At present, in the best case, reporting attendance at the cash register is performed by passing the employees’ magnetic card and in the less-than-best-case by typing the employee’s PIN. Needless to say, reporting the employee’s attendance may be done without his physical presence at the branch. Retail chains invest a great deal of effort and resources in reducing the costs of manpower required to operate the chain stores; however, they have no real means of closing the greatest breach in this area i.e. employee attendance reporting. By integrating the biometric device in the system, only the employee himself may report his entry and exit. The result is considerable savings in work hours.
Authorizations and exceptions:
The current existing identification device used to circumvent authorization procedures or performing an irregular action at the cash register is the magnetic card, of either the employee or the manager, which is usually stored in the cash drawer or placed beside the cash register. Actually, any employee can deviate from his own level of authorization by using the easily accessed manager’s card. Hence, the need to avoid giving unauthorized discounts, and performing irregular actions by unqualified, unauthorized personnel, such as: returns, crediting, declarations, and correction of attendance reporting.
The solution includes a hardware device that identifies fingerprints. This device is connected to the cash register system using a USB interface, and software for managing and identifying fingerprints. The PrioriPOS store management system supports the biometric interface. In essence, all of the magnetic card interfaces and typing of PIN numbers are replaced with fingerprint identification. The system is compatible with all existing cash register hardware on which PrioriPOS is installed, and enables freeing up a USB port.