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Access Control or Time & Attendance? Why not combine the two?

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You may be looking at Access Control system for all the security benefits associated with implementing one, it certainly makes sense to do so. However some may be reluctant as they want an effective staff planning, Time & Attendance system but are unsure which to opt for or prioritise.

On that basis the ideal scenario would be to combine these 2 products utilising the same hardware for both door access and identifying different employees within your organisation for Time & Attendance purposes. Limiting access around the premises to certain locations for certain staff, while understanding when staff should be at work and whether they did exactly that.

I came across the article: “Six best practices to follow in access control,” (Bernhard Mehl, 2018, www.helpnetsecurity.com) which highlights the considerations you should make when procuring a system of this nature. The practices are definitely worth considering in order to maximise the ROI of the system.

“Access control best practices include activities where you need to pay attention to how much you will spend upfront for which product, who will be your preferred vendor, how will you set up the access control within your organization, and how will you maintain the access control system as the company grows.”

So how does this apply to us here at Thinking Software then?

For those of you not familiar with us here at Thinking Software, we have developed and support our Enterprise Time & Attendance solution, Rota Horizon.

It provides you with the perfect Workforce Management tool to accurately record and monitor employee attendance, make staff planning far easier and communicate employee hours with any form of Payroll Software.

Rota Horizon also seamlessly integrates with the majority of Access Control Manufacturers hardware, more information on those we currently integrate with can be found Here.

With reference to the article being discussed specifically, we are very proud to confirm that we link to some of the most prestigious names in the Security Sector. These integrations have been paramount to us offering an enhanced solution to end users, seeing the best of both worlds with Access Control linking to Time & Attendance.

So if you already have an Access Control system the likelihood is that you already have the hardware available for us to provide Rota Horizon, the perfect tool for staff planning, Time & Attendance. So if you want to understand exactly what hours your staff have completed and when these were done this is the solution for you.

The department Rota allows Managers to design Staff Rotas for their department allowing them to see they have devoted adequate resource at all times. These are set in shift format that can automated to create repeating shift patterns, so whether people work the same shifts each week or on a 3 week shift pattern Rota Horizon sets this up to be repeated when you dictate.

Below highlights how a completed shift would look, with the planned start and finish time at the bottom, against when they did Clock in (I) and out (O) at the top. The adjusted column to the right highlights the rounding rules relevant for when communicating with any Payroll system highlighted Here.

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So if you feel you could benefit from a Workforce Management, Time & Attendance solution then please do call us on 0800 854 471 or drop us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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