Tracking time and attendance

22 Jan BENEFITS OF TRACKING TIME AND ATTENDANCE WITH TAMS

BENEFITS OF TRACKING TIME AND ATTENDANCE WITH TAMS

As technology continues to revolutionize the way we do business, small business owners time and again neglect a vital aspect of their business: their employee time tracking system. Time and attendance systems based on paper time cards or sheets, memory recall of the past week’s schedule and “buddy punching” lead to hundreds of hours and millions of naira lost each year. A paradigm shift towards an automated time and attendance software that employs the use of a biometric system like TAMS HR Solution will help you track your employees’ time, leading to a more productive, efficient and happy workplace for all involved.

Towards the end of each month, HR Managers spend long hours preparing payroll for organisation’s employees – a time-consuming task that can be carried out effectively with an automated payroll management software in little time.

The advantages of upgrading from a manual time tracking system to a dedicated time and attendance system are always obvious and are neither farfetched. Here are benefits of tracking time accurately:

SPEND LESS TIME ON PAYROLL

The most basic benefit to your business is that less time will be spent; both by employees and HR, tracking, recording and processing their time spent working each day, week and month. By upgrading, some businesses cut their time calculating payroll each month by up to 70%. Employees can focus on their respective jobs, rather than the additional task of accounting for themselves.

PREVENT TIME THEFT

Time theft can include everything from taking a longer lunch than allotted or clocking in for a friend when they are late to work, otherwise known as “buddy punching.” The American Payroll Association estimates that over 75% of businesses lose money from buddy punching. Whether intentional or innocuous, time theft can be costly and automated time and attendance systems like TAMS HR Solution prevent it altogether.

PREVENT HUMAN ERROR IN BOOKKEEPING

Nobody is perfect, not even if they have a calculator, spreadsheet or other computation devices handy. Even the most accurate typist makes one mistake for every 300 keystrokes.  One misplaced digit or decimal can lead to accounting errors that need to be corrected, or worse, are left uncorrected and can affect your bottom line negatively.

KEEP EMPLOYEES INFORMED

An all-too-common question for those working in HR is how much time off an employee has left this year, or whether they have any sick days remaining. Rather than letting discrepancies cut into work, quality time and attendance software will allow employees to access that information on their own at any time.

Allowing employees to see their time records on demand will help them see how well they’re utilizing their time at work. The insight gained from seeing how much time is spent on particular projects or at certain sites can be invaluable and will help them eliminate inefficiencies.

SPEND LESS TIME AND RESOURCES ON PAPERWORK

Merely sorting through, organizing and processing paperwork can be time-consuming. Additionally, the cost of replenishing the items needed to maintain an old-time and attendance system, paper, pens/pencils, printer ink, and toner, etc. can be prohibitive in the long run.

STAY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE LAW

State and federal labour laws regulate things like overtime pay and record keeping, both of which can be problematic to track if you have a manual time and attendance system. Rather than opening your business up to future lawsuits, which can result in millions of dollars awarded in back wages, stay on the right side of the law with accurate time tracking.

UTILIZE A SYSTEM THAT CAN GROW WITH YOUR BUSINESS

A paper-based system may work, in some respects, for your small business now. If you expect your business to grow, and who doesn’t hope for the best in that regard, you’ll want a system that can grow with you as you hire more employees and have more information to track.

Rather than beginning the search for an upgrade before it’s too late, get out ahead of the curve and upgrade while your timekeeping needs are still manageable.

CREATE A CENTRAL DATABASE THAT CAN BE ACCESSED THROUGHOUT THE COMPANY

If your company is spread out across multiple offices or sites, it’s much easier to calculate payroll via a system that is standardized for all employees. This creates a central database, with guaranteed practices, that can be accessed from anywhere, including on the go.

