WO2002037427A1 - Method and apparatus for remotely monitoring the time and attendance of workers - Google Patents

Method and apparatus for remotely monitoring the time and attendance of workers Download PDF

Info

Publication number
WO2002037427A1
WO2002037427A1 PCT/GB2001/004788 GB0104788W WO0237427A1 WO 2002037427 A1 WO2002037427 A1 WO 2002037427A1 GB 0104788 W GB0104788 W GB 0104788W WO 0237427 A1 WO0237427 A1 WO 0237427A1
Authority
WO
Grant status
Application
Patent type
Prior art keywords
means
respective
entry
respective worker
worker
Prior art date
Application number
PCT/GB2001/004788
Other languages
French (fr)
Inventor
Adrian Butt
Original Assignee
Datascope Plc
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date

Links

Classifications

    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07CTIME OR ATTENDANCE REGISTERS; REGISTERING OR INDICATING THE WORKING OF MACHINES; GENERATING RANDOM NUMBERS; VOTING OR LOTTERY APPARATUS; ARRANGEMENTS, SYSTEMS OR APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE
    • G07C9/00Individual entry or exit registers
    • G07C9/00007Access-control involving the use of a pass
    • G07C9/00103Access-control involving the use of a pass with central registration and control, e.g. for swimming pools or hotel-rooms, generally in combination with a pass-dispensing system
    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07CTIME OR ATTENDANCE REGISTERS; REGISTERING OR INDICATING THE WORKING OF MACHINES; GENERATING RANDOM NUMBERS; VOTING OR LOTTERY APPARATUS; ARRANGEMENTS, SYSTEMS OR APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE
    • G07C1/00Registering, indicating or recording the time of events or elapsed time, e.g. time-recorders for work people
    • G07C1/10Registering, indicating or recording the time of events or elapsed time, e.g. time-recorders for work people together with the recording, indicating or registering of other data, e.g. of signs of identity
    • G07C1/12Registering, indicating or recording the time of events or elapsed time, e.g. time-recorders for work people together with the recording, indicating or registering of other data, e.g. of signs of identity wherein the time is indicated in figures
    • G07C1/14Registering, indicating or recording the time of events or elapsed time, e.g. time-recorders for work people together with the recording, indicating or registering of other data, e.g. of signs of identity wherein the time is indicated in figures with apparatus adapted for use with individual cards

Abstract

A method and apparatus for enabling the remote monitoring of the time and attendance of a plurality of workers at various work locations is described. In use, unique swipe or proximity cards allow each respective worker to gain access to various work locations by swiping the card through a respective reader means located at, for example, the turnstile or entrance gate. The time of entry and departure of each respective worker is then retained by the reader means, which is then routinely polled by a remote server, over a wireless telecommunication link. At regular intervals, the server polls each of the reader means sequentially and checks them for the swipe times recorded by the unit, and this data is then written to an appropriate database, via the server. In the database, the entry and departure times of each respective worker in each respective work location are processed and combined into readily accessible information. In use, the remote user can then access the database over, for example, an encrypted link on a public network, such as the Internet. In this way, it is possible to remotely cover many work locations and, as such, readily monitor workers employed on short term contracts or temporary work sites, from anywhere in the world.

Description

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOTELY MONITORING THE TIME AND ATTENDANCE OF WORKERS

This invention relates to a method and apparatus for enabling the remote monitoring of the time and attendance of workers at various work locations. Remote user access to said time and attendance information being provided on a secure link over a public network, such as the Internet.

In recent years, the integration of access and security systems with time and attendance systems has meant that employers can both secure their premises and generate valuable time and attendance data for payroll and other services. Generally, in these systems, swipe or proximity cards are used to unlock doors or turnstiles, which in turn also generates information concerning the time that the respective employee swiped the card. However, the problems associated with this approach are that such systems are generally hardwired and, as such, tend to be expensive and time-consuming to install. Also, for shorter-term contract work on a variety of sites, this technique is clearly unsuitable. Other limitations are that, generally, such time and attendance information is held on a local server within the workplace, without remote access.

