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Biometrics and its introduction into the workplace.

Roxburgh, Paul (2011) Biometrics and its introduction into the workplace. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This thesis is about Biometrics and its introduction into the workplace. It will attempt to discover all the different types of biometric methodologies that are on offer for organisations, what is currently the most used methodology and the level of acceptance biometrics has within the workplace. In order for me to do this I undertook some extensive secondary and primary research. During my secondary research I discovered and outlined a wide range of literature that highlighted the leading concerns and issues organisations may encounter when they go about introducing biometrics. These were also consistent to my findings from my primary research. For my primary research I compiled a survey with twenty questions. I then targeted this survey at employees who work within an organisation where biometrics is used. After this was done I went on to conduct two interviews with senior managers who oversaw the introduction of a biometric system. This was done in order to get the perspective of the organisation as well as the employees. Fingerprint Biometrics was found to be the most widely used biometric methodology, with this form of biometric technology being mainly used for time and attendance purposes within organisations. Gait biometrics was the biometric methodology that people who took part in my survey were least aware of. These findings were consistent to what I discovered during my literary review.
The main issues and concerns related to introducing a biometric methodology that I have outlined in this thesis are cost, legal, privacy, security and disability issues. My findings indicate that the use of biometrics in the workplace is steadily growing. This introduction has been met positively overall with both the organisation stating that it has numerous benefits and the results from my survey indicating that employees within these organisations have reacted in a positive way towards this new technology as well. In conclusion, the introduction of biometrics into the workplace so far has been a success. However, this introduction does not come without its challenges. Organisations must ensure that when they are introducing biometrics it is not an ad hoc decision, as extensive research needs to be undertaken before going ahead with the change. I believe if organisations do this, then biometrics will be met positively and can be used to great success. On the other hand, if organisations fail to do this then the chance of biometrics in the workplace failing increases.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > Biometric Identification
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Business Logistics
Divisions: School of Computing > B.A. (Honours) in Technology Management
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2011 17:29
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2012 12:44
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/613

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