The disadvantages of relying on time-consuming and outdated methods of employee time-tracking are numerous, it costs time and money; it can get you in legal trouble; it can lead to stress-related illnesses for those who have to spend hours each week collecting, correcting and calculating timesheets; it distracts employees from completing the tasks they were hired to tackle each week. Rather than staying in the past, embrace the future by switching to quality time and attendance system, and let your company enjoy the benefits of accurately tracked time.

TRACKING OF PROJECTS AND TASKS

You can also use the time-tracking software to find out how well some projects and duties are being carried out. For instance, if you recognize that normally a particular task takes two to three hours to complete, but a worker took five hours this will be a sign indicating that there is a problem. You can engage the employee and discover if they require further training to make the project easier. You can realize if somebody else had delayed part of the project or the material that was necessary to accomplish the task. Utilizing the records from the system will alert the employer about potential setbacks that need to be resolved. You can identify these issues at the initial stages of the project and thus wind up using time more resourcefully to attain the company goals.

How would adding an automated time and attendance system save your company money each month? Contact Us today and let’s hear from you.

 

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5 SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TIPS TO BOOST YOUR NEW BUSINESS

08 Jan 5 BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TIPS TO BOOST YOUR NEW BUSINESS

5 Business Technology Tips to Boost Your New Business

We live in an advanced society where new ventures can start with little money and a big idea can carve out a successful business. While it is true that not every new business will survive, there are some simple techniques that can be utilized to make the most of your money, resources, and time.

When it comes to managing the technology side of your new business, you should definitely keep these tips for starting a small business in mind.

Store data in the cloud to reduce IT cost

When you’re starting out, you want to keep costs low. A great way to save money on IT costs is by using cloud storage instead of a physical server.

Cloud storage is particularly well suited to small businesses, and you can easily keep track of your spending as you will only ever be charged for the space you use. Best of all, cloud storage doesn’t require the same IT capacity or expertise, so you won’t need to hire an entire IT team. Just be aware that as you expand, you may need to spend more or make the switch to a dedicated server.

Get the best and cheapest Internet

Whether you work from home or sell physical goods in a store, a good business internet connectivity deal is essential.

The best bookkeeping apps and inventory management software are now cloud-based, so connectivity is very important. Most business packages offer priority service as a standard, meaning your providers are obliged to get your connection up and running immediately should something wrong. You will also want to look for a deal that offers optimum speeds for your area, as well as a comprehensive security package.

Be realistic about your social media presence

You may have big plans for the marketing side of your business, but just remember that less can be more when it comes to social media. If you don’t have the time or resources to commit to maintaining several accounts, just stick to one or two. A single Twitter account that is updated several times a day and has a healthy following is far more valuable than a trio of Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr accounts which were last updated six months ago.

You can hire someone to manage your communications in the later on. But when you are starting out, stick to one channel and do it justice. And do not forget that scheduling tools like Hootsuite, TweeDeck, and Postfity can seriously optimize your time.

Plan your website’s purpose and structure

To make the most of your website, think of it as an extension of your real-world business. It should use the same tone of voice and branding so that when any visitor ends up on your site, they can quickly grasp its purpose within seconds. It’s also important for the user journey to be clear and straightforward.

Try it out yourself — how many tabs or buttons do you have to click to engage with the service? Don’t forget that the average person only has an attention span of eight seconds, so you need to grab them quickly!

Make sure your website is mobile-friendly

In 2015, Google made a big change to its algorithms, meaning they now prioritize mobile-friendly websites in the rankings. Give your website a real chance on the search engine results page by making changes that streamline it for mobile and tablet technology.

Key features of a mobile-friendly site are a simple design, fast loading speeds, and mobile-optimized features such as “call-to-action” buttons. If in doubt, opt for a mobile-responsive design when building your site.

Lastly, don’t forget that the specific needs of every business are different. Spend some time deciding which technology tip or tools will benefit your site the most and do not rush into anything you can not easily reverse.

