( by Mr. Henry Pang, Product Development Manager )
When talking about shipbuilding industry, Asia is the place. South Korea, Australia, Japan, and China have the largest shipbuilding industry in the world, as compared to the more fragmented industry in Europe such as Poland and Germany.

In shipbuilding industry, shipyards and dockyards are full of workers for ship constructions, maintenance and basing activities. The workers in these places are various and separated into different working criteria or professionals. In shipyards where constructions of the ships are carried out, contractors or outsourcing expertise often come and go based on their specific projects. Wages paid to the contractors, third party companies or agencies are based on attendance hours of the workers.

Conventional clocking systems such as punch clock and manual records have loopholes for errors and cheatings. Buddy punching occurrences often happen where workers cheat time with the help of another employee. Accumulated loss to the employer due to these could be minimized if the workers are well managed by an effective system.

Biometric products are the solution to monitor attendance of the workers but convenient data transfer could be an issue though the verification of identity is not. Shipyards are always located away from the city or at the seashore area. Commonly, operation units and administrative units are separated. Operation units are usually located in the shipyards, and the administrative units are allocated in town. Therefore, data transfer between biometric products and the computers is a challenge.

FingerTec® TA100 GPRS is designed to solve the transfer issue because it does not require any networking facilities to communicate with a PC. The system architecture is simple; TA100 GPRS is installed at the shipyard to collect attendance of users and at the office, a dedicated server is required to connect to the TA100 GPRS via GPRS connectivity. Attendance of workers will be sent from the terminal to the server promptly to be viewed and analysed by administrator(s). The TCMS V2 must be installed in the office to gather attendance data from the server for reports.

A SIM card that has been enabled with GPRS connectivity must be inserted into TA100 GPRS. Download and install the TA100 GPRS tool from http://tips.fingertec.com > Tools > TA100GPRS Tools. Configure the GPRS connectivity settings of TA100GPRS using the tool.
Now install the FingerTec® WebServer with has been downloaded with TA100 GPRS Tools into a dedicated server. The server must have a fixed IP address. Place the server in the administrative units i.e. human resource department.

Connect the server to all TA100GPRS terminals at the shipyard and start to collect attendance data. Workers must verify their fingerprints or cards to report attendance.

With GPRS coverage, TA100GPRS sends the staff’s attendance data back to the FingerTec® WebServer. An administrator can download and upload users between the connected terminals using the FingerTec® WebServer. Transfer of user templates between multiple TA100GPRS terminals is important if the company has multiple working locations, and these workers have work shifts at different locations.
The Software
The FingerTec® WebServer that has been installed in the server captures and save attendance logs into MySQL database.
These attendances are then loaded into TCMS v2 software to process attendance calculations and analyse reports. TCMS v2 could export the data into TXT, XLS or ODBC manager. The exported data can be processed by third party software or payroll.

The company can develop their attendance system as well, to read these attendance records before proceed for details calculations and analysis.

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