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Seaside beach resort uses biometrics to track and manage employee time & attendance

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club HandPunch Reader  (Photo by  Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies)


The 90-room La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, one of only two beachfront properties in the exclusive La Jolla Shores section of La Jolla, California, the U.S., is using three of biometric HandPunch readers from Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies to track time and attendance for up to 600 employees at the luxurious seaside resort.  The biometric units replaced a card system that frequently fell victim to lost cards or “phantom-punch timekeeping.”

The HandPunch terminals automatically take a three-dimensional reading of the size and shape of a hand and verify the users identity in less than one second.

“Before purchasing the HandPunch units, we had numerous problems with lost cards,” reports Ellen Gaines, HR Director for the resort.  “We had to archive the numbers of the cards and particles inside the card reader would make the barcodes unreadable.”

Since implementing the biometric timekeeping solution, however, the resort has not had to deal with “phantom-punches,” cards that do not take, or lost cards, which are especially problematic during the summer season when an additional 150 employees join the staff.

“We are very satisfied with the readers,” Gaines notes.  “Our HandPunch units are located in employee access areas such as the kitchen, hallways, or the breezeway of the employee entrance areas.  Even though we are right on the ocean, we have had no need for special enclosures.”

“We use the hand readers for positive identification.  They are definitely more secure than cards,” adds Rob Walsh, information technology manager for La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

Employee Management Solutions in Laguna Niguel, Calif. implemented the resort’s time and attendance solution.  The HandPunch units interface with NOVAtime time and attendance software.


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