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UAE retailer selects identity authentication system by Iris ID


Iris ID announced that its IrisAccess iCAM7000 identity authentication system has been installed for employee time and attendance at all Sharjah Co-Operative Society retail stores in the United Arab Emirates.

The UAE retailer operates 26 stores with more than 3,000 employees selling products ranging from electronics to groceries. Iris ID systems in each store are connected to the payroll system at company headquarters, providing accurate reports of time worked, overtime and work absences.

Sharjah Co-Operative Society had previously used a fingerprint-based time and attendance solution but had issues with a high false rejection rate. Henna hand tattoos, favored by many female store employees, proved problematic for the system. Iris ID’s non-contact solution uses the iris to authenticate employees and automatically accommodates for employees wearing glasses or contact lenses.

Following enrollment, employees require about a second to check in or out of work daily.

Mohammed Murad, vice president, global sales and business development, for Iris ID, said the iris-based identity authentication system has brought the stores’ employee rejection rate to virtually zero. “Studies have shown even the smallest error in employee payroll can create significant added operating costs for any organization,” he said. “The Iris ID system also eliminates fraudulent time-reporting practices, including ‘buddy punching’ in which an employee clocks in or out for a friend.”

Murad added that recent reductions in both product and deployment costs have made iris-enabled time and attendance a practical investment for organizations of almost any size.

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