TCMS v2.2.027 Releases Is Here!

Monday, December 29, 2014 FingerTec 34 Comments

New features

1.      Supports FingerTec TA500

2.      Supports FingerTec R3

26 fine-tunes in 4 major modules

1.      Reports – Major adjustments done to display reports in Thai and Arabic languages. Minor adjustments done to produce reports for ease of viewing and printing.

a.      Leaves taken in Correction Report for Thai language.

b.      Report preview and PDF using Thai language.

c.       Report spacing when using Thai language.

d.      Report preview and PDF using Thai language.

e.      Arabic column alignment of Attendance Summary

f.        Export Weekly Time Card to PDF with 1 page of 2 users only.

g.      Export Attendance Summary Report & Attendance Summary to MS Excel for work and OT hours.

h.      Export Weekly Time Card to PDF with 1 page of 2 users only.

i.        Monthly Staff Duty roster save to PDF/XLS/CSV.

j.        Weekly Staff Duty Roster and Monthly Staff Duty Roster reports.

k.       Report scheduler issue.

l.        Print Employee Time Card Report for employee with empty attendance record.

m.    Attendance and statistics in same page on Electronic Time Card report.

n.      Gross Wages Report with different Hour Formats

o.      Export Attendance Summary Report & Attendance Summary to MS Excel.


2.      FTDP data sync – New improvement to synchronize data from TCMS to FTDP

a.      Update FTDP server username as Employee Name in Employee Management.

b.      Update username in FTDP server to Employee Name.

c.       Update additional user info and template from FTDP database server.

d.      Department issue after sync from FTDP database server management.

e.      Include department and employee no. for download from FTDP database server management.


3.      USB Data management – To improve data upload and download via USB flash disk  

a.      Extend username to 20-chars to upload to USB.


4.      Attendance calculation and viewing – Adjustments to provide better attendance calculation logics and data previewing.

a.      Flexi schedule with options to deduct late overtime from work hour.

b.      Remark column in Employee Time Card.

c.       Option to convert edited time as original clocking time.

d.      Add duplicate remark code.

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New features of TimeTec Cloud (December 2014)

Monday, December 29, 2014 FingerTec 0 Comments

We’ve added 4 new features into TimeTec Cloud.

1.       Improved the loading speed of Attendance page for faster viewing.

2.       Employees with Operator privileges can create new login with Operator privilege limited to specific branches, departments or sections.

 
3.       New UI to alert administrators to take action with the Request of Change.
 

 4.    System will notify administrators if the newly created user ID has been deleted before.   TimeTec Cloud does not allow duplicated user IDs even if it has been deleted from system.

 


 

We fixed 4 minor issues in this new release:
1.      “Last Sign In” date display in Hijiri format while Hijiri calendar is in use
2.       Date selection under Attendance module display in Hijiri format while Hijiri calendar is in use
3.       Do not allow creation of Remark or Work Code with number zero (0)
4.       Realign text display in Change Request Approval for different browsers in use.

 
 

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ACTIVATING THE DOOR CLOSURE DELAY SIREN IN INGRESSUS

Friday, December 19, 2014 FingerTec 0 Comments

Because A Mere Second Could Pose Danger to Your Property

Security is an important aspect in every organization nowadays. Improper security measures may cause bigger problems such as robbery, data theft or even endanger the safety of a person. Even with the proper access control products installed, the security of a building may be compromised if the door is not closed properly after a person has entered the premises. Hence, it is an advantage when the access control device triggers the siren when the door is not shut properly.

As we all know, Fingertec’s standalone access-control devices are equipped with the function to trigger the internal or external alarm siren when the door is not closed within the pre-defined time.  However, not many know that the same can be done for Ingressus, via the Ingress software. Simply follow the steps below to activate the external siren for during the exit delay period. 

Alarm System Requirements

The requirement for this setup is a door, which has been installed with Ingressus that is paired with any of Fingertec’s slave devices and a door sensor.

Connect and Power Up The External Siren

First of all, you must connect an external siren to the Auxiliary output port at Ingressus.

Please note that Ingressus does not supply the power to the siren, hence an external power source will be needed to power-up the siren. The siren must be connected to NO and COM port of AUX output at Ingressus. Refer to below image for clarification.



