Biometric access control systems enable students, faculty, and staff to come and go from schools and university campuses whilst also barring entry to unauthorised intruders. The real-time attendance data they generate is cheat-proof, cuts down on time lost by teachers manually tracking attendance, provides an instant attendance report in the event of a fire or emergency, and meets the legal obligation of education institutions to accurately record attendance.
Our biometric fingerprint scanners enable students to enter class rooms with the touch of a finger and record attendance in real-time. The same systems can also be used by faculty and staff like cleaners with attendance linked to payroll.
With student and faculty hours much less rigid at colleges and universities, solutions like our Flexnet card scanner are perfect for students and staff coming and going to lecture halls or seminar rooms or accessing libraries and sporting facilities.
Our biometric terminals can further restrict access to private offices, medicine cabinets, areas with expensive scientific or healthcare equipment, rooms storing hazardous chemicals and substances, even student lockers so that students no longer have to carry keys.
Situated at main entrances and restricted areas, our biometric terminals and card scanners can be also be set up to allow temporary access for authorised contractors and maintenance teams.
For pupils and teachers, these ultra-secure systems are easy to use and require very little technical knowledge and training. In the case of biometrics, all that is required is an initial capture of the individual’s unique fingerprint, palm shape, or facial features.
Schools and colleges need to comply with the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 which requires consent to be given by a parent or carer of any child whose biometric data will be captured or stored and gives pupils the right to opt out of biometric access control systems at any time. Click here to download the official UK Government guidance.
Accessed securely on a PC or laptop, our Live Personnel Attendance Dashboard displays attendance data from students or faculty from every terminal or card reader in real-time.
Timestandard’s software automatically deducts lunch breaks, late arrivals, early departures, holidays, sickness, even partial absences and the data can be imported straight into payroll software like Sage.
Daily, weekly, or monthly attendance reports can identify individual student absenteeism. Attendance records can then be openly shared with students and their parents or carers to collaboratively assess the underlying problems and agree the best way to improve attendance.
Persistent absence by students from particular classes or lectures can alert you to teachers whose teaching style might be discouraging full attendance. At the same time, absenteeism from teachers or staff can alert you to personal issues interfering with their careers.
Good attendance levels are always scrutinised by the education watchdog, so having accurate and verifiable time and attendance data–benchmarked against historic attendance levels – is invaluable.
In the UK, there are over 1,000 arson attacks on schools every year, with a third of incidents committed by a pupil or local ex-pupils during normal school hours. With Timestandard, security staff can run fire roll call reports instantly on a PC or dedicated mobile phone.
Schools and campuses should be safe places to learn. Our software lets you record accidents and put in place training and preventative measures to reduce repeat incidents. Our accident record templates also meet the standards set out in the Health and Safety at Work Act.
With your school or campus secure and with attendance levels demonstrably higher, you can showcase your safety and attendance record to parents and students.