Access control and BIOMETRICS

access control and security systems

The problems associated with managing and controlling workers in a factory or pack house are different from in the field. Although clocking in the field is generally task-based and therefore more complicated than just clocking in and out at a fixed location, the ratio of workers to supervisor is generally lower and therefore easier to supervise.

In a factory or packhouse with a large number of workers, supervision is more difficult and the opportunity for abuse is increased.

By adding access barriers (turnstiles) or biometric readers to entrances, it is possible to solve three costly problems experienced in these environments

  • buddy clocking
  • unscheduled breaks and
  • unauthorised access (theft and shrinkage).

While problems of poor performance still need to be addressed, by introducing piecework pay or legal performance management procedures acceptable to the CCMA, access ‘barriers’ help to eliminate the cost of unscheduled, toilet and smoke breaks.

See how biometrics access control and MaxiPay reduced Hexpak’s wages by 15% and paid themselves off in 4 months

Primary functions

  • To identify individuals exactly or prevent them from clocking for others.
  • To limit access to the facility as a whole.
  • To limit access to certain areas in the facility.
  • To limit access to certain times of day or night
  • To schedule access rights based on worker type or shifts rules.
  • To use the clockings for managing time and attendance and wages.
  • To provide histories of access or movements between areas.
  • To identify where an employee or visitor is now.


  • Elimination of buddy clocking and ‘ghost’ workers.
  • Elimination of unauthorised entry.
  • Reductions in theft and shrinkage.
  • Elimination of unauthorized breaks.
  • Elimination of unscheduled overtime.
  • Reduced administrative costs.
  • Clockings go directly into MAXITIME time and attendance software or
  • Clockings go directly into MAXITRACK labour tracking software.