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productivity hacks for 2019

27 Nov Top 27 Productivity Hacks for 2019

Top 27 Productivity Hacks for 2019

As 2019 gets closer, many professionals focus on what they can do better next year. Increasing productivity at work is a common New Year’s resolution, as there is almost always room to improve anyone’s practices. To help you get started, here are 27 productivity tips to begin 2019 right.

  1. Build up your energy.

Highly productive people seem to be brimming with enthusiasm, but that doesn’t come naturally to everyone. To help you get your energy levels up, take a moment every morning to write down your purpose, or the why behind your current pursuit. It serves as an excellent reminder as to why you’re giving your work your all and can function as its own source of motivation.

  1. Control your calendar.

While working in an environment where everyone can view your Google or Outlook calendar can be convenient, it can also set you up for problems if you don’t take control of your time. Others may view empty spaces as opportunities to schedule meetings, even if you intended to use the time for other tasks.

Instead of leaving your calendar in the hands of others, block out the time you need to handle critical tasks. That way you won’t be derailed by an unexpected meeting request.

  1. Create a mini crisis.

Some people thrive under pressure, allowing them to accomplish more than they originally thought possible in the time frame. You can recreate that sensation by blocking out less time than you actually think you need. Often, you’ll find your focus improves when you begin working and ultimately finish on time.

  1. Ditch your Smartphone notifications.

While completely shutting down your Smartphone isn’t always practical, managing your notifications is. Frequent pop-ups are distracting and almost guaranteed to pull your attention away from the task at hand.

When you need to complete detail-oriented work, shut noncritical notifications off so you can focus with greater ease.

  1. Schedule email time.

Email notifications are another notorious concentration-breaker, so giving in to every alert is guaranteed to make a heads-down task a challenge. Don’t let email take over your day. Instead, schedule time at the beginning and at the end of the day specifically for email. Then, unless something especially critical is coming in, feel free to ignore it the rest of the time.

  1. Put time-suck websites in time out.

If you find yourself losing time to sites that aren’t essential for work (and use a Mac), consider blacklisting them for periods using the SelfControl app. Websites you add to the list will be automatically blocked for the selected time, ensuring you can’t distract yourself with your hunt for a perfect unicorn meme to share with your friends.

Windows users can try similar applications, like StayFocusd for Chrome or Cold Turkey for additional controls.

  1. Avoid lyrics.

A lot of professionals enjoy ambient sound when they work, but music with lyrics (at least those in languages you speak) can actually be distracting. Choose either instrumentals for ambience or white noise to block out sound instead, and you won’t be as tempted to stop and sing along with the tune.

  1. Tackle must-dos first.

While it seems like common sense, many people forgo certain must-dos in favor of more straightforward, though less critical, tasks. But this can leave you scrambling if you don’t allow for enough time to get the work done.

To break the cycle, always start with essential projects first, no matter what. You’ll thank yourself for your diligence come the afternoon.

  1. Take on two-minute tasks second.

Small tasks can make your to-do list seem insurmountable. So, to pare things down, after handling your must-dos, head straight to your quick tasks. You’ll get to check items off your list, which is rewarding in its own right, and make the rest of your day feel less encumbered by minutiae.

  1. Get into a groove.

Whenever possible, group like tasks together. When your brain is already engaging in a particular way, use it to your benefit by focusing on similar activities in rapid succession.

  1. Cut meeting times by 25 percent.

While meetings can be vital to your business, they have a nasty habit of expanding to fit the available time slot, even if those extra conversations don’t provide value. To avoid the meeting version of scope creep, cut the time by 25 percent. You’ll still tackle the important topics but be less likely to have unnecessary discussions.

And, if getting together in person isn’t completely necessary, consider eliminating the meeting entirely. Your staff will thank you.

  1. Consider standup meetings.

When people settle into a chair, they’re more likely to get comfortable in the space. If you need things to progress quickly, embrace a standup format, forgoing chairs completely. This keeps people from settling in and encourages them to get to the point and move on with their day.