Configuring the Door Sensor Type and Delay Time

Next, you will have to configure the door sensor type and delay time, so that the siren will be triggered when the door is not closed within the defined time. Simply follow these steps below in Ingress software

Doors > Select door name > Click “Edit” > Set “Lock Open Duration” to desired time > Set “Door Sensor Type” to “Normal Close” > Set “Door Sensor Delay” to desired time > Save > Sync to device



Setting Up The Fire Alarm Zone

After setting up the door, you will need to configure the Fire Alarm zone to trigger the Auxillary Output when Ingressus detects that the door has been left open exceeding the “Door Sensor Delay” time. Follow these steps below to configure the Fire Alarm Zone:

Zone (Ingressus) > Fire Alarm > Right Click > Add Zone > Rename to desired name > Right Click > Select device (Ingressus) > Click at device name > Click “Edit” > Tick at “Fire Alarm” > Set “Trigger Condition” to “Opening Timeout” > Set “Input Point Address” > Tick the desired output at “Output Point Address” > Set “Action Type” to “Open” > Set the “Delay” to desired value (The amount of time the siren triggers) > Tick “Stop alarm once door is closed” > Save > Sync to Device




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Shifting From Ingress MySQL to Ingress MS Access Made Easy

Friday, December 19, 2014 FingerTec 0 Comments

MySQL is known as one of the most powerful and inexpensive open-source relational database system in the world.  Whether you are a fast growing web property, technology ISV or large enterprise, MySQL can cost-effectively help you deliver high performance, extensive and scalable database applications that won’t break your bank. While plenty of users extoll the virtues and functionality of the MySQL database system, there still remains a small subset of users whom aren’t familiar with handling such a powerful database and have ran into problems while using Ingress Software MySQL.

For those who have been looking long and hard for a hassle-free, cut-and-dry solution to managing their database system, we are pleased to announce to all that we have finally found a solution.


Important: It is imperative to first back up your Ingress Software MySQL database in order to avoid any data loss before you proceed with the switch to Ingress Software MS Access
Backup your Ingress Software MySQL database

Refer to this link http://www.fingertectips.com/2013/04/how-to-backup-restore-database-in.html for more details on how to backup Ingress Software MySQL database.

Remove All Components of Ingress and Mysql Database from PC

After the Ingress MySQL backup is completed, you will need to remove all components of the Ingress Software and MySQL database from the PC by following the steps below:

1 - Uninstall Ingress Software & MySQL database from control panel.



2 - Delete the Ingress Folder located at C:\Program Files (x86)\FingerTec Worldwide\FingerTec Ingress.



3 - Delete the MySQL Folder located at C:\Program Files\MySQL 



4 - Delete the MySQL Folder at C:\ProgramData\MySQL 

Note: You will need to enable the option to show hidden folder in order to view this folder  

 



5 - Restart your PC to finish the installation.


6 – Now you can install the Ingress Software with Microsoft Access Database.







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GUI Device Status Monitoring Goes Live! Enable GUI Monitoring For Ingress and TimeTec Now!

Friday, December 19, 2014 FingerTec 0 Comments

In Ingress software, there are 2 types of GUI monitoring available:

1.       Run the Ingress server and administrator will see a list to display all devices and their status (connected or disconnected) in real time.

2.       Run the Monitoring page under Ingress software to see the status of every door and device (online or offline, together with graphical notifications) in real time.
 

In TimeTec Cloud, users can check the status of every device under Device page – Connected or Duration to show how long the devices have been disconnected from server.


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Ingress V3.0.0.20 Release

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 FingerTec 0 Comments

The new Ingress v3.0.0.20 carries 6 bug fixes as below.

1. Reset auxiliary output for Ingressus.
2. Auto re-connect Ingressus after restarting.
3. Reset Normal Open Time zone.
4. Auto resolve new dynamic DNS IP address during start-up.
5. Fixed login/logout error when network is not accessible.
6. Fixed report scheduler error to send report at xx.00 hour.


To download the installation file for Ingress v3.0.0.20 (MDB), click here.
To download the installation file for Ingress v3.0.0.20 (MySQL), click here.

 

 

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TCMS V2 Viewer Installation on Windows Server 2012

Monday, December 01, 2014 FingerTec 3 Comments

Vast usage of IT in corporations nowadays lead to the usage of the latest version of Windows Server, which is the Windows Server 2012. This server comes with some great new features as well as enhanced security.

By changing some settings in the Windows Server, users can now install TCMS V2 viewer and run it on this latest Server OS Version.

Follow the steps below for a hassle-free TCMS V2 Viewer Installation.

First Step: Installing the Webserver Components

1.       Turn on the Server Management and select Manage.
2.       Continue to the next step by clicking Next.
 
 
 3.       Select the ‘Web Server’ option and click next.
 
 
4.       Click Next and enable all the selections in this page. After that click Install.
 
 


Second Step: Installing The TCMS V2 Viewer

1.       Run the TCMS V2 installer by right clicking on it, and select Run administrator.

2.     Continue by clicking on Next to complete the installation. You will encounter an error at the
  end of the installation, and you can ignore this error.
 
 
 
 
 

Third Step: Section 3: Viewer Configuration setup:
       1.      At your internet browser, key in http://localhost/TCMSv2Viewer/ and you will encounter an
              error as per below.
2.     Paste the web.config file which you can obtain from the link below, to the following location:
C:\Program Files (x86)\FingerTec\TCMSv2 Viewer.
       Download Web.Config from here.
3.     After that Press Start Button> Administrative tools> Internet Information Services IIS Manager.
 
