Fault in biometric attendance system allows buddy punching at SDMC

February 1, 2013 - 

Employees at the South Delhi Municipal Corporation in India have found a way to dupe biometric attendance machines to record their attendance, while absent from work.

This issue has been taken up with the meeting of the Standing Committee, chaired by Yogendra Chandolia. Anonymous sources quotes in a Jagran Post report suggest most of the Municipal Corporation staff have given fake thumb impressions to colleagues who mark attendance on their behalf. Referred to as “buddy punching,” this is a major concern for people who implement and produce these biometric systems.

Workforce management systems are rapidly being deployed around the world, though they aren’t always deployed without problems. Notably, around resistance to the technology, faults in the system, buddy punching or spoofing. That being said, these systems are also often deployed without problems.

Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, In Pennsylvania, The Luzerne County controller said he’s discovered a fault in a biometric workforce management solution from Kronos Inc., which has allowed buddy punching. According to the County Controller, the system appears to accept the wrong finger scan, allowing other workers to clock absentee co-workers in and out of the time system.

In Nigeria, there has long been discussion around the implementation of biometric workforce management systems in the country’s hotels, following the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation’s (NTDC) plans to create an electronic database of all hotel staff in a bid to curb criminal activities in the sector. Recently, Nigerian hotel owners came out backing the NTDC’s decision. 

Teachers in government schools in India’s Andhra Pradesh have threatened to strike against a proposed biometric attendance system. 

Recently, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in the Philippines announced it will introduce a biometric solution to monitor bus drivers and improve the efficiency of the dispatch system.

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