It is an object of the present invention to provide a method and apparatus for enabling the remote monitoring of the time and attendance of a plurality of workers at various work locations. Remote access of said time and attendance data being achieved over an encrypted link on a public network, such as the Internet. The implementation of the present invention, using wireless-based technology, allows for savings in both installation costs and time. According to the present invention there is provided a method for enabling the remote monitoring of the time and attendance of a plurality of workers at a plurality of work locations, details of each respective worker being held on a unique identification means, the entry and departure of said respective worker to a respective work location being detected by the interaction of said unique identification means with at least one reader means, said reader means retaining details of each entry and departure time occurrence, the method comprising the steps of: remotely accessing each said reader means and recording the entry and departure times of each respective worker detected therein, via a server means; processing and combining said entry and departure times of each respective worker at each respective work location into readily accessible information using a database means held on said server means; and providing remote user access to said entry and departure times of each respective worker using an encrypted communication means, via said server means over a public network.

In a preferred embodiment, said unique identification means may be provided using swipe or proximity cards or hand or thumbprints. Said swipe cards may be provided with a bar code or magnetic strip which stores encoded details of the respective worker thereon. Said encoded details of the respective worker being detected on passing said swipe card through said reader means.

Occurrences of entry and departure may be detected using said plurality of reader means situated at various locations around the workplace. Preferably, said plurality of reader means being provided by turnstile gates, clock readers, entrance gates and door readers. On detecting said respective worker, said reader means may also be programmed to unlock doors or turnstiles, or to control access to restricted areas. Said reader means may be provided with a Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) module for remote communication with said server means, such as a Siemens™ M20 GSM telephone module.

Using an existing Internet dial-up account, the remote user may call up said server means over said encrypted connection means implemented, preferably, using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), such as a Shiva™ LanRover VPN Gateway. Such an encrypted link provides a secure path for network applications which require no changes to the application. As such, this provides desktop to gateway security within a Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN).

Remote user processing of the time and attendance data may be provided using 'thin client' technology which allows the remote user access to said database means without the need for it to be installed or licensed on the local machine. Using, preferably, a 32-bit client software, the remote user may access said server means, for example, to cut and paste information from said database means into an application running locally, use short cut keys, run applications remotely or print to a local printer from applications running on said server means.

Further preferably, the remote user may use local application software to interpret the swipe times gathered by the clock readers and to produce reports which may include, for example, personnel currently on site, number and cost of hours worked in any given period, accident statistics and labor returns, etc. It can also keep track of employee training, disciplinary action, visitors to site and controls the issue of new swipe or proximity cards. Said local application software being implemented suitably using Microsoft™ Access. Also according to the present invention there is provided an apparatus for enabling the remote monitoring of the time and attendance of a plurality of workers at a plurality of work locations, comprising: at least one reader means, which, in use, can record the entry and departure times of each respective worker; database means, being in communication with each said reader means via a server means, for processing and combining said entry and departure times of each respective worker at each respective work location into readily accessible information; and encrypted communication means, which, in use, provides remote user access to entry and departure times of each respective worker held on said database means, via said server means over a public network.

Further according to the present invention there is provided a computer program product for enabling the remote monitoring of the time and attendance of a plurality of workers at a plurality of work locations, details of each respective worker being held on a unique identification means, the entry and departure of said respective worker to a respective work location being detected by the interaction of said unique identification means with at least one reader means, said reader means retaining details of each entry and departure time occurrence, comprising: computer program means for remotely accessing each said reader means and recording the entry and departure times of each respective worker detected therein, via a server means; computer program means for processing and combining said entry and departure times of each respective worker at each respective work location into readily accessible information using a database means held on said server means; and computer program means for providing remote user access to said entry and departure times of each respective worker using over an encrypted communication means, via said server means over a public network. The advantages of the present invention are that the remote user can quickly and easily access secure time and attendance data for a variety of different work locations anywhere in the world. The implementation of the present invention, using wireless-based technology, allows for savings in both installation costs and time. In this way, it is also possible to cover many work locations and, as such, readily monitor workers employed on short-term contracts or temporary work sites.

It will be obvious to those skilled in the art that variations of the present invention are possible, and it is intended that the present invention may be used other than specifically as described herein.

A specific non-limiting embodiment of the invention will be described by way of example and with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:-

Figure 1 illustrates a schematic diagram of the present invention.

Referring now to the drawings, the proposed scheme is illustrated in Figure 1 , wherein swipe or proximity cards or hand or thumb prints are used to collect data at various work locations. In use, the reader means identify which worker is swiping by reading the bar code printed on each clock card. Swipe cards may be manufactured using a digital camera and card printer. An image of the cardholder can be captured and instantaneously printed onto a swipe card, together with encoded details of the respective worker.