  1. Perfect is the enemy of good.

When it comes to your business, you probably want to make sure everything is perfect. But perfection can ultimately be the enemy, and is often an illusion, especially if you keep pushing to improve something that is already good. Don’t drill away at something that is in respectable shape. Instead, move on to other tasks and accept that good can be good enough for success.

  1. Know when to delegate and outsource.

Most business owners want to keep everything in their hands, but this can leave you overloaded. Learn which tasks truly require your input and which can be handled by properly skilled professionals. Once you split up the work, delegate or outsource quickly so people can get started on their to-do lists.

  1. Don’t neglect professional development.

Regardless of your position, there is always more to learn. Professional development helps you acquire new skills and perspectives, letting you be more effective. If a new competency allows for a higher level of productivity, then work to gain it.

You can take a class or explore free resources online, depending on your schedule, so make a commitment to learning something new today.

  1. Embrace automation.

In today’s technological world, there are many options for automating processes, such as emails and proposal or quote delivery. If there’s a task you can automate, look into it. It can shrink your to-do list significantly.

  1. Unsubscribe and unfollow.

If a newsletter or Twitter feed isn’t providing you with value anymore, then unsubscribe or unfollow immediately. This will clean up your inbox and feed, letting you find helpful information quickly and lessening the time you must dedicate to inbox maintenance.

Repeat the process weekly or monthly for optimal effect.

  1. Check in with yourself.

At least once a week, check in with yourself by assessing how you’re feeling, and then make plans to remedy any negative emotions that may be lingering. Self-care is important for productivity, so don’t continually neglect yourself in the name of getting more done at the office.

  1. Have a “no” strategy.

Saying yes to every task leaves you overwhelmed, but saying no can be its own source of stress. To make saying no easier, create a strategy in advance, including email templates or scripts, to simplify the conversation. This will decrease the amount of time you spend in the discussion while ensuring your point gets across effectively.

  1. Invest in dual screens.

Having two full-size computer screens is incredibly beneficial, especially if you have to refer to a report while creating a document, or any other resource plus activity combination. The larger screens make text easier to read, and the dual monitors prevent constant switching between pages or applications, making it worth the investment.

  1. Don’t fixate on where you start.

When people begin a project, they often default to starting at the beginning. But if you’re stuck, don’t be afraid to abandon the introduction and instead focus on another segment. Sometimes, it’s easier to start in the middle of a document, or even at the end, so don’t restrict yourself to a particular order if it just isn’t working.

  1. Use templates.

If you are repeatedly creating the same documents, you’re wasting time. Instead, create or download templates for your most commonly used formats and content types. Then you can simply start with a template instead of reinventing the wheel.

  1. Save, save, save.

If you’re working on a long document or report, hit the Save button as often as possible. While many programs have autosave features, the delays can be quite long. To preserve your work, make a habit of saving after every key point.

You can click the icon or use a keyboard shortcut to get the job done, either of which only takes a second. But, if it saves you from having to rewrite paragraphs of information, it’s worth it.

  1. Learn the keyboard shortcuts.

Speaking of keyboard shortcuts, make it a priority to learn them. They’re incredible timesavers and are available in almost every program. Start with those associated with your go-to applications and expand from there to get the most value.

  1. Ignore the news.

Trying to keep up with the news is essentially impossible, allowing it to generally function as a time sink. Plus, it can be trivial and even unreliable and isn’t necessarily great for your brain. Do yourself a favor and ditch the onslaught of news that can easily take over your life. It’s worth it.

  1. Stop multitasking.

Ultimately, multitasking is a myth that many of us fall for at some point. Instead of dividing your attention and rapidly switching between activities, commit your focus to the task at hand and you’ll see your productivity rise.

  1. Get everything you can out of Excel.

Microsoft Excel is everywhere, and most people encounter it regularly during their career. But few professionals are truly Excel power users. In as little as an hour, you can learn to use advanced features such as pivot tables, graphing, and vlookups, all of which give you access to business analytics capabilities that help you visualize data in just minutes, which are capabilities that shouldn’t be ignored.

