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Leading global provider of security and safety solutions Ingersoll Rand has announced a new partnership with Feedback Data to further enhance the trade distribution of Ingersoll Rand’s time and attendance biometric hand reader, HandPunch.Feedback Data is a well-established UK based manufacturer and distributor of time and attendance terminals and software utilities in workforce management for companies operating in complex environments such as hospitals, food manufacturing, and high-end retail. The specification of the HandPunch supports Feedback Data’s existing time and attendance portfolio and will be distributed throughout its extensive trade partner network. The HandPunch uses geometry biometric technology to improve the accuracy of time and attendance and eliminates the possibility of “buddy punching”, the practice of employees clocking in other colleagues who are not at work. Rather than identify users by means of palm prints or fingerprints, the HandPunch registers the size and shape of an employee’s hand and stores it in the system as a unique string of numbers. Paul Taylor, UK Sales Leader EAC of Ingersoll Rand, said: “We are very pleased to be working with such an established time and attendance manufacturer as Feedback Data. As companies look to better manage labour costs and improve operational efficiencies, automating time and attendance management is a key area for direct cost savings. Through our partnership with Feedback Data, we will be able to share our biometric solutions with a wider audience and pro-actively develop the time and attendance marketplace.”Mark Bird, Managing Director of Feedback Data, said: “We pride ourselves on being able to provide the latest in time and attendance technology. By working closely with Ingersoll Rand, we will be offering a system which provides benefits over other biometric systems through the use of hand geometry and, if deployed properly, can deliver a payback of less than nine months.”