In a preferred embodiment, a proximity card may be used wherein a magnetic signal is induced into a coil embedded into the card and this transmits the encoded card number back to the reader means to be read and authorised, as appropriate. Such proximity card being primarily used for hands free operation where the user is not required to present a token to a specific reader means.

At regular intervals, said server means dials each said reader means sequentially and checks them for any swipe times recorded by the unit. Such data is then written to said database means via said server means over a wireless GSM platform. Suitably, each said reader means is equipped with a Siemens™ M20 GSM telephone module. This performs the same functions as a mobile phone and modem built into one, though without a numeric keypad or dial out facility, and can be contacted via an external aerial. Thus, as long as there is a convenient power supply then the data recorded within the unit can be accessed from any personal computer and modem.

Data of employees' entry and departure times obtained by said reader means are processed and combined using said database means. Such data may be grouped into selectable fields which may include, but are not limited to, employees currently on a certain site, current number and cost of hours worked, lateness and unauthorised absence records, etc.

Using an existing Internet dial-up account, the remote user may call up said server means over an encrypted connection. Suitably, a Shiva™ LanRover VPN Gateway provides secure virtual private networking between said remote user and server means. In this way, time and attendance data can be securely delivered to the remote user anywhere in the world. The remote user may then, using Windows™ 32-bit Terminal Services Client software, remotely execute said database means on the Windows™ based server from a wide range of devices over virtually any type of network connection.

The remote user may then use any compatible local application software to interpret and manage the swipe times gathered by the clock readers. Suitably, this is performed using a Microsoft™ Access based user interface.

Claims

1. A method for enabling the remote monitoring of the time and attendance of a plurality of workers at a plurality of work locations, details of each respective worker being held on a unique identification means, the entry and departure of said respective worker to a respective work location being detected by the interaction of said unique identification means with at least one reader means, said reader means retaining details of each entry and departure time occurrence, the method comprising the steps of: remotely accessing each said reader means and recording the entry and departure times of each respective worker detected therein, via a server means; processing and combining said entry and departure times of each respective worker at each respective work location into readily accessible information using a database means held on said server means; and providing remote user access to said entry and departure times of each respective worker using an encrypted communication means, via said server means over a public network.
2. A method as claimed in Claim 1, wherein said unique identification means further comprises swipe or proximity cards, or hand or thumb prints.
3. A method as claimed in Claim 2, wherein the entry and departure of said respective worker to a respective work location being detected by the interaction of said unique identification means with at least one reader means further comprises the step of said respective worker swiping the respective swipe card through said reader means.
4. A method as claimed in Claims 2 or 3, wherein the respective swipe cards is provided with a bar code or magnetic strip which stores encoded details of the respective worker thereon.
5. A method as claimed in Claim 2, wherein the entry and departure of said respective worker to a respective work location being detected by the interaction of said unique identification means with at least one reader means further comprises the step of said respective worker holding the respective proximity card in close proximity to said reader means.
6. A method as claimed in Claims 2 or 5, wherein the respective proximity cards is provided with a coil embedded therein which is capable of inducing an unique magnetic signal in said reader means.
7. A method as claimed in Claim 1, wherein the step of remotely accessing each said reader means and recording the entry and departure times of each respective worker detected therein, via a server means, further comprises the step of dialing-up each said reader means sequentially and writing said entry and departure times of each respective worker to said server means.
8. A method as claimed in Claim 1 , wherein the step of processing and combining said entry and departure times of each respective worker at each respective work location into readily accessible information using a database means held on said server means further comprises the step of grouping said entry and departure times of each respective worker into selectable fields, which may include the number of employees currently on a certain site, current number and cost of hours worked, lateness and unauthorised absence records.
9. A method as claimed in Claim 1 , wherein the step of providing remote user access to said entry and departure times of each respective worker using an encrypted communication means, via said server means over a public network further comprises the step of dialing-up said server means using an existing Internet dial-up account.
10. An apparatus for enabling the remote monitoring of the time and attendance of a plurality of workers at a plurality of work locations, comprising: at least one reader means, which, in use, can record the entry and departure times of each respective worker; database means, being in communication with each said reader means via a server means, for processing and combining said entry and departure times of each respective worker at each respective work location into readily accessible information; and encrypted communication means, which, in use, provides remote user access to entry and departure times of each respective worker held on said database means, via said server means over a public network.
11. An apparatus as claimed in Claim 10, wherein said at least one reader means is located at turnstile gates, clock readers or entrance gates.
12. An apparatus as claimed in Claims 10 or 11 , wherein said at least one reader means is further programmed to unlock doors or turnstiles, or to control access to restricted areas.
13. An apparatus as claimed in any of Claims 10 to 12, wherein said at least one reader means is in communication with said database means via a respective wireless telecommunication device.
14. An apparatus as claimed in Claim 13, wherein said wireless telecommunication device is a Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) module.
15. An apparatus as claimed in Claim 10, wherein said database means further comprises an appropriate database software to efficiently interpret and manage said entry and departure times of each respective worker.
16. An apparatus as claimed in Claim 10, wherein said encrypted communication means further comprises a secure Internet dial-up account.
17. An apparatus as claimed in Claim 16, wherein secure Internet dial-up account is provided by a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
18. An apparatus as claimed in Claim 10, wherein remote user access to entry and departure times of each respective worker held on said database means, via said server means over a public network, is provided by client software.
19. An apparatus as claimed in Claim 18, wherein said client software allows the remote user to remotely execute said database means and transfer said entry and departure times of each respective worker into local application software.
20. An apparatus as claimed in claim 19, wherein said local application software can produce reports which may include, for example, the number of personnel currently on site, number and costs of hours worked in any given period, accident statistics or labour returns.
21. A computer program product for enabling the remote monitoring of the time and attendance of a plurality of workers at a plurality of work locations, details of each respective worker being held on a unique identification means, the entry and departure of said respective worker to a respective work location being detected by the interaction of said unique identification means with at least one reader means, said reader means retaining details of each entry and departure time occurrence, comprising: computer program means for remotely accessing each said reader means and recording the entry and departure times of each respective worker detected therein, via a server means; computer program means for processing and combining said entry and departure times of each respective worker at each respective work location into readily accessible information using a database means held on said server means; and computer program means for providing remote user access to said entry and departure times of each respective worker using over an encrypted communication means, via said server means over a public network.
PCT/GB2001/004788 2000-11-01 2001-10-29 Method and apparatus for remotely monitoring the time and attendance of workers WO2002037427A1 (en)

