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The Hand Punch 1000 biometric hand reader is manufactured by Ingersol Rand and has sold in large numbers throughout the world, including major UK high street retail chains, hotels, factories, building contractor sites and offices.
"Originally both of our sites were using biometric fingerprint readers, which we found to be very temperamental, leaving us with a lot of missing or incorrect information and several employees were unable to use for varying reasons.
We decided to go with the hand punch clock to see if this could be eradicated, we were not disappointed, there is not one employee that is unable to use this terminal and therefore we are getting good and accurate reports."
Bev Richards - Hotel Payroll Manager, The Lewis Partnership
Because the Hand Punch measures the shape and height of the hand, rather than scanning finger or palm prints, the biometric hand reader can cope with dirty hands, cuts and abrasions and even plasters on fingers. This means the Hand Punch can be used in environments where other biometric clocking machines may struggle to perform consistently.
There are also facilities to allow people with damaged hands or missing fingers to use the Hand Punch ensuring that it's a suitable device for your entire workforce.
The Hand Punch clocking machine uses a two stage process to clock employees in/out:
1. Firstly an employee taps in an individual PIN number (between 2 and 11 digits) that locates their hand template in the device
2. Then the employee places their hand on the plate to verify their identifyThe entire process of clocking in/out can easily be done in 3 to 6 seconds. Hand verification actually takes less than one second.
Responsible employees should be assigned as supervisors to manage employees on the biometric hand reader. A supervisor can then access the menu to enrol new employees or remove old employees.
Using the Focus Pro or Focus Lite software, employee and supervisor hand templates can be read from a Hand Punch and saved to the database. These templates can then be sent to a different Hand Punch clocking terminal if required.
The Hand Punch 1000 model is available in three different employee memory capacities: 50, 100 and 512 users. The 50 and 100 employee versions can be upgraded when required by purchasing an upgrade code that is typed into the unit.
Built in battery backed up memory can store over 5000 clocking transactions.
Other models of the Hand Punch are available in larger capacities if required.
The method of communication with the host PC or server is RS232 (serial). However, it is very common to use an inexpensive RS232-Network converter to allow the hand reader to connect to a TCP/IP network. Egress Systems are happy to advise, supply and configure a suitable converter for you on request.
The Hand Punch is fitted to the wall by means of a back-plate. The biometric hand reader is hooked onto the bottom of the back-plate and locked in place using a key. Normally there will only be two cables entering the hand reader: power and comm's. Both connections are made with plug-in connector blocks so moving or replacing the Hand Punch can be done quickly and without any tools.
The Hand Punch can be powered from a DC supply between 12V and 24V. A 12V DC mains plug transformer is provided with each clocking machine.
The Hand Punch can optionally be powered by a separate 12V DC boxed power supply incorporating a rechargeable 7Ah lead-acid battery. This will act as a UPS to the clocking machine during a power outage. The boxed power supply is often also used to power and house the RS232-Network converter enabling a tidy and secure installation. Suitable boxed power supplies are available from Egress Systems and are normally held in stock.
Because the hand reader uses optical technology there are some consideration to be made when considering its location. The Hand Punch should not be placed in an area where it is exposed to direct sunlight. This could affect the unit's ability to reliably identify employee hands.
The Hand Punch has a minimum operating temperature of 5 degrees Celsius. So the Hand Punch is no suitable for outdoor or cold environments unless a heating device can be installed to raise the local ambient temperature.
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