanners in any location. Using thin client technology adds flexibility and cost reductions to a technology which is known for saving payroll processing costs up to eight percent while costing only pennies per employee per day to operate.

How MinuteHound operates is by geographically diverse server locations for security and reliability. Employees scan in and out with a simple touch of the finger which is converted into a unique identifier and stored in the cloud-based servers along with a highly accurate Internet-based timestamp. Replacing existing paper or punch-in time clocks, the system provides simple and reliable time records for timekeeping and payroll.

For management, the system provides real-time data in a Web-based interface accessible from anywhere. Users can generate reports, view data by department or employee, and download time records in a variety of standard formats as well as receive programmed alerts.

MinuteHound fingerprint scanners and associated cloud-based timekeeping systems can now be used in more places than ever as they join in the thin client revolution. From low-cost palm-sized devices to desktop PC substitutes, as companies adopt virtualization as their computing strategy, MinuteHound is ready to save costs and add flexibility.

Published Wednesday, August 14, 2013 6:52 AM by David Marshall
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