Priority Applications (2)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
GB0026642A GB0026642D0 (en) 2000-11-01 2000-11-01 Method and apparatus for remotely monitoring the time and attendance of workers
GB0026642.9 2000-11-01

Applications Claiming Priority (1)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
EP20010976542 EP1332476A1 (en) 2000-11-01 2001-10-29 Method and apparatus for remotely monitoring the time and attendance of workers

Publications (1)

Publication Number Publication Date
WO2002037427A1 true true WO2002037427A1 (en) 2002-05-10

Family

ID=9902317

Family Applications (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
PCT/GB2001/004788 WO2002037427A1 (en) 2000-11-01 2001-10-29 Method and apparatus for remotely monitoring the time and attendance of workers

Country Status (3)

Country Link
EP (1) EP1332476A1 (en)
GB (1) GB0026642D0 (en)
WO (1) WO2002037427A1 (en)

Cited By (1)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
EP2048625A1 (en) * 2007-10-10 2009-04-15 Tufano, Francesco Detection system of the presence of a plurality of workers in a workplace

Citations (9)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
EP0621565A1 (en) * 1993-04-20 1994-10-26 Societe Fh2I (S.A.) System for centralising heterogeneous information connected to an identity, collected and time-stamped at remote posts
US5600554A (en) * 1994-09-29 1997-02-04 Crucible Materials Corporation Methods and apparatus for securing, integrating, and manipulating employee payroll and human resource information
US5682142A (en) * 1994-07-29 1997-10-28 Id Systems Inc. Electronic control system/network
EP0813171A2 (en) * 1996-06-13 1997-12-17 Robert Bosch Gmbh Mobile user interface
FR2751814A1 (en) * 1996-07-24 1998-01-30 Gemplus Card Int Control system and service management
US5717867A (en) * 1993-06-21 1998-02-10 Mirage Resorts, Incorporated Employee time entry and accounting system
WO1999053389A2 (en) * 1998-04-15 1999-10-21 Cyberhealth, Inc. Visit verification method and system
WO2000041104A2 (en) * 1998-12-31 2000-07-13 Ct Motion Ltd. A method and system for managing mobile workers
US6092113A (en) * 1996-08-29 2000-07-18 Kokusai Denshin Denwa, Co., Ltd. Method for constructing a VPN having an assured bandwidth