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23 Oct School Safety Tips You Need To Know

School Safety Tips You Need To Know

As teachers start to memorize names and students remember what classroom homeroom is in, one thing that must also be remembered is school safety. Educators, administrators and other faculty members who work in schools not only teach students about the world but have to protect them from some of its most unpredictable situations as well. As you head back to school this fall, don’t forget these 8 school safety tips to make your students’ learning environments as safe as possible.

  1. Implement an ID Badge Policy

Positive identification badges for administrators, staff, visitors and even students can help foster not only a safer environment but a friendlier environment as well. The first thing you can do to improve school safety is to ensure ID badges are easily-identifiable. It is also important to implement a protocol for how to handle unidentified individuals within the school.

  1. Set Clear Rules & Limits for Students on Violence

Ensure your students know from day one what constitutes unacceptable behavior in regards to violence. Outline that pushing, shoving and even threats count as violence and will be dealt with according to your school’s rules. School-wide assemblies once per marking period are also a good way to keep rules and limits clear for students.

  1. Bully-Proof Your Classroom

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In recent years, focus has shifted from physical violence to verbal violence and bullying. Bullying is a crisis affecting schools throughout the U.S. and it is important as educators to say “no” to bullying from day one. Take a proactive approach against bullying by engaging students in team-building activities, responding instantly to hurtful behavior and involving principals and parents when appropriate.

  1. Keep Your Classroom Organized

Another way to improve school safety is to keep your classroom, hallways and other school areas organized and free of hazards. Check that classroom tools and objects are easily accessible for students and not on top of high cabinets or shelves. That way, you eliminate any chance of a student falling while trying to reach an object.

  1. Raise Fire Safety Awareness

While fire drills can seem repetitive at times, practicing them seriously can be the difference between safety and danger in the event of a fire emergency. Besides running fire drills in accordance with your state’s requirements, include fire safety awareness refreshers every month or so in the classroom. Go over the escape route(s), extinguisher locations and fire safety tips like staying low when there is smoke.

  1. Plan for Severe Weather

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Tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms and floods affect schools every year so it’s important for all schools to be prepared. Keep an eye on the latest weather developments or utilize a team of meteorologists to help make weather-related decisions. Don’t forget to protect your students and student-athletes from deadly lightning strikes with a lightning alerting system.

  1. Develop Resources for Depressed or Stressed Students

Many instances of violence in schools involve students who previously have shown signs of depression or other stress. Make counseling services readily available for students and know when a student should be referred for emotional and/or mental help. The U.S. Department of Health Services has an extensive resource center for educators regarding student mental health.

  1. Maintain Locks on Doors and Windows

In the unfortunate event of a school emergency requiring a lockdown, properly working locks are of the utmost importance. Regularly check classroom locks and report any faulty equipment to school maintenance crews for immediate repair.

While these tips are great for improvements, they certainly do not cover every area of school safety. Therefore, if you have any other school safety tips to share with fellow educators, please include them in the comment section below!

If you’re ready to up both weather safety and learning at your school this year, you should really give WeatherSTEM a try. Want to see STEM education in action? Get more information on WeatherSTEM today and see how easy it is to integrate meteorology into your curriculum.

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Alaba Lawson on TAMS

18 Oct ALABA LAWSON GROUP OSF SCHOOLS NOW ON TAMS

ALABA LAWSON GROUP OSF SCHOOLS NOW ON TAMS

 

Alaba Lawson Group of Schools, a Private co-educational School located along, Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State is now on TAMS. Alaba Lawson Group of Schools, an excellent ambient for learning, is a school that ensures outstanding professionalism in teaching to provide excellent and life-long training in both academic and moral education to children from infancy to adulthood.

