Microsoft Research Releases Free Biometrics (Fingerprint) Attendance System

Microsoft’s Biometrics Attendance Terminal offers a terminal for tracking the time and attendance of individuals, based on a biometric fingerprint.

SERVER Prerequisites:

  • Download & Install .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (NOTE: The application downloads messages from an online SMS server SMSCountry into an MS access database.)
  • Run installation program “ServerInstaller.msi”
  • Run config file (eg. C:\Program Files\Microsoft Research\Biometrics Server\TB-Biometircs.exe)
      1. “emrPath” refers to the path of the MS access database where the records are downloaded.
      2. “userName”, “password”, “keyword” and “mobilenumber”  refer to account details on SMSCountry.
      3. “fromDate” refers to the date from which the messages have to be downloaded.
      4. “lastSyncDate” refers to the date from which Reset Synchronization has to be done. This is to be updated only when ‘Reset Synchronize’ is being used.
  • To start the application double click on the “Biometrics Server.exe” on desktop


CLIENT Prerequisites:

      • Download & Install .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
      • Download & Install DigitalPersona One Touch for Windows SDK 1.6.1
      • Run installation program “Biometrics Client.msi”
      • Run config file (eg. C:\Program Files\Microsoft Research\Biometric Client\TB-Biometircs.exe)
      • Configure SMS Service – To start sending SMS records from the application modify the following parameters:

            1. smsServicePath – Path of the SMS service used.
            2. smsServiceArguments – Argument used by the SMS service for sending messages.
            3. smsConnectionArguments – Argument used by the SMS service for detecting a connected phone.
            4. smsServiceNumber – SMS is sent to this number.
      • Configure Netbook Settings – Netbook Parameters

          1. netbookID – Set the appropriate netbookId. (Limitation: Maximum length – 3, Alphabets only, UpperCase)
          2. netbookType – Set the appropriate value (Provider or Counselor).
          3. center1 – Center associated with the netbookID (In case of Counselor netbook, it can be any one of the two centers).
          4. Center2 – Only required in case of Counselor netbook. The second center associated with the same Counselor.
      • Exit the application
          1. Press <F1> and enter the exit code as specified in the configuration file by the parameter ‘exitCode’.   (NOTES: You can set your own exitCode value. — You will not be able to shift focus from the application using usual key combinations like <Esc>, <Alt> + <Tab>.)

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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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