 
 
4.    Click on Application Pools > Right click on TCMSv2App> Select Advance Setting.
 
5.     Change the settings as per below screenshot.
 
6.   After completing the above settings, press ok and go back to the TCMS V2 Viewer and refresh. You should be able to view the software page as per below. Next, insert the TCMS installation path on your computer into the box. Click Submit.
       Below is the TCMS path for Window Server 2012 64 bit
  “C:\Program Files (x86)\FingerTec WorldWide\TCMSv2        
One complete, the software will prompt a login page. Please insert the user name and password to access the TCMS viewer.
 
 
7.   If you encounter an error after keying in the User ID and password, go to the following path and look for the sys.dbf file.

C:\Program Files (x86)\FingerTec WorldWide\TCMSv2

  
8.   Right click on the sys.dbf and select properties.

9.     Press Edit at sys.dbf Properties Window and click Add to insert Everyone to the Object name and press OK.
 
         10.    Select allow for Everyone, click apply and OK to save all the settings. 
 
 

11.       Repeat Step 7- 10 for all the file errors below:

 





 
       12.       After completing the above steps, you should able to access the software without any
                 error.

 

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Pairing a Door Remote Control with AdapTec Plus

Friday, November 21, 2014 FingerTec 0 Comments

With AdapTec Plus, you can unlock a door easily by using a remote control. Pair your door remote control with AdapTec Plus to use this feature.

Below is the wiring diagram showing you how to do it.

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How to Resolve Error During Restoration of MySQL Database in Ingress

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 FingerTec 0 Comments

When you encounter an error message during the restoration of Ingress MySQL Database, it is due to the Decimal Symbol in the PC setting. If the decimal symbol is a comma, you need to change it to decimal point.



To change the decimal symbol, go to Control Panel > Region & Language > Format > Additional Setting > Decimal Symbol > Change to decimal point > Restart PC.



After that, please run the ingress DB installer and restore the Ingress Software Database again.
 
  
 

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Microsoft Access Database Simplifies Ingress Implementation

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 FingerTec 4 Comments

Ingress now is available with a different database format, Microsoft Access which will be utilized as the default database for Ingress Software in the near future.


Since its initial release, Ingress has been designed to work with the MySQL database which is known to be powerful, reliable and widely used by many other systems. However, the downside of the MySQL Database is that the configuration requires advanced IT knowledge and expertise, which is scarce in SMEs without IT departments or personnel.

Acknowledging this challenge, our R&D had been putting in efforts to link up Ingress software with Microsoft Office Access database. Basically, this method will run the FingerTec Ingress software installation file to install and create the Microsoft Access database by itself. This is a one-kick-to-go process which pose no challenge to anybody.

Without having to install any additional components, the Microsoft Access database can run by itself. The database file with the extension of .mdb is automatically generated in Windows OS. However for those with IT knowledge and expertise, it is highly recommended to install the Microsoft Access database along with the Microsoft Jet Database Engine which provides a graphical user interface to manipulate data or to produce your own reports.

The Microsoft Access database easily integrates with other software in Windows OS. For example, it is possible to connect payroll solution to the database to obtain attendance information that is produced by Ingress software to assist with report preparation. The database can also be utilized along with the Microsoft .NET Framework development.

This database can grow up to 2GB which is more than sufficient for most SME businesses.  The backup and restoration of the database is provided as part of the Ingress software for easy housekeeping without having to install any other software and it can also support multiple-user logins from within the same network.

Nonetheless, there are some areas that require precaution when running the Microsoft Access database.

First, the database file cannot expand beyond 2GB. When the database reaches its max storage limit, data delay will appear in the software. Therefore, consistent housekeeping of database is crucial to avoid any interruption in the flow in of data.

Secondly, there is only one MDB file which is used to save and store all data (tables, queries, forms, reports, macros and modules). Therefore, please make sure that it is secure from external interruptions. Expending the one-database-file size would slow down the performance of queries and reports.

Finally, it is not advisable to use this database for multiple user logins via server-client concept. This corrupts the MDB file easily. Thus, it is preferable to instead utilize the database as a single installation into one(1) computer for single/one(1) person operation. However, different login authority can be assigned to different users such as the system administrators, operators or HR personnel for them to login with different usernames and passwords into Ingress to do their job.

With the availability of the Microsoft Database, we hope that we have solved the quandary of Ingress deployment for most companies and the acceptance of Ingress will not be an issue anymore.


Microsoft Access database
MySQL database
Installation
Easy
Database file created by Windows OS automatically
Moderate
IT expert is required to install the database
Server installation
Yes
Yes
Client installation
No
Yes
Extension
.mdb
.sql
Storage limit
2GB
2GB
Housekeeping
Yes
Yes
3rd party tool to manage
Optional
Microsoft Jet Database Engine
Yes
SQL Yog
Capability for server-client operation
No
Yes
Suitable for
Company without IT personnel/department
Company with multiple system running on MySQL

You can now click http://www.fingertec.com/download/ingress-MDB.zip to download the Ingress with Microsoft Access database

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