To groom a truly unique generation, The citadel of learning has set the pace in providing a veritable atmosphere for pupils/students in order to develop their talents and maximize their potentials. But to draw their unique perspective on how they can better serve their community and nation especially with the improvement in technology and ever-increasing demand for quality education, they recently deployed the TAMS brand of workplace technologies, for them to better accomplish this feat.

 

Alaba Lawson Group of Schools now joins over 1,000 TAMS clients across Nigeria and West Africa. TAMS is renowned for its affordability and ease of use – attributes such as these have made it a workplace solution of choice for small, medium and large organizations.

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TAMS Shift Management

10 Oct TAMS SHIFT MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING

TAMS SHIFT MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING

Retail Managers know that effective shift management must be done effectively and efficiently in concert and integrated in real time. As shifts are updated according to employee availability, sharing that information to the people who make decisions about what work is done during each shift ensures that these decisions are practical and that the daily schedule can be optimized to ensure maximum customer responsiveness and productivity – all with minimal disruption to operational activities.

As an independent shift management solution able to integrate with a broad array of enterprise applications, TAMS is used by companies from a wide range of industries including transportation, social services, and public safety. TAMS takes care of the routine shift planning activities, highlighting the areas requiring attention due to lack of resources, requests for shift changes, and peaking demands. Company policies are enforced through pre-configured workflows, ensuring the scalability of the process and, in turn, the organization.

TAMS SHIFT MANAGEMENT SOLUTION

TAMS offers shift management solution to optimally plan and schedule the shifts of any workforce management team. Our solutions compile a 360-degree view of each employee, allowing you to define and schedule shifts whether distinctly to an employee, department, cadre or whichever way you plan on assigning shifts.

Our shift management solution allows for flexibility such that you can change the shift of an employee at different time periods and still retain the set time without conflicts.

SHIFT MANAGEMENT CONVENIENCES

Our shift management software is designed to help you optimize staff scheduling by automating even the most complicated tasks. TAMS offers dual shift scheduling system which caters for both day and night which allows you to schedule your shift to span across more than a day.

Our goal is to help your shift management planning succeed and allow you to gain the full value of your software over the complete lifecycle of your solution.

BENEFITS OF USING SHIFT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

1. Plan, Organize, Manage Shifts
2. Define shift rules based on employee’s cadre and scope of work.
3. Automatically integrated to our time attendance reporting solution to measure punctuality, lateness
4. Create Your Schedule Automatically
5. Integration with our all in one payroll system to automatically handle attendance charges.

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Adcem now on TAMS

04 Oct ADCEM PHARMACEUTICALS NOW ON TAMS

ADCEM PHARMACEUTICALS NOW ON TAMS

 

Managing employee in any organisation is quite tedious considering the herculean task involved in managing employee from recruitment to retirement hence why one of the foremost Pharmaceutical company in Nigeria has now adopted TAMS into her operation to manage her employees.

Adcem Pharmaceuticals, a technology, and innovation-driven healthcare company and Nigeria’s Leading provider of renal care solutions and Pneumatic Tube System. Adcem is the sole representative of FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE (FME), GmbH, Germany – the world’s leader in renal care and also the sole representative of MEDCOMP INC., USA (MEDCOMP), the number one company in the world in the area of vascular access.

Adcem Pharmaceuticals now joins over 1,000 TAMS clients across Nigeria and West Africa. TAMS is renowned for its affordability and ease of use – attributes such as these have made it a workplace solution of choice for small, medium and large organizations.

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Google 20

28 Sep 20 THINGS YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT GOOGLE

How much do you think your life will change if Google disappears tomorrow?

Google has been serving billions of people around the world for 2 decades, and as they celebrate their 20th anniversary, let’s take a look at 20 things you did not know about Google.

