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How biometrics can help the fight against COVID-19

With the worldwide impact of the Coronavirus pandemic multiplying exponentially, it seems very relevant to consider viruses, bacteria and transmission. What is the difference between a viral infection and a bacterial infection? What steps can we all take to stay healthy? And how can biometric readers help prevent the spread of disease? Almas is committed to supporting all of our customers during this period of uncertainly. Our readers are designed with safety in mind, and we believe that they are a practical solution which can help to prevent the spread of disease. Read on to find out more.



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Since 1997 the Organisation of Working Time Act has been in force, affecting all employers in southern Ireland. Yet many businesses know little of the Act, leaving us to wonder if Ireland has failed to properly implement the working time directive? It is suspected that many Irish employers do not accurately record the working hours of their employees. This article is part one of a two-part series in which we look in detail at the Working Time Act, European court rulings on time and attendance and the possible implications of the most recent EU directive and court cases.

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We have written several articles on the lasting and devastating impact of rural crime over the last 12 months; a trend that seems to be on the rise. New research from Harper Adams University suggests that there is much more the police, insurers and media can do to tackle the enduring problem of rural crime. In this article, we look at this research and suggest how CCTV is an important tool in the fight against rural crime.


On the back of the BBC Panorama programme, "Crisis in Care", this month LaingBuisson Care Markets magazine features an in-depth article on why we need safety monitoring. Alistair Kleebauer examines the debate surrounding CCTV in care homes The latest revelations of abuse within the care sector will give further impetus to those arguing for mandatory CCTV in the system.

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The bill to replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) has been agreed by Parliament, meaning a new system for authorising deprivations will likely come into force in 2020. If you own or manage a care home, then it’s important to understand what this new system means as it could have a major impact on the care that person receives.


We are more aware than ever of how our personal data is being stored and handled due to the arrival of GDPR. To that end, it’s understandable that some employees may have qualms over the use of biometric time and attendance systems in the workplace. When a workforce has been used to accessing sites using key fobs, PIN numbers or swipe cards, it’s normal for them – and you – to have a few questions about the security of biometric data, so let us put your mind at rest…


According to industry estimates, there are between 8 and 9 million dogs in the UK. In most households, they are one of the family. So, when you decide to put your best friend and loved one into a kennel it’s all about trust, safety and security.