Bytes adds biometrics to municipal resource administration system

December 2, 2013 - 

Bytes has launched a new biometric product for its SAMRASplus suite of tools aimed at municipalities.

Specifically, the company’s NAVAJO Exception Reporting (HR), a part of Bytes’ own biometrics framework, is now fully integrated in its SAMRASplus overtime and leave modules.

“This is not a ‘Big Brother’ solution, but rather a means of combating the current scourge in overtime claims that many of our customers are battling with,” Brian Brougham-Cook, general manager, SAMRAS and MTS, Bytes Universal Systems said in an ITWeb report.  “By combining NAVAJO with the Netstar vehicle tracking solution built into SAMRASplus, all as part of a customer’s time and attendance workflow, managers can immediately see how long a service call takes – including driving time and time spent onsite – when drivers log in and out of the trip on biometric scanners.

“The solution is also effective in tracking employee leave time, since employees have to physically be at work to log in and out. This virtually eliminates opportunities for overtime fraud, such as not capturing a leave transaction, not working shift hours, or adding extra hours to overtime claims.”

According to the company, this new tool can be used with biometric devices from any vendor and works with existing municipal infrastructures.

SAMRASplus is an extension to Bytes’ existing South African Municipal Resource Administration System ERP.

Reported previously, Bytes recently partnered with OneVault to integrate voice biometrics into another of its solutions.

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