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First NZ Non-Contact Finger Scanner for Timesheets

News Release, 18 February 2008

First Non-Contact Finger Scanner Launched in NZ for Staff Timesheets

Manually signing staff in and out each day is to become a thing of the past with the introduction of a new non contact finger scanner to New Zealand.

Launched by Christchurch-based time and attendance company Time Target, the non contact biometric finger scanners are already being rolled out in Australia to companies in the health, manufacturing, retail and hospitality industries. They are now set to take the New Zealand market by storm.

In Japan, non contact finger scanners are so popular they comprise more than 80 per cent of the countries Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) and have also been introduced worldwide for door security systems.

Time Target New Zealand managing Director Wayne Doran, is now looking to introducing the system to New Zealand and says the breakthrough in technology is changing the staff management industry.

While finger scanners are already actively being used across many sectors, the previous technology has had some issues in the past. “We have health sector workers that have had the readability of their fingerprint compromised due to the sanitising gels used during the day.”

Wayne says the issue of getting consistent reads has inhibited finger scanners from being rolled out widely in New Zealand in the past, but the new technology is likely to change that. “You can have a surgical glove on and still this non contact finger scanner will be able to verify who you are,” he says.

The new electronic system is also expected to make wage cost blowouts a thing of the past. “Managers organising rosters can identify their margins and staff to cost ratios before hiring or planning shifts.”

One client in Australia had already experienced a A$1.2 million cost saving in wages due to the ability of the technology to closely monitor costs.

“The rosters tell you exactly how much staff will cost before you spend the money, making it easier for managers to control their wage budgets with just one button. Overall, companies implementing Time Target should save anywhere from 2 to 5 per cent of their wage bill. That can mean tens of thousands of dollars over a year.”

Oscars Hotels, which employs 350 people in its eight hotels in New South Wales, Australia says within the first quarter of deploying Time Target, the system had paid for itself and by the end of the second quarter, the return on investment had been significant.

“The difference it made to our business was immediately apparent. When we decided to go online with Time Target, our goal was to achieve a return on investment within twelve months.”In fact, the ROI was conservatively something like 1000% or more and the company’s bottom line is now in the region of seven figures better off due to implementing the system.

The non contact scanners are made by Hitachi and Time Target is the first to use the product as a time and attendance tool.



Time Target Corporation is a leading provider of integrated Time, Attendance and Rostering solutions with head office located in Sydney, Australia and licensed distributors in each state of Australia and New Zealand.

TimeTarget’s focus is to provide solutions that maximise our customers business by improving staff performance in the areas of:

- Creating staff rosters that yield the highest return for customers

- Providing time & attendance solutions that ensure accurate time information

Generating accurate timesheets instantly while automatically interpreting award rates

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