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Security meets operations for cost-effective warehouse workflows

Security meets operations for cost-effective warehouse workflows
Retail enterprises are seeking ways to improve efficiency and accuracy while curtailing “buddy punching” time system fraud and employee theft. Warehouse managers have traditionally relied on separate systems and workflows for physical access control, inventory management, and time and attendance procedures. Streamlining these functions can enhance operations and reduce risk.

Solution: IOM access control tablet

The IOM tablet’s biometric computing platform combines tiered access control, workforce management and customized Android applications for more efficient operations. One low-cost system now secures warehouse and inventory access for multiple employees across shifts while consolidating workflows—in real time.

The platform features biometric face and iris capture technology embedded in the hardware for a new level of identity management. While traditional access control methods may recognize what you have (an ID badge) or what you know (a PIN code), Princeton Identity’s tablet uses biometrics to determine precisely “who” is opening the door. 

Authenticated identity combined with time and location information (where and when) adds efficiency while reducing risk. In addition to physical access control, the platform can be networked with other applications to automatically send and receive data to capture key information for accurate workforce and inventory management. 

This level of identification mitigates two major losses: timesheet fraud and employee theft. The American Payroll Association estimates that “buddy punching” (one employee clocking in for an absent or late coworker) accounts for 2 to 5 percent of gross payrolls each year. According to the National Retail Federation, U.S. retailers lost over $15 billion in shrinkage due to employee theft in 2014. The right information drives greater accountability and insight into inventory discrepancies.

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