The HandPunch Interface 1 (HPI1) is a new and innovative product that enhances the popular Ingersol Rand HandPunch Biometric Time and Attendance terminal. It is an ideal solution to situations where a different area of the premises has employees that prefer to use cards/fobs rather than the HandPunch (e.g. HandPunch in the factory and HPI1 in the office).
How does it work?The HPI1 communicates to the HandPunch using the RS232 (serial) connection. A PC will therefore communicate to the HPI1, rather than the HandPunch itself. The HPI1 communicates via RS232 or TCP/IP as standard. Employees are enrolled onto a HandPunch in the normal way. Some employee information is stored on the HPI1 including; employee name, fire group, pin number and access group. This data is entered and sent via the controlling software (e.g. Focus). When an employee clocks in/out at the HandPunch, the clocking is stored on the HPI1.
What Benefits does the HPI1 provide?Because the HPI1 includes a TCP/IP port as standard, there is therefore no requirement to purchase a HandPunch with an optional network card. The HPI1 is able to keep track of each employee’s in/out status. This facilitates a powerful feature where the HPI1 is able to send a Fire Roll Call report to a directly attached serial printer. The HPI1 provides an opto-isolated input to allow a Fire Alarm Panel to be directly attached in order to trigger the report to be printed automatically. Employees can be designated to specific Fire Muster Groups, which are used to sort the employees in the report into muster group order. The trigger input from the Fire Alarm Panel can also be configured to create a “Fire Alarm Transaction” (rather than a clocking transaction) within the HPI1. This special transaction is subsequently received by the host software – allowing an automated Fire Roll Call report to be generated via the software to multiple network printers.
Access ControlUp to two doors can be controlled using a single HPI1. Integrated on the HPI1 circuit board include; two relays, two press-to-exit inputs and two door ajar/door forced inputs. The connected door/s can be configured to be accessed using the HandPunch itself or via up to two remote Proximity Card readers. Access Control transactions from the remote card readers can be optionally configured to update the Fire Roll Call report employee in/out status. The PC hosted software can be used to configure Access Groups that control not only who is allowed through each door, but also what time-range and on what day/s of the week they have access. The access rules created in the software are subsequently uploaded to the HPI1.
Integrated ReaderAs an alternative to clocking using the HandPunch, the HPI1 can be optionally fitted with an integrated Proximity (RFID) card reader, allowing cards and fobs to be used by the employee. Card reader options include; HID, Mifare, Pac, Paxton, Cotag and others. The benefits of having an integrated card reader include:
- Could be used as a back-up device if the HandPunch is faulty.
- Could be used in a different area of the premises where certain employees prefer to use cards/fobs rather than the HandPunch (e.g. HandPunch in the factory and HPI1 in the office).
- Improvement over having independent HandPunch and Proximity Card terminals, as the HPI1 will include clockings from both the HandPunch and card/fob reader to update the employee in/out status of the HPI1 generated Fire Roll Call report.