 

20 things you did not know about the Search Engine Giant

  1. Its original name was “Backrub”
  2. Google’s name comes from the mathematical term ‘GOOGOL’
  3. The original “I’m feeling lucky’ option cost the Search Engine giant up to $110 Million per year
  4. The first Google Doodle was inspired by Burning Man
  5. Google made an agreement with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in exchange for a private runway
  6. The Company owns common misspellings of its own names www.gooogle.com, www.goggle.com and www.googlr.com
  7. They rent goats to mow the lawn of their headquarters
  8. The Founders were not happy when “Google” was added to the dictionary — in 2006 the Merriam Webster and Oxford English dictionary included the definition for Google for the first time
  9. There are over 2.3 Million Google searches per second, over 100 Billion searches per month and over 2 trillion searches annually
  10. Jeff Bezos, the founder, and CEO of Amazon was one of their first investors.
  11. Stanford University holds the patent to Google’s Page-rank algorithm
  12. In January 2017. Google was fined $5 Billion for violating anti-trust laws by the European Union Regulators for manipulating their search result.
  13. You can set your Google language to Klingon, Elmer Fudd, Pirate, and other unique options.
  14. Yahoo, Altavista, and Excite all declined to buy Googe for $1 Million, but today the Search Engine giant is worth over a $100 Billion.
  15. They replaced Apple as the most valuable brand in the world in 2017
  16. They bought Youtube in 2006 for $1.65 Billion
  17. PACMAN — In 2010, to celebrate PACMAN 30th Anniversary, the Search Engine giant brought the 1980’s classic to its search page – just type PACMAN in the search box, press ‘ENTER’, click to play and that’s it. You can use the scroll keys on your keyboard as controls.
  18. CALCULATOR – You need a scientific calculator on the go, just type CALCULATOR in the search box, press ‘ENTER’ and that’s it.
  19. Through their search box you can roll a dice for board games, mathematical calculations etc, also you can flip a coin. All you need to do is type the words in the search box and press ‘ENTER’
  20. ATARI BREAKOUT – in 2013, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of ATARI’s game ‘Breakout’, just like PACMAN, the Search Engine giant made ‘BreakOut’ playable from search. For this to work, you need to do an image search. Type the word ‘Atari Breakout’ in the search box and select the Images option. For controls, you can use your mouse or scroll keys on your keyboard.

Google goes beyond what meets the eye, we celebrate them and appreciate them for the 20 years of great service and we expect more and greater achievements from them.

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Lufthansa joins TAMS

27 Sep LUFTHANSA NOW ON TAMS

Lufthansa now on TAMS

Lufthansa traces its history to 1926 when Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G. was formed in Berlin. DLH, as it was known, was Germany’s flag carrier until 1945. On 1 April 1955, the Airline won approval to start scheduled domestic flights, linking Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Cologne, and Munich. The Airline started International flights on 15 May 1955. The Airline is the largest German airline and, when combined with its subsidiaries, it is the largest airline in Europe both in terms of fleet size.

To assure safety and reliability for her customers, Lufthansa places much value on healthy employee relationship, team orientation, discipline, reliability, responsibility, commitment, and excellence. Which is why they recently deployed the TAMS brand of workplace technologies at their Victoria Island office in Lagos to improve employee productivity and great customer experience.

Lufthansa now joins over 1,000 TAMS clients across Nigeria and West Africa. TAMS is renowned for its affordability and ease of use – attributes such as these have made it a workplace solution of choice for small, medium and large organizations.

 

Click HERE to know more about TAMS and the TAMS Ambassadors Initiative.

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25 Sep BECOME THE PASSWORD WITH BIOMETRIC TECHNOLOGIES

This is the age where we humans, through biometric technology, become the passwords and access to the things and places they want secured.

 

In an age where passwords, access codes, access cards have become inadequate and almost obsolete, security experts and manufacturers are finally offering some viable and cutting-edge alternative authentication methods that individuals and businesses can explore for effective and efficient security. This is the age where we humans, through biometric technology, become the passwords and access to the things and places they want secured.

