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SA leads in biometrics


Bytes Systems Integration (SI) and technology partner Ideco Group, will be
using the Biometrix conference as its stage to show local advancements in
biometric technologies.

The companies who currently partner to provide specialised workforce
management solutions using biometrics have joined forces at this years
Biometrix conference. The conference will be held on 29 July at the Southern
Sun OR Tambo International.
³It is perhaps not widely known that South Africa is an international leader
in its application of biometric technology solutions,² says Gary Jones, MD
at Ideco Biometric Security Solutions.
"South Africans have gone through the pains of trying and testing different
applications of biometrics and have reached the point where they have
identified fingerprint solutions as the number one application.  The rest of
the world is watching what we do with great interest."
Bytes SI and Ideco currently work together within the workforce management
space.  Bytes SI has coupled the use of the SAGEM biometric solutions from
Ideco with the Kronos Workforce management solution, to provide a foolproof
time and attendance system for many of South Africa¹s blue-chip companies.
The solution offers customers a safe and fraud-proof mechanism by which to
manage workforce data.
"Customers have always faced problems with people accessing their premises.
For example, people swap cards, others clock in for them, leaving it open
for the system to be tampered with and incorrect time and attendance data to
be collected as a result," says Dave Hunter, divisional director at Bytes SI
Kronos division.
"In our current economic climate companies need more efficient means to save
money and improve business efficiencies. Using the SAGEM fingerprint
scanners and developing an integration tool called BioAttend which sends the
data directly into the Kronos application, we have been able to eliminate
the potential for payroll fraud and manage risk more effectively for our
customers," adds Hunter.
The SAGEM fingerprint biometric solutions have been widely adopted in South
Africa and are currently used by the SAPS as well as at Home Affairs, a
project where Ideco worked on the world's largest conversion of paper based
fingerprint records and converted them to digital fingerprints.
"We are very proud of our relationship with Bytes SI and they are integral
to our distribution channel as they are one of the country¹s top access
control companies in the local workforce management space.  If a business
wants to know all there is about biometric solutions, and see how they have
changed the face of many applications for South African businesses then they
need to be at this conference," says Jones.