Patent Citations (9)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
EP0621565A1 (en) * 1993-04-20 1994-10-26 Societe Fh2I (S.A.) System for centralising heterogeneous information connected to an identity, collected and time-stamped at remote posts
US5717867A (en) * 1993-06-21 1998-02-10 Mirage Resorts, Incorporated Employee time entry and accounting system
US5682142A (en) * 1994-07-29 1997-10-28 Id Systems Inc. Electronic control system/network
US5600554A (en) * 1994-09-29 1997-02-04 Crucible Materials Corporation Methods and apparatus for securing, integrating, and manipulating employee payroll and human resource information
EP0813171A2 (en) * 1996-06-13 1997-12-17 Robert Bosch Gmbh Mobile user interface
FR2751814A1 (en) * 1996-07-24 1998-01-30 Gemplus Card Int Control system and service management
US6092113A (en) * 1996-08-29 2000-07-18 Kokusai Denshin Denwa, Co., Ltd. Method for constructing a VPN having an assured bandwidth
WO1999053389A2 (en) * 1998-04-15 1999-10-21 Cyberhealth, Inc. Visit verification method and system
WO2000041104A2 (en) * 1998-12-31 2000-07-13 Ct Motion Ltd. A method and system for managing mobile workers

Cited By (1)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
EP2048625A1 (en) * 2007-10-10 2009-04-15 Tufano, Francesco Detection system of the presence of a plurality of workers in a workplace

Also Published As

Publication number Publication date Type
GB0026642D0 (en) 2000-12-13 grant
EP1332476A1 (en) 2003-08-06 application

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US7119674B2 (en) Automated site security, monitoring and access control system
US20060229928A1 (en) System and method of tracking objects being serviced
US5614703A (en) Hotel check-in system with wireless communication
US6779721B2 (en) Systems and methods for managing security at plural physical locations
US6879243B1 (en) Electronically-controlled locker system
US20080275819A1 (en) System and Method for Transaction Payment in Multiple Languages and Currencies
US20090250512A1 (en) Automatic device registration system with barcode identification and maintenance information generation
US20020082897A1 (en) Method and apparatus for facilitating amusement park activities and storing demographic information
US6965876B2 (en) Methods and devices utilizing a tracking system
US7046990B2 (en) Method for detecting access to controlled areas and related system
US7145457B2 (en) Integrated visualization of security information for an individual
US20050167484A1 (en) Method and system issue an electronic visa of a foreign visitor at a country's foreign consular premises
US6894617B2 (en) Human guard enhancing multiple site integrated security system
US7377426B1 (en) Interactive visitor announcement/access control system
US20050039014A1 (en) Electronic security system for monitoring and recording activity and data relating to persons
US7137553B2 (en) Security clearance card, system and method of reading a security clearance card
US20030004792A1 (en) System and method to remotely control and monitor a parking garage revenue system and gate via an open network connection
US6976269B1 (en) Internet co-location facility security system
EP1160734A2 (en) System to control and supervise vehicle transit in restricted access areas
US20030125961A1 (en) Autonomous rental store
US7735728B2 (en) Access control system
US7733213B2 (en) Methods, systems, and computer program products for providing time-limited calendar based passcode access to areas, buildings and/or rooms
US20060124734A1 (en) Access control system
US20060087410A1 (en) Facility access control system including temporary personnel identification badges with expiration indicia
US20130008958A1 (en) Payment authorized lock system and methods of making and using the same

Legal Events

Date Code Title Description
121 Ep: the epo has been informed by wipo that ep was designated in this application
WWE Wipo information: entry into national phase

Ref document number: 2001976542

Country of ref document: EP

WWP Wipo information: published in national office

Ref document number: 2001976542

Country of ref document: EP

REG Reference to national code

Ref country code: DE

Ref legal event code: 8642

WWW Wipo information: withdrawn in national office

Ref document number: 2001976542

Country of ref document: EP

NENP Non-entry into the national phase in:

Ref country code: JP