For many academic institutions keeping track of student attendance for theoretical modules is a very complex nevertheless essential for the administration and auditing of all students. ARC has developed a system to monitor theory attendance in order to make attendance tracking on theory as simple as possible.

Whether the need is for a wall-mounted proximity, barcode card reader or a sophisticated combination PIN, card swipe and fingerprint reader, ARC Technology has the most comprehensive range of access control and biometric products and the largest number of identification systems within a coherent setup. Academic Institutions have the choice of almost any common form of existing ID technology for access point recognition. Some of the options include swipe cards and/or keypads as well as more sophisticated readers such as proximity cards and state-of-the-art biometric readers for fingerprint recognition.

The ARC Time and Attendance system consists of three parts:

  • The first part involves a swipe system to be installed on campus at hot points that students frequent visit. The swipe system and the hardware it is made up of, is capable of reading barcodes and magnetic-stripe cards of different configurations which in many cases make it possible for institutions to use existing library cards, or student cards to track the students.
  • The second part of the system consists of a swipe acquisition service, which is usually installed on the server where the rest of the ARC software resides. This service is used to monitor the hardware on campus and to notify ARC of any failures or inconsistencies. It also receives the swipes from the swipe points (which can take thousands of swipes even when there is a power or network failure).
  • The third part of this system consists of a program that implements the swipes into the theory records of every student that is tracked y it. It reads a set of rules that are set-up by ARC according to the institutions requirements and applies these rules to the absence implementation of students. This system significantly simplifies absence entry onto the ARC database. It frees human resources from doing this task and allows them to concentrate their skills elsewhere on the system.