• Subject: RE: Looking for an AS/400 Timeclock solution
  • From: Chris Bipes <chris.bipes@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 07:26:46 -0800

ROI has middle where software that communicates with a box on your network
via sockets.  This box provides a serial port that you can attach your mag
strip or bar code reader.  As a person swipes, the data can be put into a
data queue for your staff to process.  We here went with LAN attached BIO
units that use finger prints.  Just one Idea to check out.

Christopher K. Bipes    mailto:ChrisB@Cross-Check.com
Sr. Programmer/Analyst  mailto:Chris_Bipes@Yahoo.com
CrossCheck, Inc.        http://www.cross-check.com
6119 State Farm Drive   Phone: 707 586-0551 x 1102
Rohnert Park CA  94928  Fax: 707 586-1884

If consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, only geniuses work here.
Karen Herbelin - Readers Digest 3/2000

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Cunningham [mailto:mcunning@pct.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2000 5:39 AM
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject: Looking for an AS/400 Timeclock solution

My organization needs to implement a timeclock system to eliminate the
current paper process used by part-time staff and all student workers. 
A lot of individual departments are looking at standalone PC clock
systems and of course they all found a different version that they like.
 I have been asked to find a single system that will provide campus wide
timeclock solution.

Our environment is....
AS/400 720 - lots of spare disk and CPU time - 2 100MB ethernet NICs
25+ Novell Netware Servers for email, file and print sharing
Full campus wide ethernet network (including 3 remote sites)
AS/400 and Netware servers share data via FTP controlled from the
LAWSON Payroll
All employees and students have mag stripe and bar-coded id cards
8 In-house AS/400 experienced programmers and technical staff.

I believe the best solution would be ethernet connected mag stripe
readers for timeclocks that can do immediate relay to the AS/400 or
store local for later transmission in case the AS/400 is down for
backup/upgrade and the rare but happen repairs.  With management
applications on the AS/400 to allow review, supervisor approval,
reporting and transfer into our LAWSON Payroll.

Has anyone out there implemented this type of system and if so how did
you do it and what hardware/software do you use ?  

Mike Cunningham
Director of Computer Services
PA College of Technology
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