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Time & Attendance

Opening doors and recording on-site hours only scratches the surface. Your workforce is your biggest asset and labour is your biggest cost. So everything counts – every day, every hour and every minute.

For every employee, in every location, working from home or on the move.

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Access control

Every workspace needs at least some level of access control. That’s why access control is the basic building block of every Time&Space system. For instance, you can start with just a few main entrances and later, if needed, develop a more complex access system for as many doors as you need.

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Best together

Not surprisingly, we often regard security and workforce management as two separate organisational functions. In fact, these are normally managed by two different departments – Security and HR – and usually with different business goals, skills and responsibilities. However, many times and in many places access and time come very close together.
For example, employees sharing the same ID badges is just the tip of the iceberg. So the relationship between time tracking and site access is actually very important. Every time an employee, intern, subcontractor, client or visitor enters a building, passes an access point or needs to record his time on site, tracking and security intersect. This often produces many points of interaction between the two, which can present quite a challenge to any business.
Without limiting the unique requirements of either area, Time&Space proves that time tracking and access security are Best together.

What kind of software do you need?

Access control software can be notoriously unfriendly, with myriads of hard to understand and rarely used parameters. By the same token, time and attendance systems deal with vast amounts of data that is sometimes intimidating to even the most skilled administrators. So, what should you be looking for in your solution?
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Modularity

Software modularity is the key for managing complex systems. Thanks to Time&Space’s modular structure, additional software modules can be added gradually, as needed.

Scalability

Time&Space has practically unlimited growth capacity. This time tracking and security solution is used in organisations with thousands of users spread over multiple geographical locations. However, it can also be used in very small organisations or branch offices with equal ease.

Connectivity

Time&Space’s data communications are IP based and allow for both local and privately hosted deployments. Web access is also available for all frequent, day-to-day administrative tasks.

Compatibility

Time&Space has no unusual deployment requirements. It performs well in most conventional PC/Windows/IP network environments using a standard web browser. And it’s equally supported on the two most popular data platforms, Oracle and Microsoft MSSQL.

Interoperability

Time&Space supports interoperability on several levels: via built-in data exports, through a separate export utility or by using a dedicated, IP-based signalling utility. Or take interoperability to new heights by setting up separate SDKs (Software Development Kits) for Time & Space access.

Industrial strength

Enterprise features such as application-level audit trails and support for Active Directory (AD) and Single Sign On (SSO) capabilities make Time&Space an excellent choice for even the most sophisticated IT environments.

User experience

Usability is a legitimate concern for any software with a powerful feature set. Time&Space rises to the challenge by providing data visualisation, complexity hiding principles and optimised bulk data handling. This ensures a first-class user experience with panoramic oversight and real-time control.

Localization

Because of our European origins, we are especially aware of the challenges that language versioning can present. Time&Space can be localised for virtually any language by the national distributor, reseller, integrator or even by the end user. Translations are also incremental, so they can follow software versions.

Version 10 features

T&S v10

1. NEW 3RD PARTY INTEGRATIONS

With Version 10, emphasis has been placed on support for a balanced selection of devices and readers.With this version we believe we have one of the best 3rd-party hardware portfolios in the industry with the highest level of integration. And there’s more yet to come.

• Support for Morpho Sigma Lite fingerprint readers

After providing full support for Morpho Sigma biometric terminals in version 8.50, it was logical that access control would be our next step. The newly released Sigma Lite biometric readers are now fully supported for access control and time recording.

• Support for Aperio wireless locks (IP hub support)

Spica is working closely with Assa Abloy to provide integration for their Aperio line of wireless locks. Version 10.0 now provides support for integration via Aperio IP Hub. We see Aperio integration as strategic and will be providing further information in the near future.

• Support for Assa Abloy Visionline

Spica is working closely with Assa Abloy on integration with their Aperio line of wireless locks. Time&Space 10.0 provides support for integration via Aperio IP Hub. Integration through Zone controllers is planned with version 10.20.

• Support for TBS biometric time clocks

We have added support for biometric time clocks from Touchless Biometric Systems. More information is here.

• Support for MATT, Managed Android Time Terminal by Famoco*

We took a generic professional Android device with an NFC reader and turned it into a managed time clock. MATT gets OS and application upgrades from the cloud and can be troubleshooted directly from Spica. With MATT we are targeting users with a number of small remote offices where “proper” time clocks would not be economical.

• Support for IrisID biometric time clock

We have also added support for IrisID terminals for time tracking. Iris scanning is considered to be the most accurate method for biometric identification and so is robust enough to stand up to even the most demanding requirements. More information is available upon request.

• Milestone XProtect native client integration*

With Version 8, we integrated Milestone video surveillance into the Time&Space access control software client. With Time&Space Version 10, we have also added reciprocal functionality by integrating access control into the Milestone XProtect software client. Now, access control and video surveillance are available in both clients. For more information see here.

2. NEW ACCESS CONTROL FEATURES

For Version 10, our core focus for development was principally on access control. In a future version we will also place a special emphasis on time and attendance. Please visit our site regularly for further information.

• Access Control Toggle Mode

This functionality was at the top of our feature request list. This allows users to toggle the door mode between being permanently open or permanently closed for a defined period.

• Additional door I/O configurations

In a nutshell, this feature gives you the ability to collect multiple input signals (10, for example) from one Zone Door device.

• Advanced badge and profile management

At times, multiple user credentials can create rather complex management situations. This feature change makes managing multiple user credentials and their associated access profiles faster and easier.

• New Access Control Agent

The service that provides real-time coordination between access control, time & attendance and 3rd party modules has been rewritten and improved in several ways. For example, it is now possible to use 3rd-party plugins.

3. GENERAL IMPROVEMENTS

• Enhanced Data Security

Protecting data integrity is especially important when collecting personal data. Time&Space data access has been enhanced and is now available solely through the Time&Space SDK. More information.

• New notification service

We have rebuilt and improved the real-time engine that handles access control signalling and communications. It is now much easier to implement and support various notification schemes and services.

• New Time&Space SDK

We have a brand new Software Development Kit. More information is available here.

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