The initiative was part of the State and Local Governance Reform (SLOGOR) project, which aimed to improve the quality, transparency, and accountability of public financial management. The main challenge for Osun State was to integrate a strong electronic time management system into existing operations, particularly in the field, in order to improve the efficiency, discipline, and productivity of its workforce without cutting jobs.
5" Biometric Handheld Mobile Terminal
To overcome the main challenge, Aratek Biometrics stepped in with its BM5510, an advanced 5-inch biometric mobile terminal paired with a partner-developed time attendance app that provided secure and accurate identity enrollment and verification.
The Aratek BM5510 features a robust optical fingerprint sensor and an NFC contactless card reader, as well as a long battery life and a wide range of wireless communication options, which make it perfect for field use. It was effectively incorporated into a newly-developed time attendance app by a partner company, providing a powerful biometric time attendance management solution for efficient verification of employees' identities and tracking of their work hours.
Additionally, this project encountered hesitant employee reactions as well as the need for on-site technical support to ensure the BM5510 device's functionality. However, these challenges were successfully addressed through adequate training, effective communication of the project's objectives, and reassurance that the reform aimed to improve efficiency rather than cause job losses.
The use of Aratek's biometric technology has significantly reduced time discrepancies, improving productivity and service delivery across the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs)
With accurate time management data, the MDAs could increase their operational transparency, aligning with the goal of the State and Local Governance Reform (SLOGOR) project.
The fingerprint verification offered by the BM5510 mobile ID device ensured secure identity checks, thus adding an extra layer of security within the public service sector.
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