Biometric access control enables and controls access at your organization or home based on human physical attributes, such as facial recognition, voice recognition, body heat, motion, fingerprints, hand geometry, iris, and retinal scans. It is a known fact that passwords can easily be compromised these days even with little effort and know-how. Biometric technology takes away that error and complexity inherent in the use of passwords to gain access to equipment or places. Note that the most secure places on earth are being secured with cutting-edge biometric technologies.

Outlined below are key benefits of biometric access control and how you can properly protect your facility for maximum security.

Biometric Access Control Benefits

Although biometric readers and more traditional access control equipment, such as keycards, have similar security purposes, physical attribute identification, such as fingerprints or facial recognition, makes false authentication more difficult. Biometrics can also add more convenience, as employees never have to worry about forgetting or losing keycards, keys, access codes or PINs.

With biometric readers, you can customize and control access to your building, restricted rooms and areas within it. If a breach occurs, you can quickly determine who was present and take required actions and needed measures. You can also employ the use of biometric time and attendance systems to keep track of your employees’ attendance and productivity levels at work.

Biometric access control is most common in high-security environments, organisations and controlled environments, such as government buildings, Data Centers, File Rooms, and IT Equipment Rooms.

Practice Appropriate Security Measures

Although biometric access control readers can add convenience and security, you must properly secure and install equipment. Keep the following tips in mind:

  1. Test your systems before rollout. Ensure biometric readers accurately detect the correct physical attributes for each employee. Before widespread adoption, have employees test that biometric devices are reading features correctly, and granting access as intended.
  2. Train employees on usage. Provide employees with guidelines and training resources to ensure they understand how the equipment works.
  3. Integrate as part of a comprehensive security plan. Biometrics should not serve as a standalone system. Integrate biometric readers with other security mechanisms (i.e. monitored alarms, motion sensors, and video surveillance, etc.) for maximum protection.
  4. Plan for a backup, should biometric readers fail, due to a power or Internet outage, or equipment malfunction. Additional security measures, such as passcodes or keycards, can provide employees with secondary access if needed.
  5. Work closely with a trusted vendor. Recommended biometric equipment varies depending on your business operations, location, environment, and necessary security levels. For questions on how you can ensure maximum security at your business with biometric access control, contact your vendor.

Some Biometric Systems to Consider.

Iris Scanning

This biometric technology is simpler than you might think, with an iris security system, you need a basic charge-coupled device (CCD) camera, which makes use of both visible and near-infrared light to capture a high-contrast picture of your eye.

This type of high-contrast digital picture taking makes it easy to isolate your pupil from your iris, and allows computer software to determine several unique measurements, including the location of the center of your pupil, the edge of your pupil, the edge of your iris, and the location of your eyelids and eyelashes. All of these measurements unique to you can then be stored and referenced in future iris scans.

Vein Scanning

Just as iris and fingerprints, veins are unique from individual to individual and tamper proof. In vein biometrics, the charge-coupled device (CCD) camera is also used, the CCD Camera takes a digital picture with the help of some near-infrared light. The hemoglobin in your red blood cells, which carry oxygen, absorb this light, returning an image that shows your veins as black in a digital picture. And just like in iris scanning, an algorithm identifies the unique patterns in your veins, stores it, and uses it for future comparisons.

Fingerprint Scanning

Where biometric technologies start to get advanced is what we have seen in smartphones these past few years. Many iPhone and Android phones ship with a built-in fingerprint scanner, allowing you to access all of your apps and even make payments with a simple scan of your finger. This technology has steadily evolved throughout the years, progressing from optical scanners to today’s capacitive scanners and the future’s ultrasonic scanners.

5 Ways Biometric Access Control Systems Will Increase Safety in your Organisation and home

  1. You are the access credential; such credentials cannot be duplicated.
  2. Access can be revoked with the click of a button.
  3. Surveillance video can be combined with door actions for better visibility.
  4. Know who accessed your doors when, and where they went next.
  5. Lock down your entire facility — instantly.

 

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