Kerala University to install biometric workforce management system

March 22, 2013 - 

Kerala University in India will install a biometric workforce management system set to go live in April 2013, as part of a government objective across all universities and some government departments.

Reported in Kerala Everyday, the new system will be introduced on a trial basis in phases, for the first two months. Government electronics corporation, Keltron will supply and install the equipment, though the school will run the system after its implementation.

Though it’s unclear what the particular system will be, a check of the Keltron website shows a variety of fingerprint and smartcard systems.

Biometric workforce management systems, such as the planned deployment at Kerala University are increasingly being deployed to monitor the attendance of teachers, and these systems are often met with frustration and anger.

Reported previously in, teachers in government schools in India’s Andhra Pradesh have threatened to strike against a proposed biometric attendance system.

Similarly, faculty members at Florida Gulf Coast University have twice voted to reject biometric fingerprinting for the school’s 1,000 employees.

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